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  1. Re: Using a Steinkraus-Morse Swarm Catcher

    Pretty nifty. Never named mine, but now that I think of it... Presenting the LaFerney field expedient swarm catcher - Patent pending. Not really.
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  2. Re: Can you split a new package with an extra queen?

    Here is what I have done (and works) and what I tell other people to do if they want to split first year packages - Wait until the first colony has built out enough comb for two hives to winter on,...
  3. Re: Honey flow and drawing comb - question

    Or a frame of brood - what i do.
  4. Re: Honey flow and drawing comb - question

    My bees draw plastic just fine - put this frame in about 2 days ago...

    http://doorgarden.com/images/critters/bee-pictures/new-comb-on-plastic-foundation%204-16-2014%203-04-54%20PM.jpg

    They have...
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    Re: Cut Down Split

    Sounds like you know what to do - you should contact other beekeepers in your area and ask them when your main flow starts. No one else will really be able to tell.

    I've been doing cut down...
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    Re: smoker skills

    Your smoker is so hot because you lit it from the top. Whatever kind of fuel you use empty the smoker and get the fire started from the bottom, then stuff it with fuel above the fire, and the smoke...
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    Re: do they ever pratice a swarm

    I observed the very same kind of practice swarm in my bee yard yesterday.
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    Practice Swarm Drill?

    Yesterday one of my hives issued a swarm while I was in the bee yard. The flew around and started to condense on a fence post. After 15 minutes or so they went back and hung out on the entrance of...
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    Re: high and low comb on plasticell

    Actually this problem has nothing to do with plastic foundation. If you start with a box of all new foundation and leave it alone they usually draw it out even no matter what kind of foundation. If...
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    Re: How many hives are "enough"?

    I think you just answered the question.
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    Re: Sky Fishing for Drones video

    Very cool.
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    Re: New package and splits

    When you have enough comb for all of the resultant hives to over winter on. In my area a colony can easily over winter on one box of comb - from 8 frame medium on up.

    So help them all you can to...
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    Re: used frames

    Unless you have reason to suspect American foul brood (probably not) then you should use them - In My Opinion. Comb gives a package a tremendous head start.
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    Re: Brand new hive is rapidly dying!

    Jipsy - Based on the date you got them and your location I'm guessing that your package might have come from Wilbanks and the bees were shook that very morning. Anything is possible - maybe you had...
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    Re: Brand new hive is rapidly dying!

    How did you release your queen?
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    Re: What's the fuss about dandelions?

    If dandelion nectar is water thin they were bringing in a ton of it Saturday - by late afternoon it was everywhere.
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    Re: I think my split was a dud

    I used to add brood to failed splits, but because of hive beetles now I shake them out, freeze the frames, and rebuild the split in the same spot with fresh resources. This restarts the split, but...
  18. Re: Suggestions on Fighting Hive Beetles?

    Keep hives strong, queenright, fed and in full sun. Prevent other stressors like robbing, mites, and disease. Throw slimed comb away.
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    Re: Small queen, egg laying machine…

    Yesterday I went through several hives mining for brood to make splits. My very most populous hive is headed by a very small 2-3 year old cordovan queen - had 17 medium frames of brood. She is also...
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    Re: Nervous about split .

    They will start foraging in a few days - although if there is really no activity at all you might have included too few nurse bees. Pop the top and see. If it is weak you need to shake in some more...
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    Re: First grafts of 2014

    Looks pretty good to me - respectable results all around.
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    Re: End bar router blowout

    When I have made frames I did this part on the table saw - before slicing the billets into individual parts of course. You aren't trying to shape individual end bars are you?
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    Re: Fluvalinate in wax

    Buy unwaxed plastic, and wax it with wax from your foundation less or top bar hive.
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    Re: Old queens

    I wasn't implying that it wouldn't work - I just hadn't heard of it before. I guess it would need to be a spring queen?
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    Re: Old queens

    Is that effective at swarm prevention?
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