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    Re: Queen laying in super

    An excluder is the only sure way of keeping a queen out of a super. You would need to check the super in 3 - 4 days after placing the excluder to make sure the queen wasn't locked in.
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    Re: Robber screen and bees fanning

    As long as the holes are covered by the robber screen and the screen's opening is able to be reduced to a single bee width.
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    Re: One brood chamber versus two

    You can do that too with double deeps. Plus, you have the added advantage of the frames being the same size so you can move resources between boxes, if needed.
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    Re: Robber screen and bees fanning

    I think it is because it doesn't "smell" like the robber's hive. I'm sure the robbers smell the Nasinov gland from those who are fanning, they just can't find a way in.
  5. Re: Bees diving into smoker - aggression or just being defensive

    You're probably in a dearth and the bees are overly protective of their stores. To me, if the bees are defensive in a nectar flow, then re-queen. If they are defensive in a dearth, they are just...
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    Re: Eureka! sourwood

    Beemandan,
    I am about 40 miles west of you and it seems like the Sourwood trees are blooming much longer than usual. Although the trees are blooming longer, the bees are not making that much honey...
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    Re: New way to inspect

    Now here is a money making idea....
    Create a robot that would go into a hive, box by box, frame by frame, and take pictures of each frame. Two cameras could take a picture of each side of the frame...
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    Re: Bees really hammered me

    If you expose your skin to the bees, you shouldn't be surprised if you get stung!
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    Re: Three Months, First Problem.

    Don't make the same mistake that I have been making. I think the hive is queenless at this time of year and it turns out she is just taking a brood break during the dearth. I thought 2 of my hive...
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    Re: requeen problem

    I purchased 2 queens to re-queen 2 hives that i thought were queenless. The queens were put into the hives while still in their cages and after 36 hours, the bees were balling the cages. Obviously,...
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    Re: starting with a feral colony?

    Doing a cutout on a ladder is almost impossible if it is more than 8-10' off the ground. Dropping tools is inevitable as is getting stung. Trying to rubber band comb on a ladder is not easy.
    My...
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    Re: Uncapped Honey

    Keep the super on the hive until most cells are capped. If they don't get capped in two weeks, you could probably pull it and extract but check the moisture level with a refractometer to make sure...
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    Re: hive entrance direction

    I am attempting to reduce drifting between hives. My benches hold 4 hives and I put each one's entrance in a different direction. In the fall, I will turn them all south.
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    Re: Time For Honey???

    Barefoot,
    I am also in the tiny town of Dahlonega and encourage you to attend the Amicalola Beekeepers Assoc meetings on the third Tuesday of each month. We have a lot of expertise in our club and...
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    Re: Moving a hive on hitch platform

    I moved the hive successfully on the hive platform. I adjusted the hive's location on the platform to put it more towards the center to keep the weight equalized. The SBB was left open for the trip...
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    Moving a hive on hitch platform

    All,
    I have one of those platforms that fits into our trailer hitch and was thinking of using it to move a hive about 40 miles. I am using my wife's Ford Expedition and she doesn't want me to put...
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    Re: Hive progressing?

    They could be further along but since they are probably drawing out new foundation it will take a bit more time. The bees will only expand as fast as their location will support. Is there...
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    Re: is this a sign of syrup bound hive?

    They will build swarm cells if they are honey bound.
    They will build a supercedure cell if the queen is failing.
    They will build emergency cells if the queen is dead.
    They won't build all 3 at the...
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    Re: Swarms due to being honey bound?

    When you are making splits from swarm cells, make sure you leave no more than 2 swarm cells in a hive. Also, the cells must be on the same frame. If not, you always stand the possibility of having...
  20. Thread: Another one

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    Re: Another one

    My second year was swarm after swarm. I finally found out how to find swarming clues (backfilling with nectar and swarm cups on the bottom of the frames) and have enough equipment to allow me to do...
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    Re: Storing new/unused frames and supers

    Wax foundation can be stored indoors. Storing wax foundation outside may expose them to high enough temperature that could cause them to melt somewhat and stick together. If the supers are...
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    Re: frame order after nuc transfer

    I wouldn't. The bees know what they need and plan their colony around what is present.
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    Re: need to mow grass in front of hive

    I put down discarded asphalt shingles around my hive benches to keep the weeds from growing directly underneath and out about 2 feet in front of the hives. It eliminates the need to spend excessive...
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    Re: How to clean....

    I use denatured alcohol on the lid rim and the lid where the body and the lid meet. It makes it easier to open the lid. The rest of the smoker has the creosote too thick so I leave it.
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    Re: Mold

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