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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    I would like to go foundation less but I'm afraid my bees would start having varroa and tracheal mites.
    Far as I know I haven't had either long as I have been beekeeping. I do think it must be...
  2. Re: Will the half left without a queen make it this early?

    All I can say is that I am somewhat in aww as to where and how far this thread I originally started has gone.

    I hope everyone did read toward the beginning how I made the split, the deck of cards...
  3. Re: Will the half left without a queen make it this early?

    Acebird I agree and that is what I meant. Maybe I might not have worded it all that clearly. Perhaps I might have left out a comma where there should have been one. I'll re write the 1st sentence of...
  4. Re: Will the half left without a queen make it this early?

    Aww gee Acebird if so I guess my bad. It's unfortunate that sometimes I just take people wrong.

    Well, I figure if all goes well with the queen-less hive, by the time they produce another queen and...
  5. Re: Will the half left without a queen make it this early?

    Maybe the flow might be just beginning here. I have seen lots of daffodils and some budding on trees. It's just that I would rather it be in full swing before doing this.

    I did the split this...
  6. Re: Will the half left without a queen make it this early?

    Well, I do recall seeing 2 or 3 drowns yesterday inside that hive, and I'm certain there are more than just those 2 or 3 there.
    For the half of the split that's left here, there there are 2 other...
  7. Will the half left without a queen make it this early?

    I think I need to do a 50/50 walk away split and don't want to this early. I went into my Russian hive yesterday evening just to see if I determine there is enough honey for them till the flow...
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    Re: What did you learn this winter?

    I learned to use entrance reducers or some kind of means to keep rodents out of ALL my hives throughout winter.
    I also learned that some kind of larger animal likes to eat/drink the vegtable oil in...
  9. Re: My bees abandand their home because of a small rodent

    Ok that could explain why there was no dead bees that lead me to think they had absconded.

    The reason that didn't come to my mind was because the few other times I had colonies die they died all...
  10. Re: My bees abandand their home because of a small rodent

    Maybe the rodent wasn't the reason why the bees are gone. All I know is that they are gone and there was an active rodent nest there. The rodent nest did indeed fit Michael s description, a ball of...
  11. My bees abandand their home because of a small rodent

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  12. My bees abandand their home because of a small rodent

    Went out to the farm to check up on the hives out there. One had very few bees flying in and out contrary to the others. I went in expecting bad and it was. I left them a lot of their own honey to...
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    Re: Russian VS Italian bees.

    In my experience I honestly can't speak for full Italians. The bees I have had / have are of either two kinds, either 1. a mut mix of Italien, Russian, Black, Carnionane because that supplier...
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    Re: Feral Robbers

    I have the same problem with my hives out at the farm. They have produced very much honey I really want to leave for them to overwinter on, and I not have to feed, and better for them too. After what...
  15. Re: Question about queen shutting down this early, or is there a queen at all

    Pen, you made no mention of the kind of bees but would that colony happen to be of a Russian queen? I have read Russian queens will practilly shut down production of brood during a derth or when the...
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    Re: Russian hives, slow build up.

    I theroize it could possibly be bad queens as resault of shallow jene pool. That's based on the fact that they came from the same source.
    I have had 2 Russian colonies, one last year and one this...
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    Re: Found a swarm today !!

    After what happend the last time I combined other bees with a swarm, I think I will NEVER do it again.
    Just not long ago one of my hives swarmed. I currently didn't really have place for it so I...
  18. Can virgin queens go have a successful mating flight anytime year round?

    I have one colany I believe to be queenless. It's a small one too. Went into it yesterday and didn't see a queen but I did see some capped queen cells.
    There was 2 twin capped queen cells nearly in...
  19. Re: What issues about moving hives during winter - short distances in very cold clima

    I agree. IMO Winter would be an excellant time to re-locate hives. If I wanted to relocate a hive, if it wasn't an emergancy, I would wait till winter to do it. It's cold so the bees are all...
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    Re: What went wrong?

    Radar indeed very good points of Mr.Bush I was not aware of even being here. That's result I stay so busy, I don't get on these forums much but only when I have some kind of issue. When I do have...
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    Re: What went wrong?

    Ah I recall hearing something about that, the newspaper sheet in bee class 3 years ago and had forgotten about it. Question for my own imformation. In what circomstances would you do a 2 frame split...
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    Re: Not capping in Honey Super

    I wish I had suggestion to offer but only a comment. The comment is that in my now 4th year of beekeeping, this year all my hives bothe here at the house and out at the farm 48 miles away have hardly...
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    Re: What went wrong?

    The 22nd of last month I started a thread entitled " Captured small swarm this late in the year" without the quotation marks of course. I had only one reply. He meant well. This thread is what I...
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    Re: What went wrong?

    It's really ironic how some of the things we do when we mean well can actually be nearly the worst cruelist thing we could possibly do, as was in this case.
    Only reason I can think of why this...
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    What went wrong?

    One of my hives out at the farm spit out a small swarm that was on a branch near the hive. I had no ladder or equipment to get it with me. Neither do I really have a place for another colony at the...
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