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    Adding empty frame to brood nest

    So the rule is to, generally, put the frames back the way you found them, right?

    So when/if do you incorporate new frames into a brood nest on a nuc to encourage them to draw new frames and make...
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    Sticky: Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

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    Desert gooseberry is blooming and the bees love it.
    Also...
    Wild fennel and yarrow are blooming.
    Desert Peonies are about to open.

    Some other small wildflowers I don't...
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    Re: Wiped out hives

    Your best bet for a hardcore answer is to send a sample to USDA as soon as possible while the bees are fresh. With a forsure answer, you'll know whether or not it's safe to reuse your equipment.
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    Re: Foraging for...Strawberries?

    I'm in the Great Basin, no real henbit here. Of all the wildflowers we have, that's not one we see.

    Cherry pollen can be red, but they aren't blooming in my orchard yet and I haven't noticed any...
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    Re: Fire Ant Problem

    All things considered, I gave in and used Amdro.

    I tried every other means of getting rid of just the colonies I absolutely had to. I dug them up. I flooded them. I used orange oil soap, vinegar,...
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    Re: Foraging for...Strawberries?

    The thing to check for on my next inspection is either red in the cells (indicating pollen from a nearby source I am unaware of...and I know almost everything that grows here as I was horticulture...
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    Re: Foraging for...Strawberries?

    I'll try to get a video tomorrow. They were definately packing it up. They were hunched, moving in circles, and working their back legs with their front (packing behavior). Then flying away with red...
  8. Re: what I should add a honey super or brood box

    Brood box.

    The difference is space, and usuage. Brood box gives more space, obviously. Some folks use all supers) their brood area spans 3 medium super boxes instead of 2 deep brood boxes)/...
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    Sticky: Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

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    Our Lacebark Elm are just starting to bloom. Bees aren't working them yet for pollen, but collecting propolis from wounds after some timming. Pollen reports have us seeing juniper and poplar...
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    Foraging for...Strawberries?

    Anyone ever see their ladies eating from whole strawberries?

    Seriously...I just went to watch my hive entrances on two nucs I got home yesterday. Super active. YAY. But I noticed BRIGHT RED packs...
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    Re: Screen Shrubs for Virginia

    Butterfly bush is invasive, but a great necter source and some grow very tall. Choose a sterile variety to prevent seeds from spreading all over. I have a row of them and can't remember the name for...
  12. Re: How to keep varroa at comfortable levels w/no chemicals????????

    From what I understand treatment free needs to include a few steps to be effective. But if you've got enough to SEE them, treat them. Even if you use a "soft" treatment.

    You can install screened...
  13. Re: first inspection in 10 days.... here is what I found and did... close call.

    Newbie here, so wait for more experienced folks to chime in, but I wanted to post! Take a breath, you're doing great.

    Worst case - you're short a queen because they were emergency cells. You'll...
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    Sugar Water Spray?

    Does anyone out there use sugar water spray instead of a smoker or liquid smoke? I've read about this as an alternative. Supposedly the mix should be thin, but not so thin it doesn't keep them from...
  15. Re: Another issue with Screened bottoms.

    Hadn't though of honey falling through during a check and creating a big fuss. When I scrape burr comb off, specially if it has honey, I leave it in piles on the pallet my hives are sitting on and...
  16. Re: I'm not new to beekeeping, but this hive has me stumped (pictures)

    This is my first year, so I'm maybe not much help. But I'm posting because I just got through dealing with a queen (Yes, queen) laying up to 6 eggs in a cell because she was crowded. Maybe you have a...
  17. Re: My queen is crowded, laying 5-6 eggs a cell, how do I fix this?

    This makes perfect sense. I've seen where the bees will build up even just chunks of comb in the empty space and even that makes a huge mess. I got it all sorted out, thanks!

    FlowerPlanter -- I...
  18. Re: My queen is crowded, laying 5-6 eggs a cell, how do I fix this?

    I wouldn't go that far. Nothing more than feet tops and arms were bare.

    Seeing as the due diligence, checking on the colonies, being calm and quick about the work, and yes, even the frame...
  19. Re: My queen is crowded, laying 5-6 eggs a cell, how do I fix this?

    I'll remember that, thank you. So far they haven't touched the empty frames between the honey frames. Not yet. But again, I wanted to work calmly and quickly and just find out what I needed to know -...
  20. Re: My queen is crowded, laying 5-6 eggs a cell, how do I fix this?

    Update as of today - I took a very quick look. Only as much time as I needed to remove the 2 empty frames that I had placed on either side of the 2 brood frames. When I started today is was H E H E B...
  21. Re: My queen is crowded, laying 5-6 eggs a cell, how do I fix this?

    Chuck - thanks for the tip on the liquid smoke. So far I haven't used a smoker. But I anticipate that as the colonies get bigger they will get more protective and I'll need something! Liquid smoke...
  22. Re: My queen is crowded, laying 5-6 eggs a cell, how do I fix this?

    Becky - it's a give and take. If I don't check on them I don't know they're having an issue such as backfilling their brood nest with honey/syrup. Once a week isn't unreasonable especially if the...
  23. Re: My queen is crowded, laying 5-6 eggs a cell, how do I fix this?

    I believe the workers do move the eggs, if I'm not mistaken. They sort it out and get just one into the cells. Here in this area of the frame where the multiple eggs are they haven't had anything...
  24. Re: My queen is crowded, laying 5-6 eggs a cell, how do I fix this?

    Slow Drone - I am feeding 5:3 syrup, but I have back way off how much. I refil their quart jar (it's over the whole in the top cover and inside a medium super to prevent robbing) every 4 days. They...
  25. My queen is crowded, laying 5-6 eggs a cell, how do I fix this?

    First off, I'd like to introduce Delilah. Productive little thing that she is; I had to make sure I found her before assuming the worst in this hive. ...
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