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    Re: Saturday's Cut-Out

    HOLY efing A... thats quite the colony.... Good job. That should give you a nice strong hive.
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    Re: beginner beekeeper with hive that swarmed

    Just tell them they're grounded and can't go out and play today..... It worked for me as a kid.
  3. Thread: Is it a lost hope

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    Re: Is it a lost hope

    Findalybee is it the top bar pictured? If so, it seems that it would be high enough to help prevent critters from messing too much withh it. I would probably set up traps too, I am sure it will be...
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    Re: Poor man's trap - complete with top bars

    Hey all the power to you. I am not trying to put you down at all. Just sharing my way of building with free wood. I just made a little trip around the other day and picked up 11 pallets from...
  5. Thread: Is it a lost hope

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    Re: Is it a lost hope

    Its never a lost hope... If you have bees and a laying queen, then just keep an eye on them and feed a 1to1 ratio sugar syrup. As already stated, if you have a seperate strong colony, you can add...
  6. Thread: What is this?

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    Re: What is this?

    Maybe, but maybe not intentionaly. Possibly while moving frames around, and scrapping comb clean, some pollen cells may have smashed and pollen may have been smeared there..... Or maybe someone put...
  7. Re: What is this white stuff? new-bee question I'm sure

    Like already stated. Just Larvea. The bees filled the empty space on top of the frames with comb, and the queen came along and layed eggs in them. Then a week or 2 passed and as you inspected the...
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    Re: Bee Hive Assembly Hardware

    Good question
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    Re: first swarm of the year

    Good to know. My carni's are doing almost to well, and I am fearing a swarm. Last spring my Italians that overwintered swarmed no matter what I did to prevent or deter them. So the traps are being...
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    Re: Poor man's trap - complete with top bars

    I just threw together 3 swarm traps in a couple of hours, using scrap plywood I had laying around. I used a basic 5 frame nuc design, and added a couple of old btood frames and a couple other random...
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    Re: Use of plywood for supers??

    Interesting idea. As far as warping, I have some "well painted" pine boxes that warp, so I think I may try it out using plywood. I usually have plenty of CDX ply scraps around, but always need to...
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    Re: Reusing comb - does it "wear out"?

    Keep in mind that bees make wax, thats just something they do. Dont feel bad about tossing out (setting aside) old frames/foundation, and replacing with new ones.

    When I started I tried to use as...
  13. Thread: Supercedure cell?

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    Re: Supercedure cell?

    NO. My bees, for some reason love to make funky comb. I just scrape it off and let them try it again. Sometimes if you dont get it soon enough, the queen will lay in them , and you end up gutting a...
  14. Thread: Ejected drone

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    Re: Ejected drone

    Ditto. Nothing to worry about.

    I do have a different drone question, I have seen multiple Carni drones in my Italian hive lately (in all 3 boxes) Normal or not?
  15. Re: Queen laying only in super and not brood chamber. What to do!

    X2, I have also had some struggles with this strange Utah spring, but they should be able to work it out.
  16. Thread: Bee Poop

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    Re: Bee Poop

    I would have to second that. Mineral spirits will not hurt the paint, It may strip some wax, but will not hurt the paint. Do not use acetone or anything harsh.

    Or you could try honey, theres like...
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    YAY...... the new queen is FINALLY laying.

    My Italians from last year had some queen issues in May. I removed a bunch of swarm cells but still had a small swarm, but soon after that I could not find any eggs. Every time I inspected I could...
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    Re: Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sorry to hear that. I would make a call to the place you purchaced them, and see if they will work with you, but you may be out of luck.
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    Re: multiple queens!!!

    Thanks for all the info. If the weather will allow I am going to split Fri or Sat. It has been really rainy all week and not at all possible to even take a look in there. They had not swarmed as of 3...
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    Re: Can I make a split?

    I use popsicle sticks under the corners of the inner covers and seems to work fine. and cheap...
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    Re: multiple queens!!!

    I forgot to add that I added a 3rd box a couple of weeks ago, and it looks like I may need to add a 4th SOON.

    I may actually have to split the colony, but am not ready (need a few more parts).
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    multiple queens!!!

    I am on my 2nd year with my Italian colony. I got into the hive the other day to refill some syrup, and noticed a bunch of swarm cells and 2 supercied cells. I removed them all, not worried about my...
  23. Thread: Swarm traps???

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    Re: Swarm traps???

    I found out where I read about the beenie (stocking caps). I have read through a bunch of the lessons on this site (link below) They have around 100 lessons on there, and a ton of great...
  24. Thread: Swarm traps???

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    Re: Swarm traps???

    Thanks Cleo, Sounds like a great inexpensive option. I will look into that for sure. I am always happy to learn new and creative ways of getting the job done (whatever the job may be)

    And again...
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    Re: Is this a drone honeybee?

    Most drone honeybees are "fuzzy" like the workers, and have the same coloring. Just have large wrap around eyes, and a flater butt.
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