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    Re: Installing Queen cells

    It all depends on what your goals are. For me, it's getting late in the year, I have enough hives to go into winter with, so any that aren't mated and laying will get joined back to others to...
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    Re: Requeening with a ripe cell

    Yes Mike, that way works, even with my bees the last two years. Makes sure they are hopeless then they will accept a queen.

    JW, I make up nucs now for adding cells to, by taking frames of eggs and...
  3. Re: Confounding Fall Inspection. Just when I think I'm getting the hang of things...

    I agree with Thershey, it might be a good idea to give them some syrup for a bit.
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    I used Apiguard 7-8 years ago, did not care for the results. It seemed to affect the queens performance, to me. It could be they are replacing the queen because of the combination of no stores and...
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    Re: need some advice..

    Yea, newbee needs to listen and follow advice from those more experienced. I admire his enthusiasm, but it needs to be tempered with taking the cotton out of ears and putting it in mouth, as the...
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    Re: Need info on Moving from old hives

    Leave it until spring warmth and do a cut out on it into new equipment. Another option is to put a new box of frames and foundation on top of it in the spring and let the bees move up into it. If you...
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    Re: 1/2 full supers

    Move them to the bottom of the hive stack, under the deeps. The bees will move it up, then you can take them off in the spring when empty. They'll be empty by end of October probably, the bees will...
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    Re: need some advice..

    That's how boys grow into men. He's doing fine, I'm hanging on to hear how it all turns out.
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    Re: Requeening with a ripe cell

    In the past I've removed queens and added a cell, or made up a split and added a cell, after waiting ten to twenty minutes. Always worked. This year and last, I've tried that and they destroy the...
  10. Re: First Hive split. Wondering what to do next...

    You are getting huge numbers of dead mites from the split because when you made the split, egg laying stopped. As more brood emerged, no more new eggs laid, so no where for the mites growing up to go...
  11. Re: New single deeps in CA: feeding, Apiguard, and fall/wintering?

    The reason I said to feed as you are treating is because of the time of the year and you still need combs drawn. Circumstances require you to do both feed and treat.
  12. Re: New single deeps in CA: feeding, Apiguard, and fall/wintering?

    You should be able to over winter in single deeps just fine. I do it here near Marysville in single deep 8 frame boxes.

    It's my opinion that you should move frames 1 and 10 in towards the center...
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    Re: need some advice..

    Yep, if you didn't get them someone else would, so glad you doing it, you get the prize of bees. Good luck tomorrow!
  14. Re: Timing and location for combining colonies/hives?

    I like doing that near sunset as it then gives them all night to get used to each other and get to work the next day.
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    Re: M Palmer queen post

    :D

    We must be related...
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    Re: Capture wild bees ????

    They are probably bees from someone's hive, or as likely are as they are being wild bees. They are after your humming bird feeder because there is not enough flowers in the area to fill their needs,...
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    Re: Introducing A New Queen

    You bought the queen so try and use her. Shake the hive out away to the other side of your yard, add two frames of younger open larva to the box, put the queen in her cage between those two frames....
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    Re: need some advice..

    BeeStudent,
    I really like your overwhelming enthusiasm for beekeeping, and hope you do well. Did you do the cut out yet? I don't think it would hurt to try. I was going to mention that you might...
  19. Re: how to get foundation built out on supers?

    Go through the two deep boxes, any frames of eggs or open larva, put in the top deep. Honey frames in bottom box.

    Honey bees like to store excess honey over top of brood they are feeding. Honey...
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    Re: September splits?

    I agree with this. I'm in zone 9 climate in Northern California, and the latest I would attempt to raise a queen is right now, so she would be laying before the first of October, and that would be...
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    Re: Nature vs Nurture

    Mediocre stock raised in excellent conditions will give you the best queens in terms of health and good ovaries for longevity of egg production. As far as temperment, swarming, burr comb and propolis...
  22. Thread: Bulk sugar

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    Re: Bulk sugar

    The U.S. has tariffs on imported sugar to help protect the domestic sugar industry and keep prices elevated over world prices. The prices for sugar go on sale in the fall as harvest season is then,...
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    Re: Overwintering Nuc side by side

    This sounds very sensible to me. I think it would be a good way to overwinter them. I've done the same, except mine were 8 frame deep boxes, four on a pallet, two facing one direction and two facing...
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    Re: inverting a hive

    I've done it with combs that were not inverted. It sounds like a great plan, hopefully it will work for you. This time of year might be harder to get them to do that than sometime in the spring or...
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    Re: Washing Plastic Honey Filters

    Try blowing it out clean with a high pressure nozzle on the end of a water hose. It always gets clogged wint wax bits when scraped, next time just blow out with water hose with a trigger spray nozzle...
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