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    Re: Is an inner cover necessary?

    I don't know about Virginia, but here after they glue a telescoping cover to the frames it is usually cold enough that you can't break the bonds without a lot of hammering and cursing. Don't ask how...
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    Re: Destroyed Comb in the Extractor

    My four frame tangential extractor also has a cage that holds the comb. It is very gentle with comb. I also have an 18 frame radial. The radial is motorized so I use that most of the time, but...
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    Re: Another test graft

    I don't use cell protectors either, so maybe that's why I'm confused. I just put the cell in the queenless hive and 95-100% of the time they hatch just fine. I lose another 5% or so to mating...
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    Re: Another test graft

    So why put a queen cell in a jar instead of just on the side of a frame?
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    Re: Honey Settling Time

    It depends on how thick my honey is and what the temperature is. Most of the time 24 hours is all I wait.
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    Re: Loose techniques in queen rearing

    I would say that in my experience 99.99% of the time that isn't true. I add frames of bees and brood to my over wintered nucs and weak hives weekly in the spring and fall and have never lost a queen...
  7. Re: Question about feeding/adding the first medium super

    You don't need to wait until it's half drawn. Just until they have started drawing comb. On the other hand, is your honey flow still going on? It might be that your bees stopped since the sugar...
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    Re: Switch to "warm way"

    Here is how a swarm of bees built their hive in a wood duck house that they over wintered in:

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=20108&stc=1
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    Re: Loose techniques in queen rearing

    1. I've done this quite a bit without any problem. The queenless part has been that way for a couple of weeks by the time I get around to uniting them.
    2. I do this all of the time, no sugar...
  10. Re: How do you store extracted comb till next season?

    I put lids on them. I don't do anything special to ventilate them.
  11. Re: How do you store extracted comb till next season?

    I store them wet.
  12. Re: What is the best and cheapest place to buy honey bottles?

    I don't buy much from Better Bee, but bulk bottles always seemed to be the best price when shipping and lids were included. I haven't bought any this year and I don't think that I'll need to, so...
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    Re: USDA quarterly survey

    i filled it out on line before they could call again.
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    Re: USDA quarterly survey

    I got 6+ phone messages to fill mine out. I can't imagine how many people they must employ if I can get that many for my 40 hives.
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    Re: Neighbor using Roundup weed killer.

    Closing up hives during the heat of the day is almost always a bad idea. I would encourage him to follow label instructions that will almost always restrict insecticides to non-flowering plants and...
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    Re: Neighbor using Roundup weed killer.

    We lease a farm we own to another farmer. I do keep bees there, but I don't farm it. In May he roundup'd about 60 acres of it. My bees are about 100 feet down wind from the fields (and I roundup'd...
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    Re: which one do you perfer and why

    Wood and plastic (Permadent). White for honey supers and black for brood frames.
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    Re: Shaking Laying Worker "Horror" Story

    To me those pictures look like a young queen just starting to lay. All of the eggs are on the bottom of the cell which the laying workers normally can't reach. I've only had one laying worker hive...
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    Re: tansy ragwort?

    I take my supers off after blackberries are through (now). That way they are never interested in Tansy or Queen Ann's Lace when they are on. They might get some honey from it but they will use that...
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    Re: Queens Released

    I would say that it's just as likely that it will take "at least 10 days". I don't even start looking until then. It's true that some have started on day 10, but there really isn't much reason to...
  21. Re: How long do most neew beekeepers keep at it?

    I see I've been on Beesource for more than a decade now. I've stopped trying to convince anyone of anything here. I'll state my case or opinion and leave. Each year the same questions will start...
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    Re: Inspected today

    If they have empty frames at the first of July I don't worry about giving them more space. Most of my hives have no extra space in the top box and only have the outside frame or two in the bottom...
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    Re: swarm in a barley field

    I caught one of my swarms in some tall grass earlier this year. I had looked in the hive earlier that day and saw my marked queen. I saw queen cells but thought that I had a day or so to work on...
  24. Re: EMERGENCY BEE HELP! THEY THINKING OF SWARMING??????????????????

    They are probably looking for something to rob.
  25. Re: Too early to add a super - I think. (Seeking confirmation)

    What I do, and what I think others are saying is move some honey/nectar only frames to the outside and move the empties toward the center. When they are working on the last two frames, add a box.
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