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  1. Thread: Stolen Bees

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    Re: Stolen Bees

    Seems like pollinators cannot find bees this season for the almonds. Some pollinators contacted me to see if I had bees for sale. Guess they found some in Bakersfield. ;-)
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    Re: Can raw honey be clear?.....

    Same as Solomon.

    Capped or uncapped honey?
    Nectar can be clear.
  3. Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    Charlie, update the subject with the starting date. :)
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    Re: Smoker, keeping it lit

    Torch

    http://www.lowes.com/pd_149109-13877-94023_0__?productId=3511577&Ntt=bernzomatic+torch&pl=1&currentURL=&facetInfo=
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    Re: Smoker, keeping it lit

    All the stuff that has been mentioned but I'd like to add that after the fire is started well, use different layers of fuel. If you use a type that will burn fast, then it will go out fast. Mix it...
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    Re: surplus honey --- will it crystalize and spoil?

    The surplus honey can crystallize if the colony dies over Winter or population decreases enough that the hive is no longer heated as much.
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    Re: Inspecting without smoker

    If your hives are near your neighbor's, probably best to use smoke when going into the hive or else those guard bees can chase someone.
  8. Re: Thoughts about nucs in Aug-Sept versus March-April

    You will have a head start if you start in the Fall.
    Like Grant mentioned, Spring there will be more demand and you might not even be able to find a nuc to buy.
    And if you wait for package bees,...
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    Re: Langstroth/TBH Combine

    Shake all the bees from the TBH into a Lang hive set up, remove TBH and leave Lang hive there to seal up at night time, and bring it back to your place for a newspaper combine.
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    Re: Fall nectar in the bay area

    I'm just a little South of you. There's still a nectar flow in the South Bay but I noticed that some blooms just happened but dried and died really fast this year. But still have stuff blooming. Ivy...
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    Re: Mating Flight on video.

    Very sweet video! Good thing when he went to look for the queen after that drone swarm came down he didn't step on her. :) hehe
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    Re: Newspaper combine problem. Please help.

    How long has the other hive been queenless?
    Colonies can detect that they are queenless within a hour or less. But what I like to do is wait like 2-3 days for them to be queenless before I combine....
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    Re: New Beekeeper - Is this a sign of a problem?

    I would definitely ant proof the bee hive stand and keep the ants off as I'm sure it can cause stress to a small colony.
    Black beetle is most likely a small hive beetle. Shouldn't be of any concern...
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    Re: EXTERNAL hive removal

    Nice find! I've removed several external colonies and none had much honey at all. They consume most of it to heat the brood. 12 lbs is a good amount! Good job!
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    Re: Converting shallows to mediums

    what you describe should work just fine. The bees might build onto that shallow in a medium first, below the frame but that's not a problem. Just leave it or cut it out later. If the flow is good in...
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    Re: foundationless -why drone cell sized?

    I assume all your other frames are with foundation? Thus they are all worker cells.
    Did the flow just turn on in Canada? Perhaps they need some drones for swarm season.
    I'm 100% foundationless for...
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    Re: combining two hives?

    Give us a description of what's in there now with good details.
    How many boxes are they in, honey stored, etc.
    Then we can better assist.
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    Re: Clean up after wax moth invasion.

    Frames are easier to put into the freezer. If the hive bodies take too much room you can quickly torch it to kill any eggs or even larvae.
  19. Re: bees will not raise queen from frames of eggs/larva

    Sometimes it just takes a while. Keep giving it to them and one day they will get it right. :)
    Seriously, I have had queenless hives that took months to make an emergency queen from eggs/days old...
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    Re: emergency cells without eggs?

    Sometimes the bees in panic and distress of being queenless will start building queen cells out of nothing. Even capping them.
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    Re: Swarm took over a nuc.

    Yup, seen it a few times.
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    Re: what size rubberbands?

    Size 32 for medium
  23. Re: Split using frame with queen cell and bees from another hive.

    If you removed the bees from the queenright hive and put them into another box, they will figure out they are queenless quickly, sometimes less than an hour. But if you want better acceptance you can...
  24. Re: looking for strategies - moving from deeps to mediums

    You can cut the frames down. Or I would cutout the combs the size of a medium frame and rubberband it to the medium frame. The bees will secure the combs in a day or less. Chew the rubberband and...
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    Re: Laying worker or just panicking?

    Anymore photos of the combs and brood? the ones on the blog doesn't show enough. One does look like it had capped drone brood.
    And 3 months is too long if you haven't seen any worker brood. My guess...
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