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    Re: Super clean out behavior

    Yes, a couple have 1" holes drilled as upper entrances.
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    Super clean out behavior

    So I set out my extracted supers for the neighborhood bees to finish cleaning up and I noticed something strange. It appears they are cleaning/polishing around the entrances as if it were their home...
  3. Re: Better to buy a suit or commit to getting stung more often?

    Either way you go, just be careful with your reactions. You might want to have an Epipen on hand. I have been stung by honey bees since I was a kid playing in the yard. I started keeping bees...
  4. Re: Nucs only on deep frames, what if I only have medium hive bodies?

    Here's something I've done to get past this situation: Stack your medium on top of the nuc assuming the nuc box is wood or something sturdy. My nuc box is wood so it's strong enough to support more...
  5. Re: Bees flying all over around hive that swammed 2 weeks ago

    Sounds like it may have been robbing. If that's the case, you're doing right to close down all possible entrances to a small enough one they can defend on their own.
  6. Re: Bees flying all over around hive that swammed 2 weeks ago

    How has your nectar flow been recently? If you have experienced a drop off in nectar flow, it could be robbing from other hives. Do you see any fighting at the entrance and the other access hole?
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    Re: What do foragers do when it rains?

    Roland...I wonder what the prize would be...since they don't have much time after the sting to enjoy the fruits of their victory!
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    Re: Laying worker hive + Queen cells...

    I heard Jim Tew speak on this very subject this spring. In a nutshell, his opinion was that a laying worker situation is a losing battle. His suggestion was to do a newspaper combine with a...
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    Re: a few qustions from a starter

    One question I would have for you is why are you ordering a new queen? A new queen won't necessarily solve the EFB problem, if in fact you have it. If both queens are laying well and appear to be...
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    Re: What's this queen behavior?

    <<<actually....listening to your timeline, when you made your split "about" two weeks ago, do you think that you may have possibly taken your "old" queen with the split about 16 days ago? If so the...
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    Re: What's this queen behavior?

    Thank you. I had never heard piping before and thought of something different when I read about it. I am pretty sure they haven't swarmed yet. Hopefully won't. She was only laying in the top...
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    What's this queen behavior?

    Just got out of inspecting one hive I thought was queenless after I looked through it Sunday. I didn't see any evidence of a queen Sunday (eggs/brood) so I checked back today. Only took out three...
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    Re: Pallet Bottom Board Question

    I have used pallets under the hives, never as a bottom board though. A couple of things I would be thinking of though...Yes, I would guess the mouse problem would be more prevalent i the winter...
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    3/4" pvc extrance length

    I am going to try again to overwinter a nuc in my shed to see if I can benefit from the wind break and add a little insulation to the hive to get it through the winter.

    I tried this last year with...
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    Re: Ready to quit beekeeping!!!

    Yeah, don't give up on just that...there may be a nectar flow stoppage and the queen will shut down her laying too. Sounds like you need to do a little more investigation before you jump off the...
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    First cutout success

    Well, I've been beekeeping for about 10 years now and just did my first successful cut-out. A buddy I've been helping get into beekeeping since last year helped out. We successfully removed about a...
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    Re: Going to cut down a bee tree

    I would do exactly as you're planning with a couple of exceptions.

    1. Mount the tree trunk into a somewhat permanent position in the same orientation that it currently stands. Don't...
  18. Re: What would you have done with this bee removal?

    The only thing I would have been concerned about was Africanization. I don't know where you're located in CA, if you're in an Africanized area but I understand that finding bees in something like an...
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    Re: switching top and bottom brood boxes??

    I don't know swapping the boxes will help much. What may help a little is shifting a couple of frames of drawn comb up there and moving the replaced empties down. That may stimulate them a little. ...
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    Re: Question about syrup

    Just to support Throrope with an example, I had a nuc in my back yard earlier this year. Bees were visiting my water fountain non-stop. I watched them take off from the fountain...some headed...
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    Re: Queenless question

    There's always a good chance that some of your queens shut down for a while. If you're entering a dearth like many of us are or will be soon, they will shut down accordingly. They will still lay a...
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    Re: Making a split using a NUC

    You can create a split just as you're thinking. Make sure you're taking some fresh eggs to the nuc without taking the queen. Yes, they should make a new queen on their own. Check after about a...
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    Re: i need help asap

    Don't forget to help Rover out and give him a bath to get rid of those pheremones so he doesn't get attacked again when he goes out.
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    Re: Are landing boards...necessary?

    Not necessary. Most people who drill in upper entrances aren't adding landing spaces. I hived a swarm into a nuc box a few weeks ago. I thought about not having a landing board so as an...
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    Re: When Should I see Eggs?

    Or instead of ordering a new queen, if you have the resources, add another frame or two of fresh eggs/larvae. Let them try again. I was in the same boat earlier this year, seemed to take a little...
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