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    Re: why did bee push wax foundion out of frame?

    Wired foundation always has a curve to it, although it will lie flat when first removed from the box. As the bees warm it up, the wires will re-exert their shape (curved from being on rolls as the...
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    Re: Dry sugar feeding approach.

    It is just as easy to mix water into dry sugar until it gets slightly slushy. Spread out on waxed paper or plastic wrap overnight -- you can mold it if you want into "bricks". It will harden up...
  3. Re: End Bars: parallel sides vs non-parallel sides

    Hoffman frames were design to reduce the contact area to make it easier to remove them. You should leave enough of the end bar full length to keep the frames properly spaces.

    I've never had...
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    Re: sudden cold spell

    If they have stores they will be fine. You may lose some brood to chilling, but it shouldn't be that much.

    I learned last year to wait to do splits until the blackberries bloom -- lost one to bad...
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    Re: How to make sugar syurp

    For my single package hive this year I mix two cups of water and two cups of sugar in a quart pyrex measuring cup, stir until dissolved, then pour into the hivetop feeder. They usually clean it up...
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    Re: What's the fuss about dandelions?

    Watch them bringing in pollen. The fluorescent orange stuff is dandelion, and you will see quite a bit of it. The pollen actually flies up off the flower onto the bees as they approach, the static...
  7. Thread: Bee Behavior

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    Re: Bee Behavior

    Orientation flights. They are memorizing their new location.

    They will preform this little ritual nearly every day at the same sun time.

    Peter
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    Spring inspection

    Finally got a halfway decent day to do an inspection on my hive. Chock full of bees, but a few things that will need some work. They did start raising bees in the two supers I left on, so I...
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    Re: Went to check my hive today.

    If there are bees flying in circles in front of the hive, as I assume there are, you have new bees orienting on the hive. This is a good sign, it means you have emerging brood in the hive and...
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    Re: Queen cage candy hole or no?

    They will get her out faster with a hole in the candy, but there are times you won't want to have her out so fast. It's one thing to get a package of bees who have been in contact with the queen for...
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    Re: Pollen in queenless hive

    Bees usually bring in pollen in response to open brood, but this is not a hard and fast rule. If you have capped emergency cells I'd leave well enough alone, although a frame of empty comb might be...
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    Re: What does a swarm hive need?

    They will need to draw the walls on some comb at least 1/4 high before the queen will lay, so they should be collecting pollen in a few days. My new package isn't too excited about pollen yet,...
  13. Re: Installed queen cage with screens facing foundation

    With foundation you are fine. Try it with drawn comb and it might not work out so well, but there is plenty of space between the screen and the foundation for the bees to reach the screen.

    It...
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    Re: End Bar router blowout

    There are two possibilities here:

    First the wood is know to be brittle, so it may tear no matter what you do.

    The other is cutter sharpness and speed. Make sure your router is running full...
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    Re: Using Caulk/Silicone in Hives?

    If they are only small gaps (less than bee space) the bees will caulk them for you. Otherwise TiteBond and sawdust is a great filler at a great price.


    Peter
  16. Re: First hive inspection Day 17 when to add new super?

    I assume you started from a package. In that case, what you have is what the original bees managed to do in those two weeks, but you have only part of the original bee population -- they die off as...
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    Re: Nurse Bees in Overwintered Hives

    The last bees out of the comb in the fall overwinter (along with a goodly number of the others). They have not foraged, and stay nurse bees. Most hives will raise small amounts of brood all winter...
  18. Thread: finger joints ?

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    Re: finger joints ?

    Box joints are pretty easy with a home-made jig. A bit more complicated if you want to cut more than one board at a time (which takes more power than my saw has anyway). Gonna take a BIG motor to...
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    Re: Remove Over Wintered Super?

    You have brood in that box if the bees are clustered there, no doubt about that.

    Leave it alone, as MB says, until it's warm enough to reverse the boxes. Of course, they are going to fill that...
  20. Re: Is this bee excrement on the outside of the hive? Should I be concerned?

    I get some bee poo on the hive on the first warm days when the brood that has been emerging all winter gets a chance to get out. Still a bit cool for flying, as a rule, so they can't get far enough...
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    Re: Screws or Nails?

    Nails with no glue is adequate, since that is how bee boxes have been put together since they were invented in the 1870's. Nails with Titebond II or III should be as strong as it's possible to get...
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    Re: Bottleneck with a reduced entrance?

    I still have the reducers on my hives, and yes, there is quite a crowd there, but it doesn't seem to slow them down that much.

    You should leave the reducer on a package until they have the whole...
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    Re: Dealing with Drone Brood

    Move the combs with large amounts of drone cells to the outside of the hive. That way they will raise drones in them when they want drones, and fill them with stores the rest of the year. One or...
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    Re: Polar Vortex states

    We are a bit south of you, but it has been an unusually cold and long winter -- typically the local farmers have corn six inches tall by this time, and no one has been in the fields at all yet. ...
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    Re: how long before adding second brood box?

    I would only add that occasionally bees will refuse to use the outside of the outer combs -- don't wait for them to finish there before adding the next box. My rule of thumb is that there needs to...
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