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    Re: Shrubs for bees

    Chindo viburnum are a good evergreen hedge and make a nice June snack for the bees.
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    Re: Dead bees in sugar syrup

    I drowned way too many bees in syrup my first year. I ended up with this design instead and no dead bees.
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  3. Re: I am in search of some bee bee tree seeds

    I got my seeds off of ebay. They sprouted just fine, but I must be overwatering them in their pots. Do buy seedlings if you can get them.
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    Re: painting occupied beehive

    I tried to repaint my occupied hive early this spring when it was cold enough that I could cork them up. I thought it worked well until I found them peeling the new paint off the hive around the...
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    Re: Picking the queen, to cage her?

    I like to use a plastic queen clip to grab her off the comb. Once she is in there, then I can walk away from the hive and put her in the queen cage.
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    Re: Crushing honey comb

    For white comb, I like to use a sharp knife to slice it like cheese. Thin little slices that break open the cells. And then put them right into a pasta sieve to drain the honey. The wax that is...
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    Re: Can I steal bees from another hive?

    yes, you can take capped brood, shake off the adult bees, and donate it to a weak hive. You can also give the week hive some of the pollen and honey from the stronger hive. just be careful that you...
  8. Re: easy small scale queen rearing method???

    Glad to hear it worked out Cub Creek. I've started caging my extra hatched virgins in roller cages with a worker or two, so I have a backup in case the main one doesn't work out. Not sure how well...
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    Re: Dr. Wyatt Mangum top bar hive plans

    Doesn't his book give you all the measurements that you need? I'm at work and can't look at my book right now, but if memory serves correctly, he gives all the angles, lengths, etc. What I don't...
  10. Re: Maximum and best time between splits and adding new queen

    If it were my hives, I'd cancel the order with Kellys and move the good queen over to the queenless hive (properly introducing her). Then let the booming hive make queen cells and once they are...
  11. Re: easy small scale queen rearing method???

    I'm running topbar hives so they are foundationless, but this is how I do it. From the production hive, add 2 or more new undrawn bars so the bees make new wax and the queen lays them up with eggs. ...
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    Re: Too late in the year to split?

    Try the local clubs. Lots of backyard beekeepers are making queens around the summer solstice (June 21). You can get a queen cell off of them and get the local genetics and be 12-15 days ahead of...
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    Re: Mostly brood no just honey combs

    We are very fortunate to have a local supplier of bee-ware in our area. I just got it from him for $3.50 It's just a plastic queen excluder that fits a Lang. My husband has a dremel scroll saw...
  14. Thread: Slow Hive

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    Re: Slow Hive

    If I read the post correctly, you started the nuc a month ago with 2 bars of brood and a mated queen. For that, the stage that they are in sounds about right. The queen will not lay more eggs than...
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    Re: Mostly brood no just honey combs

    I had that problem with a really productive queen this year. She ran up and down all 28 bars laying to beat the band. I decided to add a vertical plastic queen excluder and put 9 of the uncapped...
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    Re: Two small laying worker hives

    I had luck resurrecting a laying worker hive by giving them some open brood for a few weeks and then a ripe queen cell. They didn't make queen cells from the brood, but the pheromones got them back...
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    Re: When to kill the queen?

    I've got a similar problem, RainFrog. Package install on existing comb in April and they let that queen lay for maybe 1-2 days before she was killed. Supersedure cells abounded. Plenty of drones...
  18. Re: THB: Gathering enough bees for an alcohol wash

    If your comb isn't hard enough to shake the bees off, then you don't have a mature enough hive (or enough workers) to sacrifice for an alcohol wash. Comb that is well attached to the topbar (and...
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    Re: what to do with slum gum

    sure do. I let the slum gum harden into a little clump and then I rub it on the insides. Add a few dashes of lemon grass oil and set it in place.
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    Re: what to do with slum gum

    I spread it on the inside of my bait hives.
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    Re: how to melt wax?????

    For very tiny quantities with mostly clear comb, I will use the stove top, which is really unsafe if it catches fire. Done with brood comb, the whole house will stink.

    I didn't want to "build" a...
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    Re: Identify tree currently in Bloom?

    I'd go with privet (some variety of Ligustrum). They've been blooming for a few weeks around here and I think it's two different varieties judging from the small trees in my neighborhood. The...
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    Re: Early Source Queens

    even if you do find a supplier, getting them shipped cross country is going to be a challenge. I found a supplier in N. California that had 2 queens to ship me overnight in early March. Weather was...
  24. Re: EMERGENCY BEE HELP! THEY THINKING OF SWARMING??????????????????

    1. Take a breath and sit down.
    2. When was the last time you were in the big hive? If they were looking to swarm you should see some signs like reduced number of eggs, backfilled brood nest with...
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    Re: Supercedures to swarm?

    supersedure queen cells and swarm queen cells are 2 different things happening in the hive. Supercedure Q cells should only be a few in number and they let the old queen co-exist with the new queen...
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