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    Re: Queen cells or drone cells

    Thanks. So do I have time to give them a frame of brood to raise a new queen? They seem to have a good population for the moment.
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    Queen cells or drone cells

    I've got a hive that appears to be queenless with capped drones everywhere, and no sign of capped workers. Are the two cells at the bottom of this frame queen cells or just drones?

    They seem...
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    Re: All the talk about "Flow" huh?

    I'm starting to see some of the tallows making candles near Baton Rouge, but other than that I haven't seen much as far as flows go this season. My hives have maybe 20% of one honey super drawn and...
  4. Re: Question about Michael Bush's top entrance shims and reducing entrance.

    On a not-completely-unrelated note, I managed to kill a pair of splits by forgetting to reduce the top entrances/covers that I made like Michael Bush's. At least I'm pretty sure that's what...
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    Re: Wished for the wrong uncapping knife

    I've taken another look at the knife, and it says 12 volts, 30 watts on it. So a standard household extension cord that has been spliced onto the knife will work with it? Snip the clips off the...
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    Re: Wished for the wrong uncapping knife

    What if I bought a power supply like this one, cut off the circular plug and spliced in the wires from the knife?
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    Wished for the wrong uncapping knife

    For Christmas, I added this uncapping knife from Amazon to my wish list. It is a 12 volt knife from Ukraine that has clamps on the end of the power cord that look like they are jumper cables, none...
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    Using a collander to strain honey

    I'm going to be doing my first extraction in about 2 weeks and have a few questions.

    Could I use a mesh colander, like this to strain out bee parts and wax?

    Also, do I need to filter the...
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    Re: Uncapping with a Heat Gun;

    Is there any reason I couldn't use the heat gun on a knife, then use the knife to do the uncapping?
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    Re: How much Lemongrass oil?

    I do about 4-5 drops into each end of a drinking straw stuffed with dryer lint.
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    Feeders and Bee candy or syrup?

    With the summer heat here in Louisiana, when I feed my hives, the syrup often goes bad before the hive can get all of it. I'm currently using a hive top feeder, but think that a hive entrance feeder...
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    Hive about to swarm. What to do?

    I've got a hive that's about to swarm. I set up an empty hive with lemongrass oil next to the about-to-swarm hive. The last time this hive swarmed, they went straight up about 50 feet into an oak...
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    Re: Splitting question

    Thanks!

    I ended up doing a split this morning after finding about 4-5 queen cells in the main hive. The hive swarmed yesterday, about 50 feet up a tree and left before I could come up with a plan...
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    Splitting question

    I was looking for ways to do splits, and I like the foolproof-ishness of the one described in this post:
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  15. Re: package clipped queen is leaving by foot after escaping from her cage...?

    Had almost the exact same problem a week ago. I probably lost 98%+ of the workers (they took off several hours after she walked off) before getting the queen back in the hive. I ended up putting a...
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    Re: Ball of bees outside new hive

    I painted my boxes 2 weeks in advance last year and they were happy as can be. I installed a second package this year at my home and used a box that was painted last year, so the paint thing is the...
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    Re: Ball of bees outside new hive

    Yes, they've got a pair of large dogs that run around near the hive.

    I'm not sure if there's a connection, but the hive was painted about 2 days before the installation. Would the smell of...
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    Re: Ball of bees outside new hive

    Update: I went to the hive last night and tried to scoop as many of the bees back in. Came back today and there was still a very small group where the ball was, but the hive was a ghost town today....
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    Re: Ball of bees outside new hive

    So, two new questions then...Is this a mating "flight?" and will she be able to make it back up into the hive?
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    Re: Ball of bees outside new hive

    Edit: Yes she was.
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    Ball of bees outside new hive

    I installed a package of bees on 5/13 at my in-law's house and I got a call tonight that there is a ball about the size of a grapefruit on the ground in front of the hive. I'm planning on checking...
  22. Caught my first swarm using a baited nuc box!

    I caught my first swarm Sunday by putting out a nuc box with some drawn comb, baited with a drinking straw first filled with dryer lint, then dripping lemongrass oil into the lint.

    Question about...
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    Hive died, how do I get rid of ants?

    I had a hive die off, and there are tons of fire ants inside it. Is there a good way to encourage them to leave so I can keep as much of the drawn comb as possible?
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    Re: Running out of bees

    Thanks!
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    Running out of bees

    I'm finishing up my first winter with bees, and one of my hives has no queen, no brood and no visible eggs. It's also running out of workers, I'd say it's down to about 200 or so. The other hive...
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