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  1. Re: My first hive moved my swarm in this evening

    Just want to clarify that it isn't my video...just the method I have used to re-attach comb in my TBH. If it were me, I would re-attach all the combs. If it is from a swarm trap, I wouldn't think...
  2. Re: My first hive moved my swarm in this evening

    This is the method I have used in the past.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asYwcWxWGv4
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    Re: Crooked comb

    Almost all states require that beekeepers have "movable comb" or "movable frames" in their hives to facilitate inspection. If the bees curve the comb it rapidly becomes impossible to inspect brood...
  4. Thread: empty hive

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    Re: empty hive

    What HB said. Mine avoid the window all winter and stay clustered near the front of the hive. Usually can't see them at all and then they suddenly explode in size. Mine are Italians, so it isn't just...
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    Re: Crooked comb

    They will usually build the first few combs straight and then it starts to get wonky. You have to catch the wonky comb early, cut it off, and instead put an empty top bar in-between the last two...
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    Re: hopguard usage

    It was upper 80s, low 90s, but humid.
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    Re: hopguard usage

    Here are the instructions:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2y4rndPhlo

    If you are using in the spring or at another time when there is little brood, you are only supposed to need to do one...
  8. Re: Plastic Frames help hide beetles - another reason not to use them.

    Hot Glue according to Mike Embrey at the University of Maryland. He states it somewhere in THIS video.

    Matt M.
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    Re: Re-queening question

    Why not bank the queen cells. Cut them out, place them in queen cages and hold on to them until you are sure the re-queening has gone successfully. If things go sour you will have virgins as back-ups.
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    Re: Attack of the Spiders

    Aragog was the giant spider in Harry Potter and he was actually an acromantula...in case anyone was dying to know.
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    Re: Now what do I do with tis comb?

    You could try the hairclip method. Very hard with soft new comb, but not impossible. Search Youtube for outofabluesky.
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    Re: Can you combine colonies in a TBH?

    What about using newspaper and flat thumbtacks to hold it in place?
  13. Re: Is anyone else still waiting on packages?

    I ordered from Walter T. Kelley and my bees were shipped right on time, but I have a colleague at work who is also a beekeeper and she is still waiting. She's been told the same thing.
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    Re: When do you consider a swarm queenless?

    "i have always heard queens will not swarm until they have made their mating flight??"

    To clarify...the first swarm that a hive throws usually leaves with the original mated queen. Any afterswarms...
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    Re: When do you consider a swarm queenless?

    The queen will not mate in the hive. She needs to go out on several mating flights to find drone congregation areas and mate with multiple drones (males). Evolution has programmed her this way to...
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    Re: Is my hive making comb correctly?

    They look fine. They'll get bigger over time.
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    Re: New Beekeeper with top bar hive.

    Use smoke. It keeps the bees calm, it will clear them off the comb so you can see into the cells, and it blocks the pheremone signals if you happen to accidently squish a bee. The queen won't fly off...
  18. Re: 17 Days after package install and I SEE QUEEN CELLS! Help!

    Yes...usually. Though occasionally a mother and daughter queen will lay side by side in the same hive. You will really be booming if that happens, with twice the laying power. Keep an eye on them. As...
  19. Re: 17 Days after package install and I SEE QUEEN CELLS! Help!

    I agree with Tony P. They are probably supercedure cells. I don't think I have installed a package yet where the bees didn't immediatley replace the caged queen that came with them. Just wait and...
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    Re: New Beekeeper with top bar hive.

    KB,
    Your queen should be out by now. I never poke a hole in the candy plug, just pull the cork that is on the candy side so the bees can access it. As soon as you have time and good weather, I would...
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    Re: Missouri Legals on Bees

    Not sure about Missouri, but THIS may be the relavent statute. Wher I live in Maryland you do have to register your apiary with the state, but there is no cost and you basically just send away a form...
  22. Re: To late to treat for mites in Connecticut????

    You can treat with Oxalic Acid vapor in the cold weather witout even opening the hive. Actually, it is the ideal time to treat with OA as there will be less capped brood. If you know how to sweat...
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    Re: The Bees are Doing It Wrong!

    Hair clip method worked for me. I figured out how to do it from these videos.

    Matt M.
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    Re: Smart Phone Questions

    I have an LG Optimus IV phone with the Android operating system through Virgin Mobile. I pay $25 per month and get 300 anytime minutes and unlimited text and data. No contract. Service is good where...
  25. Re: Anything to kill SHB larvae already on frames?

    I see you are in Mississippi. You might want to check this out.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8e419UbjFsw&feature=plcp
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