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    Re: Hive entrance

    I also noticed that they would propolize the ventilation holes (on a metal disk entrance) shut. Perhaps we know too little of what the bees want.
  2. Re: Are cedar shavings harmful to bees in a quilt box?

    I have all cedar hives with and no issues. I have used cedar shavings for 3 years and had no bees complaining either. I have started using pine shavings due to not being able to readily get cedar...
  3. Re: Autumn checkerboarding experiment...

    If I may... aphid poo (honey dew or honeydew) is commonly known to russian beekeepers as bad for the bees to over-winter on. The honey from it is sought after and well priced as a specialty honey,...
  4. Re: Healthy hive, very little traffic...

    They just have a different temperament. Whenever I suspect queen issues I first watch the landing board to see if they are bringing pollen, at least some. Bees bringing pollen means there are babies...
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    Re: Insulating the bees for winter

    I have seen people use anything from used chair cushions to custom sized pillows filled with newspaper or pine shavings. So anything should work. I personally have a quilt on each hive year round. I...
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    Re: Youngster trying to make a go

    For commercial operations $5.65+sugar sounds expensive. Look into Mike Palmer's feeding style.
  7. Re: Thumping or drumming for bees... Does it work and how?

    I've posted this method previously, and have tried it a few times this year. Have not lost a single swarm this way. It's not a fast method, but it does work gently on the bees, especially when you...
  8. Re: Thumping or drumming for bees... Does it work and how?

    Langstroth describes this method in his book "Hive and the Honey Bee"
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    Re: Insulating the bees for winter

    I do not know of any Russian beekeepers that do things this way at all. I personally like this guy's way of wintering. The video is kind of long but the gist of it is: He takes out frame 1 and frame...
  10. Re: Top Bar Hive with Vertical Side Walls

    The bees won't complain or grumble about not having standard frames. You might. :) Having said that you can check into Warre style hives, they are "top bar" only style. But I have a friend who had...
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    Re: Kelley Hot Box/Moisture Board

    Functions almost like a vivaldi board with double the price.
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    Re: Info on 12 frame Dadant Hives

    Your mentor is right, take your time with it. Dadant boxes are pretty big, that it will take some time to transition. The queen would have to run out of room there to move anywhere else. The key...
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    Re: hive box - experimental joint

    This is how I had mine for some time, but I found that just budding it against one another and using screws to hold it also works and perhaps has stronger corners. I would break corners with my hive...
  14. Re: Impact of location on treatment-free beekeeping...

    1. hardiness zone;
    - 7B
    2. how long you have been treatment free;
    - 3 years, had up to 9 hives
    3. what success (or lack thereof) you have seen;
    - 50% survival (lost several to mice two years...
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    Re: Beeweaver queens in the north

    Well, I am not up north, but I have bought two queens this year from them and they are the most gentile of all hives I have. Great pattern.
  16. Re: Can you tell race by color of bee?

    Mine look just like that. Carniolan/Russian mix. Although I have seen the offspring queen being more black, lacking that light brown distinctive body.
  17. Re: Method for hiving swarms that works?

    Well, the point that I wanted to make is that when you can't reach the bees to shake them or when you can't cut the branch (i.e. like in case of a tree trunk) - there is another approach.
  18. Re: Is this orientation flight behavior?

    Nectar flow + Orientation flights.
  19. Re: Broke capped queen cell open slightly

    Since there are some undamaged cells you don't have to worry. Same thing happened to me last year.
  20. Re: Method for hiving swarms that works?

    No way. I've been nursing that cherry tree for 5 years! But yes.
  21. Method for hiving swarms that works?

    The bad news is that one of my hives swarmed and I won't have honey this year. The good news is that I caught them. Here's what I did.
    I found this method on THIS video. It's not in English, but the...
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    Colony swirls in the air

    I have a wintered hive which I took a queen from (basically I did a small cut-down split). Last Saturday, when I was performing inspections I found capped queen cells, so I stole all but two. I can...
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    Re: Bees in Cherry Trees

    Wow, none of my trees (including cherry trees) have opened up.
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    Re: Aggressive bees

    They can also get extremely aggressive if queenless. The queen could have been damaged.
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    Re: Moving a swarm

    You can just close up the hive for 2-3 days and they typically won't return to the original hive anymore.
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