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  1. Re: Left empty honey supers on (for cleaning) too long!

    Can't put them back on the hives. I already installed Apiguard, a mite medicine. Can't have honey supers on while Apiguard is in place.
  2. Re: Left empty honey supers on (for cleaning) too long!

    Update: I laid the 3 supers out in the side yard for the bees to clean out. I've put my cappings, extractor etc. out there for the bees to clean out in the past and haven't had much of an issue -...
  3. Re: Left empty honey supers on (for cleaning) too long!

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    That's a good call. Although when I've left drawn-out fames out for cleaning in the past, the bees beat up the drawn comb somewhat. But that's probably the best solution - they'll be clean for...
  4. Left empty honey supers on (for cleaning) too long!

    So, two weeks ago last Saturday (17 days ago) I harvested honey supers on 3 of my backyard hives. I spun all the honey out and put the supers back on the hives for the bees to clean out. I was...
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    Harvesting Honey - what to do with super?

    Hi All:
    It's been so long since I've done this I can't remember my options. I'm about to harvest a full super of honey. Hive configuration: 4 medium boxes with one of those 4 above the queen...
  6. Re: Using a queen excluder under bottom box with newly hived swarm?

    Thanks for everyone's advice. Since I didn't have a spare excluder laying around, I went ahead and hived this new swarm without one. I did provide a top-feed jar and they're slowly drawing that down....
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Big swarm yesterday in Folsom, CA. Warm - 91 farenheight. Swarm was 6' up on a branch in a park.
  8. Using a queen excluder under bottom box with newly hived swarm?

    Hi All: Hope everyone is enjoying this epic spring weather we're experiencing. 91 degrees here in Folsom, CA today!

    Got my 4th swarm of the season (I've turned into the neighborhood bee-dude,...
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    Can You Say Pollen?!

    Went out to the new hive today (actually a new swarm in an old hive, see the sordid details here: http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?266309-Swarm-takes-residence-in-abandoned-hive) and...
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    Re: Swarm takes residence in abandoned hive.

    Update: So, back from the trip and the big cluster under the hive was in fact an afterswarm (timgoodin gets a gold star!). I built up a new hive, grabbed the afterswarm and installed them this...
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    Re: Swarm takes residence in abandoned hive.

    Thanks Fuzzy (actually thanks everyone for your advice), I was considering dipping into that capped honey. Trouble is, I'm heading out of country for 10 days starting tomorrow. AND I just caught a...
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    Swarms: Requeen soon? Medicate?

    So, as I understand it a new swarm has the old queen with it. Meaning, if she's 3 years old, she might not be the best-laying queen around. Do most of you who catch and raise swarms re-queen the...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    And another swarm caught today. Sunny, low 60s in Folsom, CA. Smallish - size of a cantaloupe. On a 1/2 inch tree branch about 4 feet off the ground.

    Now I have to find a hive to put them in!
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    Re: Swarm takes residence in abandoned hive.

    Hi All, here are some photos of the swarm up underneath the hive and of the front of the hive. Plenty of activity this morning once the sun hit the hive. Still wondering if that cluster underneath is...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Swarm moved into a freshly abandoned hive (lost that colony just this last month, don't know what happened - they left 1.5 mediums full of honey/pollen) yesterday, 3/30/2012. Partly cloudy, mid /...
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    Re: Swarm takes residence in abandoned hive.

    Thanks for all the advice. I'm excited I have a new colony! And a strong one at that.

    A couple things I noticed today - there's a large mass of bees under the hive - the size of a large...
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    Swarm takes residence in abandoned hive.

    Hi All,
    Thanks in advance for all of your sage advice (Mmmmm, sage honey...).

    Lost my hive again this year. Second year in a row (I just have one hobby hive). Must have lost the queen at some...
  18. Re: Not liking my hive top feeder - but my queen does

    Yes, that's the one. You can see it here: http://bit.ly/aOKrU1

    There is a ton of flow these days to I expect to remove it this weekend. I'm just concerned about all the bees I'll be taking with...
  19. Not liking my hive top feeder - but my queen does

    New hive, first hive, installed early April. Was in the hive last weekend to add a second brood chamber (using mediums for everything). I had noticed previously that there was quite a bit of burr...
  20. Re: Pics of My New Hive. Help Explain These Things.

    Thanks for the responses. Yes, I've already seen a bit of burr comb just from the first two inspections. I use a hive-top feeder and they're connecting the brood frames to the feeder via burr comb. I...
  21. Pics of My New Hive. Help Explain These Things.

    Hi,
    Just posted some pics to Picasa of my 2-week old hive. I saw larvae today, they can barely been seen in the lower right quadrant of this picture:. The question I have about this picture is what...
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    Re: titebond3 for frames safe?

    I can't reply from experience, only from what I've read (and that's quite a lot). I ended up gluing AND nailing. The word is that frames suffer from abuse: having to pry them out after propolis and...
  23. Re: Caring for a Package for 2-3 Days Before Installing

    Dutch Bee - You're right to anticipate - it's great fun. We've already become greatly attached to our colony. Too bad today is cloudy - was hoping for sun so we could see them fly more.
    Just...
  24. Re: Caring for a Package for 2-3 Days Before Installing

    Thanks BeeCurious. And thanks to everyone for the feedback. I waited until today (Tuesday late afternoon) to install. Partly cloudy, no wind and mid-60s. The package was still very active and not...
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    Re: 3lb package to medium hive body?

    That's a great question because I'm going to be hiving this afternoon into mediums. I was planning on using two mediums to start. What are the pro/cons of starting with one versus two?
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