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    Re: Totally Beefudled

    First I heard about shaking the sh.. out of them. I shook them pretty good and it's all relative so the hives I got 7 and 8 from yesterday and seasons in the past have the real issue. But I will...
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    Re: Totally Beefudled

    It's not the first time I got zero on this hive. I was a lot of bees 2+ cups. For other hive at this location, I got less bees in the jar, but they had one. I have decided not to treat, maybe...
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    Totally Beefudled

    I brought a 10 frame queen right medium to my outyard to boost and requeen a hive that had been struggling with EFB all season. I broke down about two weeks ago and gave them antibiotic and started...
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    Re: Proof you dont always need a suit or smoker!

    Or twenty bees trying to sting each hand every time you pull a frame. 50 bees on your legs some how knowing where your socks are over your pants and their stingers will make contact. You won't see...
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    Re: Proof you dont always need a suit or smoker!

    I liked your video Beestudent. Everyone likes to show off a bit especially when you are excited about something new. Your name says it all, you are learning and that's great! When I take beek...
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    Re: Time to reQueen?

    I agree with Vodo. You are really messing with them if you pinch the queen now. Don't tempt fate.
  7. Thread: Bad comb

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    Re: Bad comb

    I'll take a stab at this. Why are the frames "ugly" are they just not drawn out? Is the comb not straight? Did you not wait for these frames to get drawn out before putting on the second box?. I...
  8. Thread: Help!!!

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    Re: Help!!!

    Get a suit and a smoker sooner rather then later. You learn by observing and you can't properly observe without protection.
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    Re: should i add a drone comb?

    Healthy hives make drones to reproduce. Your hives are not in that mode. That's good because drones do not help your hive over winter. Drones that your hives make now are going to produce mites,...
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    Re: No Honey production

    Feed! Also make sure you have a laying queen. If you doing have eggs you may have had your queen killed because you had a virgin in there. That does not mean you have a viable queen now. Only...
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    Re: No Honey production

    How many deep boxes have they drawn? If they have not started on their second box I would feed and give them pollen sub.
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    Re: What is my next step?

    Are they still 5 over 5? If so you need to feed regardless and try to get them into a full sized configuration. At least two 10 or 8 frame boxes but it really should be three. A stand alone nuc is...
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    Re: Admitting Defeat Saving the Sittuation

    Good question. I won't be home for a week. At that point I will give them their first dose of antibiotic. Then find the queen, shake them into the nuc with a queen excluder between the bottom box...
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    Re: Admitting Defeat Saving the Sittuation

    I guess I just requeened and I hate to waste her so soon. It's a little late to get queens and I hate to throw good money after bad. I do have drugs and I am not a big fan of antibiotics but I will...
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    Re: Admitting Defeat Saving the Sittuation

    I assume in the wild it spreads in the stomach of the bees that wander. It certainly is not spread by a hive tool. Better safe then sorry. Would you tourch the tool or put it in alcohol? I can't...
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    Re: Admitting Defeat Saving the Sittuation

    I did a sugar shdke, again no mites. Like I said I was told it only transfers with the comb and bees. If someone has research or data otherwise please share. Thanks for your experience Johnsof. I...
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    Re: Admitting Defeat Saving the Sittuation

    I was told it does not spread from hive tools or frames only comb, bees but honestly people are all over the map on this and there seem to be a new strain out there. I don't switch out comb from...
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    Re: Admitting Defeat Saving the Sittuation

    I don't know when they replaced their queen but the hive was not growing and they showed signs of EFB. My thinking was that new blood may help them over come. I put the emergency queen in a nuc and...
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    Admitting Defeat Saving the Sittuation

    I have two hives I started from over wintered nucs at a new location this year. They could not be more different. One is a monter, has produced over 100 pounds of honey, the other has struggled all...
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    Re: My son gave me this last night.

    I LOVE IT!
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    Re: Harvest timing, when and why?

    I extract around July 4th because I like to have spring honey and I don't want it mixed with the fall. Like WWW said it give me a chance to look at the health of the hives and address issues. I...
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    Re: Mean bees? (Yes, ANOTHER question!)

    Agreed... I have had similar hives and they have always been the most productive. It's really a matter of what you feel like you want to deal with.
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    Re: How long do most neew beekeepers keep at it?

    I have heard that less then 10% make it to year five. I am at year four. I mentor kids. They are around 12 years old. They love going in the hive, but they get tired after the first box and they...
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    Re: queen that dosnt lay.

    I was in your shoes. I offed her a few days ago. No regrets.
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    Re: I think my bees are preparing to swarm

    I would determine if they have any eggs or young brood. If not, whats done is done. Whatever happened, your queenless. I would then look for queen cells. If you find any destroy all but one. Do...
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