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    Re: Observation hive question

    @Tenbears

    I like the idea of removing the queen and bees to a split then letting them raise a new queen. Sort of a "managed swarm" and you get a nuc out of it. I may have to revise my plan. ...
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    Re: Observation hive question

    I'm about to embark on the same effort for a visitor center at a nature preserve here. I will be managing an 8 medium frame hive. Like D_COATES said they need to be watched closely...good thing its...
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    Moving Bees into the Observation Hive

    Hello:
    I will be moving bees from a 5 frame nuc into an observation hive that is configured 2 frames wide and 4 frames high (8 frame total). Are there any suggestions on how to position the nuc...
  4. Re: Cleaning plastic foundation after a bear raid

    Excellent. I probably will scrape off the gunk on the worst of them. I have about 40 frames that were wax foundation that I'll need to replace with plastic...they left nothing but the wire.
  5. Re: Cleaning plastic foundation after a bear raid

    Ok thank you. I'll put them back on the hives. I was able to get 3 packages to replace the bees, and I had some good comb to start them on. I'll add the fames needing cleaning as they expand.
  6. Re: Cleaning plastic foundation after a bear raid

    Sorry, that was the "not so bad" one. Here's a picture of a nasty one.
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  7. Cleaning plastic foundation after a bear raid

    Hi All. Bears finally found my hives and wiped them out (3 of them). They ate all the bees and most of the comb. I have a question. Is there a way to clean up the plastic foundation so the bees...
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    Re: Putting uncapped frames back on hives

    I do this every year. In the fall, as I reduce the hive size to its wintering configuration I leave as much capped honey/syrup on the hive as possible. I run all medium equipment and I winter in...
  9. Thread: Honey Jars

    by Irmo
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    Re: Honey Jars

    I use sailor plastics http://www.sailorplastics.com/Honey-Containers_c_7.html
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    Re: When to add a hive box

    I surprised that in Latrobe you have loads of pollen coming in and drones flying. I'm south of you and just now seeing the early bloomers (maples an such) attaching bees. Is there significant brood...
  11. Thread: Round Labels

    by Irmo
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    Re: Round Labels

    I use 2" and 2 1/2" Avery labels that I buy pretty much anywhere. I use the glossy white but they also have other styles. On Avery.com they have an interface where you can design your own label. ...
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    Re: Screened bottom boards ok for winter?

    Mine came with slide in boards for doing mite counts. As soon as night time temps stay consistently below 50 degrees I put them in and leave them in until the over night temps stay consistently...
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    Re: Mow grass/weeds around hives.

    I use a gas weed eater and do the trimming right after working the hives....so I'm still wearing my jacket and hood.
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    Re: Booming Hive, One Queen Cell

    Thanks Ruthie. Actually I was asking if anyone thought the bees would tear the cell down. I never do that. I usually do exactly what your said, and move the queen to a nuc. What I did in this...
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    Re: How long until hive realizes it is Queenless

    Well you've had responses from people with more experience than me.

    All I can do is tell you what I observed in my own hives. I have had it take up to 5 weeks from the time I saw capped queen...
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    Booming Hive, One Queen Cell

    Hi all. I have what I think is a bit of an unusual scenario in one of my hives, so I'm wondering what is going on. I have a strong hive that survived last winter and started expanding quickly this...
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    Re: Borrowing or Moving Brood

    I move brood all the time. Take a frame of capped brood, bees and all and move it into the queenless hive to give them a population boost. Just be VERY careful not to move the queen. Any foragers...
  18. Re: New Package Install Help! It's all going pear shaped!

    Believe your mentor. If you have a laying worker hive right now, the solution now and in two weeks will be the same.

    I'm in the same region as you. We have had some see-saw weather here this...
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    Re: Serious allergy scare during hive inspection

    Diphenhydramine is the generic name for Benadryl not epinephrine, which is what is in an EpiPen. Benadryl is over the counter. Epinephrine is not (in the USA). Benadryl is an antihistamine,...
  20. Re: Best way to move a capped queen cell into a queenless colony?

    Alternatively you could just capture the queen that is being superseded and put her in the queenless hive in an introduction cage. She may just get superseded again but at least she'll give the hive...
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    Re: Leftover Full Supers of Honey

    Just a question. Are the supers filled with what you fed the bees last fall or foraged nectar? If it wasn't foraged from flowers you might not want to sell it as honey. It still tastes good though.
  22. Thread: Queen Question

    by Irmo
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    Re: Queen Question

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    Here is one of my unmarked queens. Feel free to use her as a pinup girl as suggested earlier.
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    Re: Dead Out Numbers/Winter Losses

    Lost 2 out of my three. One was a split, one was a package that went queenless in August. I did a paper combine with a 10 frame nuc that I had and was hoping it would make it. Guess not. Both had...
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    Re: Non Bee Keeper Question

    I think the OPs question is "what the heck are these things?"; not "how do I kill them?".

    I believe they are drones.

    http://home.windstream.net/ronaldpatterson/yjacketadults2004.htm
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    Re: Move Advice Needed

    Enj, thanks. It will be several weeks between the moves. I suppose I can make it as long as I want. The "long" is maybe 5 miles as the crow flies. I think that's what I'll do. Move them the...
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