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    Re: My first experience with Russian bees

    Hi Hubert,

    I received my USDA Russian queens from Warm Colors Apiary in MA from Dan Conlon. Very knowledgeable guy and a pleasure to work with. I absolutely love working with this queen.
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    Re: My first experience with Russian bees

    Oh that is hilarious!!
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    Re: My first experience with Russian bees

    No, clearly quite a few Italians still working alongside their eastern sisters. The Russians are the black with light stripes in those pictures. These were only my first initial impressions after 5...
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    My first experience with Russian bees

    Hi all,

    About 5 weeks ago, I re-queened a Italian mut hive started from a package this year. I did it by building out a NUC for the new queen and then dropping those frames into the new hive...
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    Re: EXTRACTING FOUNDATIONLESS and WIRELESS FRAMES

    Bees in Miami has it right. I run foundationless frames, first year and extracted using a Maxant 3 frame extractor. I find the key is to keep the pressure low by flipping often. A bit more work,...
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    Re: Varroa treatment with honey supers on?

    When blocking off supers for treatment with OA or the like, what do you do about the bees in the supers? I know mites typically hang around the nurse bees, but I have to assume there are still quite...
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    What not to do in a dearth...

    Extracted a few frames (yay!) the other week and kept the wet frames in a locked tub inside the house. I was going to place them back on the hive next time I was in but kept forgetting. Got around...
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    Re: Lesson learned....nuc robbed out

    Hi all,

    I started 2 NUCs around beginning of July with a mated queens. I run all 8 frame mediums, so my NUCs are in 8 frame mediums using 3 frames of bees in the center. I placed them on top of...
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    Re: Paint in the eyes! Is it over?

    She rubbed at her face right away (yeah, so now green legs) - so hopefully cleaned enough off her face and antennae to survive. It just bled so fast that I had no time to respond other than the...
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    Paint in the eyes! Is it over?

    Marking a beautiful queen the other day with a marking pen. The pen had to much paint on the tip and when touched against the queens thorax, it 'bled' onto her head and eyes. Her head is green now....
  11. Thread: Robbing sucks....

    by Zbee
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    Re: Robbing sucks....

    I'm not an expert in robbing of weaker hives, but I moved 2 NUCs (8 frame mediums)on top of larger hives, separated by a Double Screen Board to keep the natives peaceful. The reason was to conserve...
  12. Re: Setting up foundation-less frames questions - Wedge Style Frames

    Started a couple hives all foundationless this year. No strips or wax, no nails, nothing but how you have it set up - all doing remarkably well. I have all mediums and do not use deeps (highly...
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    Re: How long can a hive live without a queen

    ???

    I believe the open brood pheromones keep the ovary development in worker bees subdued to avoid a laying worker issue. I have never heard longevity contingent or being affected by pheromones. ...
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    Re: Is this a problem?

    In one of my hives, I recently found a very sparsely populated bottom box recently where once it was packed full of bees a month or 2 ago. The 2nd box is chock full of bees and larvae at all stages....
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    Re: Re-Queening Question

    To introduce a new queen, you need to be sure there is no other queen in the hive. Failing to remove the queen could (and likely would) result in your new mated queen being killed. Virgin or...
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    Re: Is the northeast in a dearth now?

    I extracted a few frames today just for the experience. Pulled off 9 lbs of honey across 3 medium frames. When I was done, I placed my tools with sticky honey in a dish and set it abut 15 ft from...
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    Re: extracting outdoors at night.

    OMG, hilarious!

    I too found out the hard way how adept they are at crawling... they are very fast when they want to be. I have since stopped peeking in on them at night to see what they are...
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    Re: 1st Year Russian Hives

    I started 2 NUCs with USDA certified Russians (whatever that means - it was all that was in stock locally). Both NUCs have been housed on top of large hives for about 5 weeks now. Each NUC/queen...
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    Re: Hygienic behavior?

    I had something similar occur a few weeks back on one of my hives. First year hive started in April from a package now filling 3x 8 frame mediums of brood and 2x 8 frame mediums of honey (5 boxes). ...
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    Re: New split-bees hot!

    I recently started a NUC with a couple frames of bees and brood from my larger hives. New mated queen in a queen cage. Once she was introduced, they immediately took to her cage like Velcro. I...
  21. Re: Foundationless Frames in a Langstroth Hive in N.H.

    Careful placing empty foundationless frames between drawn but uncapped honey frames. Like Michael said, they may draw the comb thicker on the honey frames and lock in that empty frame where it can't...
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    Re: Brood pattern question...

    Beesource only allows 800x600 images to be uploaded. I have to use a picture resizing service (free) to get pictures down that small.

    Here is one I use - just set the dimension to 800x600 and it...
  23. Thread: 1 Hive 2 Queens

    by Zbee
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    Re: 1 Hive 2 Queens

    That is so cool! I have read stories about 2 queen hives, but you getting to actually see it - amazing!

    As for genetics: daughter must take after Dad. ;)
  24. Re: Frustrated, did you all go this slow on the learning curve???

    You had great winter successes. In my limited experience, you have made it if you can pull those types of results. Keep in mind - bees swarm because they are healthy and are able to reproduce. It...
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    Re: What is happening to these drones?

    Performed sugar roll test - 4 mites/300 bees, or 1.33%.

    Method:
    http://scientificbeekeeping.com/sick-bees-part-11-mite-monitoring-methods/...
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