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    Re: comb stuck to sides of hive

    Yep. And it's best to cut from the bottom toward the top. That way you're not putting strain on where the comb is attached to the bar. And go slow so the girls can move out of the way. I've cut a few...
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    Re: What I've Learned My 1st Year

    Great post blackandtan. Couldn't agree more.
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    Re: requeen or combine?

    Are two sheets better than 1 to help slow them down from chewing through too quickly? Do you cut slits in the newspaper between frames? If so, how many slits and how long?
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    Re: requeen or combine?

    Thanks
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    Re: requeen or combine?

    I don't think I've ever seen a screened inner cover. All of mine have the fist size hole in them. Is that good enough?
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    Re: requeen or combine?

    If I put the hive body of bees above the recipient hive, do you mean above the top most honey super or above the top most brood box? And can you explain how to make a top entrance? I can't just prop...
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    Re: requeen or combine?

    JW, can you walk me through a combine please?
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    requeen or combine?

    I had a hive go queenless so of course the population decreased and they just got robbed out, run over with SHB's and wax moths. I cut out all the bad comb with shb larva, etc. So the population is...
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    Re: Water for your bees

    Same here
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    honey-bound w/ no extra empty comb

    2 out of 3 of my Langs are completely honey/nectar/pollen-bound. There isn't a single dry/empty cell and I have zero brood. I run all foundation-less frames and I have no empty drawn comb to add...
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    Re: extracting from brood nest

    Why do you suppose the bees backfill the brood area? I have very little brood and I'm almost completely nectar bound. You'd think they'd know to ease off the nectar gathering (since they have so...
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    Re: honey bound broodnest question

    What's the oldest the larva can be that they can make a queen from? I've thought the newer the egg, the better. All of my brood frames from the donor hives are past the egg stage.
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    honey bound broodnest question

    One of my hives (I run all 8 frame mediums with foundation-less frames) is completely honey bound. Every cell is either capped honey, uncapped honey/nectar or pollen. Zero brood. I'm 90% sure I have...
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    Re: my bees are making out!

    Thanks everyone. The "holding hands" is my favorite part.
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    my bees are making out!

    ok, they're actually transferring honey between themselves but when you add some Marvin Gaye to it......


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwjGVfSbkKI
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    Re: Too much lemongrass?

    RayMarler is spot on. A little goes a long way.
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    dancing bee (video)

    This girl has moves!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IAe45bETdA
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    Re: What I learned this weekend

    I don't think the piping was coming from the white queen pupa (that was also moving btw) but from another queen that had emerged earlier. Maybe minutes earlier or hours. Or it could have been the old...
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    Re: What I learned this weekend

    No. I'm not 100% but I'm 90% sure.
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    Re: What I learned this weekend

    In hindsight I wish I had not left them on those combs even though once I saw that they were queens, I consolidated them to one comb, in the middle of the apiary, only 8 feet away with no grass to...
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    honey gate flow. use a funnel?

    I'm about to harvest for the first time. I'll be using a 1 3/4" honey gate. If I lift the gate just barely to control the flow, will it pour out slow and narrow enough to go through the small...
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    Re: What I learned this weekend

    It's too late now. I did this yesterday and I went to check on them before the sun went down and they were not there. My apiary floor is crushed rock so their walk back to the hive wouldn't be too...
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    What I learned this weekend

    I pulled some honey for the first time this weekend and learned a few things. Backstory: Last year was my first year. My packages built up nicely, made lots of honey (2-3 medium 8 frames supers per...
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    Re: video of my backyard swarm

    Yeah they came from one of my 4 hives. Ironically, I was going out to add empty frames to the brood nest to open it up when I noticed them.
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    Re: video of my backyard swarm

    in slow motion


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWE5zmeC0CE
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