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  1. Re: Adding boxes under the hive to estabilish a colony for winter.

    We have assumed the broodnest is suppose to be at the very bottom of colony because that's where it ends up. We start it there and we keep it there by adding boxes on top. In the spring, if it is...
  2. Adding boxes under the hive to estabilish a colony for winter.

    We are coming out of a harder winter this year than average. Spring has not sprung here so I'm notworking bees yet, but still contemplating how to better prepare for next winter.

    Beekeepers...
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    Re: Does temperature affect queen rearing

    Drone's don't fly until they are sexually mature, once that happens they need a day above 69 degrees

    http://www.glenn-apiaries.com/queenrear.html
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    Re: Define "Nuc" please.

    Thank you zhiv9, as I was reading I was hoping someone would post this, as I recently came across it.

    When I'm asked "How many hives do you have?" I find this hard to answer as more than half of...
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    Map your hives

    I found this site a little while ago when planning my trip to London.
    http://www.urbanbees.co.uk/maps/

    I think it's very well done. It uses Google map tools to place your hive(s) accurately but...
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    Re: Wasps, live and let live or kill them all?

    if you want to worry about them you can join this facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AsianGiantHornet
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    Re: Wasps, live and let live or kill them all?

    Here's a little anecdote I've always liked:

    Once there was a stream full of salmon, a favorite fishing spot for people... as well as bears. The bears would catch salmon and drag them on shore...
  8. Re: caught a swarm, how long should i leave them be?

    Just remember, Bees don't need you.

    They are incredibly resourceful and adaptable. They didn't swarm expecting to find an upside-down bucket of sugar syrup and combs already built.

    Tom...
  9. Re: caught a swarm, how long should i leave them be?

    Huge! :eek:

    It's recommended that swarms are hived on foundation. The honey a swarm carries with it can carry spores of diseases like AFB. If there is drawn comb the swarm will deposit it's...
  10. Re: caught a swarm, how long should i leave them be?

    That's not a simple topic. You're going to hijack the thread asking questions like that. Start a new thread, or find the 100s that already exist on these forums:...
  11. Re: It's the strangest thing I'm completely stumped

    I can't speak to a queen "quitting laying" from being moved since I haven't moved very many hives. Lots of things contribute to a hive's urge to swarm, disturbing (moving) the colony is one of them....
  12. Re: Ants = formic acid, a treatment for mites, so are they so bad in the hive?

    By "Ants = formic acid" I'm assuming you are referring to ant venom being composed of formic acid.

    Formic acid isn't "good" for beehives, it's simply bad for varroa mites.

    Varroa mites...
  13. Re: It's the strangest thing I'm completely stumped

    one mystery at a time... you are certain the hive didn't swarm?
    That's the obvious answer to a large downsizing of a hive.

    3-4 weeks is plenty of time to raise a queen, leave, and destroy all...
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    Re: Took queens out of my production hives.

    interesting approach, I can think of a few reasons why one might do this, but I'm curious what yours are and where you got the idea.

    downsizing for overwintering.
    less brood to take care of and...
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    Re: one strange bee

    my guess would be she was too young to leave the hive and got a ride to your house on your clothing. Doesn't know how to get back the hive.

    until she starts ringing the door bell I'd just ignore...
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    Re: inner cover ?

    That could be a new method of varroa control. ;)
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    Re: Are used hives being sold too cheap?

    Is there any standardized method for appraising the value of a hive?

    Do you think there could be a general guideline or are there too many variables? Kbb.com does it with cars and there are...
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    Re: inner cover ?

    Personally I'd rather error on the big side because a little burr comb is easier to deal with than a lot of propolis.
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    Re: Pics of the new bee yard.

    Great looking yard :applause:

    I'm curious if you will have much drifting. It seems you alternated colors on the nucs for this reason, but what about the uniformity of the 5 pairs of hives on each...
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    Re: inner cover ?

    I buy unassembled frames from Mann Lake. I've built many hive bodies myself using these dimensions: http://www.beesource.com/files/10frlang.pdf and use a metal frame rest:
    (WW-125 from Mann Lake)
    ...
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    Re: inner cover ?

    The inner cover + telescoping cover is designed to be used together to leave an air space on top of the hive for insulation and create a weather tight lid that can be removed with a hive tool.

    but...
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    Re: NUCs as a growing hive?

    I think bees are incredibly adaptive and will make do with almost any cavity you give them.

    Beekeeping is a constant battle between what bees need/prefer and convenience to the beekeeper that...
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    Re: Went bare handed last night - got stung

    Mine don't itch any more. Hang in there.
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    Re: painted boards

    Just use it for covers or bottom boards, not hive bodies?

    I second the belt sander though, don't breath in old paint dust though! Leave the sides rough so they propolize it smooth. There is...
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    Re: Screened bottoms

    Let's assume you live in a house on stilts and you pay your heating bill in the winter. Would you want a screen floor or a solid floor?

    As far as moisture problems in the hive there is also a...
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