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    Re: Feeding advice

    Thanks for that insight! I was worried about chilling them too much, but it sounds like they can recover even from colder temps.

    Yes, I was planning on feeding dry sugar. I like to fill the empty...
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    Feeding advice

    I have a hive that swarmed late in the year last August. Because of the late winter we got, it's running low on stores (I can see the low stores through the observation window). So, I want to feed,...
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    Cutout in Wellington/WPB area in FL

    I have a friend who has bees in her house in the Wellington/WPB area of FL. Anyone interested in doing a cutout? Please send me a message for info. Thanks.
  4. Capped queen cells are empty. What gives?

    One of my hives swarmed & has a virgin queen. However, I noticed that it had about a dozen capped queen cells. Thinking I would head off any afterswarms, I decided to cut them out. However, every...
  5. Re: Hive Swarmed, Virgin Queen & Still Tons of Queen Cells

    I have a nuc that has a good queen, but she's been struggling a bit to rebuild since she was knocked over by a bear last month. In the event that the virgin queen didn't return, I was thinking about...
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    Re: Delayed or dud queen?

    That's really interesting. I'd never heard of that before. Could you elaborate on why this might happen? What is inside? A dead larvae? Nothing? Something else? This is fascinating! Thanks!
  7. Hive Swarmed, Virgin Queen & Still Tons of Queen Cells

    I'll be upfront and say that I really haven't been checking on my hives much lately. Then I noticed 3 capped queen cells through the obs window of one of my hives and significantly fewer bees, so I'm...
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    Re: Slow build up of stores

    This question is one that I asked myself a lot this spring. When Peter Borst spoke at my local bee club last month, I asked him what would be the ideal time to split in order to suppress swarming...
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    Re: I finally got bee's in my topbar

    Congratulations! That's wonderful! And doing cut-outs as brand new beeks, too -- wow! You guys are boss!
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    Re: Adding A New Queen To A Split

    Yes, you can add a queen to a split, and it's a very common practice. The bees should be queenless 24 hours to improve their acceptance of the queen.
  11. Re: Best methods of correcting cross / curved comb?

    Thanks, Sovek! It's always nice to hear feedback! :) I've been thinking about doing a horizontal Lang, but I haven't quite built up enough steam to start building that. I'm going to check in on your...
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    Re: problem staring a new colony

    Do you have a screened bottom? Is it open? That seems to be the #1 reason why bees abscond. The #2 reason would be too many interruptions (e.g., opening the hive, opening observation windows) while...
  13. Re: 64 years old and still learning! This is truly amazing.

    So true! I've only been beekeeping for 3 years now, but every day with them is a new learning experience. In some ways, I feel like I know less now than I did when I started!
  14. Re: Best methods of correcting cross / curved comb?

    I flip the bars around when it is just starting to curve. That makes the bee space tighter, and the bees will correct it. The best thing I've found though is to prevent it by making sure you always...
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    Re: Rearing queens for packages

    Thanks, Beregondo and ruthiesbees! Ruth, I think I'm on the same page as you. If they make queens on multiple bars, then definitely, I'll just split the bars up rather than cutting/inserting queen...
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    Rearing queens for packages

    I have two packages that I installed May 11, and I want to requeen them with local overwintered TF stock -- namely, I want to use genetics from another fantastic colony of mine that overwintered and...
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    Re: honey allergies?

    Thanks for these ideas. Ruth, I've seen Mike's video, and I try to be careful about my stuff. However, you're right about an allergist being in order if he keeps having these reactions.
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    Re: Top Entrance -- Pros & Cons?

    Thanks for all the replies. You've certainly given me a lot to think about and some great ideas. Thanks again!
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    Re: Wintering a Top Bar Hive

    I had 4 hives going into winter. Condensation killed three of them. The only hive that survived had an observation window. My naive theory is that moisture may have condensed on the glass instead of...
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    Re: Top bar hive entrance front or side?

    I have end entrances, which I like for the reasons Michael mentioned. Also, with end entrances, you need just one divider board. I try not to feed, but if I have to, my divider board has a hole in...
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    Re: New to beekeeping

    I leave the entrance open when I install, but I install later in the day. That way, the bees stay inside for the night. Also, I'd would leave the hive closed for about 5 days. This includes...
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    Re: Top Entrance -- Pros & Cons?

    I like the idea of a ventilation bar that can be left on year round. Do you find that the bees build comb on it or try to propolize the screen? How wide is the bar? Is it next to the entrance or...
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    Re: Top Entrance -- Pros & Cons?

    Thank you all for your input. I believe my hive width is about the same as a lang, so I'll definitely look into the lang reducers. Thanks for that tip, AdamBeal. CharlieKing, that is really...
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    Top Entrance -- Pros & Cons?

    I lost 3 out of my 4 colonies about 2 weeks ago to condensation. As a result, I'm thinking of switching to top entrances this year. However, I'm a little worried that they might cause robbing. Has...
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    Re: Hello from New Hampshire

    Welcome to BeeSource. Good luck with your new obsession, I mean, hobby.
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