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    Re: New hive on day 11--going to plan b

    You are rushing things. 11 days is too early to find a lot of brood so wait another week before looking again. I'm one who never looks for a queen but I know each hive has one since there's...
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    Re: confessions of a new bee keeper

    You didn't say anything about using a smoker- mistake 6. As you found out a head/face covering is important; a sting in the face can be quite nasty.
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    Re: Sticking Inner Cover

    A small round-headed screw on each top corner of the inner cover will prevent the sticking; screws on the bottom of each corner on the inner cover will give excellent ventilation.
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    Re: comb as thick as....

    I'm totally lost. Did the OP just whittle some sticks and glue them together and got thicker wall cells? How is the cell wall thickness measured? Micrometer? Microscope? And do we really care...
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    Re: Bought a NUC.. now the fun begins

    Relax and go with the "flow". Your bees won't starve with the number of nectar and pollen sources available. Up here in the north east the trees are just starting to bloom and I'm not worried in...
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    Re: Do I have a Problem?

    Just calm down. Get a grip on yourself. Everything looks fine. Leave the hive alone for another couple of weeks.
  7. Thread: Mold in Beehive

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    Re: Mold in Beehive

    For good, even hive ventilation I use a small round headed screw on each underside corner of the inner cover. That will raise the inner cover by about 1/16", too small for a bee. Using a small...
  8. Re: Hive was completely dead when I opened it last month

    Another possibility is that it was a non-laying queen; the bees aged and with no replacements, simply died of old age. Sounds ridiculous? I'm far from being an expert but I did see a rather fast...
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    Re: gopro

    As mentioned, a GoPro won't work with a hat or veil. It should work fine hanging from a neck strap at least that's what I've been planning.
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    Re: I can't believe the cost of nucs this year!

    The person selling his nuc for $225 might just as well ask $8000. He can ask anything but that doesn't mean he will sell any.
  11. Re: Spring inspection showed hives full of "honey"

    Tremendous amount of leftover honey here after a very long and brutally cold winter; easily more than 30 lbs per (8 frame) hive.
  12. Re: Newbie can't find nucs, how bad off am I starting with packages?

    There's nothing wrong with packages, nothing whatsoever! A nuc will give you a headstart and a package will give you some learning experience and some drawn comb for the next year. You might even...
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    Re: Im like an expectant father

    If the queen isn't out by the end of the third day, I just release her. It's that simple. We've all been through the anxiety, it's all part of the learning process.

    Relax, let the bees work...
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    Re: Bee raft, Titanic or kitchen trivet?

    I use thin sheets of packing foam with slits cut into it; also some folded window screen over the edges make a nice ladder for the bees. My experience with packing peanuts is that the bees eat them!
  15. Thread: Uncapped honey

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    Re: Uncapped honey

    If you fed your bees a lot of sugar syrup last fall, that's what they put away. What you have harvested is fine to feed back to the bees along as it doesn't smell nasty. To measure the water...
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    Re: Clothing puzzle...

    The "hoodie" type of hat makes me suffocate for lack of air flow and with an unvented suit, leads to heat stroke. Go vented with the 360 degree venting hat.
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    Re: install question. ...

    If you remove one side screen with a knife, the bees pour very easily.
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    Re: Weak hive with honey bound deep

    Vance- I think you have nailed down the situation. It looks like the hive most likely cannot perpetuate on its own so it now looks like I'll be combining the remains of the hive with another...
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    Re: Weak hive with honey bound deep

    Thanks for your comments BBK. No I'm not certain that there is a queen although the hive seems rather docile. I would like to save the hive although the population is very low. I have other hives...
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    Weak hive with honey bound deep

    Today was the first complete inspection of one hive; the bee population is very low and they have left the upper deep 90% full of capped honey. The lower deep is about 25% capped honey and nothing...
  21. Re: First sting of 2015, but probably not the last

    It may just be me but I've found that the first sting of the year brings the worst allergic reaction; after that stings are just annoying.
  22. Re: dadant smoker poor quality control! see pics attached

    Just my opinion but it seems that you are intent on being dissatisfied. We all receive damaged goods and for the most part we just fix damage ourselves or contact the merchant for replacement. ...
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    Re: Hive Tracking Spreadsheet?

    My tracking is simply a Word document that records dates and what I did or observed.
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    Re: foundationless frames

    I've found that a starter strip moves things along much more quickly. Wire the deeps, not the mediums. Not an expert but these work nicely for me.
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    Re: Queen cells to attract swarms?

    My idea is to use the macerated remnants of unhatched queens, not live or viable queen cells.
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