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    Re: Surprise Swarm !

    You are likely out of the woods on leaving. No guarantees.
    Walt
    Like your major crop.
  2. Thread: demaree ?

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    Re: demaree ?

    Hoped someone would ask. Have not tried it, and have no interest in doing that. Sometime back, when mins reported he had poor results from checkerboarding (CB) and was going to try the Demaree...
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    Re: Surprise Swarm !

    One thing you won't get from the democracy book is that the swarms have nest scouts in the field from swarm-commit (starting swarm cells) to swarm issue. If the colony consensus has selected a...
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    Re: Yellow Jackets Under Telescoping Cover

    Those are likely overwintering queens that found a warm, dry place. They will likely go and come on warmer days seeking a nesting site for this season.
    Walt
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    Re: demaree ?

    OP,
    If you did it right, we suspect you will get none of the three. You likely will avoid a swarm, but it will be costly.
    Walt
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    Re: Should I reverse boxes?

    We would leave them alone at this time for too many reasons to explain. If they move the broodnest up into the developed comb, you can reverse at that time. You should be coming up on main flow in a...
  7. Re: George Imrie - Adding 4 supers at beginning of flow

    Ace,
    The previous post was intended to address your concern about the swarm not having nectar to work with. We failed to say that the swarm prep format insures that issue is timed to the peak of...
  8. Re: George Imrie - Adding 4 supers at beginning of flow

    Ace,
    You disappoint me. You didn't learn anything from the "manuscript" that you have. I concede that it was written for the experienced beek, and was not intended for the beginner. Let's see if I...
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    Re: East Central MS newbie questions

    Think I would go with the town location. The bees have little or no use for pines. And some trees of interest are favored shade trees at residences - like maples for fall color. In addition, several...
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    Re: where are the young bees ?

    Overly simplistic perhaps, but just transfer capped brood. They will all be young bees when they emerge.
    Walt
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    Re: Feeding to build comb?

    Keep in mind that wax making is one of the first luxuries given up when incoming nectar falls below colony feed requirements. Common sense tells you that feeding the existing members of the colony...
  12. Re: Hive swarmed about 2 weeks ago +uncapped queen cells +no eggs = Panic?

    I'm still hung up on the feeding/reversal timing sequence. We, 80 miles south, are not yet at the swarm issue season.
    Walt
  13. Re: George Imrie - Adding 4 supers at beginning of flow

    Ace,
    The reference to box hives/skeps was to the effect of not being able to see the inside to tell what's happening in the bee colony. We have had movable frames for more than a century, where we...
  14. Re: George Imrie - Adding 4 supers at beginning of flow

    Took a look at the link. My reaction - balderdash!! I do not have the same respect for the academic position on swarming. Having spent several years learning the process by detailed observation, I...
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    Re: Advertising for business

    We used a small block ad in the yellow pages, under Pest Control as Honey Bee Specialist.
    Think I got my money's worth.
    Walt
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    Re: Reproductive swarm season cutoff date?

    In the early 90s, when seasons were more consistent, there was a fairly consistent date, in this area - end of the first week of April. The last few seasons, with erratic early blooms, the bees are...
  17. Re: Honey Bee Workers That Are Pollen Stressed as Larvae Become Poor Foragers and Wag

    Be happy to do that.
    When we started checkerboarding with unlimited brood nest, some colonies backfilled the bottom box with bee bread. Dark, ugly, fully-fermented pollen. We thought, if that is a...
  18. Re: Honey Bee Workers That Are Pollen Stressed as Larvae Become Poor Foragers and Wag

    That sounds like good ad material for old Walt's pollen box maneuver. We have admitted that we did not know why the pollen box made such an improvement in colony wintering. The casual observer would...
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    Re: Drifting - New Package Installation

    What's important here is how long the bees have had to switch allegiance to the foreigner in the little cage. I picked up 10 packages at the source, and installed the next day. Letting them fly...
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    Re: Questions about swarms.

    Assuming the frames in your trap are frames you will be happy with in your permanent equipment, Move them at your leisure.
    Walt
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    Re: Newbie Needs Help w/Hive Body Question

    It is true that beetles take advantage of additional space with more hiding places. Since you are starting out as a keeper, I wouldn't expect your location to have an existing beetle population, and...
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    Re: Newbie Needs Help w/Hive Body Question

    What you have done will please the bees but make it a little tougher on you as the colony grows. If you leave it as is, the colony can build downward per their instincts - leading comb building with...
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    Re: Drones Everywhere

    Pic 3 shows what I call a "clunker." Since they are not described in any literature I've seen, we can call them anything we choose. Any time the colony gets to that point in the buildup where its...
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    Re: should i add a second deep brood box

    WBVC.
    You've got it right. But I separate the two different concepts. The pollen box is not required for checkerboarding. In fact, we had successful CBing for several seasons without it. We added...
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    Re: Tipped over hives.

    Have had them knocked over by vandals, wind, cattle, and falling trees. Worst case - Wind dominoed 3 in a row. Remarkably, have not lost a queen by that means. Guess I should thank the propolis crew...
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