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    Re: Hi, new member from Canada

    Welcome to the forum. I see you're in Amherstburg, ON. I'm only about a 20 minute drive away from where you are (Essex, ON). If you ever want to talk about anything local, or need local advise...
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    Re: Pollen dates for Southern Ontario

    I'm about as south in Ontario as you can get, and I think it will still be at least a couple of weeks. I believe maples bloom here first. Hopefully this nice weather holds up, its been a tough winter.
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    Re: grooved frames and comb guide

    Ya I have used comb guides in groove top frames. I have a band saw, so I cut strips that fit tight into the top groove and just add a dab of glue so I know they won't fall out with the weight of...
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    Re: tree stand for swarm trap

    I put a trap up in my deer stand this spring while turkey hunting and got a swarm. I don't know if I would go through the effort to build something like a tree stand just to hold a swarm trap, but...
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    Re: Drones this late?

    It is possible that they don't have a queen....haven't looked in my hives in a while. I can't get a queen this late anyways, so I just made sure they had stores and kept them closed up to sort any...
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    Re: Drones this late?

    They did look hairless and beat up so they must be pretty old.
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    Drones this late?

    Yesterday we had some pretty warm weather here. I went and took a look at my hives to make sure no mice would be getting in over winter and there was a bunch drones hanging around. I'm new to the...
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    Re: Getting Mann Lake to make 4.9 plastic

    Here is the message I sent. I did not directly email anyone, but used their contact page on there website:

    "I'm wondering if the company has ever considered making 4.9mm plastic
    foundation based...
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    Re: Getting Mann Lake to make 4.9 plastic

    Well I actually contacted mann lake, and they responded saying:

    "Looking forward to '14, we don't have plans for 4.9 Rite Cell sheets"

    Too bad.
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    Re: Getting Mann Lake to make 4.9 plastic

    I really wish they would make some 4.9 plastic, and based on this thread there would be a market for it. I don't want to deal with ladder comb or flimsy frame problems that the "pf" frames have. Also...
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    Re: Do these look like queen cells?

    Those are capped drone cells. In the top picture you do have a queen cup at the bottom of the frame, but as long as it doesn't have royal jelly or a larva in it you are fine.
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    Getting Mann Lake to make 4.9 plastic

    Anyone else wish that Mann Lake made some 4.9 foundation based on their "pf" series of frames? I would like to try the small cell, even though the benefits are controversial but don't want to deal...
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    Re: Can't find a single mite?

    All of these hives had brood breaks this year so I'm guessing that is why I'm having no mite issues. But not being able to find a single mite is strange.

    As to the lineage, I have no idea where...
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    Can't find a single mite?

    I started this year with 3 full size hives. Since spring I have split them so I now have 10 hives (a few are not quite full size).

    On the three original hives I have screen bottom boards and have...
  15. Thread: oxalic acid

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    Re: oxalic acid

    Got mine off amazon. $9 worth will last me forever.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B007HUR0EK/ref=ya_aw_oh_pit
  16. Will bees move honey to supers from brood boxes once queenright?

    I have a hive that was going to swarm so I split them and let them raise their own queen. It appears they failed, the queen must have never returned from a mating flight. On inspection today there...
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    Re: fishing line???

    I'm new at the beekeeping game, but I have used fishing line on both mediums and deeps. I wrap the line around a nail and drive it in to hold the line tight, a strategy I learned from the "fat...
  18. swarm trying to make queen from drone larva?

    I captured a swarm one week ago that was from one of my hives. I had already removed the original queen and some frames to prevent this but they swarmed anyways. I added a frame of brood so the swarm...
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    Queenless swarm after split

    So a couple of days ago I split one of my hives, taking the queen and creating a nuc because they were showing signs of swarming. Yesterday I happened to have good timing and saw a swarm gathering...
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    Re: Backfilling in preparation to swarm?

    Update:
    I split one of the hives successfully, now to see if they raise a new queen and she mates properly.
    I did not get to the second hive because I had been busy all week and I needed to build a...
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    Re: Virgin queen with damaged wings

    Fascinating. Glad I actually got to observe a queen piping. I'm going to give it a couple more days to see if anything happens then I will probably just replace her with a bought queen at this...
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    Re: Virgin queen with damaged wings

    Update:

    The same queen is still in the hive and it appears that she still isn't mated and there are no eggs that I can see. She was running around without attendants following her and she was...
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    Backfilling in preparation to swarm?

    I need some advice:

    I purchased three established colonies early in the season and one has already swarmed, and I also split it. Now I am worried that the other two may swarm as well.

    On...
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    Re: Virgin queen with damaged wings

    Tim B:

    Good thought, I was thinking the same thing. I would say it is about 1/4 of the wing, I wish I would have taken a picture. I will wait a couple more days to assess the situation again. ...
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    Re: Virgin queen with damaged wings

    How did I not think of that? I would however like to keep the nuc to increase my number of hives but maybe I will just do what you suggested. The decisions in this hobby are difficult when you're...
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