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  1. Re: Will drawing frame reduce the life expectancy of winter bees?

    In this part of Virginia, my bees forage during the winter months. Granted, it's stuff they find closer to home, but I don't know that it necessarily starts the aging clock. I've also had forager...
  2. Re: Will drawing frame reduce the life expectancy of winter bees?

    My understanding from the readings is that it is caring for brood that ages them, and also the constant foraging. I've never read anywhere that wax building ages them.
  3. Re: Those of you running 2 colony topbars...

    I like the idea of swapping the two hives. Not sure how easy that would be for you to do. My 4' hives require 2 people to move and only one beekeeper lives at my place ;-) I do have trunk handles...
  4. Re: Requeening failed, how should I move original queen back?

    Ditto to the above. And a screened intro cage that allows her to have some open brood come with her is also a good idea.
  5. Re: Those of you running 2 colony topbars...

    To answer our question directly about running 2 hives in one box, I haven't been able to make that work for me. That was one of the things I tried early spring with the colony that I ended up...
  6. Re: Those of you running 2 colony topbars...

    I had one tbh colony that has struggled since late spring to get going even after multiple queens. In Aug, they got a local gal, but had packed the place so full of pollen she had no where to lay...
  7. Re: Can a hive go laying worker all at once?

    do you have drawn frame of worker comb that you can throw in there to see what they do? If it were my hive, I'd give it a little more time to see if the larvae gets capped, and what kind it is, but...
  8. Exhibiting cut comb honey at the county fair

    I finally have some cut comb honey that I want to exhibit at the county fair later this month. Problem is, there isn't a category listed for it. If I were showing liquid honey, it might work to go...
  9. Re: Could this be a virgin queen? Dumb question maybe...

    It doesn't strike me as a queen. Wings are too far down her back. The virgin queens that I have seen in my hive have a stocky triangular abdomen until they get mated and it elongates. Wished I had...
  10. Re: Saving good comb slightly infested with wax worms?

    pop it in the freezer for 24-48 hrs. Then scrape out what webbing and cocoons that you see. Give it back to the bees.
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    Re: cut comb minis!

    Thank you for the inspiration, Jesse! Found a bar of capped honey in a hive today and the containers at the Dollartree last night. The senior ladies at church tomorrow will be enjoying something...
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    Re: BeeBee Trees For Sale

    Thanks. Can you post some pictures of the trees, including the Lindens? Some people in our bee club are asking where to get these trees. Maybe we can do a group buy.

    For the quantity discounts,...
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    Re: BeeBee Trees For Sale

    So those prices include shipping? How old are the trees? I understand BeeBee doesn't start to bloom for a few years.

    Here is a better hyperlink to the site ...
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    Re: Varroa in th Observation Hive

    are they at the threshold where you really NEED to treat? All honeybees have mites. You just want to keep the population down to a manageable level so it doesn't adversely affect bee health.
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    Re: cut comb minis!

    Nice way to be able to give about 2oz honey gifts! The dollar stores sell similar plastic containers so the cost per unit is about 0.10. I'm sure Ziploc isn't that inexpensive. What do you think...
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    Re: Installing Queen cells

    If you can stand it, wait 7-14 days before you look in there again. I can never wait that long though. I have heard of people pulling a frame and the queen flies off into never never land. I've...
  17. Re: What will happen if queen cells emerge in a hive with a new queen already in?

    so can you make up a nuc with the queen cells before they hatch? If one gets mated, you can always give her away to another needy beek and then combine the nuc back into the main hive. If you've...
  18. Re: What will happen if queen cells emerge in a hive with a new queen already in?

    Virgin queen against mated laying queen, the more agile virgin wins most every time since she can still bend and flex her abdomen to sting. If you are certain you have a mated, laying queen, it's...
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    Re: Ormond Aebi's Supersedure technique

    new wax is always easier than old brood comb for the bees to rework into a queen cell. Haven't used Ormond's method, but I like to put in undrawn bars into the brood nest for a few days for them to...
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    Re: Feeding/protecting new Nucs.

    All the above, plus I only feed the nucs at night with enough syrup that they can consume before daylight. super small entrances too, like 3/8 inch holes so only one bee can get in or out.
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    Re: Overwinter queen only?

    Our winters in VA are very different that in Ohio, but I was able to overwinter a very small nuc last year with only 3 combs. They were a late split and I was feeding all of them heavily. They had...
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    Re: M Palmer queen post

    I believe Sam Comfort still has treatment free queens for sale.
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    Re: Is my hive getting ready to swarm?

    With my one hive that went into swarm mode this spring, it didn't matter how much I tore down the queen cells, they just kept making more. (I eventually started making nucs to sell off of it). Not...
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    Re: Is my hive getting ready to swarm?

    In my first year, I only had one TBH, and they decided to supersede the queen in late February. I could still find the queen running around the box but more seasoned beekeepers said I should "let...
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    Re: Is my hive getting ready to swarm?

    If the cells are really capped and not just queen cups (that they make all the time), you have roughly 8 days from when they were capped before things can change drastically in the hive. If it's...
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