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  1. Re: Checker Boarding Success/Swarm King dethroned

    I agree, I have had no swarms for two years using Walts checker boarding.

    Thank you Walt Wright.

    Paul
  2. Re: Does heavy drone traffic indicate a virgin queen?

    I think you are wright on, I have noticed this in queenless hives. The drones you see are not brothers but from other hives, but just my guess.
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    Re: Do worker bees toot

    Ray

    Are you saying queens will pipe after they are out of there cell?

    Paul
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    Re: Michigan Mint Honey?

    The basswood tree produces minty honey.
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    Re: Bees in tree

    The swarm is probbably from the tree, you allready have what you want with out all the work of a trap out.

    Besides sounds like the owner likes the bees in the tree.

    Give him a jar of honey and...
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    Re: Processing and Packing

    Tomkat

    Why a three bowl sink?

    Paul
  7. Re: Bees on side of house. Can / should I hive them?

    eric and diane

    Honey seeping down the bricks,

    Is there comb built on the outside of the house?

    If so, you would be able to hive them.

    you will have to tie the comb into your frams.
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    Re: letting the bees clean frames

    If the hole is covered how do the bee get to the frames.
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    Re: Noise from the hive entrance

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    I reduce my entrence to 4" for summer smaller for winter.

    Helpes to retain heat. I am in Michigan.

    Helps the guard bees. Is my main reason.

    Paul
  10. Re: first swarm caught in a nuc, hopefully

    I would check them in a week, depending on size of swarm, they may nead more room.

    Paul
  11. Re: Reproductve Swarm Cut-Off point - Am I there (or close) yet?

    White wax is the cutoff.

    sounds like you are a week and a half ahead of mid Michigan.

    I got my first swarm, a week ago today.

    The start of main flow and and white wax are the same thing.
    ...
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    Re: New keeper, OLD hive in CT

    Welcome to beekeeping.

    First read (http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm)

    It is the best book I have read on beekeeping and how to keep bees.

    Next read...
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    Re: Never seen this before

    I saw this last year . the package come with two queens. I would hive the bees, that are on the outside in there own hive.

    Paul
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    Re: Mating flight timing

    Jackam

    Queens are sent after they are mated, I could be wrong.
    I live about a 50 miles north of you and have not seen a drone.
    Spring is about a month late

    Paul
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    Re: Hiving another swarm

    Hi Berry


    From the video you have the swarm trap upside down, small hole on top, large hole in the bottom.

    If I was looking at it, for a home for me. I would say it neads a new roof....
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    Re: Honey with a minty taste

    Linden tree honey, has a minty taste.
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    Re: New wind break for my hives

    What are the clear panels called?
  18. Thread: Drones???

    by Graperunner
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    Re: Drones???

    Your a first year beekeeper, learn all you can by looking in on them.
    If they are queen right great, if not you know what it lookes like, look for a queen cell that may or may not be there.
    If...
  19. Thread: Drones???

    by Graperunner
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    Re: Drones???

    I had this happen to me last year.
    Hive falled at superseding.
    Found a dead queen in the cell.
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    Re: Can you leave on too much honey?

    Great job!
    The supers of honey left on over the winter will be half cristalised.
    I would harvest one medium from each hive this fall.
    I am in MI and that would be good here, maybe not in VT.
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    Re: swarm call, too late

    Yes, I have read that drumming will work on a new swarm, you will nead to place the nuck or box above them and has to be closed on top .
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    Re: Strange noise coming from hive

    Good one Tank
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    Re: Am I doing a stupid thing?

    Ok if your bees are on small cell or foundationless you will be ok.

    my bees would die in the second winter with out small cell.

    My bees are know in there 5 th year no treatments no feeding....
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    Re: USDA pollen site

    Yes I would.
  25. Re: Weird hive??? Are they mentally challenged?

    Each time I have put in a frame of brood, they uncap most of it an remove the brood. hey are not store honey on the location where the brood has been. They just pull out the brood and throw it out...
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