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    Re: suprise when hive opend

    If they are drawing or have drawn out the surrounding frames straight then I'd say leave it for a later time however if they've started drawing surrounding frame out crooked its easier to fix it now...
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    Re: What happens to queenless hives over time?

    If you keep giving them frames of open brood it will help to prevent a laying worker from starting to lay. From what I've read its the smell of open brood that keeps them from laying. If you gave...
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    Re: fly away queen

    Had a queen fly away but like has been mentioned they dont seem to fly far. First time it happened to me she landed on my shirt after flying around for a minute or so. Next time i had to chase her...
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    Re: Simple Gallon Feeder

    Thats pretty much exactly how I fed my bees last year although I used half gallon milk jugs. I tried using 2 liter soda bottles but they prefered the milk jugs, my guess was they liked the rough...
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    Re: Open Feeding

    I did open feed last year, it was also my first year with bees. I just used half gallon milk jugs and poked a bunch of holes with a needle in the sides of the container. Even though I now know its...
  6. Re: How to replace bars without crushing bees????

    I push one side of the bar closed and then smoke the bees down while closing up the other side.
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    Re: Queen cells not wasted

    I've found if you hold them up to the sun you can sometimes tell if they are empty.
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    Re: Experimenting with different hive types.

    I have only tried TBH's and Lang's so far but I want to try a warre at some point. With the TBH you'll want to check their comb building pretty frequently at first to make sure they are building comb...
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    Re: Anti - gravatational queen Oh My

    Well the queens would lay in the natural queen cell cups when they are getting ready to swarm and they are vertical.
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    Re: beeswax fuel for backpacker alcohol stove

    Maybe I missed something but I haven't seen anything that seems to be suggesting anything to avoid detection by TSA. What they are effectively talking about is a Large wax Candle which according to...
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    Re: jester nuc box problems

    I use duct tape and noseeum insect netting to keep the bees from getting inside of the car. I keep a couple of yards in my swarm grabbing kit since I've been stuck using a car to transport the bees...
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    Re: beeswax fuel for backpacker alcohol stove

    I always use the yellow bottles of HEET that you can find at just about any gas station in the country. One of the reasons I almost always use an alcohol stove ;)
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    Re: Queen cells

    Thats an interesting idea, you'd have to give each chamber an entrance and I'm not really sure whether it would result in a better success ratio since I believe the biggest problem with virgin queens...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive with laying worker?

    If the hive just swarmed you should see some queen cells in the hive somewhere. If you dont see any queen cells I'd give them a bar of fresh larvae/eggs from your other hive to have them start making...
  15. Re: Simple idea to keep top-bars in place (on new hives)

    I just line up the ends of the top bars, pretty easy and really the only reason I do it is for my benefit (looks neater).
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    Re: Swarm Staging Area

    Hmmm could be I know that one that was 25ft up was a virgin queen since the hive that swarmed was queenless at the time. But then again I know that one of the ones that was reachable from the ground...
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    Re: First grafting attempt disaster?

    Thats the same thing that happened to me on my first attempt. Re graft em in the new and improved cups. Thats the great thing about grafting is you can keep trying til you get it right and they take...
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    Re: Swarm Staging Area

    Ive got 2 pine trees that my bees like to swarm to. They both are directly in front of the hives and out of the 4-5 swarms ive caught on them only one has been above 7 feet high. Granted that one was...
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    Re: New Observation Hive Design

    You got it right those are eggs and nectar cells.
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    Re: Packages not taking syrup

    I've got 4 swarms that have maybe taken a pint each over the last 2-3 weeks. Theres a lot of nectar out there around here though.
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    Re: Going to get my first swarm

    I've only been catching swarms for 2 years now and last year I didn't give them a frame of brood and just put em in with a bunch of foundationless frames and had no problems. This year the first 2...
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    Re: First grafting attempt disaster?

    Since the queen tends to lay in patterns, I generally look for cells with eggs in them first. Usually right around those cells you will see cells with a tiny bit of royal jelly. Those larvae are the...
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    Re: first swarm of the year

    My first swarm call down here was about a month earlier than last year. Another thing I've noticed is the swarms are a lot larger it seems too.
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    Re: First grafting attempt disaster?

    Lifting up the larvae from the back on the "C" helps, especially if you can get the larvae half on the tool and half off of it. Makes it easier to get it off the tool and into the cup. A little bit...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    4/7/2012 Cookeville, TN 38501 - another swarm in my front yard, unfortunately this one was 25ft up in a pine tree. Still managed to grab it and dropped it in my remaining 2 boxes, really need to get...
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