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    Re: Another typical foundationless disaster

    This is a first year hive, but we simply couldn't leave it the way it was. We didn't even take 1/10th of what they've got I don't think, and we only took cappings from really thick combs and some...
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    Re: Another typical foundationless disaster

    I've put a couple of swarms we caught this spring from top bar nucs into 10 frame deep Langs. They're building them out nicely, this is a picture from a week or so ago.

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    I will admit that...
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    Re: New Hive Scents and window pics

    Why are the combs so far apart?
  4. Re: Very little or no capped honey, supercedure cup is sealed - what is going on?

    They're superceding their queen, count yourself lucky that the old queen hasn't been axed already.

    Stay out of the hive for a bit and see how it goes. It does seem odd that there isn't any...
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    Re: Another typical foundationless disaster

    Have not measured, this was a swarm we captured in early June, so this bar (when not fully built) probably had a small portion of brood already through it. But they're getting into their second big...
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    Re: Does smoking calm Yellowjackets?

    Brake cleaner. It'll knock them right out of the air and kills them extremely quickly.
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    Another typical foundationless disaster

    Look at all of this mixed worker/drone brood and horrible cross-combing. These bees obviously have no clue what they're doing. :shhhh:

    http://s25.postimg.org/ws6nwqn9b/IMG_20140726_150348_337.jpg
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    Re: Mating flights?

    They'll bring pollen in if they have brood to care for. Or they may just bring it in even with nothing.
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    Re: Pesticide bee kill?

    I've thought about that possibility, they did not have a queen so I bought them a mated one. Caught them June 5th, got the queen to them about a week later.
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    Re: Keeping Combe straight tricks

    Sounds like he has good ones, I have noticed that my one piece bars are a bit less likely to deviate from being straight. Tongue depressor ones are 85% as good, and about 100% easier and less time...
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    Re: Keeping Combe straight tricks

    Constantly pinching the ends back to the center of the bar. And if you have some straight bars, put the empty ones in between them.

    Level the hive very well.

    How long across the hive are your...
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    Re: Drone Expulsion

    I keep waiting for one of my hives to do this. They have an absolute ton of drones in the hive. A few combs are completely covered with them. I think they may have possibly swarmed, the queen they...
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    Re: Delayed reaction to a sting

    I don't have much swelling until about 18 hours later it seems (sometime the next morning). Then it gets pretty swollen, very itchy, and hot (my hand was 103*F when I took this picture. No "body"...
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    Re: Pesticide bee kill?

    Seems like the dying as either fallen off, or there are less enough bees now that it's hard to tell. I've noticed many less curled up crawlers. They've been queenless for a couple of days now and...
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    Re: Funny looking Queen

    I'm not saying I disagree with the practice... in fact I don't really care.

    My only thought is, how many (what percentage) of swarms are man-caught? I have to believe it's a very very small...
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    Re: Pesticide bee kill?

    How did you get rid of the remaining brood? Will the ants take care of that too? I'm planning on putting a nuc closing disc over the entrance and let the ants go to town.
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    Re: Funny looking Queen

    Try finding these ladies (a couple of ours):

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    Re: Funny looking Queen

    Shame you're going to pinch her. :(

    Was she marked when you trapped/captured them, Mbeck?
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    Re: Pesticide bee kill?

    Comb drawing did pretty much stop, but they have six top bars filled out. Would make for a nice couple of splits if I'm in the position to do that next year.

    Will the ants leave the comb...
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    Re: Pesticide bee kill?

    No ants noted at night. My brother checked.

    We pulled the queen out yesterday afternoon and caged her. Candy intro'ing her to a hive we have that needs a queen (too late to raise one here).
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    Re: Egg laying drones

    Would he maybe have success with a mated queen and push in laying cage (Laidlaw)? Of course most likely doesn't have any emerging worker brood to place it over. :/
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    Re: TBH top bar comb attachement?

    I spent HOURS cutting about 70 bars with triangle guides on a table saw... all one piece.

    I spent significantly less hours cutting over 100 bars made from 1x lumber into 1.25" and 1.5" bars, then...
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    Re: Nearly full in July?

    So you know for sure they're building from one end to the other or is this a middle entrance they could have built one direction from?
    I'm assuming you know, but just didn't mention.

    I don't have...
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    Re: Goldenrod already?

    The bees on the chicory were coming back with baskets full of pollen (white or really light blue). The bees on the queen anne's lace just landed on it and ran around really fast and then were on to...
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    Re: SHB Help

    A queen and 10-15 bees arent' going to do anything for ya.

    Sounds like maybe the hive got robbed out while you were feeding them and what you "trapped" were a few robbers cleaning up the scraps.
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