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  1. Re: what do you do with honey frames after extraction?

    Bees are the best cleaners - though you do need to go through the process of pulling the boxes again and removing the bees from the frames (presumably the same way you used when harvesting). This is...
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    Queenless Swarm?

    I just had a strange experience that I just had to share with people that could appreciate it. I did an experiment earlier this week. I split a hive that I was waiting to become strong enough to...
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    Re: How to combine hives?

    Seems like everyone agrees the queenless hive goes on the top. That way the queen-right hive can continue to go about their business without major disruption (save the possible distraction of several...
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    Re: All dead. WHY?

    One of the only misfortunes of the screened bottom board (without a sticky board under it) is that the little varroa fall through it into the dirt -which is the idea if you are not trying use it as a...
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    Re: All dead. WHY?

    The mites were at about 10% in August. The feces I think may be due to the entrance being blocked and the remaining bees not being able to get out. The other two hives the entrances weren't blocked...
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    Re: All dead. WHY?

    There was a fair amount of capped honey still in the hive. I have been using screened bottom boards and a screened vent in the top. I suppose that the dead bees did ultimately cause a circulation...
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    All dead. WHY?

    I've been reading different accounts of bees dying. With three of my hives (two of them were my strongest), there were handfulls of dead bees in front of the hives. And after opening them up the...
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    Re: Ants: Efficient Cleaners?

    These ants are the tiny black variety. They don't really bother me I just want to make sure they aren't doing harm. I'm pretty sure they don't eat foundation but that certainly wouldn't be good.
    I...
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    Re: Ants: Efficient Cleaners?

    I've heard of cinnamon and a few other ideas for keeping the ants away from the hive. Though that is not my concern. Its the stored comb - the frames that have already been spun and are being stored...
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    Ants: Efficient Cleaners?

    Is there a problem with letting the ants clean out stored comb? It's kind of difficult too keep them away. They'll move on when the honey residue is gone and from what I know they aren't vectors for...
  11. Thread: Suppliers

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    Re: Suppliers

    Thanks all!
    I certainly have no beef with Mann Lake but, as with anything, having more than one option is just a smart way to go. I wish I had the time to build all my own wooden ware but alas...
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    Suppliers

    We are about to ramp it up to 50 colonies next spring. We have been ordering most of our hive parts from Mann lake. (mainly because of cost and they have a local-ish outlet in Woodland CA). Now that...
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    Re: How do you sideliners turn a profit?

    As with most business endeavors you need to be motivated even passionate to do something that others may see as difficult or not worth the hassle. We have been making mead commercially for 13 years @...
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    Re: Many Dead Bees

    Some are drones but they are pretty dried out so it's hard to tell. I suppose they could have been accumulating for the past month since last I checked (closely). I assumed that because they were...
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    Many Dead Bees

    I just went around to check on my hives and three of the strongest had hundreds of dead bees on the ground in front of the hive! I cracked them open and everything seemed normal inside - lots of bees...
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    Re: How do you sideliners turn a profit?

    Make mead! It's only 1/5th honey and you can sell it for much more than honey!..of course there's the additional labor and marketing and distribution. Oh, I guess making a profit is hard. :)
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    Re: About how long to draw out new foundation?

    Nope. No need for excluders this year anyway. I just want them to build up a strong population and have enough stores for winter. We are still a ways off so I'll just keep feeding and wait for the...
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    Re: About how long to draw out new foundation?

    Thanks for your response Bee Draggle. I didn't see it until after my last response. The fact that they weren't drawing the super frames was my first clue to the local dearth. The coyote brush should...
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    Re: About how long to draw out new foundation?

    The two deeps are currently being used for brood (with some stores). It would be my preference for them to have at least one medium super. Better too much than not enough. So that brings me back to...
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    About how long to draw out new foundation?

    I began feeding a couple of weeks ago when I realized there is a bit of a dearth going on. They are happily eating and storing what I give them. My concern is that some of my hives (all 2010...
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    Re: Gentle bees becoming testy!

    Thanks for confirming my suspicions.
    Yea, that yellow jacket situation made me a little gun-shy about enjoying watching the entrances. It makes me dislike them even more! What are they doing going...
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    Re: Gentle bees becoming testy!

    Though I'm not very excited about suiting up on the hottest day of the year so far, I'm less excited about being stung! That's the price we pay I suppose! Thanks for your responses.
    :cry: That's...
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    Gentle bees becoming testy!

    I've been stung more in the past month tan I have in my entire life!
    I understand that the alarm pheromone sticks around on clothes and such until washed (not the issue).
    And one of the times I...
  24. Re: Another laying worker! What can I salvage?

    They've already raised a queen. The cells are gone and so, apparently is the queen. I think I'm going to go the way of shaking freezing and redistributing the frames to hives in need. I'll get the...
  25. Another laying worker! What can I salvage?

    Yep. This is the second time this year. The first one happened early enough to deal with (and it worked, thank goodness).
    It's too late to rear a new queen so...what can I salvage? There is a bunch...
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