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    I have never used the Roos Rounds method, but I...

    I have never used the Roos Rounds method, but I have done cut comb in some of my hives over about 12 years. I have found that if you put a super for cut comb on a colony which is average to scrawny...
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    I nthink that we are spoiled, the Africanized...

    I nthink that we are spoiled, the Africanized bees are really great in all respects other than temperment. We want the chance to keep bee's gentle or good natured preferred, good brood production,...
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    Same thing happened to me, that is why I no...

    Same thing happened to me, that is why I no longer use it nor the axel grease, same problem same result.
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    I do a pollen count virtually every visit to the...

    I do a pollen count virtually every visit to the hive. As best possible I count those leaving including drones, then how many return, drones, and especially those visibly carrying pollen. Bees leave...
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    I haven't seen an ugly bee yet. Except maybe in...

    I haven't seen an ugly bee yet. Except maybe in temperment.
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    I liked the caucasians, and carnolians best for...

    I liked the caucasians, and carnolians best for gentleness, but the italian I have now is the most intriguing. i have never in 14 years of off and on beekeeping had such a heavy layer. If there is a...
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    I second that. If you're not sure that you have a...

    I second that. If you're not sure that you have a problem, why try to fix it. It will be painfully clear when you actually do have one.
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    all things being equal you are right in that they...

    all things being equal you are right in that they should continue to grow stronger with each passing week. I picked up my colony on April 11th. I was feeding medicated syrup as well as pollen...
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    In the past I had a starlight hybrid and a...

    In the past I had a starlight hybrid and a midnight hybrid both very dark in coloring a bit smaller in overall stature than say the Italian strain and both of the hybrids were ill tempered, only fair...
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    Sorry to hear about your loss. I may be as guilty...

    Sorry to hear about your loss. I may be as guilty as anyone in that I have not actuallu used old motor oil for that purpose. I have talked to several other beekeepers that swear they have.Actually as...
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    My guess without seeing a photo for confirmation...

    My guess without seeing a photo for confirmation is a carpenter bee, they look like a junior version of a bumblbee. Normally they make thier nest in old woodpiles and in old deteriating tree stumps....
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    Just a quick note to say that it could be pretty...

    Just a quick note to say that it could be pretty tough to find a microscope that was both as good as a disecting microscope for most of the things you mentioned and still able to see down to the...
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    I have used tanglefoot in past years, like a...

    I have used tanglefoot in past years, like a environmentally version of the axel grease suggested. While both woork they are very messy and some bees do get caught init and die trying to free...
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    pollen substitute

    He may have been correct with the warning, if you are new to beekeeping it might be hard to manage a fast build up. I started another new colony this way feeding medicated syrup and Mega Bee as...
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    Duragilt or crimped wire

    I was kind of thinking that that might be the case.Almost every new beekeeper gets started with reinforced foundation, which is actally a good choice but you have little choice but to buy or rent an...
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    thanks for the reply

    Lori, the syrup spray works well but esentially the actual mixture of sugar to water is not as important as the addition of the Bee Healthy Vitamin Supplement that is made up of sugar, lemongrass,...
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    drone brood freezing.

    If several beekeepers agree to 48 hours then it must be so. I haven't been to a beekeepers meeting in many years.That may be foolish on my part, as a good deal of cutting edge information comes out...
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    honey harvest without an extractor

    I neglected to share that if I understand it right you now have 3 potential hives.Years ago when I had multiple hives I tried hard to find one colony that I could use solely for cut comb honey...
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    honey harvest without an extractor

    as mentioned you could mash and strain. In addition if you used real foundation rather than Plasticell or Duragilt you could place some cut comb honey chunks in wide mouth jars then cover with honey....
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    feed or not

    everything said here is totally valid, I mostly supprt the view that it can not hurt to continue feeding syrup if there is still undrawn foundation. You need a lot of bees with a lot of food(Honey or...
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    Shb

    If by SHB you are referring to hive beetle infestation, the answer is no.Until last year I had not heard of the problem and aside from finding all new info on it and watching my hives, I have not...
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    sugar syrup

    I have used both dilutions successfully, this year for the first time I also used a product marketed by Dadant that is a Bee Vitamin Supplement, it has both lemongrass and spearmint oil as well as ?...
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    great picture

    That was so good that I replaced my current bee photo on my desktop wallpaper to this. I work in the security business so last weekend for the heck of it, I set up a high definition video camera...
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    top entrance

    I used the 3/4" hole for years, predrilled almost all of the supers and brood chambers, made a pivotable flap to all for closure rather than a cork, but to be truthfull the slot in inner cover works...
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    I agree if you want to save a virgin queen

    By all means be sure you have a hole as said. If she is not mated within a short time 7 to 10 days, I think it will be too late, she'll be sterile and useless.
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