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    Re: Moving a hive of bees

    >Left it closed 2 days
    Not a good idea, could over heat and kill your bees.
    2 days or 3 weeks does not make a difference bees can remember.

    >put a branch from an evergreen tree in front of the...
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    Re: Moving a hive of bees

    The rule is 2 feet or 2 miles

    I have moved hives 1 mile, did not put anything in front of the hive, only had a dozen or so decided to go to the old location.

    Lean a board against the front of...
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    Re: Installing package mistakes

    >I did put the lemongrass oil on the walls
    1-2 drops I hope, anything more and they could abscond, LGO is very powerful.

    A swarm of bee often will spends a night or two in the rain.
    Just a bit...
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    Re: Bee Thinking on "Shark Tank"

    Good Job!!!

    Taking Beekeeping in the right direction.
  5. Re: Is it safe to combine a very weak queen right nuc

    What about give them the queen (just like you would a new queen) see how they accept her and introduces the small nuc frames later next day or so?

    Wouldn't it be the same thing?
  6. Re: Whats the best way to straighten plastic foundation?

    >Whats the best way to straighten plastic foundation?

    Replace it :lpf:

    I have a plastic frame that is warped bad, I put it in a swarm trap and pinned it between two wood frames to keep to...
  7. Re: Acetic acid fumigation: Why 80% instead of 100%?

    I had thought Acetic acid would fumigate EFB comb, found out it works a little on EFB but not 100%.(and it could have been "capped dead larvae, honey or bee bread").
    Now I will just use it to keep...
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    Re: Whats should I be expecting

    It happens.

    You need to remove all but two cells that are close together, of the same age or you will get after swarms. (pick your best looking capped q cells that are together, they can be on...
  9. Re: Yet another new beek needing some advice

    Good job caught your first swarm!

    Sounds a bit small, but it should be fine.
    I would give them a week before you move them.
    Feed them syrup inside the hive like a baggie (no scented additives)....
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    Re: DEAD NUCS????

    >I cant rule out starvation but there was honey and pollen in the frames.

    I would think with honey in the frames you can rule out starvation.
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    Re: my favorit mead recipee

    Campden Tablets (sodium metabisulfite) or Campden Tablets (potassium metabisulfite)

    Does it matter?
    What's the difference?

    Are they necessary?
  12. Re: Yet another new beek needing some advice

    The good thing about traps is if they are not over crowded you can leave them for a while. Often the home owner likes the bee there, so I will leave them until they start to beard.

    Other bees,...
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    Re: DEAD NUCS????

    Did you check the nucs right after you transported them, could they have over heated or suffocated, and left only a few bees alive.
  14. Re: Spring time...one thing I didn't see coming- is this an annual event??

    Yup every spring
    Don't for get about all the package problems;
    package queen flew away
    package queen dead
    packaged bees dead, some or all
    package did not get a good start

    And also the famous...
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    Re: Small Cell Question

    Small bee will build natural cells around 4.9. If you catch someone's large cell 5.4 bees they will build somewhere between large and small cells around 5.2 as they regress themselves back to natural...
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    Re: Identification Help

    It could be a scout looking for a new home.

    And if that the case maybe you could attract the swarm.

    >I was hoping to catch a swarm this year to start my first hive.

    The more traps you make...
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    Re: Weak Hive

    A good post by TIM B, suggests that bees weakened by EFB don't live long enough to raise bees in the spring.
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    Re: Identification Help

    It does look like a honey bee, but it's hard to see the picture.

    Are there a lot of traveling in and out of the entrance, any have pollen on their back legs. If so then they are honey bees. ...
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    Re: Whats should I be expecting

    Most likely they are all swarm cells.
    Did you have and swarms yet? You're about too.

    If you can find the queen I would take her and make a split, then reduce the orginal hive to 2 queen cells...
  20. Re: Heavy dead-out not being robbed, doesn't look CCDish. What gives?

    >everyone in the valley had 100% or near-100% losses
    All the hive have the same symptoms?
    Extra cold winter there?
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    Re: Weak Hive

    >That's pretty serious about EFB isn't it?
    I would say it's very common disease. Sometimes it goes away on it's own. And it is the reason for a lot of deaths that get blamed on mites, small winter...
  22. Poll: Re: How long does it take you find your queen(s)?

    >There are a lot of "it depends".

    Most of the time I just look for signs of a queen, eggs, new larva.

    If I am doing an split and need to find her.
    It's seems she is on the last frame of brood....
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    Re: Should I reverse boxes?

    Sound like you might have too much room, do you have one box 70% filled up with bees?
    If not I would reduce to one box.
    How many frames of brood do you have?
    I would do something like this...
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    Re: 1 frame nuc start ?

    This is from another thread



    I agree and find 4 frames will build even quicker, with less feed and nurturing.
  25. Re: When do queens emerge after a swarm?

    33 days from egg to laying, usually swarm after first cells are capped.
    you might want to go in and remove all but two q cells that are close to each other of the same age to prevent after swarms. ...
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