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  1. Any problem with soybean oil in beetle trap

    Was using vegetable oil and now have soybean oil. Is that ok?
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    Re: Early smoke may spook new packages

    Smoke may do just that. As we all like to say, your results may vary. I had russians before and and used to smoke them much more than in this case. i've been in the boxes a couple times since...
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    Early smoke may spook new packages

    New packages arrived on saturday in early April and were installed with a mild spring breeze in the air. The q.c.s were set onto the tops of frames on the lower box, sort of between the two boxes,...
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    Re: Write off has just a glimmer of hope

    All out of resources for the season. I figured it was toast. This season was short and instructional. Ya win some ya lose some.
    Thx for the input
    Best wishes
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    Write off has just a glimmer of hope

    Got a hygienic queen about two weeks ago and she has been roaming this hive for two weeks solid. Big numbers came out of the winter, but they swarmed and got away. The remnant never got beyond...
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    Reusing wax

    Have a hive greatly affected by wax moth. Can i reuse the wax to coat foundation in the future? Is there a filtration method/process to reusing wax-mothed wax or should i write it off? There is a...
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    Re: Is it too early to worry?

    It's not a bad idea to combine them.
    As it turned out, my combined hive is the one i'm using to rebuild with now since it survived the winter, the wax moths, and it did not starve or otherwise...
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    Re: What do mad bees smell like?

    Anyone sense a lilac-like aroma?
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    Re: opened the hive today...some help

    Just enjoy their work ethic and let them do their thing...WHILE you research hive resources. Any bing search will yield countless images -- of queenright capped brood, of spotty brood, of the...
  10. Going for a split to rebuild from winter loss

    My first year in beekeeping has been a delight in many ways. It has been something only dreamed of until last year. Trial, luck, and error naturally have played their respective roles.

    About a...
  11. Re: I think I have a medical disorder or maybe I'm just stupid.

    It's risk reward with some behavior modification thrown in for kicks. Got tapped the other day in the face, but it seems i was asking for it in hindsight. It itches more now than it did for the...
  12. Re: Several Cells appear as sugar cones in size

    Yes i have boxes with drawn comb and some messed up semi drawn stuff that should work nicely for a starter home. Now about the timing... :digging:

    I'll keep an eye on them and post back either...
  13. Several Cells appear as sugar cones in size

    An inspection of the bb oil trap we're using for shb control looked good and so i ventured further into the hive to peek. Last year we lost one with low numbers to shb...
    This hive turned the...
  14. Re: Behaviour of Bees When Releasing the Queen?

    I have not but it sounds like they want her to get a move on it.

    Do bees care much if they are moved from southern hemisphere (summer/autumn) into the northern hemisphere((spring) in a matter of...
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    Re: New Package Installed ... Now What?

    Oh the excitement. The girls are likely just in the equivalent of a huddle mode. If you stay back after the queens are in there and allow them to work their magic, they'll continue to amaze. But...
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    Re: Question ...?remove this burr comb?

    Thanks for the input. Having replaced the final frame in that slot, one with a sheet of mostly drawn out foundation, i'm hoping to get out of their face for a bit.
    Wow, there were oodles of bees...
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    Re: Question ...?remove this burr comb?

    I have recently gotten in there and looked at a good number of frames. There were nice sections of brood as well as pollen and honey too. They came out of the cold weather and i was able to switch...
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    Re: Question ...?remove this burr comb?

    Thanks for the word. I will post a couple of pics of this other stuff that had me asking about queens
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    Question ...?remove this burr comb?

    ...as in immediately?
    Okay. I know...i know...bees do not like that space. It was a rookie move to remove the burr comb from the wild areas when the insulating box was removed, but then to put it...
  20. Re: Taking the fight to Varroa mites and SHB right away!

    Was getting thick SHB last summer and it was getting out of hand. Do some homework or ask around about a bottom board style oil trap ( e.g. Greenbeehivesdotcom). It worked well enough with minimal...
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    Re: Should I feed

    Roger that. I'll defer to more seasoned vets' opinions. Not trying to give you a rookie opinion before you can get some expert advice...
    Are you using top feeder, or one between the bars? It...
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    Re: Should I feed

    It's amazing how much syrup they can down, eh? Haven't they any stores at all?
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    Re: What I learned today

    Sounds like you are getting to enjoy it. Good luck and best wishes. Let us know how splits go for ya.
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    Re: Splitting soon?

    Looked a bit closer in the closing hour of this mild day-- the bottom two boxes are mostly empty of bees wih pollen and old capped stuff. The third box is newer pollen with girls building it in...
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    Splitting soon?

    Had a hive that overwintered. Took a peek inside and let me quickly explain before i solicit the question.

    There are five medium boxes. The bottom four were designated for bees. Two were drawn...
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