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    Re: Bad luck or what?

    Sounds like you are in a dearth just like lots of others, me included. Feed is needed if they have no honey in the hive. They have to have the carbs to rear new bees and to be able to fan the hive...
  2. Thread: Russian queens

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    Re: Russian queens

    The Russian strain can be a great bee to have in your apiary. As I said prior I have a few hives of them myself and they do great from what I can see. I bought my queens from Coy's in MS. I didn't...
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    Re: Graft Acceptance.

    For me it never changes. From one queen to the next, it always makes me happy to see that the queen has mated well and come home and started laying.
  4. Thread: Russian queens

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    Re: Russian queens

    Russian bees normally "shut down" during a dearth of any kind. They wait till both nectar and pollen sources are available and then kick it into high gear. Chances are those queens were doing just...
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    Re: Graft Acceptance.

    Queens while very young can be a challenge to find in the hive. The longer they have to lay, the larger they become. The more time they have prior to getting caged to lay, the better off they will...
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    Re: Screened Inner Cover Question

    As silly as this may sound... Does the screened inner covers have a ventilation notch above the screen that would allow the air to move out of the hive?

    If not, find a popsickle stick or two...
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    Re: 4 0ver 4 frame double nucs

    I know those that do and don't put in wider dividers at bottom. They will make burr comb if you don't give them room above fast enough with the thinner divider board.
  8. Thread: overheating

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    Re: overheating

    Is it melted wax, or wax cappings they cleaned out and melted? Have you inspected the hive to see if there are problems inside? Don't be hands off on this matter. Open up the hive, check it...
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    Re: Syrup Ratio suggested

    If you want to get more frames pulled in wax, you have to feed if there is no flow. Feeding will encourage them to pull out wax, however, if you don't give them more frames above the brood nest,...
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    Re: Swarm behavior?

    If you have them locked in, make sure they have adequate ventilation through #8 wire. Also did you leave at least one queen cell in the original box? They will need one to make their own queen as...
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    Re: Bearding all day and night

    Give them upper ventilation and another super. They need room to move so to speak. It gets hot in the hive and upper ventilation allows for the hot air to vent out and allows them to go in. I have...
  12. Re: Putting a Queen into a hive with queen cells in it

    Putting a mated queen into a hive with queen cells is a waste of a good queen. Those virgins will be protected by the bees even if you do put in a mated queen. When she comes out of her cell, she...
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    Re: brood pattern and stored syrup

    Very nice looking brood pattern there. Do all the frames look like this?
  14. Thread: Thick honey

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    Re: Thick honey

    Sounds like residual wax on the sieve. Use a spoon, scrape against the bottom of the sieve through the honey. I use the same type of sieve and have to use the 600 micron to keep honey flowing...
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    Re: Swarm behavior?

    It's never too late for swarms. Bees don't just swarm to reproduce, they also swarm due to over crowding. So if your flow is over and you thought you were in the clear, think again. I've seen them...
  16. Thread: milkweed

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    Re: milkweed

    Milkweed is actually a heavy producer of nectar. If you can find a stand of it large enough or in an are with plenty of ditchlines with it, you can get a super full of honey from it. Honey from...
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    Re: Where to buy drawn comb?

    I'm not sure who would want to sell drawn comb unless it was just so bad off that it wasn't really usable anymore. Drawn comb is like gold, and the closer to fall you get the more it's worth. :)
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    Re: Russians and hotheadedness

    merle64 - You mention that half your hives got new queens from splits this spring. This in itself with russian bees can be causing problems. When you started with Russians, did you get the queens...
  19. Re: Moldy Comb into a Solar Wax Melter / Advisable or not?

    Don't worry too much about the mold or mildew. It will stay behind in the slum gum. I melt down wax all the time the old school way in a pot on the stove, used moldy nasty wax several times with no...
  20. Re: Looking at oxalic acid vaporizers--anyone have experience with this one?

    I got one from snl too. Great quality, fast shipping, and after the first year it paid for itself. Be wise, buy quality, and don't think twice about it.
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    Re: Hybrid/F2 aggression?

    First question is Where are you from?
    You're quite aware of the biggest problem with open breeding queens. The drone stock in your area may or may not have had some "defensiveness" from their...
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    Re: Hello from West Virginia

    I'm just south of Huntington about 25 miles. Good to know there will be another beekeeper around here. There's a great beekeeping association for this area called CabellWayne Beekeeper's...
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    Re: Hello from West Virginia

    Hello from the west side of the state! Hope you have better luck with the bees this time around. Word of advice, buy a NUC or a locally produced package. Getting bees that are localized will help...
  24. Re: Package bees from May still not drawing out frames???

    Welcome to Beesource Shiloh !

    Reading over your post here. I can say that you still have plenty of time to get your bees all built up prior to winter. However, it does sound as the one package...
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    Re: recommendation for a feeder

    Ditch the boardman type entry feeder to begin with. They encite robbing bad. In your shoes I would stick with a hive top feeder or and internal frame feeder. Either one would be just fine, but the...
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