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    Re: Dry land beekeeping

    I can only think of one way to find out...:)
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    Re: I'm such an IDIOT at times

    It seems no matter what I do, or how long I've been doing it, it only works about 90% of the time, at best. Even time tested methods aren't foolproof. I've made a lot of mistakes, and the bees have...
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    Re: HELP! How do I save extra queen cell?

    Only one will likely survive, especially of it's not a double screen cage.
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    Re: Removing bees from honey supers

    I pulled the supers this morning. The escape boards were on overnight - for ~16 hours. There were maybe a dozen bees left between 3 supers. 3 were completely empty. There was almost no leaking honey.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Found 7 of 9 new queens progressing on schedule at 10 days. No queens, and capped queen cells in the other 2.

    Put triangular escape boards on yesterday afternoon and pulled 6 capped mediums this...
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    Re: Question on a split

    One nice thing about performing a "side by side" split is that, if something goes wrong, it isn't all that difficult to re-unite the colonies.

    Literature recounts a practice in which all hives...
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    Re: Removing bees from honey supers

    I built some of these when they were first reported in Gleanings or ABJ. They are phenomenal. A kind of one way bee maze. I tilt the supers up, slide one in/on & lower the supers back down. Square up...
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    Re: Bumblebee vs. Honey Bee

    :applause:
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    Re: Bumblebee vs. Honey Bee

    I have two memorable regrets when it comes to bees.

    One was pinching a fine Buckfast queen from a colony that had produced almost 300 lbs of honey the year before. She was 3 years old, and all...
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    Re: How many guard bees are in a normal hive?

    While I can't verify the info, and my memory isn't what it used to be, (IIRC) articles on African Honey Bees suggest that a typical European hive has about 10% potential guard bees, whereas the...
  11. Thread: New swarm

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    Re: New swarm

    There's a good chance you have a virgin queen in the swarm. She may take up to 2-3 weeks ( or as little as about a week) to mate & begin laying - depending on how decent the weather is for mating.
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    Re: How many boxes do you winter your bees in ?

    3 medium 10 frames (= 2 deeps). ~ 1-1/2 brood, 1-1/2 honey, going into winter. No supplemental feed. Buckfast (Bee type is also a critical consideration for how much winter stores they should have)....
  13. Re: Method for not squishing bees during inspection

    Last year smoke wasn't working very well on my super hot hive. I got some ML Pro Health and mixed up the spray concoction in a 2 quart hand held garden sprayer. The results were very impressive. The...
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    Re: Swarm and now split, question...

    Any hive should be a good donor.
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    Re: How many medium frames= 5 gallon pail?

    Yup. I regularly get 33-34lbs per 9 frame medium super. That includes the cappings honey.
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    Re: Were these orientation flights?

    Orientation flights generally involve a very large number of young bees, for a fairly brief period of time. Many do figure 8's right in front of the hive - maybe 2-3 feet out & up, or a bit more.
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  17. Re: Typical compensation for extracting someone elses honey?

    It's been a long, long time, but he one guy I know that used to do it charged $1/ lb, and he kept the cappings wax & honey.
  18. Re: Not Drawing on Plastic Foundation/Swithing to wax

    I paint the ML plastic frames with a good coat of double-boiler melted cappings wax, and the bees seem to love it. They tend to balk at the micro thin coating supplied. No problems if they are...
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    Re: Transferring Brood to weak hive

    The conventional wisdom is that either way works.

    The queen with a weak hive, swapped into a stronger hive location is "protected" from the foragers by the core brood nest bees until the...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    The new "queen annex" is all set - the queens are out & the feeder boxes are on. I set up a~10'x20" expansion area north of the "behind the garden" enclosure. 'Just another 40' x '20 to clear, level ...
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    Re: Replacing attendant bees

    The two that I held for re-shipping didn't lose a single attendant, so off they went. I added a Buckfast daughter queen, for insurance, and to offset the additional shipping.

    Queen first, then 5...
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    Re: Neighbors destroying colonies

    You got it. File charges. That is akin to "animal cruelty" - like poisoning a dog. The monetary loss should include replacing all equipment, at current costs, as well as drawn comb/full colony...
  23. Re: Wheher to requeen broodless 2 deep hive body or combine with strong laying hiv?

    It's a bit of a crap-shoot.

    If you have any queen excluders, you could "two queen" them, in the event there is a new queen. Either way ( new or no) you just get more honey. You'll need 2...
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    Re: Add more supers?

    Any time the last one is ~80% full, you bet!
  25. Re: What is the best way to permanently mark a beehive box?

    I have some branded supers that are 40-50 years old, an still "brandishing" the name of the original owner (two back).
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