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    Re: Queenless hive data

    If a hive is queen less and they have no eggs or brood of any stage,when will they no longer make a queen if you give them brood from another hive?
    Other words is there a point where a hive can not...
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    Re: Queenless hive data

    David you make a good point about Self requeening success going down over time. I would like to see a study or info on this to know how much it decreases and if there is a period of time when a hive...
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    Queenless hive data

    It seems each year I get a few hives that come up queenless. Usually when this happens I just go to a strong hive and get 2 frames of brood, one with open and sealed brood and the other with eggs and...
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    Re: Grape Pollinators

    Yes they said " would you be interested in putting a few hives near our grapes to help pollinate them". And I said I had never located gives on property for pollination and that I would check into it...
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    Grape Pollinators

    Well I assume honey bees are great grape pollinators. Today I was contacted by a small winery and they would like for me to put hives on their property to pollinate the grapes. Although I have 37...
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    Re: Foundationless without wires

    I use all deep boxes for brood and none of my foundationless frames have wires. As mentioned you have to be very careful when inspecting not to lean the frame much until connected on the sides and...
  7. Thread: Swarm- unswarm

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    Re: Swarm- unswarm

    I set an empty hive about 20 yards away with some old brood comb and a drop of lemon grass oil. We will see what happens. I caught 9 swarms last year and have been bee keeping for over 10 years and...
  8. Thread: Upper entrance

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    Re: Upper entrance

    For the past two years I have been using a 4" entrance on the bottom and an 8" on the top between the top super and the inner cover. I do not use queen excluders but I usually don't have much of a...
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    Swarm- unswarm

    Yesterday I was working about 30 yards from a hive and I noticed a swarm just starting. After about 8-10 minutes they were hovering above my apple tree and I thought that was where they were going to...
  10. Re: Foundationless Problem after installing bee boxes. Help!

    I always put something down the center of the frame to guide the bees. I use the slotted and grooved frames and I put a thin piece of wood down through the grove so that it sticks out of the bottom...
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    Re: When to make splits?

    When you see the apple trees blooming. About two weeks after that the dutch white clover will start blooming and this will give the bees a few days to get some nectar flowing in the hive. I believe a...
  12. Poll: Re: Pollen patty or Sugar syrup or both for getting packages going

    1:1 sugar only. Nature will provide the pollen.
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    Re: Saw my Queen today :>)

    About a pound of bees on a deep frame loaded with bees.
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    Re: Record your surroundings

    Burns you are correct. I was just kinda trying to make a point about the recording not what plants to record. I sure do appreciate the input though.
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    Re: Do bees have a memory?

    If you take a queen and a frame of bees out of a hive and return then the next day they will except the frame without any problems. The second day return it and still no problems. Return the frame...
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    Record your surroundings

    Something I have been doing for several years is recording what's going on with almost all blooming plants in my area. I try to record every blooming plant that I can starting with the Maples in the...
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    Re: Do bees have a memory?

    3-4 days is what I think. I have never seen anything to make me think bees can remember more than about 4 days.
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    Re: Winter Losses or Success?

    11% I decided not to combine two small hives last fall and both died. Maybe if I had combined my percentage would only be 3%? Oh well I knew better and just wanted to try something.
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    Re: mildew on frames in my basement

    DONT spray the bleach on them. Just put them in the hive.
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    Re: Inner Cover question please

    Don't screen it over. It does allow for a top exit and is a vent. If a hive doesn't have enough guard bees to protect that small notch they are already in big trouble. Not so sure about filling...
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    Re: ordering supplies and long wait times...

    There are a lot of beekeepers ordering at this time of the year. Plan ahead and order during the off season and you get your order in a couple of days.
  22. Re: Ok to install packages anytime during day ?

    a day with rain or late afternoon for me.
  23. Re: Pay your state bee fees! I was a fugitive from justice

    I sent an email to our state bee inspector and it took her 9 months to reply. I asked her what took so long and she said she is just that busy. I asked how the hives she was inspecting looked and she...
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    Re: thinking ahead for expansion

    Add it! there is no great risk to adding extra supers during a honey flow. I use shallow suppers and I will sometimes add three empty supers on a strong hive at a time. In fact I frequently do this....
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    Re: How do you mark your hives?

    I use cattle ear tags. Very tough rubber, yellow tag with black number. I hold them on the back of the hive with a 1" drywall nail. You can get them at any farm supply store. This is how I number...
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