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  1. Re: Looked like bees were swarming, but then they died on side of hive in a few minut

    Jason, what you describe is very similar to what I have heard friends in Texas talk about when an Africanized swarm takes over a colony. But I doubt that sort of thing happens in Maryland.
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    Re: Hello from Another Arkansas Newbie

    Welcome from Northwest Arkansas!
  3. Re: Emergency cells. Leave the hive or check?

    If you have emergency queen cells and any brood whatsoever in your hive, you do not have a laying worker problem yet. No where near it. Let me recommend you become familiar with Bee Math: ...
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    Re: Package install in foundationless hive

    They will almost never start cross-comb if you have comb guides of almost any sort along the top of your frames. They once the comb they are building starts getting toward the ends of the frames...
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    Re: Getting Dead Bees out of Cells

    Agree with Vance and Roland. A swipe with your bee brush then let the bees do the rest. If you are feeling lazy, no harm in doing nothing but letting the bees do it all.
  6. Re: Wax Moth Damaged - Scrape or Let Bees Clean

    Agree with Vance, if the whole frame is not just covered with web... just let the bees clean it up.
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    Re: Hive collapse

    Sounds more like they absconded rather than collapsed/died. It is unlikely the ants brought anything deadly, and more likely that they harassed the colony enough that it figured life would be better...
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    Re: bee activity seems early

    Up until a couple of days ago, the only pollen coming in was from Eastern Red Cedar here in Northwest Arkansas. Now Elm and Maple coming in as fast as they can haul it. No dandelion or henbit seems...
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    Re: To many dead bees?

    Agree, looks pretty normal. You may see a little more after a really cold snap, or a little less after really nice weather.
  10. Re: Can I safely combine a laying worker hive with a queen right hive?

    Workers will forage until they die. Usually if they are foraging they are not laying either. So those bees that are diverted to the new hive will always contribute more stores to the hive than they...
  11. Re: Can I safely combine a laying worker hive with a queen right hive?

    I used a double screen board quite successfully. See the Beesource Build-It-Yourself section. I put the laying worker hive over a small queen-right colony. I only had the entrance to the laying...
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    Re: Building comb on top of frames

    If you are using foundation, they might be using the space on top of the frame to put some drone. It happens sometimes, ignore it as long as you can and scrap it once it really begins to get in the...
  13. Thread: worms

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    Re: worms

    Agree that the hive probably died of starvation in a dearth and small hive beetle (SHB) moved in. But forget the whole gasoline idea! If you are going to use gasoline, stick a match to them after...
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    Re: gaps in supers

    Sometimes equipment that was not stored stacked properly gets a little twisted. Stack them up and put on a lid and put some weight on top. Usually that will close the gaps overnight. I have...
  15. Re: Replace sagging frames in new hive? Help!

    Take a few rubber bands along that will fit over the frame horizontally or vertically in case the comb breaks out so much that it will not stay in place. Just slip them over the entire frame in...
  16. Re: Replace sagging frames in new hive? Help!

    I guess I am having a hard time understanding what is sagging. It sounds as if your foundation is sagging out of the frame as the bees build comb on it. If you can just press it back and straighten...
  17. Re: Replace sagging frames in new hive? Help!

    Is the comb sagging or are the frames sagging? Are they new frames?
  18. Thread: Cross comb

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    Re: Cross comb

    OutOfaBlueSky on Youtube has a lot of really great videos about managing a Topbar hive. I highly recommend.

    Absolutely don't agree with tolerating cross-combing. Bad comb results in more bad...
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    Re: Nuclear radiation

    Ionizing radiation is ubiquitous from natural sources. We live in a sea of natural radiation all the time. The increase in background radiation due to anthropogenic sources peaked at about 0.15 mSv...
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    Re: Sooooo clumbsy!

    Here is a little secret. Bees get squished. I have seen keepers going so slowly that they keep the hive open far too long. They would probably do less damage to the colony if they would git-r-done...
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    Re: What causes this?

    That frame looks like it had fairly new comb, so it is softer and easier to chew and move to another part of the hive. Older bees coming out of winter are limited in how well they can produce wax. ...
  22. Thread: Angry Bees

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    Re: Angry Bees

    I have never noticed any correlation between bee temperament and production, it seems random. But I asked a mentor that has kept bees for 50+ years and here is his response... and I quote: "I...
  23. Thread: Angry Bees

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    Re: Angry Bees

    B,

    Your location makes it possible to have AHB, but I have noticed that new beeks seem to be surprised by how aggressive a normal hive is when it has built up in the spring. If you keep bees in...
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    Re: Where Are The Beekeepers?

    Bad beekeepers using unsustainable practices go out of business. But natural beekeeping practices are not sustainable either. There is no way on earth anyone could use the natural methods I use on...
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    Re: Where Are The Beekeepers?

    Who says there is nothing being done about it? Many ideas are being experimented with, styles of management, ect. Science does not point to any one culprit to CDD, pesticides, GM, or whatever...
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