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    Re: How many of you lose hives to ants?

    DE won't work long, it blows around gets wet in the mornings or the ants just start walking across it anyways.
  2. Thread: Carniolan Bees

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    Re: Carniolan Bees

    It all depends on your area. 80-90% means nothing to me if they can't cover them all or if the queen hasn't laid up all the area she can. If you want frames drawn out quickly, you let them get a...
  3. Thread: Carniolan Bees

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    Re: Carniolan Bees

    Why would you be worried about swarming now? How many frames are drawn, how many aren't? Keep the brood nest open by moving frames around first, then add more room when they've filled the first box...
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    Re: colonies absconding from nucs

    For the nucs around 3-4 frames, sometimes you find some bees left, I figure they're ones that emerged after everyone else left or just young nurse bees that wouldn't leave brood.
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    Re: colonies absconding from nucs

    Never had nucs abscond during the prime season, typically I lose them in fall, finding them empty either because of mite pressure or robbing pressure. The only one I lost this year was brand new...
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    Re: Swarm and queen cells.

    Superceding a queen and swarming are two distinct biological events for bees. Superceding occurs when a hive senses something wrong with a queen and wants to replace her. Typically 1-6 queencells...
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    Re: Why does open feeding set off robbing?

    It's more that new bees coming in only have a general area of where the food is. When they show up they will key in on any food source around and thus some bees find hives they think is the food...
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    Re: How are we doing?

    Brood rearing starts to slow now, not much you can do about it now. No point in extracting either as they won't draw much wax now either unless you get a big fall flow
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    Re: Molted skin cleaning

    You can find it in the bottom of cells at times, small white mass that gets recycled or cleaned up at some point after emergence
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    Re: Swarm and queen cells.

    You understand a queencell is just a queencell, no reason to distinguish in this situation, they swarmed, made queencells, now you can thin them out or make splits if you have the resources.
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    Re: Acquiring a large volume bees?

    That's what I would do, just figure it takes bees to make bees. If you can get a good deal after almonds, buy as many as you can afford then split like crazy from there.
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    Re: Keeping Queens overnight or for a few days

    I'd keep them on the cooler side, mid seventies and in as small as space as possible so they can keep each other warm if need be.
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    Re: New Queen, Dead Pupae

    I agree with vance, probably evicting drones.
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    Re: safe procedure for shaking out 2 hives

    If it were me, I'd put a moderate sized hive in their place before shaking them out, they will boost those hives like you are thinking. You can't really spot 'the' laying worker, there are usually...
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    Re: Can I split this hive?

    I'd just separate the two deeps and go for it, just keep the box with your queen in the original spot.
  16. Re: A couple pics of this year's first extraction

    I had a hand crank 18/9 for a day, never even cranked it before it went back to Mann lake to get a motor installed and the missing bottom supports put on
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    Re: Open Feeding What Happened?

    Scout bees give a general location, other bees come in and start trying to rob any bee related thing that smells of honey, but most of the bees just have a general sense of the area where the 'food'...
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    Re: How to Fix my Beekeeping Mistake?

    Get a new box and an inner cover. Move the frames into the new box and add the rest of the frames to make 10, then put that box onto the hive. Put on the inner cover, then put that box with the...
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    Re: What's your strategy for growing your apiaries?

    Daniel,

    When cutting watermelons in the field the bees will come something fierce. I've had them go after fallen nectarines as well, but I don't know how the 'juice' keeps in the hive vs nectar.
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    Re: Supercedure Split to save Queen?

    Remove the cells, check again in a week
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    Re: What's your strategy for growing your apiaries?

    I figured it would be easier to build up some capital via selling now, and buying a couple hundred hives for cheap after almonds but that's just me if I wanted to make a big jump quickly anyways. ...
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    Re: Pesticide bee kill?

    Is there any open nectar in that nuc? Capped honey is a different beast.
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    Re: Paramount Farms buying out beekeepers?

    They'd have to look out of state for that many bees, Cali is a desert come summer time, but then again he's got the money to grease some wheels as we all know too well with the water crap that goes on
  24. Re: Can you usually keep more hives in a more urban area?

    Here we go...
  25. Re: storing full frames of honey before extracting

    Could have wax moth eggs too, check them every couple days for a week or so, then should be ok if you don't see anything moving around
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