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  1. Re: Visual difference between a mated queen and a Virgin?

    "is there anyway of telling if a new queen is mated other then eggs/larva?"

    A virgin queen will be relatively shorter and thinner in the abdomen than a mated queen, she will be more runny, and...
  2. Re: Make 15 year old help with sideline business?

    In a few years, you'll wish that you had spent more time with him without the bees, and he'll wish that he had spent more time with you and the bees. No one one can get all sulled up like a possum...
  3. Re: Take out from inside-panelling question

    "so I am looking for a tip or several as to how to best control the amount of bees coming out."

    In a similar situation, I have used an inexpensive infrared thermometer (and a bore scope) to locate...
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    Re: Is this a hive or a swarm?

    "Is this a hive or a swarm?"

    Hive.
  5. Re: Alright guys or gals explain this one to me

    "There's a variety of hornet that I think does not like my beard. I've had a couple of occasions when they made a beeline (literally) for my chin or lower lip, once from over a hundred feet away."
    ...
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    Re: What is this?

    "Small hive beetle larvae."

    +1
  7. Re: Alright guys or gals explain this one to me

    "Alright guys or gals explain this one to me"

    Check the scent and brand of shampoo and/or body wash that you are using.
  8. Re: What is the best size box for a swarm trap?

    "For everybody, what size box do you prefer"

    I use nominal 1"x12" cedar that holds six frames with almost room for a seventh frame.

    "and why?"

    The total volume is based on Dr. Seeley and...
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    Re: Swarm - should I give up on it?

    "Do I try and requeen the hive to see if I can get it to build up by fall?"

    You have waited a long time for the buildup that you have had while feeding. I would requeen as soon as practical.
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    Re: Seasonal Highlights

    Respect.
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    Re: Chastisement

    "But, I will not be posting anymore."

    Please reconsider. The bees are just bugs. Posters and moderators are people with an array of frailties, foibles, egos, successes, jealousies, fears,...
  12. Re: First supers are being drawn well (w/ syrup). What's next?

    "Is it the same rule of thumb that I'd wait to add another super until my current super is 70-80% covered in bees (assuming the deep hive body is also covered)?"

    More or less. In my location, I...
  13. Re: First supers are being drawn well (w/ syrup). What's next?

    "Ok. And should I stop feeding syrup so it will be honey for a change?"

    In your situation, I would stop feeding at this time and feed 5:3 syrup a little later if the fall flow fails. But, with...
  14. Re: First supers are being drawn well (w/ syrup). What's next?

    "Or is putting another super on this late in the season not worth it?"

    Depending on your exact location and conditions, you may still expect a fall flow from your state flower, goldenrod, and some...
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    Re: Swarm Capture

    "Question: How long should I leave them confined before letting them out?"

    I would not confine them, particularly with the heat at this time of year. I do add a frame of drawn comb and use a queen...
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    Re: First swarm capture

    "but what do I need to do at this point to get it to live through the winter?"

    Feed quickly as much as they will take. Use a divider or hive top feeder, baggie feeder if needed. Don't use an...
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    Re: First time extracting. How much?

    "Do I take the two medium supers of capped honey and hope they make enough off of goldenrod?"

    I use all eight frame medium boxes. I put a queen excluder on top of the third box, and I don't take...
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    Re: My New Spacer/Vent/Feeder

    "Comments and criticisms welcome"

    1. Rube Goldberg. 2. Bees live in enclosed spaces with small openings and propolized crevices for multiple reasons. This design may require more effort by the...
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    Re: Dry land beekeeping

    "But alone will they provide enough of a nectar and pollen source to keep the bees fed through winter?"

    Put some honey on a plate and watch the directions from which the honey bees come and to...
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    Re: Beehive Plans on Beesource

    "Is this normal?"

    Yes.

    "Should I widen the frames but leave a little bit of wiggle room?"

    No. Cheers,
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    Re: Assessing Hive strength for winter

    "Sound reasonable?"

    That certainly is not unreasonable. This queen inherited a tough situation what sounds like only about six weeks ago. If you have a late summer or fall flow, I would leave the...
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    Re: source for #8 hardware cloth

    "Anyone know a good source?"

    www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?315403-8-Hardware-cloth-where-to-buy-it&highlight=Source+cloth
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    Re: Building my own Honey Extractor

    "It is probably easier to work in angular velocity, so the force would be: F=M*r*(omega^2), where omega is given in radians/sec. So to follow Roland's guidance, 30*g=r*(omega^2) is the equation...
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    Re: building a top bar hive

    "do you have any other tips for this first timer building a top bar hive?"

    If I were building another top bar hive or long box, I would make it about four feet long and would have three holes 1...
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    Re: #8 Hardware cloth...where to buy it?

    "Does anyone know a good source?"

    Redi-Roll on Amazon.
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