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    Re: How to clean up super fir winter?

    Missy there is a bit of difference in humidity between your location and Maryland. Utah has none. Leaving the empty supers on over the bees makes it very hard for the bees to climate control their...
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    Re: Rearranging honey bound brood boxes

    Placing foundation between frames on honey especially in a checkerboard patter often results in the bees using that extra space to deepen the cells in the honey frames up to bee space beside the...
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    Re: polystyrene hives?

    Beaver Plastics makes them not that very far away from you. I wish I had easy access to them. They are insulated and I wouldn't have to wrap anymore. I would recommend you buy bees if your...
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    Re: How to clean up super fir winter?

    Your state is right. They are not dirty, just coated with a little layer of honey. When the hives need supered next season, they will take that residual honey and use it to repair comb and it will...
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    Re: left a cell caged by mistake

    She has probably passed the time in her life when she will go on mating flights and may never lay a fertilized egg. I would write her off I am afraid.
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    Re: Bee Math question

    If you had rainy weather that delayed mating flights you may have a few more days to wait. Pretty soon you should have eggs if it is going to happen. In a week if you have no large patch of eggs I...
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    Re: Two nucs cannibalizing brood.

    Brood is cannibalized when they cannot feed it and have exhausted the reserves in their bodies. Pollen patties are available from many suppliers and sugar is not harmful to the bees.
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    Re: Will my bees winter in Minnesota

    I get gueens from breeders in California and Florida among other places that winter very well. As people say, preparation is everything. Treating mites in August, weighing my doubles to make sure...
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    Re: Educate me on foundationless

    Those who have eyes and have kept bees can see! Yes, inserting a foundationless frame during early spring buildup often results in fine worker comb. But on balance the bees draw far more...
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    Re: Question on a split

    It is warm enough that the brood will not chill because the nurse bees will stay put. I would swap the two hives to equalize foragers. Apparently your plan was to let the split raise a queen. You...
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    Re: Are we being greedy and foolish

    All you need is an old bathroom scale and a two foot square of plywood. Tilt the hive sideways and place half the plywood under the hive and place the scale so the hive when rocked to the other side...
  12. Re: Opposite of feeding. Killing bees for honey production

    I would hardly consider VA to be North for wintering purposes. I want a big cluster as they winter much more efficiently than a small one and come out of the gate fast in the spring. The...
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    Re: Long distance apiary

    Mine are 10 to 30 miles from my house. I am out to them every nine or ten days in season, starting in February every couple weeks or as needed or because I want to. I like my bees but can't have...
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    Re: First time extracting

    If you want the mess twice extract and put those wet boxes back on. The bees refill them faster it seems and it helps maximize your crop. Your decision.
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    Re: How soon can I rehive a split?

    If they are still making swarm cells, I would find the queen and move her in that split and leave the remainder two good cells on the same frame and destoy all the rest of the queen cells. That...
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    Re: Flood damage question

    I would just replace as many of they brood combs as you can if you have spares to dole out and let the bees take care of it. They work nights too you know. Open air drying would be a good thing but...
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    Re: bees prepping to swarm???

    If the cells are not capped, find the queen and get her out of there or they will swarm. Good luck. It matters your honey crop worth. A shook swarm is not hard at all to do.
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    Re: Brood frame to 2nd Deep Box

    Adding a frame of brood comb for a second box or a frame drawn with uncapped honey is absolutely a good idea to get the bees working up a level. Bees will sometimes swarm before going up into that...
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    Re: plastic bag feeder for top of frames

    Don't use the baggies unless you are competent in sealing the baggie and have level hives. Two baggies don't quite fit and can cause problems. I don't try to put more than three quarts in the...
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    Re: Harvest timing, when and why?

    I extract honey as soon as there is enough on the hives to justify making the mess in my extracting setup because the bees will refill wet just extracted supers fast if the flow is still on. Then I...
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    Re: How long do most neew beekeepers keep at it?

    A lot of the older beekeepers get sick of pounding their head against the rocks of ignorance emanating from most sophomore beekeepers who have read every book and know how to keep bees and feed the...
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    Re: bees prepping to swarm???

    Are the cells capped? If they are the queen is probably gone. I would try hard to find her and move her and another frame of brood into that nuc. Then I would choose the best two cells on the same...
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    Re: Trapped queen above queen excluder?

    If your hives swarmed, the virgins may have returned to an upper entrance and taken up residence over the QE. If you remove them, the queen should naturally lay her way down in the hive as the bees...
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    Re: How long do most neew beekeepers keep at it?

    I caught a swarm over fifty years ago and have ranged from that colony to three hundred to my current fifty. I guess I have stayed interested. Oh I kept bumble bees in a Crackerbarrel cheese box...
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    Re: Breeder being superceded

    Thanks for the good thoughts. I found her today and she is nothing special to look at but is laying another frame of eggs in the separated housing she went into yesterday. I made a bunch of...
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