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    Re: Two queens laying next to each other.

    I wonder if you actually witnessed a laying worker? There is a research paper that Michael Bush refers to that says there are always some laying workers in queen rite hives.
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    Re: What weed is this?

    Billboard if you think that is white clover, botany is not your long suit. Plantain is not even a legume. Go look at your clover field. You are going to find a lot of Plantain growing with the...
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    Re: What type of weed is this?

    I wonder if it is the good stuff, or what they grow for fiber?
    When I was in college back in the 70s, there was one growing in the Liberal Arts greenhouse. One of the students tried to hide it by...
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    Re: External inspection

    We used to re-queen with the method Mike uses, and we consistently had a 30% failure rate. After five years of this I changed my methods. Now we remove the old queens 24 to 48 hours before putting...
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    Re: ID these two plants?

    I think the first one Ageratum, and the yellow one is as Mimulus (monkey flower) A closer view would help.
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    Re: The myth of Retinue

    Some queens are definitely on the run from the light and disturbance. Most are just doing their normal thing laying eggs and checking out cells, still no retinue.
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    The myth of Retinue

    The Myth of Retinue
    I am not sure I have ever seen a retinue like they show in the books. I have looked at a lot of queens over the years, and they are usually just doing their thing without their...
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    mosema counts

    What do counts of 1.7 million, .2 million, .05 million, spore mean as to infection rate.
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    Re: what is it?

    If it is not Bachelor Button, annual, then it is one of the Knapweeds, perennial. all are in the genus Centaurea.
  10. Re: Bottom box kinda sparce, reverse in the summer?

    I would not reverse this time of the year, especially if your flow is over. You want the winter stores above the brood. As they fill the box they will back fill cells as brood emerges forcing the...
  11. Thread: Fall nucs

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    Re: Fall nucs

    You can make a nuc anytime you have a queen for them and enough bees to get them to a winter viable strength. So the later in the year you build the nuc the more bees, brood and frames of drawn comb...
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    Re: Overwinter Queens

    I routinely re-queen my nucs for overwintering this time of the year by pinching the old queen and letting them raise a queen. If the queens fail to return from mating flights I then use a...
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    Re: Is this a hornet's nest?

    If the hornets are black with whitish faces, they are bald-faced hornets. If they are yellow and black they are yellow jackets. Yes eliminate them, but do it at night.
  14. Re: Old Beeks: Have you built up any immunity to stings?

    The first year I swelled some and the stings itched for days. Now they still hurt, but I have no swelling or itching.
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    Re: Unhappy Neighbors

    If you do not appease them or move the hives away from their property, they will almost certainly take matters into their own hands. This will amount to destroying the hives, probably with a can of...
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    Re: Is My Queen Laying?

    pollen coming in is not a reliable indicator of eggs and brood. Go in and look for eggs and larvae. If the new queen did not make it you want to either buy a new queen or provide eggs and brood for...
  17. Re: high-fructose corn syrup may be tied to worldwide collapse of bee colonies

    If your pockets are deep enough you can buy the results you want.
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    Re: very strong hives how to find queen

    We had this problem this spring too. Three days before we got our new queens we put queen excluders between the deep boxes. When we went back 3 days later it was simple to find the box with the...
  19. Re: Could there be two colonies in this wall?

    I think there is a real good chance there are two colonies.
  20. Re: How long do most neew beekeepers keep at it?

    When I started the oldtimers/mentors told me I would not last more than 2 years. Well this is eight were in now. I think the 2 year period is mostly right. Most of the newbees I have had contact...
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    swarm in a barley field

    We caught a small swarm today in a barley field. The bees were clustered on the bottom of the barley stems. Some were actually clustered on the ground. They had started pulling comb attaching it...
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    Re: Oxeye Daisy

    It is a pretty weed. It will spread like wildfire, is very hard to irradicate or even control. I have never seen any kind of a pollinator on it, so I assume it is self pollinating.
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    Re: Bees swarmed, now what?

    Nabber I had a really strong hive swarm itself to death. Maybe as many as 10 after swarms. I now remove the excess cells too.
  24. Re: New package getting robbed 3 days in a row

    Robbing on colonies with small populations is usually terminal. It sounds like you have done what is commonly done. Next time do not use the entrance feeder. That is without much doubt what...
  25. Re: how to tell if store sugar is from cane or beet

    If beet sugar is harmful to bees, I would be afraid to see what our bees would be like. We have fed beet sugar for 8 years, and have incredible bees.
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