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    Re: Treat swarm for mites

    We just hived a cut-out. It has a lot of brood. That brood could well have mites. We will wait a few weeks before treating though. We don't want to drive the bees away.
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    Re: Bees head butting each other

    When the forager comes in with nectar, she will pass it to another bee that will store it. She puts her head with the other bees to do that. The other bee will sometimes reject the nectar and the...
  3. Thread: Cut out story

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    Cut out story

    A friend and I did a cutout this morning and I was talking about it to some friends.

    I told them "I don't think we got the queen"

    Answer "so what happens now".

    Me "we will give them a frame...
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    Re: Hive Top Feeder and use of Inner Cover

    Get used to the burr comb or get another feeder. Those feeders are great; but the burr comb is part of the package.
  5. Re: Beginner Questions - Alternatives To Sugar Water

    A swarm would probably need feeding.

    Feeding honey from another hive is a really good way to transfer diseases.

    You can buy organic white sugar, if you want to pay the price. You can buy...
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    Re: Hot and heavy hive

    Sometimes queenless hives are mean. A frame of brood with young larvae and eggs may do the trick. Your queen cells could also be viable and the problem will solve itself
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    Re: Starting a colony from stragglers?

    20 bees would not cover much brood. I think the brood would just be wasted.
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    Re: weed barrier under hive

    I have used plastic with mulch. I have switched to weed barrier. There doesn't seem to be a lot of difference in performance.
  9. Thread: SHB mesh size

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    Re: SHB mesh size

    I have never had a problem with veg. oil going rancid. I change the oil every few weeks, but I just strain it through window screen and save it. I pour the oil into a pot and put fresh oil in the...
  10. Re: One more reason to keep bees...... hair loss treatment?

    My hair was not shaved or waxed off. Would it still work for me or would I have to sleep with my hat on for nothing.
  11. Re: Need some help on interpreting which cells are which

    Great pictures. Would be perfect for "B" school.
  12. Re: Newb help with entrance reducer/ convo with Tim Ives

    this is another cases of 10 beekeepers, 20 opinions. I use an entrance reducer with a 3/4" opening to begin. I change it to a 3" opening when I start seeing traffic jams. I never get any bigger...
  13. Re: Why do Male Drones Bees Die after mating mating

    The drones reproductive parts are left in the queen. The next drone pulls it out. When the queen returns to the hive the last penis is still there and the bees clean it up. This is called a mating...
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    Re: Lost queen. Nervous new beekeeper!!!

    1st rule of beekeeping. When in doubt, do nothing.
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    Re: Dealing with Japanese Hornets

    There are also "cicada killers" which are similar. In the years when there are not many cicadas around they eat bees.
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    Re: first year honey?

    The honey made while feeding sugar water or any other food other than honey, is not suitable for sale. If you wish you could eat it yourself, but it is not very good. I would let the bees have...
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    Re: Is this worker brood or drone brood?

    Putting a new queen in a mite infested hive is pretty much like passing gas in a hurricane. The brood break can help, but mites can live up to 6 months without brood. Your bees can't. Treat and...
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    Re: Is this worker brood or drone brood?

    K wing happens when the 2 wings on each side are no longer able to hook together. Usually it is caused by a virus carried by mites.
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    Re: How's the flow going for you?

    My hives are very slow this year. Two friends have hives that are loading up, but most of the folks at B club Thursday night were whining about not much honey.
  20. Thread: NO BEES

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    Re: NO BEES

    I can guess that the mite load in that gone hive is pretty low.
  21. Re: How to jump start late 2nd package install???

    Any time you make up on the new hive, will cost you on the old hive. Just feed, feed feed. Sugar water actually stimulates build up more than honey.
  22. Re: Ok pros, how do you keep an eye on swarming without disturbing the brood chamber?

    For my "science project" this spring, I pulled all but 2 of the swarm cells from a hive and put them in a queen castle. This turned out to be a qualified success. (another story) I think the hive...
  23. Re: Whether or not to add a second brood chamber?

    Think ahead to the goals you have in management style. If you intend to run double-deeps (a very good idea in NC) add another box now. Putting it on the bottom will increase the chances of it being...
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    Re: Queen behavior mystery

    Had she been crossbred with a cockroach?
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    Re: need advice saving my split

    you probably don't even have a problem. Watch them closely and use a standard beekeeping backup procedure. Do nothing.
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