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    Re: Ways to extract honey

    Not too many choices. If you only have one or two hives you can do "crush and strain" which does not need an extractor. Another good alternative is to see if there is a local bee club that you can...
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    Re: now what do i do with laying worker hive?

    Correct. They are unfertilized eggs so only produce males.
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    Re: now what do i do with laying worker hive?

    I'm in the camp that it's not worth time and effort to correct a LW hive, so I just immediately shake them out an move on.

    I don't know if you have other hives, but if you do I'd say just shake...
  4. Thread: What is this?

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    Re: What is this?

    It's bits and pieces of comb. The bees must have been cleaning up old comb and/or it's bits chewed off by bees hatching.
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    Bees in East Africa

    I just returned from a two-week safari to Kenya and Tanzania with my family. Naturally I couldn't help from asking everyone I could about local beekeeping practices and what I learned was pretty...
  6. Re: My Bees Swarmed/Absconded 10 Minutes Ago - With Video

    +1. You had a queen, so wait another week. If nothing then, start looking for another queen.

    This is a good example of why only having one hive can be a problem. Two or more is actually easier...
  7. Thread: Tiny swarm

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    Re: Tiny swarm

    I've caught a few baseball sized swarms. Most were small after swarms, the best was a small swarm in about September of last year that I got from a tree. Had a marked queen and I took it as a...
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    Re: Straining melted beeswax

    Just about any thin cloth will work. I've used old t-shirts, or get some 5 gallon paint strainers from a hardware store.
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    Re: Swarm cell or queen cell. What to do

    Pretty much the same thing as moving the existing queen and half the hive.

    Whichever way you do it, wait about three weeks and then check the hive with the cell in it. If all went well then...
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    Re: Mann Lake ventilated jacket

    I bought a ML ventilated suit about two years ago and didn't really like it. Zippers sucked, hood didn't stay up well, and the cuffs weren't great. Rarely used it.

    Bought another one a month or...
  11. Re: Oh crap! I think I painted my queen's eyeball. Now what?

    Don't be afraid of picking a queen up with your fingers - it's fairly easy and queens are tougher than you'd think. Certainly helps to practice on drones for a while first. Another option is to use...
  12. Re: Hive inspection frequency question... is every 2 weeks really necessary?

    Nothing wrong with leaving them alone and observing, particularly if you're certain that they are all queenright now. Flow is slowing and swarming is less likely (though not impossible). Keeping an...
  13. Re: I survived my first year of bee keeping! But now I'm broke...

    I've found that it's not too hard to make enough to cover the cost of the hobby. I'm up to about a dozen hives, not far from the OP in NorCal. I harvest about 300 lbs or so of honey a year and sell...
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    Re: Frames not being drawn out

    Are you feeding them sugar syrup? If not, do so. Don't add anything until the box that they are in is 70-80 percent full. Won't do you any good and is just extra space for them. Remember there's...
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    Re: Warning! Newbie - could be a dumb question.

    Agree with Hex above... they'll only draw comb (and make honey) if there is sufficient flow of nectar around you. Sounds like there may not be, in which case you should abandon your hope of getting...
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    Re: Am I getting lazy or smart?

    Shake 'em out is right when your time is more valuable than anything else. It can take a lot of time, effort, and resources to fix a LQ hive, perhaps rewarding for some but a waste for most.
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    Re: Newbie wondering if my backyard is okay

    The bees won't care about anything you note (river, birds, etc). As noted above, a docile hive needs little space and doesn't affect people/pets/etc as long as the glide path to the hive is open....
  18. Re: Newly installed package. Various problems. How worried should I be?

    Relax and let them bee... It sounds like things are going well enough, you just need to focus on what you're seeing that's important.

    All that really matters is that they have a healthy, laying...
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    Re: Brood in the top super

    Doesn't really sound like things are that bad. You have a nuc that should have a laying queen in a month. Your big hive is queen right but a bit off kilter. I've found that bees love to draw drone...
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    Re: Second inspection ...

    It looks great - your bee numbers will increase rapidly as that brood hatches in the next week or two. Add a second box when the first is 70% or so drawn.
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    Re: Noob here with a few questions..

    Sounds like all is well and welcome to the hobby! She will start laying very soon, as soon as there's comb available. In 10 days you will certainly see larvae in various stages of development,...
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    Re: Cone extraction of newly arrived swarm?

    Thanks - would this work if I can only get the HBG on the area they're entering and not further inside the cavity? They're crawling inside the wall in the gap between bricks but then go well further...
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    Cone extraction of newly arrived swarm?

    I got a call from a neighbor who had a swarm move into the wall of their house a couple of days ago. It's located in a spot that makes a cutout improbable (junction of brick and stucco walls), thus...
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    Re: Newbee question about adding new supers

    You'll prob want to put it on top of the existing boxes. It's likely that the brood ball is split between the two that are in place now and it's not a good idea to divide it in half. So put it on...
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    Weird swarm call today

    I got a call today about a swarm in a tree. Shortly before heading over the lady called me back and said they'd picked up and moved to a different tree. I got there and found the swarm in a small...
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