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    Re: Carniolan Queen into a Italian hive??

    Russians tend to reject any queen not genetically related to them, don't know why, but they won't take them.

    Remember they are not European bees, they are Asian (Vadivlostock if I remember...
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    Re: Pollen going in nuc, here to stay?

    Yup. Did they orient on the box? If they did, and are hauling pollen, they are very likely to stay. however, I've seen pollen laden bees in swarms before, so who knows.

    I've only had one swarm...
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    Re: Keeping the hobby under control

    Yeah, it can get out of hand pretty quick. I have, currently, 9 and one half hives (lost one of the ten to robbers and laying workers, but captured and miniature swarm with an unmated queen today,...
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    Re: Just caught swarm

    Well, that's the rub. I have a queen with a hand full of bees that I need to introduce to a split, likely a couple frames of emerging brood and one of stores. I'm thinking a screen between the two...
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    Re: What Triggers Your Extraction Timing?

    Mite Away Quick Strips. Seem to work the best and it's a single treatment for full sized hives.

    Peter
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    Re: Carniolan Queen into a Italian hive??

    Yes. Follow the normal protocol for introducing a new queen.

    Your hive will be a carni hive once the current bees have died off, about six weeks.

    Russian hives and replacement queens are...
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    Re: Robbing and Bees under the bottom Board

    One drawback to screened bottom boards is that a queen can return to the hive and land on one with an open insert and get fed. So she stays there, and bees accumulate around her, eventually starting...
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    Re: introducing a new queen

    Easy enough to check for acceptance BEFORE you put the cage in the hive -- hives with queens will rush the cage and attempt to get through the screen to get at her. Queenless hives have calm bees...
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    Re: What Triggers Your Extraction Timing?

    June first or so for the spring honey, mid september if we have any fall honey -- typically we do NOT have fall honey.

    I treat for mites in August, I think late September is much to late,...
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    Re: Keeping the hobby under control

    With 5 hives you need an extractor for next year, crush and strain is way more work. A bucket strainer and a bottling bucket makes honey extraction pretty fast with an extractor.

    You have to...
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    Re: Just caught swarm

    The queen may or may not be a virgin, and it doesn't really matter.

    If the bees were sticking their rear ends up and fanning, and then started to orient on the new box, it's highly likely they...
  12. Thread: Miniature swarm

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    Miniature swarm

    Just found a tiny swarm (100 bees and a queen) in my tomatoes. Put them in a medium nuc box on some drawn comb from this year's honey harvest, one frame as I don't want another robbing fest.

    So...
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    Re: "Raw Unfiltered Honey"

    Large operations often heat and pressure filter honey with filters fine enough to remove pollen since the pollen acts as a nucleation site for crystallization and crystallized honey is "bad" in the...
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    Re: Preparing for winter.

    Should work fine. No reason not to make it one piece unless you feel the need to separate the two.

    Peter
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    Re: Mites, yup I have them!!!

    I suspect that hives without mites are exceedingly rare these days, it's just a matter of how many.

    You should treat your hives, but there is no need to get spastic about it -- they will be fine...
  16. Thread: 12 oz bear

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    Re: 12 oz bear

    Well, I've never spent all that much time there, but it seems pretty rural once you get away from the "golden triangle"/Annapolis area. Used to row across West River to Pirate's Cove when I stayed...
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    Re: First new package -- bees may be in trouble

    Are you feeding protein supplement? If not, some dry pollen sub outside the hive may kick them off, they cannot raise brood without protein. They will only make as much comb as they can keep warm...
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    Re: Splitting supers and warping lids

    Dry, flat, straight lumber and box joints are the real answer. If your lumber has actually shrunk from moisture loss, your rabbet joints may not fit now, and there really isn't a cure.

    Try screws...
  19. Thread: Fanning

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    Re: Fanning

    Bees on the front of the hive is a good sign -- it means there are lots of bees inside, too. Huge beard means you need more ventilation, but I'd leave the reducer on, it's coming up on robbing...
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    Re: 12 oz bear

    rfgreenwell:

    I may have to bring some honey out to sell next time I make it out to West River -- my aunt and uncle lived there on Chalk Point for about 50 years and my sister still has the house. ...
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    Re: Swarm season isn't over yet....

    My buddy is new to beekeeping, suddenly figured out it's vastly cheaper to make your own stuff. Also learned why I told him to wear long pants -- he's young and brave and figured he wouldn't get...
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    Swarm season isn't over yet....

    We had a big storm yesterday afternoon, and my new beekeeping buddy did a cutout on a huge hive in a split tree -- at least a deep worth of brood comb, and a 5 gal bucket of honey, and half the hive...
  23. Re: It's too complicated nowadays. What were the good ole' days like?

    Back in the old days, forage was much much better, packages were cheap, and the only real pests were wax moths and AFB. Grandpa had to burn some hives back in the early 30's due to AFB, but once the...
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    Re: Feeding for brood production

    1:1 is fine, otherwise it ferments like crazy and the bees won't take it.

    Peter
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    Re: Non-stinking Plastic Foundation?

    Use wax. Plastic works fine here in the spring during the main flow, but after the first of June we don't have much coming in, and on syrup they tend to make a mess with it. They tend to make a...
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