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    Re: How strong for "cut down" split?

    four questions:

    (1)when are you expecting to see the first blackberry blooms
    (2)why not split your hive into 5 instead of 4 and make 5 nucs...one with the Queen from the slit up hive
    (3)why do...
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    Re: How strong for "cut down" split?

    So I need to extract enough honey for sales to support our farm status...much as I would like to just observe and experiment with bee management I will be unhappy if my doing so compromises getting...
  3. Re: Possibly queenless coming out of winter: options?

    Is it difficult to install a Queen into aQueenless hive? I had thought they would be excited to get a Queen.
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    Re: How many hives are "enough"?

    I think like with many things you don't know what is too many until you find yourself working without the fun. Once you cross that line the trick is to recognize that and back up to your happy...
  5. Re: Cursed Hive (perpetual queen problems)...what to do?

    What do they instruct one should do before adding the Queen?
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    Re: Adding frame eggs to a Queenless hive

    So am I correct in thinking that when a Queen dies or is killed the hive will usually try and replace her from early larvae that arise from her eggs. If this happens and the QC is a dud or the virgin...
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    Re: Adding frame eggs to a Queenless hive

    I may be wrong but what I thought the question was getting at is...if say you make up a nuc and give them eggs, open brood, capped brood covered with bees and pollen and nectar covered with bees will...
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    Re: Western Washington Beekeepers 2014

    What about folks just north of the border...similar climate so likely similar issues.
  9. Thread: Split of a Colony

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    Re: Split of a Colony

    Question on splits: how often do you add eggs and open brood if they haven't made a Queen cell with the eggs and young larvae they were given?
    I did a split of brood,pollen,nectar and honey last...
  10. Re: Cursed Hive (perpetual queen problems)...what to do?

    How often and at what frequency did you put in frames with capped brood, open brood and eggs before the hive built Queen cells?

    I ask as gave a Queenless hive,package and nuc each a frame as...
  11. Thread: Feeder Question

    by WBVC
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    Re: Feeder Question

    I actually found that putting the inner cover below the plastic insert type hive top feeder works best for me. It really seems to stop the bees from drawing burr burr comb under the feeder. The get...
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    Re: Queenless hives...

    I did do an OA vapour treatment in January. What is the chance this killed the 2 queens?
    Also I can't get the Queen for a week. Would it be advised that I give them open brood tomorrow?
    If I do...
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    Queenless hives...

    It seems that 2 of 15 over wintered hives are Queenless . One I noticed on the initial inspection and quickly got a Queen in the hive.

    The second hive is separate from the others ...it is actually...
  14. Re: I made making syrup a little easier on myself.

    Have you used it? Did you find the auto timer shut off a PIA?
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    Re: Sable Grafting Brush - Tips Wanted

    How does one "prime" cells? I presume you put some royal jelly in..if not what? How much do you put in each cell. Where do you get the primer from?
    Thanks...we hope to try to raise a Queen this...
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    Re: Varrox and Varrocleaner Oxalic Acid Vaporizers:

    I have a varrox vapourizer...it works well and is easy to use.
  17. Thread: Split low on bees

    by WBVC
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    Re: Split low on bees

    A couple of days ago I was so frustrated because I couldn't find queens in a hive. I was at the point of thinking I never would see one. I posted for help and got it. Take a moment to find and read...
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    Re: Foundationless Frames

    I broke a comb of newly drawn foundation less brood last week. I was looking for the Queen and she was on that frame. I saw her, carefully laid down the frame...that was my mistake...and when I...
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    Re: Balling a newly marked queen

    If one lets workers from the hive go in the marking tube before placing the Queen does it lower the risk of balling?
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    Re: Balling a newly marked queen

    I like marked Queens for 2 reasons:
    (1) it helps me locate them
    (2)it helps know if a Queen is replaced as then she is not marked

    Not many of my Queens are marked as they came unmarked. I have...
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    Re: Balling a newly marked queen

    I marked 3 package Queens yesterday and the Queen from my strongest hive today. Did not use smoke. I hope they survive:(
    Good luck with your Queen. Have you ever had this happen before?
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    Re: excepting capped queen cells ?

    I also have one hive that is stronger than the others..it has 10 frames full of brood, pollen and nectar plus some capped honey.
    I also have one package that is Queenless. They have put up lots of...
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    Re: A question about top bar starter strips

    Watched a video where a person clamps a piece of cotton butcher string taught along the flat bar. He then uses a soldering iron and piece of bees wax to apply melted bees wax to the string..it holds...
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    Re: Is there an alternative to buying a nuc box?

    We build coates style nucs...4 complete from a sheet of ply.
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    Re: Food coloring to Spring syrup?

    I believe this was discussed previously as a way to determine if your supers have sugar syrup in them.
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