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    Re: requeening a queenless hive

    They probably did make a queen, but, for some reason she failed to mate. Something probably happened to her on the mating flight and now you are queenless with no way for them to make a new queen. If...
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    Re: Dead queen, super bummed

    Man don't be too hard on yourself. I killed a II Poline breeder last month. Now I've got to shell out another $250 to get another one. I'm still nauseated.
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    Re: treating for mites

    Let me rephrase that. The down side is you may loose some queens and it may kill some of the brood. But, if your going to requeen any way that solves the queen problem. As far as the brood goes the...
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    Re: treating for mites

    If you are planning on requeening anyway, I would do the full treatment two pads and just requeen. I don't see a down side? Don't just knock the mites back, knock them out then requeen you have...
  5. Re: Laying Worker Hive - Status update and question

    I think your hive is going to be ok, if the queen you put in there is there and alive after that much time you should be ok. I would stay out of the hive for a couple weeks until she gets some brood...
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    Re: Hive scent made into a cologne/perfume

    I love the smell of a swarm or the smell of honey being ripened in the spring.
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    Re: Hive Marking - Florida

    I marked all my boxes and most of my frames. It's more for identification purposes than anything.

    Smoore you can brand or mark an active hive no problem. Use your smoker and veil if you feel like...
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    Re: Thank you Beesource

    Add extra frames the same as you would for any other hive, once they get 80-90% drawn out add another box, you will get a boost in population as some of the capped brood hatches out, but, then your...
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    Re: Hive Marking - Florida

    I ordered a branding Iron from these guys. http://www.branding-irons.biz/

    I got one with 1/2in numbers and use my turkey fryer to heat it up. Once you get it hot you can brand a bunch of equipment...
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    Re: Selecting mother or daughter?

    I would use the Mother too. If the Dtr. makes it through the winter and you still like what you are seeing from her then use the Dtr. next year.
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    Queen rearing Calander

    I have been using this Queen rearing Calander http://www.thebeeyard.org/cgi-bin/queencalendar.pl?month=7&day=7&year=2014

    I'm almost certain it would tell you to move your cells 10day after...
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    Re: Best grafting tool?

    I like the Chinese grating tool trimmed down in length. I leave it the same width but, I like it a little stiffer, I feel like I have more control over the tip with it a little stiffer, a lot of the...
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    Re: Queen presence in summer split?

    Your going to have to wait about another 30 days before you check for eggs again. It will take about 12days before you have a virgin again, then 4-5days for her to mature and harden off, then another...
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    Re: Think I have Sacbrood

    I'm thinking EFB too.
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    Re: Where do u sell bulk at?

    You can sell a few hundred pounds in 5 gallon buckets on Craigslist in just a few days. Or go to the guys selling it for $8 a pound and ask them if they need some buckets of honey.
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    Re: Cleaning Honey Room?

    I ended up washing them down and just repainting each spring. My walls are painted too but, I have them up on two courses of block so the bottom of the wall doesn't stay wet. Even when I scrub them...
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    Re: Cannot find the Queen

    I would just stay out of it. Check back on it in three weeks by that time your queen should be mated and laying. The more you dig around in it at this stage the more of a chance you will do more harm...
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    Re: Should I be worried or just wait?

    You should be seeing eggs by now that's almost a month ago the hive swarmed. You need to get them a queen or atleast get them some brood and a frame of young larva so they can make a queen. Moving...
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    Re: Supply Check

    Any smoker should be sufficient but, I am fond of the Dadant smokers. They are better made than some of the cheap knock off smokers.
  20. Re: going to try to remove bees off the supers with my handheld blower

    I tried a leaf blower my second year and it doesn't work all that great. It will blow them out but, I found it hard to hold the super just right and the blower nozzle just right by myself. It would...
  21. Re: Efforts Grow to Take the Sting Out of the Bee Die-Off Beekeepers, Farmers

    With all the press lately about the bee problems and with the Apiary Division encouraging people to have backyard hives why is the State of Florida's policy on keeping bees on State land so...
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    Re: Not sure what to do

    It's a little too early to find eggs in the hive that swarmed. Normally you can expect to find eggs about three weeks after the swarm. So you will have to wait alittle longer. The other hive needs a...
  23. Re: How to tell if cells are accepted/will be finished?

    No, not normally. When they first start feeding the larva royal jelly the amount of jelly dwarfs the larva and it is very hard to see the 2-3day old larva floating in the jelly. Once they get a...
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    Re: Bottleneck straing honey

    Yes, I'm pretty sure the bags are nylon. They last quite a while and can be used over and over. I'm really not sure what micron they are, just eyeballing them next to the regular strainer baskets...
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    Re: Question on Extracting

    Yes, you may be able to extract them without destroying them. But, you need to go real slow. I would not be surprised if you got a several qts of honey out of 6deeps
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