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    Re: Propolis prevention?

    I do use the j-hook tool and like it a lot but this time around it was putting deep dents in the top of the next frame while I was prying up. I just bought an EZ-pry hive tool and I think that might...
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    Propolis prevention?

    Hi all,
    This year during my major spring inspections I broke the top bars off 4 frames from 3 hives (2 deeps each) because they had them so glued down with propolis. I think this is my 6th year of...
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    Re: Is this evidence of a mouse?

    Can't believe I didn't think of that! Thanks!
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    Re: Is this evidence of a mouse?

    Well I have to make sure the creature isn't in there before I put the guard on though. Is there a way to quickly move through the bars without chilling them? I have to cut the sides of each comb...
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    Re: Is this evidence of a mouse?

    Whoops. I didn't realize the pic was upside down. That is the front. I was working from the back because I had a empty space to start just behind the follower board. I tried to pull the front bar...
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    Is this evidence of a mouse?

    I'm not sure whether to ask this here or under the top bar section. It's a two part question.
    I noticed the other day that something had been chewing on the entrance of my top bar. There were a lot...
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    Re: Two clusters in new hive

    Ok, 4 weeks later and I have another question. The two clusters finally joined up into one about a week later, but it was the front cluster joining with the back. I have 9 very nice combs back by...
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    Re: Two clusters in new hive

    Originally I had her on the 2nd bar with the comb, but I released her on Sunday. (compromising between Michael Bush's immediate release advice and the "normal" 3 day wait)
    I don't see any...
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    Re: Two clusters in new hive

    Good to know. Thanks!
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    Two clusters in new hive

    Hi All,
    This is my first time trying a top bar hive. I just installed a package on Saturday into a new hive. I attached a small amount of comb to from one of my Lang's that I was experimenting with...
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    Dead hive...what to do with honey?

    Hi all,
    I was walking by my hives yesterday and noticed 2 were very active, and one had no activity at all. I peeked inside the top cover and no signs of life. I opened it up and the top box was...
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    Re: All My Bees Are Drowning!

    I have the same Brushy Mountain feeder and I ended up buying that plastic craft mesh that you can get from craft stores. I just cut it to size and it sits on top of the floats. It seems to work...
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    Re: Lucky Yellow-jacket trap

    Wow, I don't understand this at all. I tried it (just eyeballing the amount of ingredients) and the first day all I caught was bees! I emptied it out and did the receipe again, using the exact...
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    Re: Alarm Pheromone question

    Ok. I didn't know if the alarm scent might be slightly different from each hive, since the queens have different scents.
    Thanks for the replies.
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    Alarm Pheromone question

    I'm curious about hives that are close together. If you are working a hive and for some reason the bees in that hive get annoyed and the sting scent or alarm pheromone goes off, does that affect the...
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    Re: Robbing

    Ok, I traded hive spots, gave a frame of brood to the weak hive, and gave them a super that is most likely sugar water from the robbers. Do I eventually trade them back, or leave as is? I have 5...
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    Re: Robbing

    Yes, I have a very strong hive that is doing the robbing from my weak hive I've been feeding. I now suspect that the honey supers on it are probably mostly the sugar water they have been robbing, so...
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    Robbing

    I have a weak hive that is being robbed like crazy. I've had the entrance reduced for weeks, and even screened them off for a few days, but the robbers keep coming back. I'm thinking about moving...
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    Re: Is this chalkbrood?

    Ok, that makes me feel better. It's weird though that we are so dry here in Colorado and I have a screened bottom board, so humidity is never a problem. Maybe I should prop the top a bit too.
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    Is this chalkbrood?

    I had a hive swarm a few weeks ago and during the next days inspection watched 4 queens hatch so who knows how many others were in there. Today's inspections shows lots and lots of drone brood, no...
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    Re: hives full of bees but not stores

    Thanks so much everyone!
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    Re: hives full of bees but not stores

    It is a second year hive, so both deeps have fully drawn comb, just very little honey/nectar. Sounds like I should put on the super and stop feeding?
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    hives full of bees but not stores

    I'm in my second year of beekeeping. I think I made a mistake and am not sure how to correct it. This spring I got a little too anxious and I think I put my honey super on too early. The two deeps...
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    Re: saw 4 virgin queens hatch from one hive

    Interesting that swarms can contain multiple virgin queens.
    Is there typically a certain number of days between a swarm and an afterswarm, or can it be any amount of time?
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    saw 4 virgin queens hatch from one hive

    I had captured a swarm the day before and was inspecting the hive it came from. I was dismayed to find over 20 swarm cells. I started pulling off the cells and one started hatching in my fingers. ...
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