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    Re: Hive too hot - hive combination question

    It is the 3rd week of August we are at the end of the season. I think you should leave them alone, as in the winter, you cannot tell the difference between a hot hive and a cool hive. You can then...
  2. Thread: Races of Queens?

    by WillH
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    Re: Races of Queens?

    I don't think there is a huge genetic diversity. Italian bees are ubiquitous in north America. When you open breed, more than likely your queen will mate with Italian drones. So no matter what kind...
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    Re: What to do with cell starter bees?

    I don't see any problem, putting bees from starter to a different finisher. The queen is in the box below under a queen excluder, and these bees have been queenless a day or two. There will be some...
  4. Re: Is now and OK time to requeen in the northeast?

    I will not let bees raise queens in August. But sometimes they requeen without me knowing it. (I know the queen is new because all my queens are marked) Some of the August queens turn out to be ok,...
  5. Thread: 0 mite count???

    by WillH
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    Re: 0 mite count???

    Last year I had a hive with 0 mite count. I was happy and thought I found bees that beat varroa. I did not treat and they came out of winter super strong. Sadly I found out in April that I could not...
  6. Re: Are 3 gallons of sugar water a week too much for one hive?

    Unless you are sending bees to almond pollination, which means raising brood in the winter, there is no need for pollen supplements. Bees are quite capable of collecting pollen they need most of the...
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    Re: Failed nuc split and graft - why?

    A hive does not become a cell starter just because you pulled the queen out. They don't need grafts, they already have eggs and young larvae to start QCs. The reason that you found the split weak is...
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    Re: Queen Introduction and pheromones.

    In beekeeping, nothing is 100%
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    Re: Queen Introduction and pheromones.

    If properly done timed release is not a lottery. I always use this method, and have had success most of the time. Just keep the candy end closed for a couple of days if the hive is very big. Leaving...
  10. Re: When best time to transfer queen cells to mating nucs

    Queens emerge 8 days after capped, 11 days after grafting 2-day larvae. I lost a few grafts waiting till 10th day to move cells. Now I move them on the 9th day and haven't had any problems even...
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    Re: New Beek with winter question

    Most of NJ is in zone 6 which needs 2 deeps or 3 mediums. At the start of winter, top deep is full of stored honey, bottom is used for raising brood, clustering space, pollen and also to store some...
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    Re: New Beek with winter question

    You only need 2 deeps. Put a queen excluder above the 2nd deep, so you won't get brood in the supers above so they can be pulled. By mid August, there should be no supers so bees will put things...
  13. Re: How does one selectively "exterminate" mean guard bees with soapy water?

    Eliminating guard bees is not a solution. There are others waiting to take up the duties if there is a need. What you can do is split the hive to 3 or four smaller hives. Although they will still be...
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    Re: Queenless and capped queen cells

    Some queen cells never hatch. Sometimes you can tell from the way bees react towards them. If they are real Q cells bees will be always on them, sort of like guarding them. If they are fake, they...
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    Re: Is this a virgin queen?

    Only the drones around her know for sure. :)
  16. Thread: Queen cells

    by WillH
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    Re: Queen cells

    It is not possible to make a queen cell from an unfertilized egg. The queen that you put in the hive may have laid eggs and they have made queen cells from those.
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    Re: question on re-queening and splits

    Bees start queen cells as soon as they realize they are queenless. They even build new ones while the queen is in the cage. Once a mated queen is successfully released and accepted, those QCs are...
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    Re: Wifi Hive scales and app

    If you can make an app to tell me when the bees are going to swarm, I will definitely buy it. As far as the weight goes, I only need 2 weights per year. Before I close them up for the winter and when...
  19. Re: A FIFRA Section 18 specific exemption has recently been granted to New York State

    I don't get this. I bought this stuff in August 2014 from Mann Lake. So it was not approved last year? Anyway, results from II was same as I. I won't use it again.
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    Re: Multiple Breeds in Apiary a Problem?

    Italians are my favorite bees. Prolific honey gatherers, gentle, less prone to swarm. The problem I see with them is that they always have mites. If your hives are being robbed, blame yourself, not...
  21. Re: Retired NYPD Bee Keeper Says "Bullying" Made Him Leave the Force

    Items found during police work, except for those confiscated, are supposed to be returned to their legitimate owners. If the owner cannot be located, they should be sold in auctions. It is illegal...
  22. Retired NYPD Bee Keeper Says "Bullying" Made Him Leave the Force

    http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Retired-NYPD-Bee-Keeper-Anthony-Planakis-Bullying-300727871.html
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    Re: Share your graft pics

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  24. Re: hive swarmed, caught queen and half the swarm: now what

    You don't have to move the nuc anywhere. Set it up in your yard with the old queen for now. She will continue to lay. You can even strengthen it by giving it brood and bees from the old hive.

    Go...
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    Re: Going to her 3rd year still strong

    They tried to swarm last year. Saw it coming, and was able to get 4 of her daughters, wonderful bees.
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