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    Re: Wax Moth question

    I had a wax moth problem as well. My strong colonies didn't even let it faze them. No damage whatsoever. In my weaker colonies however, I had to pull some damaged brood combs out. I pulled out all...
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    Re: My Cell Building Methods

    Could anybody please clarify Brother Adams method? I'm having a hard time visualizing the order. So you have your 2 deep colony with excluder on top then supers and then a box of brood from another...
  3. Sealing cracks in the hive to prevent pests

    Is it generally a good idea to seal all the cracks between the grooves of your hive boxes? I've noticed that wax moths are prolific and tend to lay eggs where the bees can't get to them (cracks)....
  4. Re: Allow aggressive hive to requeen or use queen from different genetics?

    Oh yeah I smoke the hell out of that hive. Calms them right up. The issue isn't working them, it's afterwards they remain ultra defensive and harasss anyone who goes in my yard for a week afterwards....
  5. Re: Allow aggressive hive to requeen or use queen from different genetics?

    If I don't mess with the hive they are fine. However whenever I inspect them the get pissed! They stay very aggressive for a week. They buzz in my face or anyone who comes within 100 ft of the hive....
  6. Allow aggressive hive to requeen or use queen from different genetics?

    Would it be better to kill the queen from an aggressive hive or introduce a queen of known stock? What are the odds the new queen is more docile? Or more aggressive if they are allowed to make their...
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    Re: Do bees overwinter in hot climates?

    Yes, thank you. In Phoenix temps rarely dip below 40 degrees F. Mostly we are in the 50 degree range.
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    Do bees overwinter in hot climates?

    Do bees keep foraging in the tropics or places with mild winters such as Arizona, Florida etc? Or do they overwinter all the same?
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    Wax moth larvae

    So today I found the first wax moth larvae in one of my hives. I was doing a routine inspection quickly glancing at most of the frames as it is a new hive and wanted to see if they needed another...
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    Lots of bees outside the hive

    I have noticed that every day from around 2 pm to approximately 5 pm the bees from one of my hives are flying furiously around it. Foragers zoom in and out of the hive and lots of others are just...
  11. Re: Brood from weak hive resulting in a mediocre queen.

    Good to know. So is it safe to conclude that pinching a mediocre queen to allow the hive to make a new one is always better than allowing the mediocre queen to live? I ask this because I am a small...
  12. Brood from weak hive resulting in a mediocre queen.

    I hived a swarm of bees and placed a frame of brood from a hive containing a mediocre queen. The problem is the swarm was so large that I think the feral queen swarmed again because there are no eggs...
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    Re: Proper Hive Ventilation for Hot Weather

    Michael,

    Did Dee Lusby have any kind of special setup as far as covers or other ventilation additions to help keep her hives cool? I imagine this wouldn't be an issue with strong healthy colonies...
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    Re: Keeping Africanized Bees or not

    We've had some good responses to this topic. Good points and interesting views. It seems that the majority agree that keeping aggressive bees, regardless of ancestry, is dangerous and not good. AHB...
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    Proper Hive Ventilation for Hot Weather

    I live in Phoenix, AZ, and it's definitely starting to warm up. Temps get up to 120 in the summer. I've been reading posts that say full sun to keep pests at bay. Is full sun really recommended in...
  16. Thread: No honey

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    No honey

    I have a hive that is on its second deep of brood. They keep expanding the brood nest like crazy but they aren't storing any frames of pure honey. Should I keep adding supers and see if they start...
  17. Thread: Small Queen

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    Small Queen

    I just received my queen today from Olivarez. The queen was shipped from their subsidiary in Hawaii. I noticed that she is much smaller than all the queens I have seen so far. Approximately half as...
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    Re: Keeping Africanized Bees or not

    I agree. African bees have many traits that make them better suited to survive in beekeepers hives and the wild. Only the strong survive and it seems they are here to stay. The main drawback to them...
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    Re: Feral Hive Removal

    Just released the queen today. Luckily they've drawn more comb and will most likely stay. Looking forward to see how they build up this year.
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    Re: Keeping Africanized Bees or not

    Perhaps you didn't read this whole thread. I created this post to generate a discussion on keeping africanized bees. Not due to a "fascination" but because africanized bees are a widespread...
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    Re: Comb on top bars

    All the comb they've built is straight in the center of the broodnest. Slightly off center, but straight. Is it better to leave it that way or center each comb on the top bars while risking damage to...
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    Re: Keeping Africanized Bees or not

    Yes, requeening can get expensive. I am not stupid and would definitely requeen a hive that was too aggressive but if they are manageable and not stinging anybody then there's nothing to fuss about....
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    Keeping Africanized Bees or not

    I live in Arizona and africanized bees are an issue. My question is if it is a good idea to keep africanized bees or bees suspected of being africanized. I have caught swarms that are sometimes mean...
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    Re: Comb on top bars

    My bars are 1 1/2 inches thick. They have a groove down the middle with popsicle sticks glued on.
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    Comb on top bars

    Should the bees be building comb on the center of each bar? I have some bars that have comb slightly off center. No cross combing. Does it matter that it is not dead center?
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