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  1. Re: Need help identifying possible disease, please

    Thank you!
  2. Need help identifying possible disease, please

    My dad's colony didn't survive the winter. I brought home the hive components today to see about making a split into it. Two of the frames had these spots. I don't know what I'm looking at or what...
  3. Ever see an entire frame of drone brood next to a frame of worker brood?

    Title says it all. Have a nice queen and several frames of brood. One of the frames is all drone, both sides. The others are almost all worker, like you'd normally see. The drone frame is...
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    Re: New Beekeeper, Lots of problems

    I would go ahead and replace those frames. That will help your bees catch up. Right now it sounds like they are behind and losing ground.
  5. Re: Have 2 heavy deeps, should I be feeding still

    If you continue to feed, give them more room. They will cluster in the space vacated by emerging brood once the queen stops laying.
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    Re: Why would workers ball young queen in a nuke?

    This occurred in two nucs I started this spring. I put the queens in cages with honey comb plug and within 24 hours the queens were released and no longer being balled.
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    Re: New Beekeeper, Lots of problems

    Yeeeuuuucckk.

    I don't know how much extra equipment you have, but you might be able to just shake the bees out in front of a fresh hive and start over. I'm guessing your frames were already under...
  8. Re: How cold is too cold to keep the lids propped up?

    Do you just prop them up and leave them like that, or do you put some kind of upper entrance reducer in place?
  9. How cold is too cold to keep the lids propped up?

    Is there a general rule for this? I've been thinking that overnight lows around 60 degrees fahrenheit should probably be the cutoff. The lids on my hives are propped up about one inch with rocks on...
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    Re: Rain and Top Entrances

    I started this thread on my drive home from work last night during a strong, unexpected thunderstorm with winds driving out of the south, directly into the face of my hives. All the tops were...
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    Rain and Top Entrances

    Is it a problem?
  12. Thread: 8 frame or 10

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    Re: 8 frame or 10

    Since you specifically asked about cost effectiveness, the 10-frame deeps would be the way to go. Most comb per dollar.

    You could consider sticking with 10 frame boxes and running them with only...
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    Re: Is this a problem?

    Just means they aren't worried about temperature.
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    Re: Is it too late for comb building?

    I'm in southwest Missouri, so different climate, but my hives are pulling out all kinds of comb right now.
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    Re: Is this a problem?

    Just bearding. Very common this time of year. Probably all of my hives look that way right now. Nothing but temperature management.
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    Re: My first experience with Russian bees

    I have only had Russians, but I compare notes with my cousin who keeps Italians and Carnis, and I love my Russians. In 3 years and a total of 15 hives (at various points), I've never had an...
  17. Thread: Best Gloves

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    Re: Best Gloves

    I never used to like gloves because they made me clumsy, but after wearing them every time for a few weeks, they no longer feel like a hindrance. I bought cheap leather gloves from Harbor Freight...
  18. Re: Laying worker hive - combine with queen-right hive?

    Is there usually only one worker that starts laying, or do several? Just curious.
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    Re: 9 Frames in 10 Frame Super

    I went to 9 in a 10 frame box this year and have had no problem with burr comb. I do not use spacers; I just push the frames to one side. I did it so that I'd have more room when looking through...
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    Re: Tell me all about white clover

    Following a drought, most of my yard is now dutch clover. I would like to purchase seed and make my entire yard clover, as well as my back pasture/hillside where I have my hives. Around 5 acres...
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    Re: New nuc fanning, but not too hot

    Laying workers come from hives without any open brood. Leave the supercedure cells alone. If there were no eggs or larvae, those are probably false cells anyway, but if they are legit queen cells...
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    Queenright cell finisher and swarming

    Is swarming an issue with a queenright cell finisher colony? I would think that a good strong colony with all those queen cells hanging above the excluder would want to swarm.
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    Re: New nuc fanning, but not too hot

    If you have a hive with a laying queen just take a frame of eggs and put it in your nuc.
  24. Re: Looks like I got took on my first set of nucs...

    I would not be discouraged at all if I were you (or your father-in-law). Maybe you didn't get the best deal on your nucs, but I bet they will be fine and heck, you might even get some honey off your...
  25. Re: Can I use queens from cells that never emerged to make swarm lures?

    I don't actually have any queen juice at the moment. Do you make queen juice just when you have an extra laying queen to sacrifice?
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