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    Re: HEADING INTO WEEK 5 - VARROA MITES! HELP!

    I can see the mites without macro photography. I would burn them down with apiguard and see how many fall. Then you could still take a crop if it happens to get that far. Since we are four inches...
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    Re: unsuccessful split

    Any sign of used queen cells that recently emerged? They shouldn't be torn down yet. You could have a queen laying any day now but put a frame of eggs and just hatched larvae in and see what...
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    Re: Queen flying ability?

    I bought a queen that I wanted to be extra care with so I put her on bee less frame of emerging brood with a 6 by 8 inch push in cage. Three days later with her laying up a storm I pulled the push...
  4. Re: how long after split to install mated queen?

    I do it immediately when making the split. I once made a bunch of splits and watched the mail for queens that got lost. When my queens arrive I go to the location where equipment and appropriate...
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    Re: Another question about patties....

    The Global patties I use get eaten. They are slow to dry up and I don't think I have thrown away ten pounds of it out of a thousand fed. I had a perfect picture yesterday if I just would have had a...
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    Re: Warning to the wise

    Colimo you said you were a socialist but you didn't say you were an intellectual too! That is the most inciteful post I have ever seen on this forum!
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    Re: Warning to the wise

    125 in two deeps or three mediums. I keep thinking three deeps for wintering but that is a lot more equipment and feed tied up. Besides a lot smarter guy than I ,Roland, says one deep is enough. ...
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    Re: Warning to the wise

    Mine all weighed at least 125 the end of october and had five plus kilos of sugar on top. MEA CULPA here. Genetics makes quite a difference. I found that my Italian yard produced a lot more honey...
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    Warning to the wise

    Yesterday I went out in lovely spring weather to clean bottom boards and check bees. The changing of bottom boards entailed lifting the hives and I was shocked at how feather light many were! The...
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    Re: Overturn truck Seattle

    I have a daughter in law who is convinced she will die of a bee sting that lives not far from that crash. I am sure she is barricaded in the house. Forty million bees in that number of hives!?!? ...
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    Re: what kind of dog do you like ?

    I really am fond of all dogs that are black and Labradors and know what a duck is for.
  12. Thread: Upper entrance

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    Re: Upper entrance

    Top entrances are necessary in the winter and an excellent idea in the summer. I run them all year except during spring buildup when I want the bees to have a draft free home.
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    Re: New package. Feeder recommendations

    Post #4 is a viable choice. Using them at the entrance is courting disaster from robbing and if you happened to get really cold weather, the bees cluster far away from them and they are useless. ...
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    Re: To split or not?

    You hit the nail on the head. Keeping that high number colony from swarming is really difficult. I find it hard to kill a queen that built that empire but replacing the queen with a young one might...
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    Re: I have bees! Finally!

    Welcome and enjoy your bees,
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    Re: entrance reducers

    I certainly wouldn't take the entrance reducer off in cool spring weather. the bees will sort it out, just put a little brush or long grass in front of the entrance to trigger orientation.
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    Re: Chilled brood or foulbrood?

    Your assumption is probably correct. Foul brood is pretty distinctive looking and AFB is pretty distinctive smelling. Neither leave little couple day out larvae dried out in the bottom of cells....
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    Re: What are they up to?

    They basically built the hive at the top where they would in a hollow tree and you handled it correctly and hopefully did not harm the queen. The nasonov fanning they are doing is to call in lost...
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    Re: Drifting - New Package Installation

    It has been over fifty years since I still peered in a beehive and they still strike me as pretty amazing. Enjoy the ride and switch them tomorrow without opening during the middle of the day.
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    Re: Drones, splits and a queen

    When you have seven or eight frames of brood.
  21. Re: Mid May Package installs, any special concerns

    Receiving a package that late in the season makes it important to hurry them along to get all the frames drawn and filled with stores or brood in the number of brood boxes you have decided you need. ...
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    Re: New Hive Entrances

    on newly established colonies in early spring I believe in small openings just a couple three bees wide. It gives them a defensible home and it helps preserve the all important heat they need to...
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    Re: Moving up frame to start second box

    a frame of brood will attract the workforce up into this new territory and get them working there.
  24. Re: 2 new packages. Will the 2nd one catch up ?

    Elvira All hives like people are different. I would leave them alone for a week yet and let the queens get settled before causing upset that can get a newly introduced queen killed.
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    Re: Drones, splits and a queen

    IF your colony has seven or eight frames of brood, you could take a couple frames with pollen and stored syrup and a frame of capped brood and bees and another frame of mixed brood and the queen and...
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