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    Re: New Queen in October

    You can combine them with newspaper.

    It would be helpful if you posted your specific location since some of the cooler areas of the country won't get very much more brood rearing. Depending on...
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    Re: Mold on top cover

    The bees will clean it up. It is a common occurence depending on many variables. One thing you might do is cut a notch in the front end of the inner cover and keep the telescoping cover pushed...
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    Re: Not sure whats going on!

    You could center the drawn frames in the boxes along with the cluster. If the frames to the outside of the cluster are not drawn out, you will need to make sure they are fed well in order to keep...
  4. Thread: buying a queen

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    Re: buying a queen

    Bee Weaver or R Weaver? Two different companies, from the same family originally. I've had some of their queens and they were fine. I think they've done a good job of keeping defensiveness in...
  5. Re: Goldenrod in NC.......Lots of Bloom But No Nectar?

    The last 5 or 6 years we have gotten a decent small flow from golden rod. Many hives even draw some bright yellow wax. This year with the cool damp weather it's a bust. No significant nectar or...
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    Re: No honey in super

    They could starve if they are not bringing in nectar. If they have no stores and nothing coming in, you will need to feed to keep them alive, and you will need to feed to get them through winter. ...
  7. Thread: Robbing

    by rkereid
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    Re: Robbing

    The robbing screen allows the occupants of the hive to fly in and out. The robbers are the only ones confounded by the screen.
  8. Thread: Super Hot Hive

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    Re: Super Hot Hive

    Not sure if you are serious or talking hypothetically. Actually, queen 4 is mated already. If her daughter goes on a mating flight, she will mate with numerous, maybe 20 some drones. Even if queen...
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    Re: Overwintering a light hive

    If you can get them in a double nuc without too much crowding, you will need to feed them up with 2 to 1 before it is cold. Make sure you don't feed them too much, they need empty cells to cluster...
  10. Thread: Buying a hive?

    by rkereid
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    Re: Buying a hive?

    Are they healthy and do they have stores? If they don't have stores, they can be fed, but if they are not healthy, I wouldn't do it.
  11. Thread: Virgin queens

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    Re: Virgin queens

    I have been introducing virgins to nucs over the last 3 springs with very good results. I get them earlier in the season than I can raise them. They come in CA mini cages with a candy plug. They...
  12. Thread: No Honey

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    Re: No Honey

    If all three mediums are full of drawn comb, try feeding 2 to 1 syrup to encourage storing.
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    Re: can robbing be genetic?

    As my bees have switched over to hybrids of the darker strains, I have seen a drastic reduction in robbing. My home yard has 85 - 95 nucs and around 10 full size strong hives. About 75% of the nucs...
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    Re: Wax Moth question

    Generally wax moths are not a problem for foundation. They prefer brood comb.
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    Re: Wax Moth question

    The larger moths are probably greater wax moths. You will see both lesser and greater hanging around covers and under screened bottoms. They will lay eggs in and around the debris that falls...
  16. Thread: No Honey

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    Re: No Honey

    What configuration, and number, of boxes with drawn comb, do they have?

    If they have plenty of drawn comb, I would feed 2 to 1 syrup with the idea that they will store it as brood emerges. The...
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    Re: Add bees or add comb?

    Give them some brood and bees from another hive, a few empty drawn combs, and feed with 1 to 1. Also feed some pollen patty. Hopefully that will stimulate the queen to lay before cool weather. The...
  18. Re: Why do they build only drone comb if I use foundationless next to foundation?

    Give them room for drone comb in the brood nest.
  19. Thread: "wet" supers

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    Re: "wet" supers

    Mine usually move it down, but it depends on how much space they have and how much nectar is coming in.
  20. Re: How can I get my queen to increase egg production, before Fall arrives!

    1 to 1 sugar syrup will mimic a nectar flow and stimulate the queen to lay. Don't let them run out as long as they are consuming it. Also feed pollen patties, but don't put in so much that the...
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    Re: Powhatan County in Central Virginia here.

    I think you need one named Chatham that is half way between the two!

    Italian queens in our region will brood even though there is no nectar flow, eating much of their stores in the process of...
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    Re: Paper Combine Question

    As long as there is no other queen, it'll work fine with the smaller colony on top. I do it all the time.

    Go back in a week and clean it up, and move the brood down and honey up.
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    Re: Cut-out made easy.

    We did this a few years ago with a house that was being torn down in the middle of winter when it was 15 degrees outside. Moved the wall section to my place and set it against a tree and did the...
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    Re: When a hive doesnt make it post swarm

    Could be a multitude of issues. Maybe the queen was not mated well. Barring disease, pests, lack of forage, or too few bees in the colony, the brood pattern and volume will determine the hive...
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    Re: Proper Queen Introduction?

    My local True Value stocks it mainly because several beekeepers buy it from them. There are several sources online.
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