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    Re: Best way to move bees

    Depends on how many bees are in the nuc and how much time they will be closed. Having had a several hives melt down overnight with only screens over the entrances, I no longer take a chance in the...
  2. Thread: "Honeydew" flow

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    Re: "Honeydew" flow

    I'm seeing some of what I call "phantom flows" in a couple of my bee yards this summer. In some cases yards less than two miles away are not experiencing the same increase. I have considered...
  3. Re: Can a laying worker colony build queen cells?

    Just got a laying worker colony queen right. The colony killed a caged queen. I gave them a grafted cell it hatched but was lost in mating; when I checked it a couple of weeks after verifying the...
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    Re: Decaying Brood vs EFB

    There is no way to rid the frames of the bacteria apart from irradiation or heat. It puts the bacteria into remission for lack of a better term. I think by treating it reduces the load carried by...
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    Re: Decaying Brood vs EFB

    I have more experience with efb than I want to have. If you smell the tell tale smell then you need to do something. It won't likely recover on its own so you can either dispatch it or treat it....
  6. Re: Bigger IS better for mating nucs - or so the numbers seem to indicate...

    There is clearly a far higher successful mating/return of a virgin queen in a full size colony, particularly if the queens orgin is from that hive's stock. When I try to requeen single deeps with a...
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    Re: Decaying Brood vs EFB

    Once you get efb you only get rid of it until the next nectar dearth. As soon as a nectar dearth hits it comes back. If you don't treat your hive will be dead within six weeks. Folks who say it...
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    Re: Queen looks mated but throwing only drones

    I found a laying worker colony last week that apparently had a queen disappear on mating flight. I gave them a frame of eggs and a 2 day old queen cell. When I checked a few days later they were...
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    Re: Queen looks mated but throwing only drones

    It is possible to have a good queen and laying workers if the queen hatched or was introduced too late. I've had some where I had a mass of laying workers concurrently with a good queen. What I see...
  10. Re: Trying Apivar this season. Any pros and cons?

    A commercial guy with 10,000 hives recommended apivar to me last fall. He had treated 2000 hives with it in the summer as a test noted that by late September they were significantly healthier and...
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    Re: Raising fall queens?

    Raising fall queens can be very difficult. It is difficult to get enough bees for a starter hive w/o weakening other hives too much. It is difficult to get bees in the mood to finish cells. It is...
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    Easiest beevac ever...

    I needed a beevac in a pinch. I had a package cage and discovered that it would fit exactly into a five gallon bucket and sit nearly even with the top. (Most package cages are too large for a five...
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    Re: Trying it again-one question

    "I came back about 5 hours later when I was ready to graft and they were chained all over the bar frame and putting new wax on the edges of the cups."

    Having so many nurse bees that they are...
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    Re: best place to buy a queen

    If your swarm has gone four weeks w/o a queen then the swarm is hopeless anyway. They won't accept a queen. You would also already be seeing drone layers. If the hive has gone four weeks w/o brood...
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    Re: Trying it again-one question

    Put two frames of more mature open brood in your starter hive leaving a slot for your grafts directly under the hole in the top cover and place a jar feeder over the hole in the inner cover. That...
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    Re: Virgin Queen Introduction?

    I've had a lot of success just dropping virgins into queenless hives this year so far. This has been in a time of heavy nectar flow and generally hives with a lot of young bees. This past week I...
  17. Re: I am officially getting out of the package bee business.... I have made my last r

    With a story like that you should have no problem getting someone to make a show.
  18. Re: Laying worker colony - what is my best option?

    The safest and simplest answer is just euthanize the hive, freeze the frames to kill the drone eggs and brood and utilize the frames somewhere else. Usually these hives only have a couple of double...
  19. Re: What to use if you forgot or can't find your hive tool?

    Found myself in that situation the other day. I found a broken piece of a disk off a disk harrow. One edge was sharp and stiff; it worked pretty well.
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    Re: Talk About Your Incubator

    I bought a 40 dollar chicken egg incubator at Tractor supply. I keep a wet wash cloth in it and keep it at a steady 92-93. Several batches of queens have developed and hatched normally. It beats...
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    Re: Rethinking Cut Down Splits

    The swarm impulse is generally seems to be broken if the queen is removed at the first sight of cells and cells are removed leaving them to raise another round on their own (assuming there are still...
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    Re: Experiences with laying workers

    I've noticed drone eggs in several hives that were building cells for me within a week of going queenless. I've taken extra care to get them queenright quickly once I notice this. Last year I had a...
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    Re: Round 2 of my grafting attempt??

    I had a whole bar that was grafted on a tuesday emerge on saturday week. Luckily I salvaged enough to take care of what I needed. I had another batch grafted the same day from a different mother in...
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    Re: First grafting was poor. Common mistakes??

    Right now I am using hives that are trying to swarm as a starter and finisher. Identify hives that are in pre swarm impulse, remove queen and queen cells and place bars. I'm getting around 90% of...
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    Re: Stressful grafting and queen rearing attempt

    "started queen cells but the eggs didn't hatch" You should be grafting young larva, not eggs. The should be not much larger than egg and not quite a "c" shape. I identify areas where there is good...
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