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    Re: Interesting

    "one thing you need to consider is without maintaining your attention you won't know till its too late that they are in trouble."

    A fair amount of the attention that my bees have needed has been...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Did a cutout from a soffit. Got two swarm calls: caught and hived one; lost the other one. Got a new swarm trap location. Did a couple of newspaper combines. Inspected some hives. Checked and moved...
  3. Re: Beginner Questions - Alternatives To Sugar Water

    "As far as finding a swarm, do you think I would have better luck contacting the local "beekeepers association" or rather, making friends with a bee removal service?"

    Either or both if you are...
  4. Re: trapout, no queen cells and no new eggs.

    Thank you for updating this. They are letting a lot ride on one little worm.
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    Re: How fragile are queen cells?

    Thank you for updating this. That is uplifting.
  6. Re: Beginner Questions - Alternatives To Sugar Water

    "As far as I know, a fresh swarm would not need feeding, correct?"

    I've trapeed or captured about 20 swarms this year, and I don't feed them. I would if they appeared lethargic. Where I am, swarms...
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    Re: What to do with a swarm queen?

    "He re-queen because he didn't want the 'inferior genetics'"

    www.beeculture.com/catch-the-buzz-local-queens-are-best/
  8. Re: trapout, no queen cells and no new eggs.

    "they hadn't swarmed yet"

    Okay.

    "do you think they superceeded the old queen and a virgin came into the box?"

    If they have not swarmed and there is a virgin in your box, then supercedure is...
  9. Re: trapout, no queen cells and no new eggs.

    "If I did get the queen, why has she not layed any new eggs?"

    That you got a virgin is possible.
  10. Thread: Sick bees

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    Re: Sick bees

    "Has anyone seen this type of behavior before?

    I have not. Apocephalus borealis, a parasitic phorid fly, may cause symptoms like you describe. If I were particularly curious, I would gather a few...
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    Re: What to do with a swarm queen?

    "Could one assume that the queen that left with the swarm is fairly old, as 1or 3 years old and should be replaced?"

    If the swarm is the first or only swarm from that hive this year, then the...
  12. Thread: NO BEES

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    Re: NO BEES

    "if not was it just robbing yesterday?"

    Graperunner, you smart.
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    Re: Dying Bee's

    "Any suggestions?"

    They're fine. I would not use an entrance feeder. I would reduce the entrance to a total of two or three square inches. If they are bringing in nectar, you will see less pollen...
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    Re: Crazy Week!

    "Do you guys think I should destroy most/all-but-one swarm cell in the original hive now that there's no queen?"

    I would not; others might destroy all but two. You just installed this nuc in...
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    Re: smoker question

    When the smoker is engulfed in flames in a melted five gallon bucket of flaming cedar shavings in the back of a friend's truck, I like to use two diet Pepsi's and a diet cherry Coke, followed by a...
  16. Re: New beekeeper needs advice post swarm

    "1. Do I order a new queen ASAP?"

    I would give them another 8 days. Give them a frame of young, uncapped brood from the other hive.

    "2. How should I make room for brood?"

    I would do nothing...
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    Re: Crazy Week!

    "There was one empty (I think) queen cup on one of the frames in the brood chamber, but no swarm cells."

    Bees swarming about the time that the oldest swarm cell is capped is common. Other swarm...
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    Re: Frames, */- to each type

    "I was planning plastic foundations."

    When I replace or add frames I now buy and use foundationless frames for brood boxes and plastic foundation in supers. For me, grooved top and bottom bars...
  19. Re: Swarm caught in my truck ... now what?

    "so I have to move the swarm (assuming there is one in there) to my bee yard soon. What's the best way to do that?"

    Check the trap after dark to see if there are bees in there. If so, close the...
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    Re: smoker question

    "How do you put your smoker out?

    Wine cork with a small eye screw attached to the smoker with a small chain. The end that goes in the smoker is sanded a little to taper it.
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    Re: Opinions on building a cedar hive.

    "is this going to be a mistake"

    No.

    "will the cedar hold up to the weather"

    Yes.

    "I know that cedar has a strong smell (which I love) but will this affect the bees in any way."
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    Re: Relocating hives morning vs. evening

    "Does anyone out there have strong feelings on what time of day is best to move hives to a new location; morning vs. evening?"

    I don't. I move the hive, swarm trap, or nuc at dark to the location...
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    Re: Bottom Boards

    "3/8" entrances have failed to stop rodents from getting in my hives."

    I have not had that experience. What size and shape are the openings in your mouse guards?
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    Re: Bottom Boards

    "I'm going with a 1/2" rim from now on."

    As close as 3/8" and 1/2" are, there may be a significant difference in their effect on keeping rodents out at a time when the bees are clustered due to...
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    Re: Bottom Boards

    "What would the problems be with using a SBB with a 3/8" rim if you were building your own?"

    I use solid bottom boards with 3/8" entrances. Here these keep out rodents, reduce light, and are...
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