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    Re: Things to know about beekeeping

    That list of problem scenarios is much to complex to be the work of a beginner. Do you suppose it might be a test of the skill of the responders to beginner questions??
    Walt
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    Re: Robbing behavior?

    Climbing up the front panel to get airborne indicates a congested entry. Outgoing are climbing the front to make way for incoming with the groceries.
    Walt
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    Re: Anyone ever use a 3rd deep brood chamber?

    If I might offer a few observations to support the general agreement that 3 deeps produce more honey, we'll give it a go.

    In the fall, the colony adjusts the population to be proportional to...
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    Re: Terrible Problem /.=)

    jim,
    Not narrow, just southern, regional. I understand the advantages for those in more northern areas. But we have a two month dearth here. I don't begrudge the cost of feeding to keep them growing...
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    Re: Terrible Problem /.=)

    Time is relative. 20 seconds seems like a long time if your are waiting for it to go by. But if you are trying to get something done in one minute, it seems like no time at all. I have no doubt that...
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    Re: Terrible Problem /.=)

    Yes. Divide by 12 days.
    W
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    Re: Terrible Problem /.=)

    Of course, he's right about the capped time. Must have taken a nap at the keyboard.
    I was sure I had seen more than 3k a day, but I didn't really do the numbers.
    Thanks,
    Walt
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    Re: Terrible Problem /.=)

    Estimate the amount of capped brood you saw and divide by 8. I'm curious about the queen's laying rate.
    Walt
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    Re: Medium lang dimension ?

    You still haven't told me what the thickness is of the "ear" on the end of the topbar. They are not all the same, either.
    Walt
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    Re: Split vs Extra Super

    If you think what you see is the replacement of brood at the top with nectar, that's what we call backfilling and is the first stage of swarm preps. When they get roughly a third of the broodnest...
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    Re: Medium lang dimension ?

    hex is right. Different manufacturers leave the beespace top or bottom and some split the difference. They don't mix well. Making your boxes, you are in the drivers seat. The critical dimension that...
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    Re: disorganized cells

    Lay both down on a cushion of folded terry toweling and you have both hands free.
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    Re: disorganized cells

    Everybody says rubber bands, but they don't work well for short pieces of comb. OK for a slab of comb that reaches from top bar to bottom bar. You want the comb in contact with the top bar so the...
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    Re: Moving bees up from deep to mediums

    Almost responded to her #11 post on the night shift with a "Depends on" what happened in the fall.
    If they got the broodnest backfilled after closeout, the broodnest will still be in the deep. The...
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    Re: "Fringe Genetics"

    If you guys are through bickering, would like to respond to my good friend, Mr. Palmer.
    Thank you, sir for pointing out an error on my part. My example of a fringe condition was a poor choice....
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    Re: "Fringe Genetics"

    Thanks, MB. Made my day. You have a pretty strong following here on beesource.

    Rather than loop in circles, let's try a specific example: A colony swarms itself to death. Have not seen it...
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    Re: "Fringe Genetics"

    Now, you're badgering me. It's OK. I earned it.
    Walt
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    Re: "Fringe Genetics"

    Can a OP unsubscribe?

    Where I headed with this is just to remind respondents that irregularities are sometimes genetic and we shouldn't always assume that the inexperienced beginner is at fault....
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    Re: "Fringe Genetics"

    I use the word "fringe" in the sense of the normal bell curve distribution of bee characteristics. Most colonies behave within a given range, but some genetically fall outside the range of normal on...
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    Re: "Fringe Genetics"

    dr,
    I was merely suggesting that someone come up on the thread and SAY that's a strange occurrence and not a normal colony reaction. It's OK not to know everything. Some folks have trouble with an...
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    "I Don't Know"

    ..are those outside the typical and normal survival characteristics that most colonies apply. Most colonies have a standard set of survival traits that apply to build-up, swarming, resupply,...
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    Re: May 18th too late?

    Those northern beeks don't understand that we have a two- month dearth that starts as early as June 1. While they are enjoying a summer flow, we are feeding starters to keep expansion of starters...
  23. Re: Remove Metal 9 Frame Spacers from Brood Box

    The Stoller frame spacers are sold in two styles. One for use with no other frame spacer use and one for use with the standard slide bar provided with standard 5/8 rabbet depth. The latter, with a...
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    Re: Checkerboarding Videos of different types

    Thanks, beeware10. It was fat bee man's video working its way to the top that caused me sic Deb on this subject. (I don't usually respond to differences of opinion.)
    Walt
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    Re: Signs of a dearth

    The photo above reminded me of a sure sign of dearth. Washboarding above the entry is a good sign. Some on here call it line dancing. When the flow trails off, the foragers have little to do. They...
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