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  1. Re: how to combine a queen right nuc with a queenless 10 frame?

    If you have some scraps of wood or can get some, you could make a 3" shim with frame rests (like the top 3" of a 5-frame nuc) for the deep frames that you could set on top of a medium box. That...
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    Re: No Smoke Beekeeping. Why?

    As someone once guilty of all three, I'd say you hit it right on the head with this post. Still working on 2 & 3, but I'm getting there!
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    Re: How small can honeybees get?

    I noticed this in one of my hives a couple weeks ago as well. Tiny little bees right next to big ones. They were in my oldest "natural cell" foundationless hive that was recently requeened with a...
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    Re: Lost all my foragers, NEED HELP Quick!

    I'd try putting out an empty box for them to go in. At least then they'd have somewhere to go and you can close it up and move them to the new location after they go in for the night.
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    Re: Suddenly Aggressive Bees

    Are they all crabby or just one hive? I experienced the same thing recently and the offenders turned out to be queenless. If it's all of them I'd wonder if something isn't bothering them at night...
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    Re: frustrated with aggressive bees - please help

    I think there may be some confusion. I am fairly certain that my bees were defensive because of queenlessness, not because of their genetics. They were never like this before exhibiting other signs...
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    Re: mysterious red pollen!!

    I was just wondering this too, but I'm in Florida. My girls are bringing in something that is bright crimson red.
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    Re: frustrated with aggressive bees - please help

    Yep, that's the issue. I don't mind them being a bit feisty if they aren't in my backyard - and they aren't anymore as of this morning. I'm moving the other two new hives out this week as well. ...
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    Re: Anybody tried DE to kill SHB or mites?

    I believe it's supposed to get between the joints in the exoskeleton and slice them up, leading to desiccation. I think it would do the same to the bees. :/

    To be honest, I've never found in...
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    Re: frustrated with aggressive bees - please help

    Thanks guys for all the advice. I'm going to go with MB's adding eggs/brood technique. Give them what they need and let them sort it has kind of been my mantra for beekeeping anyway. I'm also...
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    Re: Best time of day to inspect your hive?

    I like mid morning. Not as hot and the bees seem calmer than in the afternoon.
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    Re: frustrated with aggressive bees - please help

    I have some new questions. Checked on the two nucs I installed the new queens in and one still has me baffled.

    Nuc #1: Found the queen and she has been laying lots of eggs. Everything looks...
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    Re: Killer Blue Jays?!!

    Maybe one of those fake owl/hawk things could keep them away?
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    Re: frustrated with aggressive bees - please help

    Well I got my queens. Suited up when I got home from work and went out to divide and conquer this hive but only got as far as dividing before it got late and I'd had enough stings for the day. Had...
  15. Re: Dadant Store in High Springs Fl anybody dealt with them ?

    I use wedge top frames and just use the wedge to hold it in like normal. You can also install the wedge sideways and not use starter strips, but I had a hive build all wonky that way so I started...
  16. Re: Dadant Store in High Springs Fl anybody dealt with them ?

    They have lots of stuff, yes, but if you are at all into more "natural" beekeeping, don't bother telling them. You'll get talked down to and told you're doing it wrong. Both times I went there to...
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    Re: frustrated with aggressive bees - please help

    LOL "across the street" was a bit misleading I guess. I live in the middle of nowhere. From my backyard to the far side of his property is about 1.5 miles. I'm looking for a queen - maybe 3. ...
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    Re: frustrated with aggressive bees - please help

    That's what I did today. Got much more of a response out of the old hive, which is why I suspected them. Then not finding eggs or a queen really made me suspicious. I have a friend with a farm...
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    frustrated with aggressive bees - please help

    I need some advice.

    First a little background. I have had one of my hives for 3 years now, but have not been a very good beekeeper to them. I have rarely done anything with them due to being...
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    How long do you leave it on?

    How long do you leave it on?
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    double post

    double post
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    Only one out of the three absconded. Just bad...

    Only one out of the three absconded. Just bad luck I guess. I'm getting a couple more packages next month so maybe I can try to put excluders above the bottom boards on those.
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    absconded?

    I hived my first 3 packages on Saturday. Today, I went to check on them and make sure the queens had been released, etc. Two of the hives are at a farm across the street from my house, and the...
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    Wow that sounds like a lot of trouble! Can you...

    Wow that sounds like a lot of trouble!

    Can you start out packages in a new hive with a pollen trap on so that they have to get used to it right from the start? Or is it generally bad to collect...
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    I'm reading but I doubt I have any answers. :D

    I'm reading but I doubt I have any answers. :D
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