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    Re: Where to put Nuc

    I would think so. this time of year it would be good to make sure it is a fairly strong nuc and that it is not exposed more than necessary to robbing. for me that means robber screens, reduced...
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    Re: Feeding/protecting new Nucs.

    rookie's thread reference is a good one, and the UC Davis page discusses it. robbers don't have the same perspective as bees from the hive, and can't figure out very easily how to go over the...
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    Re: Where to put Nuc

    I have put mine in the same yard with, and sometimes next to, production hives. foragers will go back to original hive, so if you do this, check to make sure you have enough bees after a day or two....
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    Re: Candy vs sugar block

    I wouldn't bother with a dehydrator. I use the oven set at 175 for an hour or so. pack the damp sugar into cookie pans with sides (and I use parchment paper under the sugar so I know it will pop...
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    Re: Feeding/protecting new Nucs.

    since you said you'd have to getrobber screens, I wanted to say, in a pinch, even if you only have a saw and a hammer, you can build perfectly effective ones in about 5 minutes from a little wood (I...
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    Re: injured queen

    I have a queen that is missing the lower part of a back leg, and she does fine, and has been all summer. If she's laying well, and the workers aren't building QCs, I wouldn't worry. Bees know when...
  7. Re: Very light capped honey. Is this normal?

    it looks like that light patch is actually uncapped, and the bees are eating the honey. you said the queen took off--are the rest of the bees still there? doesn't look there are many bees on that...
  8. Re: How to combine larger/queenless hive with smaller/queenright hive?

    I think placing the weaker hive above the stronger hive is usual, but I'm not sure it matters. do like Tenbears said with the newspaper. the news paper of course should be completely covering the...
  9. Re: How to combine larger/queenless hive with smaller/queenright hive?

    why are you wanting to combine? I think a well-prepared single would winter OK esp if given sugar cakes or the like. advise patience on the big queenless colony--I have been fooled more than once...
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    Re: Partially filled supers

    I would say put them aside after freezing for 48 hrto kill any hidden eggs or small larvae. once the bees are no longer patrolling the frames, anything that hatches can destroy your nice frames of...
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    Re: Lots of drones. Should I take action?

    the workers should take care of that for you. other than the fact that they are probably eating some proportion of nectar (or honey), just consider that you may be enabling someone else's late queen...
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    Re: I need a bee whisperer ASAP

    stay inside until you get those queens :)
  13. Re: Failing(ed) Hive - Suspect Mites and Robbing???

    It wouldn't hurt to make sure they have pollen too, as they will not be raising any decent brood without it
  14. Re: How to calm down a crazy hot hive? Requeen?

    I don't think you have enough time to let them raise a new queen at this point in the year. wouldn't want a daughter of Beezilla much either. there are still folks who have queens available. use...
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    Re: Can I feed bees natural bee pollen?

    sure, bees will eat natural pollen. the concern I would have is where it came from. like any bee product that you might feed back to bees, you have to consider whether it could transmit disease. I...
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    Re: New Hive Mess

    if possible, slice comb off the bottom of the frames it is hanging from. rubber band or string tie the sliced off comb into a new frame. put frame with comb where just the comb was. bees should do...
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    Re: No extra honey

    just a point of interest and not claiming this would be true for others, but my colony that swarmed this year did the best in producing honey--both from the swarmers and swarmees. perhaps good...
  18. Re: How important is hive being closed after OAV?

    the point of closing the hive up is to allow the vapor to condense onto interior hive surfaces (and bees) as I understand it. so you need to leave it closed up until that is near completion. ...
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    Re: should i go up or down?

    I would go with the 4 over 4 configuration at this point. not that they will draw more comb, but the hive will be more vertical and may aid a smaller number of bees in clustering over honey in the...
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    Re: What weed is this?

    plantain of some type, looks like.
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    Re: Cleaning extraction "tools."

    duplicate post
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    Re: honey cappings

    I've never heard of selling small amounts of cappings. what are they used for?
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    Re: super full of honey where brood was

    Oh, and I would certainly use smoke, in case you are a new bees who's on the fence about that. it works.
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    Re: super full of honey where brood was

    I had two colonies swarm that started as nucs this spring. d'oh! wasn't paying enough attention and paid the price in honey loss. so i can say with confidence that it can and does happen. I left...
  25. Re: Will bees use pollen that has been frozen in the comb?

    my bees seem happy to eat pollen that has (probably) been frozen over winter. (probably) I guess depends on your ideas of whether bees heat only the cluster or the whole hive:). anyway, I can't see...
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