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    was i really queenless?

    No apparent eggs or brood in my top bar hive as of three weeks ago... i ordered a new queen for my overwintered hive. I put the queen cage inside and they had her out in less than 24 hrs. After 5...
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    bees wont eat

    My overwintered top bar hive was queenless, i believe. I installed a new queen this weekend and they released her in 24 hrs....i hope it was a release. The hive had no sign of eggs or brood since...
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    Re: propolis tincture recipe

    I tried glenlivett and propolis. No dissolve.....so put it in a hot cup of coffee..down the hatch.
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    Re: home stretch in alaska

    I did a quick hive inspection last week and have a fair amount of bees...no eggs or larva. Really no natural pollen sources yet, gave them some sub that they arent interested in. I didnt see a queen,...
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    Re: home stretch in alaska

    Do I have mites up here? I checked the drone brood...nothing.
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    Re: home stretch in alaska

    Carnis...and i got lucky i guess. Fed them in late summer and fall because they had low nubers before i requeened in july. I am in southeast ak and a much different climate here. Milder but...
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    Re: home stretch in alaska

    Top bar hive, so no putting anything above, but I tossed it inside. Full inspection yesterday and no eggs or brood. Stiil super early spring. Am I queenless? I didnt see her, but also lots of bees.
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    Re: home stretch in alaska

    Yes, they live! For the time being. I have some pollen patties on the way...do i just slap them inside the top bar hive sides? I put some sugar bricks on the floor after i vacuumed up the dead...
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    Re: home stretch in alaska

    No access to top above the bars....in top bars they are flush up against each other.
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    home stretch in alaska

    My girls have been flying when the sun shines. I still worry they might starve...so i put some fondant on the floor of my top bar hive. I did put some syrup out when it was warm, but no takers. I...
  11. lots of dead bees on floor of top bar hive

    Can i carefully shop vac the dead bees off the floor of my hive....they stink. It is about 40 degrres out during the day...hoping my girls can meke it through the next few weeks.
  12. combining new package with existing hive?

    My bees are still alive and my queen that i bought as a replacement is a rockstar. Last yrs package queen was a dud. 100 $ later i bought a queen from buzz bees...70 was for the shipping. I am...
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    Re: Should a new beek start with langs?

    I started with a ktb hive, they drew perfect comb. Easy to inspect. Viewing window is awesome. Just deal with one bar at a time. i am in southeast alaska....and they are still alive. April may be a...
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    so I requeened.

    After 10 days of no eggs or larva and oodles of drones I began to think my queen pooped out on me. None of the hatched out worker cells were refilled with eggs. Lots of stores and lots of bloom. I...
  15. Thread: drone comb

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    drone comb

    Will my bees recycle drone comb after they hatch to accomodate worker brood. I have a top bar hive with probably one full bar of drone cells. The other 12 bars are mostly worker brood , feed and...
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    drone cells

    So, the girls want to make a certain amount of drone cells to spread the queen's genetics and then what, stop at some point and make some useful life forms? I saw good patches of worker brood and...
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    wow...progress

    12 days after install and i have 9 good sized bars of comb.... many eggs, a few larva and lots of capped syrup. Should i throttle back on the feed and let them use some of their capped stores? ...
  18. bees ignoring wild blueberry blossoms.

    Can believe the girls arent going gaga over the copious ammounts of wild alaska bluberry blossoms. These are the only thing blooming at present. Eating syrup like maniacs.
  19. Re: how long is too long for package transit?

    Looked awesome.....very few dead.......eating ....
  20. Re: how long is too long for package transit?

    Well my fingers are crossed....planes, trains and automobiles to get here to alaska.
  21. how long is too long for package transit?

    The package i should recieve tomorrow will have been in their package for almost 10 days...is this within reason?
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    Re: here is a question for you

    I get it.. so order up a mated queen quick. I bet the farm there are no bees within 8 miles.
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    Re: beekeeping in southeast alaska

    We should get our bees this week, i think.
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    here is a question for you

    So, if I have the only hive for 10 miles, which I likely will, and my bees want to replace the queen, will the new queen be mating with the same genetics as the old queen? How would this benefit the...
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    Re: Honey Harvesting with a Meat Grinder????

    Oh I think a meat grinder would work fabulously, just put what it churns out into mesh bag to strain...I am going to try it! I have a grinder that will blow through a moose lickety split. Just use...
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