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    Re: Do worker bees toot

    Yep, follow the toot, that will be the queen. I've never heard workers or nurses toot.
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    Re: I guess I'm lucky right now.....

    Feed them 1:1 sugar:water and keep it on until first frost. Hopefully they can build enough comb and store enough to make it. I'm not familiar with warre hives, but putting a top of dry sugar through...
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    Re: Old Man Grafting

    Joseph Clemens says...
    Presently, my favorite visual assistance device is to place a pair of reading glasses, over my prescription glasses. Though this looks odd, for me, it has been the most...
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    Re: colonies absconding from nucs

    Daniel Y
    When you added the second story, was it drawn comb, foundation, or foundationless? I've found good success to move a comb of open larva up into the second story with a top inverted mason...
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    Re: Mendocino county planting for my bees.

    My mint is in bloom right now. Sunflowers are an option also.
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    Re: Does smoking calm Yellowjackets?

    You all do realize this thread is an old one from 2009 yes?
    Use a propane or map gas torch but don't light it. Just the gas itself puts them all to sleep.
  7. Re: How many days after split for foragers...

    As the current brood in your hive becomes sealed and so no larva brood to feed, the foraging activity will slow to a crawl. You will notice that when the new queen is ready to lay, they will all of ...
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    Re: Should I combine

    I can't say that you should combine, but I will say that you could combine, giving you the benefits you have listed.

    You could also purchase a queen and replace your poor performing one, but I'd...
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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    I don't scrape my frames during inspections and don't get very much burr comb either. Maybe I have good beespace between my boxes and give them empty frames to draw their drone combs in if they so...
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    Re: Working a hive

    I don't add another box until the bottom box is all drawn and used. Then I add a box. I then seldom need to look into the bottom box, by judging the conditions in the upper box I can tell if the hive...
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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    A tree does not have frames of combs with open air space between levels of boxes. Bad comparison, trees vs beehive boxes. A tree has solid comb top to bottom, so is easy to warm comb as they move up....
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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    It's harder for them to cross the open space between boxes if there is no open cells to cluster in, in the next box up when it's too cold. This may not be a solution to the situation you had, but it...
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    Re: What's going on?

    It sounds like you need to take care of the ants. As far as the pupa being ejected with drones too, is the pupa drone pupa?
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    Re: Working a hive

    If the brood starts moving up in the hive leaving empty space below, I'll move frames of eggs and youngest larva to the bottom. This keeps the broodnest down low. I've never heard of moving capped...
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    Re: What's going on?

    If the nectar flows are slowing they will eject drones this time of year. In the fall if there is flows, they may start making some more drones again around end of September or first of October.
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    Re: Postponed superseedure?

    Not always, but sometimes they will swarm for a supercedure, especially if they are in a crowded condition. I agree, with ten cells, it seems like swarm. Maybe you gave them some more space when you...
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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    Bees need to move as a cluster. When they cluster, they need open cells in the comb. They warm the comb by muscle movement when heater bees are headfirst into the cells. The rest of the bees cluster...
  18. Re: seems like my bees quit laying in several of my deeps

    You are adding the mediums too soon, and there is not enough nectar flow coming in to keep the queen laying pushed down to the bottom.
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    Re: How to lower moisture content

    You might also try placing a small fan on a chair next to the bucket, or a clip on fan, so that the fan blows right onto the surface of the honey in that room you have setup with heater and...
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    Re: Queen raising book/dvd

    OldTimer posted a very complete detailed thread in the forum here for raising queens that covers all steps with photos, very good post by him. Beesource made a resource link to a condensed version...
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    Re: Too Late to Make Nuc's?

    I would not start a nuc up this time of year with any frames of foundation in it. Drawn combs only, unless you give a mated queen when you make them up, but even then, I'd not give more than one...
  22. Re: Not enough spring management/Hive now out of control

    You could leave it until spring. By then the bees would be in the top box, most likely. Then you could reverse the boxes and add a super at the same time. As the queen moves up, put an excluder over...
  23. Re: Removing queen cells from plastic foundation.

    Yes, I've cut queen cells of plastic foundation successfully just using a hive tool. I've found same as you, sometimes there is small hole at top of cell where it was started next to the mid-rib, but...
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    Re: Queenless roar vs fanning

    Maybe the Queenless Roar should be renamed to Hopelessly Queenless Roar. If they have eggs or larva young enough to make a queen from on their own, then they don't roar so much. If they don't have...
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    Re: cheapest hex 1.5 oz jar?

    BlueSky Bee Supply carries containers, here's a link to the 1.5 hex jars...

    http://www.blueskybeesupply.com/1-5-fluid-oz-45-ml-glass-hex-24-case-hex15/
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