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  1. Thread: Deformed Wing

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    The queen is this years queen and is the only...

    The queen is this years queen and is the only queen I bought this year. I am going to replace her with a queen from one of my NUCs which have come from suvivor colonies.

    This queen was supposed...
  2. Thread: Deformed Wing

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    Thanks Michael, I have just finished moving...

    Thanks Michael,

    I have just finished moving all my hives to feral/survivor colony queens and was worred in case the added stress was causing a tracheal mite problem.

    I was seeing two distinct...
  3. Thread: Deformed Wing

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    Thanks Clint, I do not want to use chemicals...

    Thanks Clint,

    I do not want to use chemicals on my hives, what are my alternatives?
    What happens if I leave alone, do they die out in winter?

    I was thinking of just adding grease patties what...
  4. Thread: Deformed Wing

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    Hi, I have noticed a large amount of bees...

    Hi,

    I have noticed a large amount of bees sitting on the landing board of one of my hives with there wings in and extended fashion. I moved some to see if they could fly but they ended up on the...
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    What about Purvis Brothers? I think they sell...

    What about Purvis Brothers? I think they sell grey caucasian queens not sure though.

    Purvis Brothers Apiaries, Inc.
    5122 Trackrock Camp Road
    Blairsville, GA 30512
    706 781 3128 (voice and fax)...
  6. Thread: Bee Vacuum

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    Yes thanks, great pictures. What did you use to...

    Yes thanks, great pictures. What did you use to make the drawings with.

    Thanks,
    Kieran
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    I would'nt sweat it. Is there an egg or larvae...

    I would'nt sweat it. Is there an egg or larvae in the cell? Mine sometimes make the cells and do nothing with them.
    If the queen is failing the bees will know and take care of it.

    Kieran
  8. Thread: Bee Vacuum

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    Hi, I have never used a queen excluder between...

    Hi,
    I have never used a queen excluder between the bottom board before. This is my first to abscond to and it made me wonder if it was the effect of the bee vac.

    Anyway a neighbor called me to...
  9. Thread: Bee Vacuum

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    I just did my first vac job on a swarm about 18ft...

    I just did my first vac job on a swarm about 18ft up in a tree in the downtown area. It went totally smooth. I had 20 ft of smooth bore hose and the hole to control suction full closed 1.75HP vac. ...
  10. Thread: Combining hives

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    Scott, If you can't take them a couple of miles...

    Scott, If you can't take them a couple of miles away for about a week, just move them. The field bees will work their way into other colonies.
    Kieran
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    Stan, shoot Eric Mussen an email over at Davis...

    Stan, shoot Eric Mussen an email over at Davis ecmussen@ucdavis.edu . He will reply back pretty fast.

    Kieran
  12. Thread: Buckeye trees

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    Hi, It is the California Buckeye that is the...

    Hi,

    It is the California Buckeye that is the problem for bees. I have them all around me and they are only a problem during a dearth.

    They do not affect other bees just the honeybee.

    Kieran
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    Hi Stan, I have them all around me as well. I...

    Hi Stan,

    I have them all around me as well. I believe they are only a problem in the dry years when there may be a shortage of other nectar/pollen sources. The one problem you can have is if...
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    I use the wired sc with 2 pins either side. It...

    I use the wired sc with 2 pins either side.
    It gets hot here and so far no problem.
    The bees get building on it and it is strong. I do not extract 4.9 in the brood area so I do not know how it...
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    She has built it. She is actually over in...

    She has built it. She is actually over in Berkley.
    I believe this is her first hive. I may suggest she just bring out the hive and I will transfer the NUC to here TBH.
    Kieran
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    Hi, I have a lady wanting to purchase a NUC...

    Hi,

    I have a lady wanting to purchase a NUC from me to put into a TBH.
    I was wondering if anyone has experience with this.

    I was thinking of drilling a hole in the bottom of the NUC and...
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    I had the same problem last year with a package....

    I had the same problem last year with a package. After about 1.1/2 weeks I opened the hive queen was laying but supercedure cells on every frame. No eggs or larvae in them, so I just left them. Two...
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    I want to start by thanking Michael, Dennis,...

    I want to start by thanking Michael, Dennis, Clint and the many others who I believe have done so much of the research and incurred the expense of it. They willingly share their results be it good...
  19. Thread: styrofoam

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    Bob, I like your site looks like those grandkids...

    Bob,
    I like your site looks like those grandkids are getting into the bees.

    I have also starting using the foam Nuc's http://www.betterbee.com/products.asp?dept=304 and they really help with heat...
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    Hi Gerald, I also like to use rubber bands as...

    Hi Gerald,

    I also like to use rubber bands as I avoid all the fumbling with sticky hands trying to tie in comb. The bees just chew on the rubberbands untill they are broken.

    I like to spray...
  21. Thread: Bee Vacuum

    by Murphy
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    Thanks Guys, I look forward to seeing some pics....

    Thanks Guys,
    I look forward to seeing some pics.
    I was thinking of removing all the covers and just making a cover out of plywood to protect myself from getting shocked.
    I was wondering what model...
  22. Thread: Bee Vacuum

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    Here is the reply I recieved from Matthew...

    Here is the reply I recieved from Matthew Westall:

    Nearly any small wet-vac should work as most share the common hole-size at the suction. The problem is alot/all?/ add plastic vents,...
  23. Thread: Bee Vacuum

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    Thanks Pete, I have emailed him but was just...

    Thanks Pete,

    I have emailed him but was just wondering if anyone on here has built one and what model of vacuum di they use.

    Kieran
  24. Thread: Bee Vacuum

    by Murphy
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    Hi, I built a bee vacuum from the plans on...

    Hi,

    I built a bee vacuum from the plans on this site.
    I am having trouble finding a vacuum to mount on the box. Most of the vacuum's I have seen have a large cowling on them.

    Does anyone know...
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    Package bees are late because of the weather as...

    Package bees are late because of the weather as well and getting queens bred is also a problem for the the suppliers.

    It is just a pretty wet spring here in No. Cal
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