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  1. Thread: Robbing sucks....

    by Zbee
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    Re: Robbing sucks....

    I'm not an expert in robbing of weaker hives, but I moved 2 NUCs (8 frame mediums)on top of larger hives, separated by a Double Screen Board to keep the natives peaceful. The reason was to conserve...
  2. Re: Setting up foundation-less frames questions - Wedge Style Frames

    Started a couple hives all foundationless this year. No strips or wax, no nails, nothing but how you have it set up - all doing remarkably well. I have all mediums and do not use deeps (highly...
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    Re: How long can a hive live without a queen

    ???

    I believe the open brood pheromones keep the ovary development in worker bees subdued to avoid a laying worker issue. I have never heard longevity contingent or being affected by pheromones. ...
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    Re: Is this a problem?

    In one of my hives, I recently found a very sparsely populated bottom box recently where once it was packed full of bees a month or 2 ago. The 2nd box is chock full of bees and larvae at all stages....
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    Re: Re-Queening Question

    To introduce a new queen, you need to be sure there is no other queen in the hive. Failing to remove the queen could (and likely would) result in your new mated queen being killed. Virgin or...
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    Re: Is the northeast in a dearth now?

    I extracted a few frames today just for the experience. Pulled off 9 lbs of honey across 3 medium frames. When I was done, I placed my tools with sticky honey in a dish and set it abut 15 ft from...
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    Re: extracting outdoors at night.

    OMG, hilarious!

    I too found out the hard way how adept they are at crawling... they are very fast when they want to be. I have since stopped peeking in on them at night to see what they are...
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    Re: 1st Year Russian Hives

    I started 2 NUCs with USDA certified Russians (whatever that means - it was all that was in stock locally). Both NUCs have been housed on top of large hives for about 5 weeks now. Each NUC/queen...
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    Re: Hygienic behavior?

    I had something similar occur a few weeks back on one of my hives. First year hive started in April from a package now filling 3x 8 frame mediums of brood and 2x 8 frame mediums of honey (5 boxes). ...
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    Re: New split-bees hot!

    I recently started a NUC with a couple frames of bees and brood from my larger hives. New mated queen in a queen cage. Once she was introduced, they immediately took to her cage like Velcro. I...
  11. Re: Foundationless Frames in a Langstroth Hive in N.H.

    Careful placing empty foundationless frames between drawn but uncapped honey frames. Like Michael said, they may draw the comb thicker on the honey frames and lock in that empty frame where it can't...
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    Re: Brood pattern question...

    Beesource only allows 800x600 images to be uploaded. I have to use a picture resizing service (free) to get pictures down that small.

    Here is one I use - just set the dimension to 800x600 and it...
  13. Thread: 1 Hive 2 Queens

    by Zbee
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    Re: 1 Hive 2 Queens

    That is so cool! I have read stories about 2 queen hives, but you getting to actually see it - amazing!

    As for genetics: daughter must take after Dad. ;)
  14. Re: Frustrated, did you all go this slow on the learning curve???

    You had great winter successes. In my limited experience, you have made it if you can pull those types of results. Keep in mind - bees swarm because they are healthy and are able to reproduce. It...
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    Re: What is happening to these drones?

    Performed sugar roll test - 4 mites/300 bees, or 1.33%.

    Method:
    http://scientificbeekeeping.com/sick-bees-part-11-mite-monitoring-methods/...
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    Re: What is happening to these drones?

    I will try a sugar roll tomorrow to get another data point. The hive was started from a packaged in April. With the natural brood cycle break from starting from a package, I had hoped I would ease...
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    Re: What is happening to these drones?

    I went and checked in front of the hive this evening when they quieted down - found another ~10 drones in similar condition. I also watched a worker jump on a drone that was moving slowly by the...
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    Re: What is happening to these drones?

    Ran a drop test of mites for 3 days. One of the days was a no fly day due to a massive rainstorm. Used Petroleum jelly on the screened bottom board insert.

    22 mites total or ~7/day.

    There are...
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    Re: What is happening to these drones?

    I am running a screen capture for last couple days. I will pull it tonight and get a 24 hr level.

    I am uncertain as to whether they have Deformed Wing Virus or was it more that they were removed...
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    What is happening to these drones?

    Hi all,

    I have observed over the last 3-4 days what appears to be aborting and ejecting of drones from one of my hives. Workers are pulling them out of the hive, some alive but not fully...
  21. Re: Lots of eggs, no capped brood, very little forage (low workforce)

    You could also look to add some donations from your strong hive. Doing bee math, you can see you are at least 3 weeks out from having new bees if you let them be. A couple frames of capped brood...
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    Re: Foundationless OPPS

    If it was a decent piece of comb, you could rubber band it into place on a frame and the bees will reattach. Otherwise, melt it down.
  23. Thread: Maintenance

    by Zbee
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    Re: Maintenance

    I check 2-3 frames per box, paying special attention to the ones that look a little different from up top. Admittedly, I spend more time in the hives than most, but I have learned so much just...
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    Re: Winter is coming...

    Hi all,

    Both queens have been released successfully into their mini NUCs, and both are still alive. On one of the NUCs, I saw 2 supercedure cups, but both were still empty. Few eggs, but nothing...
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    Re: Winter is coming...

    Thank you all for the insight. I'm out of town for next few days, so I will know one way or the other by this weekend. Fingers crossed!
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