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  1. Re: Absconding/swarming: Is it dearth or the Florida heat?

    Do the bees that swarm to the branches eventually come back, or have you been able to see? I've had mine 'pour out' like a swarm but they usually just beard up on the box.
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    Finally got it

    Family got it for my birthday ;) Only a few chapters in so far, but already very fascinating. I was a library book, but is in really good condition.
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    Re: Hatched queens and totally unnprepared

    I think I would introduce them in cages, and pull the cork after 2-3 days. That way I could see whether bees are chewing at the screen. And if they still didn't accept her, well then then I tried...
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    Re: How Do You Spell Honey?

    Didn't try for honey this year, but a good year for expansion. Went from 6 colonies to 50(most in double nucs) and drawn out about 400 frames. Raising all my own queens and building our own...
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    Re: How Do You Spell Honey?

    Glad you're getting a better crop this year!
  6. Re: Can a laying worker colony build queen cells?

    Earlier this year, I had a friend with a colony that was laying worker for at least 3-4 weeks. I gave it a frame of open brood, and then a queen cell the next day and it worked just fine.
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    Re: Hatched queens and totally unnprepared

    I always heard queens have up to 3 weeks to mate, so if you had a way to bank them...
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    Re: Anyone watch Katie today?

    Probably the same old "poor, poor bees" and "bad, bad humans" routine.
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    Re: Bush honeysuckle cuttings

    Hey thanks. That is really helpful!
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    Re: Strange deal at my hives

    Four don't have a queen, and you're ordering 2 queens and letting the 3rd one raise its own? What about the 4th one? You could let the two that swarmed, raise their own and give queens to the other...
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    Bush honeysuckle cuttings

    I have a honeysuckle bush growing on an east facing tree line. its about 10 feet tall. I am wanting to propagate bush honey suckle the rest of the tree line. Does anyone know the best way to do...
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    Re: can I visit your beekeeping?

    Mehdi, do you have any pictures you can post that show your hives in Iran? I'd love to hear about your experiences.
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    Re: Solid Black Bees?

    Its hard to tell the size on my screen. I know there are several other bees and even flies that resemble honeybees.
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    Re: Solid Black Bees?

    Looks like an old robber honeybee. Their hairs fall/get chewed off and abdomens darken.
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    Re: Lets talk Burlap

    You can cut the burlap sacks pretty easily with an angle metal grinder. Burlap burns long but very hot. My favorites are hay and wood shavings.
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    Re: Super mini beehive

    I like those 3 frame styro nucs. Quick to set up and very easy to find queens. If you don't find her in about 10 seconds, just dump all the bees on the ground and she'll show herself.
  17. Re: Why are Queens Failing? Jeff Pettis takeaway from Beaverlodge Field Day June 20/

    Some suppliers bank their queens for up to 6 months before shipping. Could that have something to do with it?
  18. Re: Queenless hive detection by the sound it makes?

    Hives with virgin queens can do the same thing, especially ones that are pretty crowded, IMO.
  19. Re: Should I check the new splits for enough stores?

    If you kept the splits in the same yard as the mother hive, the field bees may have flew back thus the lack of activity. Sometimes they fly back even when blocking and obstructing the entrance. How...
  20. Interesting beekeeping operation in Czech Republic

    I love seeing different honey operations from around the world. Some aren't as efficient as others but there's something about them that makes them special.
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  21. Re: Bottom deep full of brood, top deep full of honey - not feeding

    If you see eggs I would probably cut out the cells.
  22. Re: Bottom deep full of brood, top deep full of honey - not feeding

    Add a super like Harold said. Are there any capped frames of honey you can replace with drawn comb or foundation? Also keep any eye on the bottom deep for swarm cells!
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    Re: Feeding double nuc's?

    It would probably be okay, but I feed both sides with a separate feeder inside an empty deep. Even then it seems like a few bees may be crossing over. Feeding separately would also allow the feeder...
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    Re: Maxant Giveaway

    Liked!
  25. Re: What price to charge for strong beehives I have to sell?

    I would say the time of year matters a lot. If you could wait til next April you'd get a premium price.
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