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    Re: Swarm cells in August (SW Ontario)

    Could be,

    The textbook answer is queen cells on the bottom of frames equates to swarm cells. That sometimes is true, but definitely not always. First year hive that is light on stores, I would...
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    Re: Swarm cells in August (SW Ontario)

    Where they swarm cells or supercedure cells?
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    Re: Goldenrod and whats it worth.

    Our bees have been working the early varieties of golden rod for a week or so. Seems early for the GR to bloom.
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    Re: Goldenrod and whats it worth.

    In our region, some years they can. Some years the fall flow is a bust. Last year's fall flow was very good.

    I tend to be conservative and wait.

    Shane
  5. Thread: Need a Queen

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    Re: Need a Queen

    It is not uncommon for our local bees to slow down or stop brood production during our summer dearth.
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    Re: bees dragging out pupa. why?

    Like others have said, it could very well be a mite issue. Also, that pupa was quite large. Probably a drone. Mites are known to favor drone larvae. But, if the bees are evicting drones, could...
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    Re: Honey crystalized

    Could the crystallized honey been left over from last fall? The fall goldenrod/aster is the only honey to crystallize quickly where we live. Even the fall honey does not, IME, crystallize that...
  8. Re: Is $370 good price for 2 deeps full of bees and 2 honey supers?

    My bad,

    Like Rooster pointed out, the supers sound empty. I would not pay $370 for a full size hive in August, unless I could get a harvest from the hive. Even then I probably would not. But I...
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    Re: He just keeps hanging around

    The pics would not pull up on my phone. But, after cleaning up after two bear attacks, I prefer hot lead now.
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    Re: Goldenrod honey value

    I agree with Wayne,

    But would add that goldenrod/fall honey is one of my favorites. Creamy buttery goodness. GR/fall honey crystallizes extremely fast. When we have some fall honey to sell, we...
  11. Re: Is $370 good price for 2 deeps full of bees and 2 honey supers?

    Well, assuming you get 30 pounds of honey per super. And you retail that honey for six dollars a pound. That would pay for the colony.

    Definitely check the hive thoroughly.
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    Re: Do robbing screens work?

    Would you care to share a pic of your screen. Every year robbing is a serious issue at one of our apiaries.
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    Re: Low entrance activity - should I feed?

    How are they on the inside? I only feed when necessary.
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    Re: How much to harvest?

    Crush and strain for the harvest.

    Hard to say how much honey is necessary in your area. Best to ask some local beeks. We try for at least 60 pounds on established. That is the minimum. We...
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    Re: Laying worker advice needed please

    I like Ruthie's advice. I would give her some time.

    Typically it takes about 30 days or so from egg to laying queen. The eggs you saw yesterday are almost certainly not from a queen they...
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    Re: Aggressive Bees

    Finding the queen in a strong hive is no easy task. Aggressive bees does not make the job any easier.

    Just curious, are these hives untreated?
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    Re: Aggressive Bees

    Not trying to talk you out of requeening your hives, but how long have they been aggressive? It is not uncommon for bees to get more defensive in the summer. Most years we are in a dearth now.
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    Re: Girls are in a FOUL mood today

    Same here,

    Decent flow going on. But has been raining off and on for the last few days. Needed to check some splits and took two to the hand.

    Shane
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    Re: Golden Rod & Golden Honey

    It does seem early for GR to bloom. There a few plants in my yard with blooms as well.

    Hope this is not OT. But we have at least two common types of GR. The early bloom the bees don't seem to...
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    Re: wind break

    You could consider hazelnuts. Fast growing, dense and produce edible nuts. Bloom in late winter.
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    Re: List of honeybee friendly trees

    Linden, aka basswood or "Lin", is one of our major flows. I don't think tilia americana is poisonous to bees.

    Shane
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    Re: Should I add another brood box?

    Not sure how your fall flow is. Some years we have a super strong fall flow. Some years not so much. If your upper brood box is completely drawn and 75% filled, and the hive is vigorous, I would...
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    Re: Should I still be feeding?

    My bad,

    Our bees are similar, they typically do not draw new comb in the summer. Unless they are fed. This year a few colonies are continuing to draw new comb. This is definitely the exception,...
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    Re: Should I still be feeding?

    Oops,

    I think you have it backwards. If they are not taking the syrup, typically it means there is a flow. :thumbsup:

    Shane
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    Re: Is there a bad time to capture a hive?

    Since your friends are willing to wait, and it is late in the season, it might be best to wait until spring. IMO, it would be very difficult to build back up before winter sets in.


    Shane
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