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  1. Re: Preventing swarm or killing potential queen?

    If you find no evidence of a queen, no eggs or young larvae with plenty of cell space for the queen to lay in, and there are queen cells it is usually a mistake to cut out all of the cells. The...
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    Re: Screen or solid Bottom Board +/-

    It is not uncommon to find a swarm under a solid bottom board, it the hive is on a stand that is high enough off the ground. Clipped queens are prone to run underneath and set up housekeeping. When...
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    Re: All Mediums: Was Brother Adam wrong?

    What Br. Adam said was that the 10 frame Langstroth was not large enough for a good queen's laying abilities. Also, he believed as did Dadant, that a queen having to cross the bee space to a box...
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    Re: Screen or solid Bottom Board +/-

    Setternut; The only study that I know of that included screened bottom boards that was a negative was one done in Iowa with Russian bees. The study said that colonies with screened bottoms used...
  5. Thread: How long?

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    Re: How long?

    If you are using queens that are coming through the mail do no splits until you have the queens in hand. You can make the splits and add the new queens during the same visit. It only takes an hour...
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    Re: Queen Excluder or "Not"

    Inspect your hive and find the queen. Put the queen in the bottom hive body. Put as much of the uncapped brood in the bottom hive body as you can, and put the capped brood in the upper deep. Put...
  7. Re: Are 3 gallons of sugar water a week too much for one hive?

    First, inspect the new super. If the bees are drawing out the foundation into comb continue to feed, but at a slower pace. You want the bees to draw the new comb, not extend the cells in the old...
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    Re: Queen outside the hive?

    I have seen queens on the outside of the hive taking a stroll twice in 38 years. Both times it was during very hot weather and I think she was looking for cooler temperatures.
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    Re: Russian queens

    Last year I bought 6 Russians, three were worth keeping but the other three were superseded or were drone layers. This year I bought 6 queens from "survivor stock" out of Texas, three have already...
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    Re: thoughts on freeman bottom boards?

    Queens that fail to leave with a swarm and run under the bottom of the hive will do even if the bottom board is a solid board. Bees will construct comb under a solid board just as they will a...
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    Re: Marking Frame Production Year?

    I use the permanent marking pens to mark the top bar when the frame is assembled. If the comb is cut out and newly drawn, I cross out the old date and remark. It's fast, it lasts and is not as...
  12. Thread: Smoker

    by AR Beekeeper
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    Re: Smoker

    Grozzie2; What do you use, liquid smoke?
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    Re: When moving a Bee Hive

    I they are moved 2 miles or more all of the fliers will know where the hive is located after their first flight. If they are moved within their original bee yard, then it is as frustrateddrone said....
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    Re: Smoker

    I use little or no smoke when I do a normal inspection. Each colony is different depending on the season and it's strength and attitude. I seldom smoke entrances, usually just the crack when I...
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    Re: What is the true cost of foundationless?

    The following is from Hutchinson's book "Advanced Bee Culture," the 1919 edition, page 62. I think this accurately conveys his thoughts about the use of foundation in the brood chamber.

    "If...
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    Re: Varroa and size of the bees

    The early writers mentioned creating small bees by manipulating food as well as cell size, if I remember correctly, both Dadant and Doolittle did so. Baudoux formed is idea about enlarging honey...
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    Re: What is the true cost of foundationless?

    Dsegrest, I wish you had told me that years ago!

    Deknow, You are correct that the advice given was more nuanced, Hutchenson recommended hiving swarms on foundationless frames in the brood nest...
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    Re: Varroa and size of the bees

    Varroa also causes the bee to be born with a smaller body weight than a bee that has not parasitized. Enjambres has given you some good advice.
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    Re: What is the true cost of foundationless?

    Mehring is credited with the first foundation in 1857, Hruschka with the first extractor in 1865. Langstroth built a "honey empting machine" in 1858 but the first extractor offered for sale in the...
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    Re: What is the true cost of foundationless?

    Early beekeepers, those of the time period when foundation was first being offered, were profit oriented. They would not have used foundation unless they could see a benefit from it's use. ...
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    Re: Sugar blocks and pollen

    I have used sugar blocks, but have not added the pollen. I believe that if you would feed the sugar in syrup starting in August/September you will see more benefit to your bees than you will by...
  22. Re: Putting a Queen into a hive with queen cells in it

    What happens when a mated queen is introduced to a colony that has queen cell building already in progress, is the worker bees kill the new introduced queen. The cells the bees have started then...
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    Re: queen acceptance problem

    You will need to inspect all of the brood frames for queen cells. The bees will have started the process of making their own queen and all cells must be removed or the bees will never accept the new...
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    Re: Drone Question

    The only reason for drones other than to remove them when trapping varroa is if you are producing queens and need many for mating purposes. If you have 4% or less of the cells in your colonies made...
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    Re: Teaser queen

    When I have added a queen to a hive that has no queen, only laying workers, they have killed her. They did so even when she was added with 5 frames of brood of all ages, by the newspaper method of...
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