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    Re: Move the cluster? Or trust the bees?

    They know what they need to do. Leave them.
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    Re: using mites to control mites?

    Poisons only ever buy time.
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    Re: Is genetic diversity necessary?

    If you open mate and don't live in an isolated area with no other bees then you are already outbreeding.
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    Re: New Hive - No Shake Installation?

    Just shake them. Considering they have been shaken out of their hives and combined with strange bees and are disorientated you will be doing them a favour to get them in a hive quickly where they can...
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    Re: Installing a package questions

    Just make sure the plugged end of the queen cage she will get out is tilted up. If an attendant dies she can still get out.
  6. Thread: tea tree oil

    by rmcpb
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    Re: tea tree oil

    Ray is giving you good advice. If you think about it the bees work hard to make an atmosphere /smell in their hive. Why would you stick a smelly substance in there that they will have to try to...
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    Re: Desert beekeeping conclusions

    Maybe its to get the most sucessful genetic diversity. If a hive is successful then let it breed, otherwise pinch the queen. Grafting queens gives you a genetic bottleneck - BAD.
  8. Re: Planning on splitting my two hives in the spring

    Erik,

    If you followed the advice of Dr Tarpy, where do the bees get the young larvae from if the hive has been queenless for five days?



    Dr. Tarpy's suggestion was that if you raise...
  9. Re: Simple Warre style improvisation for this Winter?

    I put mine above an inner cover so there is no wild comb built on the quilt box screen. It also provides a good baffle to stop the chimney effect of too much ventillation. As for the bees above the...
  10. Re: Simple Warre style improvisation for this Winter?

    Yes. I run "quilt" boxes on top of my hives permanently. They have a half onch rim then flywire, then the actual quilt box. This has vent holes in it and I use layers of hessian for insulation as its...
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    Re: Avoiding cross comb in a top bar

    I think a bit of care to fix cross comb early would be MUCH better than trying to worry about magnetic fields.
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    Re: ventilation holes

    All my hives have ventillation holes but they are all covered with metal flywire. Get the ventillation but no entrance.
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    Re: Bees not drawing comb on second box

    Looks good to me BUT you seem to be pushing them a bit fast. Nearly all the nectar coming in will go to the brood of a new hive. Keep an eye on them and add the second box when they are bursting out...
  14. Re: Can I take a frame of honey from a single box hive? (Spring here)

    If you are just scraping a small area you could use your hive tool. For a small cutout just use a small, sharp kitchen knife and push out the resulting plug. The bees will fix your damage quickly.
  15. Re: Can I take a frame of honey from a single box hive? (Spring here)

    You would only scrape where it is solid honey. aLternatively, if its to give them a taste on a slice of toast I would just cut a SMALL chunk out of one of the frames and use that. It would only have...
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    Re: Are these drone cells?

    Yep. Drone brood at the bottom with worker brood above.
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    Re: How far away from your apiary do you live?

    10 metres, another lot a three hour drive and the rest an eight hour drive.
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    Re: Shreaded wax at entrance

    Have a look and if you still have a cluster consolidate the hive down as small as you can. Get rid if the entrance feeder. Reduce the entrance to a bee width. Feed with a top feeder if its warm...
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    Re: How to do a split on a small yard

    Follow Erik's advice. I just split them and make sure there are LOTS of nurse bees in the queenless hive. The foragers go back to the old hive and the nurse bees grow up to be foragers orientated to...
  20. Thread: second hive?

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    Re: second hive?

    Walk away split is right but maybe its the wrong time of season over there. Get your hive through winter and try this next spring.
  21. Re: First hive and can't manage queen... suggestions?

    I like tech's approach. They may settle down if you do this and have them tucked away out of the road. If not, its easier to find the queen in a neat hive.
  22. Re: Orientation flights as a mark of healthy hives?

    Early afternoon on the weekend, sitting on the garden bench with my wife, talking and a glass of wine watching the orientation. Great times and one of the joys of beekeeping.
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    Re: Leftover bees from swarm removal

    Listen to Oldtimer. In a week's time the presence of eggs will indicate a queen, you don't have to even find her.
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    Re: Using old Queen in Nuc

    That would be fine and work but I prefer to do it the other way around. Just personal preference as the big hive can be the donor of brood frames while the small hive gets going.

    After saying that...
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    Lateral periscope/robber entrance

    After the success of the small lateral periscope entrance I tried to keep the wasps out of the hive I am trying a bigger version. This one has a half entrance in the hive and the bees have no...
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