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  1. when to ditch old comb - do bees replace themeself?

    Most of my frames are the mann lake wood with the plastic media center.

    This weekend I'm doing my spring cleaning - scraping boxes, cleaning up the deadouts etc. When is it time to throw away a...
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    Re: "You just might be a beekeeper."

    When you buy so much sugar that the local sherrif questions you for being a moonshiner
  3. Re: what to do with comb from absconded hives

    I did the formic in the spring, and then had the bees thru fall. I don't think formic was the reason they absconded.

    Anyway the combs are empty - just wondering if I should trash them or use them
  4. Re: what to do with comb from absconded hives

    thanks - the comb is going to be sitting out the winter here in Ohio so it will freeze. I like the idea of swarm traps -but I don't need 100 frames for that. Perhaps i'll mix & match
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    Re: "You just might be a beekeeper."

    When everything you own including your dog is sticky
  6. what to do with comb from absconded hives

    I had 5 hives abscond this fall. Do not know why. I did notice SHB new this year (just a few) I do treat Formac acid for mites.

    In the spring, not sure I want to reuse the comb. These are the...
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    5 hives absonded

    Running 7 hives. All good this year in the spring, did have two of them loose their queen but they replaced her on their own. I suspected was also having Queen issues in a 3rd hive but not...
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    Re: Did I get a bad deal? Incomplete Nuc?

    Did you get a Queen that is laying eggs - or some frames of brood and a queen in her own box?

    A laying queen is the reason most buy nucs -
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    Re: making a split - do you close them in?

    I ended up not sealing them up - just put in the entrance reducer to the smallest spot. I figured the flyers would just go home, and everybody else would stay. I'll release the queen after 3 days.
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    making a split - do you close them in?

    Took 5 frames of bees&brood from a strong hive - moved them to a new 10 frame box and put in a queen in her cage. Got the hivetop feeder on.

    I've been told to close in the new split (so the bees...
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    Re: When is it time to give up on a queen?

    It is still a pretty strong number of bees - say ~10 frames full of bees. I put a frame of eggs in there last week, to see if the house bees would make a queen cell. I'm a big believer that a...
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    When is it time to give up on a queen?

    I have an overwintered hive that I thought was without a queen. Ive did a few inspections and have not seen any sign of a queen. Today I was about to requeen but found a queen in there. My...
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    Re: First stings delayed reaction

    Bee venom reacts differently on different people. Generaly it's not a major issue - but you have to judge for yourself what to do and when to seek medical help.

    I've never had a delayed reaction,...
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    Any Mail order Queens?

    Need a few queens (just 3) - the normal places I use don't have any yet.

    Anybody know of a supplier with queens ready to ship this week?

    tks -
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    SHB in NE Ohio???

    I swear one of my hives has SHB. Little black beetles going in/out of the combs. I also found larve on the bottom board under the screen when I pulled it


    I did not think this critter was this...
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    Re: early spring hive not queen right

    Thanks, I gave them a frame with eggs yesterday, seems like the best thing to do.

    Yesterday when doing this I did find a supersedure cell - uncapped but full of royal jelly. Would the workers...
  17. Ross Rounds do I need to buy foundation?

    I'm a newbie regarding ross rounds - never seen the supers and the online pictures/directions are not helping me. Going to order one for this year. A quick question, it is telling me I need...
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    Re: early spring hive not queen right

    I like the combine and split idea. I would be combining 4 boxes - think there is any issue leaving it at 4 boxes? It will make things a lot easier to put together and then split
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    Re: early spring hive not queen right

    I agree that adding a frame of brood is best. Just I only have two good hives and not a lot of extra frames of eggs to spare. just worried about knocking down the strong hives too much.
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    early spring hive not queen right

    Like a lot of places winter is breaking early here in NE Ohio. Some dandalion already blooming, and apples will go off in a week or so. Today I went to my hives and did the spring cleanup and...
  21. Funny Honey?? - NPR story on where honey comes from and issues with China imports

    Just a story published by NPR on where honey comes from and the issue with China Honey
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    To use a bottom board or not??

    In my hives I use a standard SBB with a removable board and for the top this year using the Honey run - top vented, All Season Inner Cover (with top entrance)


    Most of my hives are two standard...
  23. Re: removed supers - now the bees don't have enough room

    great idea about the spring split. I have some extra brood boxes, so this is a good use. I just put one on the bottom of this hive.
    I'm wondering is there a downside to letting a hive winter...
  24. Re: removed supers - now the bees don't have enough room

    removed two supers - two deeps left
  25. removed supers - now the bees don't have enough room

    Lots of bearding, like 2lbs of bees on the outside (all the time, except with bees in the field). Even on these cooler nights (down in the low 50s)

    What's happens now with all the extra bees that...
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