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    Re: Flea Control in Bee Yard.

    Meaning, don't use anything w/ permethrin (or anything ending w/ "thrin") on a cat. Cats can't metabolize these compounds and are poisoned. I use on my dogs but have to make sure the cat doesn't...
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    Re: How do i pull out comb

    2:1 is two parts sugar to 1 part water. Have to heat the water to get all the sugar do dissolve but don't let it boil.

    Was home over the 4th week-end and my hive was coming back after swarming at...
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    Re: How do i pull out comb

    Sounds like the first year I had my warre. They swarmed constantly for over a week and I thought it was done--but they came back. That was late May though. Now I throw two supers on in Apr and...
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    Re: How do i pull out comb

    Mine usually swarms 3-5 times (once was 7) and they look really empty when done. Two months later you couldn't even tell. Note that you may actually cause the problem this time if you remove frames....
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    Re: How do i pull out comb

    I've had a warre for 3 yrs and it swarms every year. I've never worried about a queen--they take care of themselves. I still get about 60lbs of honey from them too.

    However, this is one reason...
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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    Just set up the two packages and leave alone. I had one hive that went queenless probably in feb timeframe. Interestingly, this was my only carni hive and the queen was from Noble Apiaries--close...
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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    Sounds like a drone laying queen. I hope your other packages are from a different supplier. Seems like strike two for this supplier, to me.

    I'd hive the other two packages as you planned and...
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    Re: Any ideas what these are?

    assassin bugs are in the same order as box elder bugs so they both have the peircing-sucking mouthpart design you describe.

    Didn't know they can ruin lumber. What did they do, stain it or...
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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    Good point--should be facing down. I have often wondered, if bees were making emergency supercedure cells from cells that already had eggs/young larvae (say the queen was rolled or something), would...
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    Re: Any ideas what these are?

    Looks like box elder bug nymphs to me. Nothing to worry about.
  11. Re: can ants and SHB larva cross a Vasoline line?

    Some species of ants can, some can't. SHB larvae on your bottom board are coming from the hive, not crawling up hive legs from the ground. Bees are throwing them out of cells they find them in. If...
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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    Looks like they may be. I'd leave them alone if there is anything in them--I wouldn't even bother them to check. If they are cups they are supercedure cups, not swarm cell cups. Packages often...
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    Re: Queenless after overwintering???

    That's good. You definately did not have laying workers yet. Should be set now. Check on them in a few weeks to be sure they survived mating and are laying but leave alone for now.
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    Re: Processing wax problem

    What did they exterminate the hive w/? Good possibility the wax was coated w/ whatever it was and it is now in solution w/ the wax.
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    Re: Queenless hive for extended period

    If the hive is queenless then no issue. Just use the newspaper method and place the queenless hive above the the hive w/ the queen. Some folks say that if there are laying workers it helps to shake...
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    Re: Queenless hive for extended period

    I had a severe laying worker problem w/ my carni hive that lost their queen probably in Feb when there was no broodnest. I supplied a frame of brood (eggs to pupae) for two weeks and then introduced...
  17. Re: Several Cells appear as sugar cones in size

    Main swarm window here seems to be 3-6 weeks post cherry bloom so we are approaching that window. If they are in swarm mode now, and it sounds like they might be, then there is not much you can do...
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    Re: Transferring a nuc to a top bar.

    The sides are sloped to prevent the bees from attaching the comb to the sides of the hive--not for strength. This way, frames are removable. W/ a long lang, if you use standard frames, then the...
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    Re: New hive, not feeding

    Fun, isn't it. You can go ahead and take the feeders off. If they are not taking it then no reason to put it there. By now, they have enough nectar in the combs they have drawn that they can go a...
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    Re: Queenless after overwintering???

    Sounds like you may have a laying worker hive. The frame is a good start but they probably won't rear a queen on that frame (with the laying workers they think they have a queen). The frame of...
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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    Looks to me like it will be a successful intro. If you ever order a package w/out a queen the first thing you will notice is the cluster is less compact than in a package w/ a queen. By the time...
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    Re: Once every blue moon sting reaction?

    If your hands are calloused then chances are a lot of the stings you get may not penetrate into living tissue--limiting the reaction to the venom. Also, the faster you remove a stinger after the...
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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    This time place the cage close enough that the cluster can maintain contact w/ the feed device and the cage when cold out.
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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    Yeah, bum queen. They would not leave her like that. When I installed in my warres (w/ windows), I placed the queen cage in the center on the top bars of the bottom box w/ screen facing up. The...
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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    Not much you can do but get a queen in a cage and see how they react. I've installed packages into fixed frame warre hives with weather the same as yours. According to notes, in one week they had...
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