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    Re: bone-head split

    I don't know about "bone-head" splits. This time of year I like to make my splits, by moving the old colony to a new location (nearby). I put a different box/super/hive at the old location, then I...
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    Re: well, this is a bit heart rending

    It is the nature of bees to begin building their nests as close to the top of the cavity they are in, as is possible. What is curious, is that all of them did not do the same. The chances of this...
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    Re: Upper entrance for migratory cover

    You can also just cut an entrance notch in one end of your present covers. I've done some like that, works well. I used a router, but I can think of several other ways to create similar notches -...
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    Re: well, this is a bit heart rending

    If you attempted a cutout now, you would likely not be able to rescue these combs, they will be way too new and fragile -- I've tried this with new swarms that have recently set up house, and failed...
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    Re: well, this is a bit heart rending

    Since you direct released the queens, then the issue of the queens not being attractive to the bees, is not likely to be the case. Those clustered in the feeder, if left alone, will likely begin...
  6. Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    Depending on how they behave, usually if they're being aggressive, they either have a queen, or have uncontrolled laying workers that they treat as queens. If they behave strongly aggressive to the...
  7. Re: does each hive have a distinct alarm pheromone ... & duration

    Curious question.

    I believe that alarm pheromone is precisely the same, throughout the Apis mellifera species, and no different chemically, despite the subspecies or hybrid makeup of each colony....
  8. Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    If they are truly queenless, when presented with the new queen, they should rush to the new queen in her cage, nasonov a great deal and act excited. If they have a queen in their midst, even a...
  9. Re: Bees balled a queen on top of hive. Why?

    Yes, you could listen for the "queenless roar". The distinctive sound a queenless hive makes, almost continuously, until they are queenright, again. But, unless you can recognize it, it might be...
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    Oops, waited too long

    I use JZsBZs plastic cell bars. I attach each one to its own 19" long strip of wood. So sometimes when I am relocating cell builders, to reduce their populations of field bees, so more nurse bees can...
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    Re: Balling a newly marked queen

    I don't know about the "caution" concerning blowing on them, to help dry the mark. I haven't noticed it causing any issues, and I've been blowing on their marks, nearly every time I've ever marked a...
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    Re: Multi-Laying Queens

    Quite often, I see new queens will lay two eggs in the same cells. I don't ever remember seeing them lay more than two (that subversion is more usually relegated to laying workers). Once they get...
  13. Re: Bees balled a queen on top of hive. Why?

    This thread puts me in mind of the times, when I'm holding a queen by her legs to mark her with paint, when various workers would land near the queen I'm holding and promptly attempt to sting her....
  14. Re: End Bars: parallel sides vs non-parallel sides

    I don't generally have frame slap issues, except when someone is transporting a nuc away from my place. Earlier, many queens wouldn't make it safely to their destinations. I believe this is primarily...
  15. Re: End Bars: parallel sides vs non-parallel sides

    Another idea, though I believe it has already been tried and found to be impractical, is to use very narrow End Bars, say 3/4" wide, and to space the frames in the supers using metal frame spacers....
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    jrbbees,

    Yes, I like that idea. If I made a small dado cut, say 3/4" wide and 3/16" deep, on both sides of all End Bars, at the same place along their length (so they all match up). That would...
  17. Re: End Bars: parallel sides vs non-parallel sides

    Thanks for the feedback, so far. I appreciate it very much.

    I, too, had thought that it was an attempt by us humans to make things easier for the bees. Similar to giving them a bottom entrance as...
  18. End Bars: parallel sides vs non-parallel sides

    I've noticed that most, if not all, commercial wooden frames have End Bars that have their sides trimmed, so as to narrow them towards their bottom ends. I also noticed that Mann Lake, PF120 and...
  19. Re: Should I feed a new package if I gave it a frame of honey?

    Though it might be possible, I have never known bees to eat honey from the comb in order to produce wax to make more comb. However, queenright young bees will make wax and build comb, when their...
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    Re: First grafts of 2014

    If you have been careful when using the cell builder to grow cells, but especially afterwards, so that you can be certain they haven't developed laying worker problems, or haven't somehow acquired a...
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    Re: First grafts of 2014

    Part of the reason I use foamboard boxes (made with 1-1/4" or 1-1/2" thick foamboard, lined with aluminum tape), is that the bees are much better able to maintain optimum conditions throughout the...
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    Re: Keeping Africanized Bees or not

    brettj777,

    Actually, beekeepers or queen breeders don't need to intentionally breed/maintain/propagate AHB and distribute them - the nature of AHB ensures that they do that quite well without any...
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    Re: Keeping Africanized Bees or not

    If we consider that, like humans, all honey bees originated in Africa, then, in that sense, they, of course, all originated in Africa and are AHB's.

    If we go back as far as the origins of Apis...
  24. Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    You'd need an awfully large cluster of queenless bees to get any comb built, if then. But with a good queen, it's amazing how small of a cluster can still build comb. If they were my bees, I'd...
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    Re: Notice to Ian

    How curious; down here, we've had a record mild winter. Only about one week in December with frosty nights, and temperatures at or near freezing. Other than that week, the nights have been at or near...
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