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  1. Re: Checkerboarded... now reversed medium and deep for pollen box

    Was that a request for comment? If so, you did well on your first effort at CB. You were a bit premature on the pollen box. We usually wait until brood has expanded into the next higher box and move...
  2. Re: Reuse of hive parts when exposed European foulbrood

    squarepeg,

    A couple of these 4 were fed S/W at that time. No consideration for ph of the syrup. Since that time both raised, empty deeps have filled with brood and stores, and have been lowered to...
  3. Re: Reuse of hive parts when exposed European foulbrood

    Treated with terra yesterday. Used the above-linked instructions. Added the dry mix on the top bars at the recommended rate of 1 gram per hive. (All four) In addition, lightly sprayed the affected...
  4. Thread: Yellow wax?

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    Re: Yellow wax?

    They make yellow wax from the dark nectar of redbud. Redbud is just coming in here, and I would expect it to be past there. Do you know when the yellow wax started?

    Walt
  5. Re: Reuse of hive parts when exposed European foulbrood

    Roland,
    Good thought. Three hives with exactly the same indications. In the last couple weeks our bees have just jumped into full-up expansion mode - more than a single frame of all-larvae brood....
  6. Re: Reuse of hive parts when exposed European foulbrood

    O D,
    You've turned me around again. Do you suppose that your EFB has developed some tolerance to terra? Spent the morning circulating through farm supply stores in the area. Found both Dura.. and...
  7. Re: Reuse of hive parts when exposed European foulbrood

    Thanks, troops,
    Had a few packets of Terra in the chem cabinet, but had never used any. Dated 12 03. May give them a dose of that until we can get some fresh.
    Walt
  8. Reuse of hive parts when exposed European foulbrood

    Three hives at the same location have the indications of extreme EFB. A fourth has no brood at all. A week ago the broodless hive had a smallish queen - possibly unmated, supersedure, either in the...
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    Re: How early do/can you split?

    As TS points out, when to split is not calendar related. When you have enough bees to make the number of colonies intended that have the beepower to grow, do it. (With respect for the local forage...
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    Re: How Many Frames of Pollen Do They Need?

    beepro,
    Why would you want to remove, protect, and reinstall when the bees have put it where they want it? In the hollow tree, we conclude that consumption of the pollen reserve, in the fall, allows...
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    Re: How Many Frames of Pollen Do They Need?

    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to talk about the pollen "reserve." We conclude from observation that filling in the bottom of the broodnest during buildup, when pollen is plentiful, is a...
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    Re: Upside down hive… what is best plan?

    You folks can probably get away with separating brood in your milder climate. It wouldn't be a good idea in more temporate areas. In addition, you have enough bees to make the extra band of...
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    Re: Why am I suprised?

    To some people, more than 1 bee in sight at any given time, is a swarm.
    When I was "chasing bees", as the wife called it, and was on the list of swarm responders everywhere, made it a practice to be...
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    Re: Queen in top box - easyest way to keep bees

    Ace,
    Your suggestion would make it labor intensive. I think a few minutes, periodically, would be worth a deep of honey to most anyone.
    Walt
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    Re: Queen in top box - easyest way to keep bees

    Thanks.
    An upside-down version of Roland's system. Just moving open instead of capped brood.
    Walt
  16. Re: Adding boxes under the hive to estabilish a colony for winter.

    Absolutely correct. We get away with adding a box above because the broodnest is established in the first (lower) box and the colony "wants" to add honey above.

    Don't expect to change anybody's...
  17. Re: Offered an neglected hive - owner wants it gone ASAP. Safe to move ?

    Have moved some with completely rotted bottom boards. Throw a bedsheet over the whole works and tuck the bottom edges under. Transport.
    Walt
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    Re: Queen in top box - easyest way to keep bees

    We see pros and cons from the standpoint of bee natural instincts.
    You don't tell us how supering is done. Does the broodnest stay at the top for the full season? Or, honey supering above?
    At first...
  19. Thread: Dead Queen?

    by wcubed
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    Re: Dead Queen?

    Just forward tilt.
    Considered drilling a hole at both back corners with a through nail or something to twist to keep it open, but that seemed like overkill.

    Walt
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    Re: Too much honey in brood chamber?

    You didn't say CAPPED honey. So, we'll assume it's raw nectar. The colony typically puts nectar ahead of expansion in the growth direction, especially when growing latterly, frame to frame, into...
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    Re: Help with basic behavior

    A couple of observations not found in beginner's books or introductory courses:
    The bees can crawl at temps lower than they can fly.
    All constructive work in the early season is done in the warmed...
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    Re: Dead Drone Pupae

    If they are empty shells, it's an early indication of pending starvation. The colony does not always wait until they are completely out of honey to take corrective action. They will sometimes suck...
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    Re: swarm issue question

    I wouldn't panic yet. A second year colony will supersede early. About repro c/o. When you go back in a week and find a few Queen cells, still not time to panic. A dozen would be time to take...
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    Re: do robbers fight amongst themselves?

    We stacked our wet, extracted supers cris crossed in a bee yard to let the bees dry them for storage. Coming out of winter we graded the comb for spring use, and preferred to handle them dry.
    ...
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    Re: Hives alive for robbing?

    H C has it right. Robbing the less fortunate cousins is the first order of business coming out of winter. They can rob other dead-outs before there is any field forage available. Good duty, if the...
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