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    Re: honey bound broodnest question

    What's the oldest the larva can be that they can make a queen from? I've thought the newer the egg, the better. All of my brood frames from the donor hives are past the egg stage.
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    honey bound broodnest question

    One of my hives (I run all 8 frame mediums with foundation-less frames) is completely honey bound. Every cell is either capped honey, uncapped honey/nectar or pollen. Zero brood. I'm 90% sure I have...
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    Re: my bees are making out!

    Thanks everyone. The "holding hands" is my favorite part.
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    my bees are making out!

    ok, they're actually transferring honey between themselves but when you add some Marvin Gaye to it......


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwjGVfSbkKI
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    Re: Too much lemongrass?

    RayMarler is spot on. A little goes a long way.
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    dancing bee (video)

    This girl has moves!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IAe45bETdA
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    Re: What I learned this weekend

    I don't think the piping was coming from the white queen pupa (that was also moving btw) but from another queen that had emerged earlier. Maybe minutes earlier or hours. Or it could have been the old...
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    Re: What I learned this weekend

    No. I'm not 100% but I'm 90% sure.
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    Re: What I learned this weekend

    In hindsight I wish I had not left them on those combs even though once I saw that they were queens, I consolidated them to one comb, in the middle of the apiary, only 8 feet away with no grass to...
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    honey gate flow. use a funnel?

    I'm about to harvest for the first time. I'll be using a 1 3/4" honey gate. If I lift the gate just barely to control the flow, will it pour out slow and narrow enough to go through the small...
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    Re: What I learned this weekend

    It's too late now. I did this yesterday and I went to check on them before the sun went down and they were not there. My apiary floor is crushed rock so their walk back to the hive wouldn't be too...
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    What I learned this weekend

    I pulled some honey for the first time this weekend and learned a few things. Backstory: Last year was my first year. My packages built up nicely, made lots of honey (2-3 medium 8 frames supers per...
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    Re: video of my backyard swarm

    Yeah they came from one of my 4 hives. Ironically, I was going out to add empty frames to the brood nest to open it up when I noticed them.
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    Re: video of my backyard swarm

    in slow motion


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWE5zmeC0CE
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    video of my backyard swarm

    I ended up capturing the swarm because heavy rain is in the forecast and I wanted them to be dry. They landed on my fence and would have been rained on. I'm just glad they landed in my yard because...
  16. Thread: Watering bees.

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    Re: Watering bees.

    I have 4 hives on a half acre. I keep about 7 different water sources scattered around. This one cost a dollar at Goodwill. I think it's meant for chips and dip. I filled with rocks so they don't...
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    vacuuming small hive beetles

    I know that some folks vacuum SHB using cordless keyboard vacuums. I can't wait to do this. I can just suck those buggers right out of the cells. I've been using my hive tool to squish them on the...
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    Re: First spring inspection question.

    You might be surprised what's in bloom right now. Can you see them bringing back any pollen? If so, I wouldn't feed someone elses pollen to them. It might contain spores of something bad. Let them...
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    Re: garden pollination?

    Same here. I would suggest your friend buy some mason bees. They rarely sting and tend to pollinate closer to home (your garden).
  20. Re: beetle blaster vs beetle jail. which is better at catching shb's?

    If you don't use oil, how do the beetles drown or die? Are you just baiting the center and not the two large chambers on the sides?
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    On the Jails, it looks like the bait goes in the center part. What do you bait yours with? If I order some, do they come with directions? Like how much oil to put in? Is there a fill line marked,...
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    explain these honey/wax filters to me

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    I have yet to harvest but I'll be crushing and straining this spring (all my frames are foundation-less). I get that the 200 micron is fine and the 600 is coarse and the 400 is somewhere in...
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    Re: Kelley's vs Dadant copper outer covers

    I'm a big fan of DIY stuff so good for you. My dad offered to buy those copper tops for me, otherwise I'd have never shelled out that kind of money for an outer cover. When it gets warm I'm going to...
  24. beetle blaster vs beetle jail. which is better at catching shb's?

    I see that the beetle jail clips on to the frame. I like that. It's also reusable (although I've heard some folks spray out the BB too for reuse). The jail is twice as expensive. But what I care...
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    Re: shb larva on Feb 1st

    That's interesting. I did find it on the landing board by the entrance but I didn't see it actually come out of the entrance. And I have trees hanging over the hives.
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