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  1. Top mount Sundance Pollen Collector and drones questions

    I was planning on putting my Pollen collector on tonight.
    Will the drone be able to get out of the escape tubes?
    If they make it out will they beg their way into another hive?

    I used this...
  2. Re: Is this normal for Italian bees in the winter?

    The brood pattern is solid and it is all worker brood. There is some open brood and a few eggs. The whole area is about 6" in diameter.

    I put one medium frame full of mostly capped and some open...
  3. Re: Is this normal for Italian bees in the winter?

    Thanks for the replys.
    I was thinking about doing that but the borrowing hive is in medium frames and the Italians are in a deep. Can I put a medium frame between two deep frames?



    Yes, she...
  4. Is this normal for Italian bees in the winter?

    My only Italian hive is not doing too well compared to my non Italian hive. This was my strongest hive going into winter and it has a mid summer queen that was laying awesome in the fall. They are...
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    Re: Feeding honey back to the bees

    Thank you for the reply.
    I want to get these deep frames out of circulation because I'm going with all mediums.
    I don't want the queen to move into the deep. Will the cluster move down and leave...
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    Feeding honey back to the bees

    I lost one of three hive yesterday. It left behind several deep frames of partially caped honey.
    Can I put this under the brood chamber of another hive with a queen excluder between them?
    I am...
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    Re: Catching swarms in the spring.

    I think it depends how big the swarm is. You can always use a follower board and make the deep any size you like.
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    Re: What Are These Bees Doing ?(pic)

    This exact thing happened to me last spring when I put on a pollen trap. It took the bees about three days to figure it out.
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    OP here. My bees started out TF and did really well the first year. They re-queened themselves last spring and got hit hard with mites.

    This is from my suppliers website.
    "(Local Survivor Stock)...
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    That is pretty much what happened, except I think the bees in the nuc joined forces with the robbers. after three days there was not a drop of honey and no bees left. So I killed about four frames of...
  11. Thread: Cleaning wax?

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    Re: Cleaning wax?

    You can make a solar wax melter for almost no money. They work really fast on sunny days and the wax is really clean.
    When we make lip balm I filter the wax twice. Once through a paper towel then...
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    WOW, thanks everyone for the input!

    I decided not to treat with anything, huge brood break instead.

    I split the hive into 4-3 frame mating nucs and 1-8 frame three high hive.
    Each nuc...
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    OK Oldtimer, now you have me rethinking again.:) I do want my bees to be treatment free.
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    Thanks everyone for the replys and link!

    I am going to try powder sugar dusting every week for a month and see what happens.
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    Is that not a treatment? I thought about doing that. Does it really work?
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    What can I do about varroa mites?

    I want to be treatment-free. This is my second year and I have not treated yet.

    My hives don't seem to be very productive right now even though flowers are blooming everywhere. So I did a sugar...
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    SF Bay Area Beekeepers Forum

    I thought I saw a section on Bee Source Forums for SF Bay Area Beekeepers. I can't find it now.

    Anyway I was wondering how the drought is effecting your hives?
    I have three hives now, all seem...
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    Re: Flea Control in Bee Yard.

    If you are asking how I got rid of the fleas...

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    Re: Flea Control in Bee Yard.

    I do not have another place to move them to.
    Anyways the fleas are gone and the bees are still alive. We can mark this thread as solved.

    Thank you to everyone who posted with helpful advice!
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    Re: Flea Control in Bee Yard.

    I didn't want to kill my bees with flea poison so I asked what other people with more experience would do.
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    Re: Flea Control in Bee Yard.

    Sorry to hear about your fleas Scpossum. I'm not sure about what to use on grass. Maybe food grade diatomaceous earth? You would have to be extremely careful not to get any on the bees.

    This is a...
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    Re: 9 Frames in 10 Frame Super

    This is only my second year with beehives. I don't remember where I heard about this hive configuration but it is working very well in my yard.
    I have ten frame medium boxes using only eight frames...
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    Re: Flea Control in Bee Yard.

    Thanks! Well, back to the pet store...
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    Re: Flea Control in Bee Yard.

    I looked at the active ingredients of the treatments you listed and they all contain neonicotinoids. If my cat gets close to my hives or under them wouldn't that be bad for the bees? I have no idea...
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    Flea Control in Bee Yard.

    My cat shares the backyard with the bees and they don't seem to mind her being there. In fact a lot of times she sleeps right under the hives.
    My backyard is mostly eucalyptus mulch/chips.

    The...
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