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    Re: Did I screw up ?

    Bees in the spring usually want to build UP. That's why many beekeepers reverse their 2 brood chambers first thing in the spring. The bottom brood box is usually empty and the top full. I would...
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    Re: Swarm commander: Does It Really Work?

    Sounds like I better get some! In the past my bait hive that was the most successful is sitting right near my solar wax melter. When in use, the wax melter can be smelled from 10 feet away and...
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    Re: Rain in Cali??

    Yes, it's glorious! Too soon to tell if it will make a dent in our drought, but we're very hopeful. It's still very early in the season. Yesterday was sunny between rainstorms and my 6 hives were...
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    Re: Top insulation?

    The issue isn't ventilation per se, but reducing condensation. Here's a good discussion of it at honeybeesuite:
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    Re: Nuc robbing ongoing. Need advice

    Robbers go home to their own hives at night. The bees you see hanging out are your own who haven't figured out to get back into their hive with the changed entrance. I don't think you have to do...
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    Re: Nectar bound help, my fault

    The Cordovans aren't a race, they are a specific COLOR of Italian bees. Acebird, I think you're thinking of Carniolan.

    Beepro, do you have other hives which might need the nectar/syrup resources...
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    Re: Bee Tree cutout/removal

    They have the nice light colored striping of Italian honeybees.
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    Re: Bee Tree cutout/removal

    Yeah, they might. If the log can be sealed up on bottom with a piece or two pieces butted up together of plywood or rigid board of some type, that would be best. Then shim it back up steady with...
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    Re: Bee Tree cutout/removal

    JClaunch, thanks for sharing. It's very interesting, and you've given the colony a great chance of survival. If the bottom of the log is open, like the top was, I'd plug up the gaps between the...
  10. Re: Block entrance on Hive while extracting honey

    Not to mention, YOUR bees are probably not the ONLY bees in the neighborhood. I agree that you have to either do it at night or do it in another location. I use my small kitchen, and just have to...
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    Re: Deep Maintenace

    In the first Spring manipulation, I reverse my 2 deep hive bodies. My learning goes back to the 1970's and that's what was recommended then. It has always worked for me, so I still do it. I don't do...
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    Re: What Are These Bees Doing ?(pic)

    I agree with Thorbuilt. I've had that a few times this late Fall. The swarm came from one hive then settled on another and started fighting with the occupants. Rather a hostile take over attempt...
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    Re: Bees in tree

    Wouldn't a trapout NOT get the genetics of the colony? All you would get is adult females, no brood or queen.
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    Re: 3 out of 4 queens dead

    I you want to to have USPS shipped queens kept at the post office (not hauled around by the route carrier and left in a hot mailbox) you can have your queen package addressed to you with "General...
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    Re: Do your children get involved?

    My two boys grew up with my bees, but they only wanted to help when their kindergarten teacher wanted to host one of my hives in her yard. They only suited up long enough to get some cute pictures,...
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    Re: How did you get into beekeeping?

    My dad was a Boy Scout leader when we lived in TX in the early 1970's. He decided that my 2 brothers 'should' earn the Beekeeping Merit badge. So he hooked up with the scout mentor and he got them...
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    Re: Orientation Flight???

    Isn't it funny how the hives take turns doing their orientation flights? My hives are in rows, and I often see the enormous activity at one hive, then settle down, then another hive begins and...
  18. Re: Two stage extraction of partial frames

    That sounds like an interesting solution, and may work. Be sure and store the thin honey in the refrigerator so it won't ferment. Or you could do what I did:

    My Spring extraction proved too thin...
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    Re: Moving bees up from deep to mediums

    That sounds ideal. But the advantage to using 2 mediums is that the ordinary beekeeper has mediums on hand rather than shims!!
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    Re: Moving bees up from deep to mediums

    The best time to do it is very early Spring. During the winter, the bees gradually move up and probably won't be in that bottom deep at all. You could take it away then if it's empty. But in the...
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    Re: New swarm?

    Is it possible that they were just robber bees come to steal all the honey left in the wall?
    Or it's entirely possible it was a swarm that was attracted there because of the smell and happened to...
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    Re: hive bein robbed

    What does the Vicks do? I'd never heard of that. Does it bother the hive occupants? Please tell me more!
    Becky
  23. Re: My queen is crowded, laying 5-6 eggs a cell, how do I fix this?

    No one has yet mentioned that inspecting the colony every week or twice a week is pretty disruptive to the colony. Especially if you're keeping it open for lengthy periods of time. Can't you be...
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    G3- Thanks so much for making and posting the very informative video. Fantastic!
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    Re: Bee Tree Disaster

    If your bee yard is "close" (less than 2 miles), most of your adult bees will probably go back to their tree. You should maybe put the hive back at their tree if your neighbor will let you. Let the...
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