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    I hope everyone is having a merry Christmas and...

    I hope everyone is having a merry Christmas and will have a very happy new year!! I would like to express my appreciation to everyone who has shared experience and wisdom and even confusion on this...
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    My brother and I disected a few of the bees that...

    My brother and I disected a few of the bees that were crawling in fromt on my hives. In the abdomens of two of these bees, we found 1.5mm long maggots (5 in the first bee, 3 in the second) they...
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    If the weather is cool, and the hive is weak, it...

    If the weather is cool, and the hive is weak, it may be better to have greased boards under the screen even in spring and fall, so the cluster doesn't have to work hard to stay warm and the brood...
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    How long does a hive have to be queenless before...

    How long does a hive have to be queenless before workers begin laying? How long does it take for a hive to be queenless with laying workers before the situaltion is hopeless for requeening? Thanks.
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    I have heard of some beekeepers feeding cider...

    I have heard of some beekeepers feeding cider vinegar to their bees. What effect does this have? Thanks.
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    I am a small hobbyist beekeeper, only 8 hives,...

    I am a small hobbyist beekeeper, only 8 hives, and so it is relatively easy for me to go all natural, using mineral oil, essential oils, screened bottom boards, removing all old black comb, sugar...
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    It could be that the bees didnt like the smell of...

    It could be that the bees didnt like the smell of the hive you put them it, if maybe it was freshly painted or had some oil, or other substance spilled on it. They may also have disliked the...
  8. Thread: queen cells

    by mayayogi
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    It is only usefull to check for queen cells in...

    It is only usefull to check for queen cells in strong hives, during the swarm season. New swarms, new packages, and Weak hives with room to grow rarely swarm. These hives shouldnt be bothered too...
  9. Thread: mite control

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    Where does one purchase the green husks, and are...

    Where does one purchase the green husks, and are they expensive? thanks.
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    I am going to build some top-feeders using the...

    I am going to build some top-feeders using the design on this website, and I hope someone can tell me what kind of glue/sealant I can use that will be strong, waterproof, and totally non-poisonous to...
  11. thanks hugevol and baddawg, guess three weeks is...

    thanks hugevol and baddawg, guess three weeks is the outer time limit, good to know!, Regards, Mayayogi
  12. I caught a secondary swarm about a week ago, and...

    I caught a secondary swarm about a week ago, and I'm wondering how long it can take before the queen mates and begins laying. Thanks.
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    I have a little queen pheromone in a plastic vial...

    I have a little queen pheromone in a plastic vial and I'm hoping someone can tell me what is the best way to place it in a swarm trap. thanks. Also, how effective is the lure in attracting swarms?
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    Thanks Robert, that is very helpful information. ...

    Thanks Robert, that is very helpful information. One more question; How big a mite population does it take to kill a hive over winter?
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    One of the new swarms I caught this year has a...

    One of the new swarms I caught this year has a lot of bees hanging out on the landing area( about 100). Their queen may be mated, but she isnt laying yet, shes pretty small, and I'm wondering if the...
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    Raw honey has been called the nectar of the Gods,...

    Raw honey has been called the nectar of the Gods, and to keep it raw, the live enzymes must be preserved by heating it to no more than 103 degrees fahrenheit. I am curious to know if anyone has...
  17. Thread: Cluster

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    I have screened bottom boards with a drawer board...

    I have screened bottom boards with a drawer board that slides under the screen. In real hot weather I can take the drawer out, but in the cooler weather the board is covered with vaseline/mineral...
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    I have been using screened bottom boards on my...

    I have been using screened bottom boards on my hives with a sticky board underneath, and at the same time feeding sugar syrup with 1cc of essential peppermint oil per quart. Each hive has also been...
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    I have caught two swarms this year using brood...

    I have caught two swarms this year using brood supers with one or two drawn or undrawn frames, four feet off the ground, with entrances reduced to 3 inches. One trap faced south, the other...
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