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    Re: Swarm won't stay in hive?

    Try placing a queen excluder underthe bottom super then open the entrance. Make sure that the top does not have any holes where the queen could escape. A frame of brood will help. OMTCW
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    Re: benefits and myths about SBB

    It certainly does. I use them on all of my hives. During our northern winters they are closed, however come late spring they are open, the inner cover is pushed back about a half inch opening,...
  3. Re: Interesting DC editorial countering the pesticide CCD hysteria the media loves

    Maybe the journalist took some of his inspiration from the report "Honey production - 2013" in Bee Culture pp. 16-18 OMTCW
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    Re: Burr comb on inner cover

    Usually that is a sign that you need to add a honey super to be filled. OMTCW
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    Re: help with a swarm trap

    Go on You Tube and do a search "Swarm Traps" There are quite a few instructive videos that should give you much more info concerning the use of your hive bodies. OMTCW
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    Re: drill holes in honey super?

    Personally, I find it useless. From now on, with the hole in it, that super will always have to be facing front where the hole has been drilled. When moving bees for pollination purposes, just...
  7. Re: Need advice tonight: How early is too early to attempt to box a swarm?

    The longer you wait, the less honey they will have, then they will become mean. Suit up and maybe during the morning coolness they will be more lethargic. A light spray of sugar water might help...
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    Re: Loss in Mid April

    Chip, don't forget that the condensation should be exhausted through the front top lip right under the edge of the inner cover during the winter. I just take any 3/8" twig that might be lying...
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    Re: Loss in Mid April

    Hi Chip. My pleasure! Yes, you are in my opinion wrong in one aspect but correct otherwise. Let's remind ourselves of how our bee hives look in the winter when there is snow on top of their outer...
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    Re: Feeding honey back to bees

    I have found that the easiest way was to use my gallon jars (mayonnaise jars), with many 1/16 holes drilled into the jar covers but drilled according to the shape of the inner cover hole. Placed...
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    Re: feeding back honey from an extraction

    If you took the material to be "cleaned" out into the open area about three to four hours before dusk, the bees will clean it and then just bring the cart or wheelbarrow of the remains in when it is...
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    Re: Loss in Mid April

    Hi Chip, "Bees were in a small cluster and had moved up high in hive, above the 75% full deep and into the medium." Why would you think the bees would move up bypassing a deep super, eating nearly...
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    Re: reincorporating swarms

    Sure you can do it, but you will have to wait. I would try to maximize the amount of brood and honey from all "hives" so let them do their thing and in the Fall, unite the weak one that you think...
  14. Re: Proper Hive Ventilation for Hot Weather

    We don't have your weather but I have always pushed back about an inch, each deep super and also push back on the honey supers in extreme heat. Push the inner cover back an inch and raise your top...
  15. Re: nuc brood hatched, no new eggs or larvae, Help!

    Am wondering if whoever made up the nucs forgot to put the queens in them or may have been relying on them to make their own...... "heavy with capped brood" no mention of eggs, or larvae..... Might...
  16. Re: nuc brood hatched, no new eggs or larvae, Help!

    I find it difficult to believe that BOTH nucs are now without queens. One of them may be. Both? Check to see if you have eggs in one of them. Use a magnifying glass if need be. If so, simply...
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    Re: Dealing with an agressive hive

    Before you try anything, try putting a small amount of slumgum (half a golf ball size) over your smoker material after it has started to burn. Give it a few puffs to get the slumgum to melt down...
  18. Re: Has anyone actually caught a swarm with a bait hive?

    I do it all the time. Have 13 of them. Imagine finding $100. while walking in the woods. It's the pleasure that's associated with the find that makes it worthwhile. Then it's satisfying the...
  19. Re: Is leaving dead outs in the bee yard a possible swarm catcher?

    BT that is used for the cabbage looper (garden supply) seems to work just as effectively and is considerably cheaper. OMTCW
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    Re: oil for wood

    The inside of the hive body should be left dry and bare. Bees will apply propolis all over the interior of their hive, which is vital to the healthy environment they try to create for themselves. ...
  21. Re: Ordered Russian packages, they gave me Italians

    Used to run 350 hives, Italians do not winter well in my area of Massachusetts. Over fifty plus years, I think that I have tried every type of queen produced. For about ten years now, have been...
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    Re: Update - Pics - Re: Old 45 frame honey extractor

    I have one identical to this extractor. Have been using it for close to fifty years. Had a smaller one before. Yes, the frames are set into the slots on the bottom, then the top bars are fitted...
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    Re: Moving a Hive Suggestions...PLEASE :}

    I've always blocked both ends of my hive screens (entrance) with toilet paper, always carried on the bee truck for emergencies of all kinds. This allowed me to "unzip" the entrances very quickly...
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    Re: spring unite?

    Give them each a frame of day old eggs from your other hives. Check back three or four days later. Hope you have drones flying. OMTCW
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    Re: Another annoying usurpation swarm

    Having some but very little experience with AHB, it is very encouraging to read what you wrote about your handling and use of them. Have had only two usurpations in over 50 years of beekeeping,...
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