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  1. Re: High Volume OA Vaporizer for under $70 and it kicks butt! Make your own, it's eas

    Lock and Load Soldier! We're going to go get us some Varroa today!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY3f8BzLw-k
  2. Re: Can't Find The Queen & New Queen Is On The Way, What to Do?

    I think that is the best plan. Keep a close watch as you intro the queen into the nuc. Same rules apply to it also, if they have resources to make a queen of their own, it is possible they may try to...
  3. Re: Partially accepted queen ????? Sounds like it anyway...

    The hive you introduced her into, was there eggs or larva old enough for the hive bees to create a queen of their own? Or is it possible there was a virgin queen in the hive when you introduced her?...
  4. Re: All queen cells capped, roller cages on, queens ready to hatch any day, now what?

    You are doing just great Dirk, it's going quite nice for a first try queen rearing by the seat of your pants. :applause:
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    Re: Low amount of honey in hives?

    That is a very good healthy looking frame of sealed brood. From the looks of that frame, I'd say you have a hive of healthy bees. From what you describe of the hive, it is most likely that they have...
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    Re: New way to inspect

    OK, so glad to hear of your system, it sounds like a great way to review and catalogue your inspections for fun and further analysis. Enjoy the adventures in beekeeping!
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    Re: New way to inspect

    Just a little fair warning to you about thinking this will be a good way to inspect for varroa mites. It won't, because most of the mites will be on the underneath side of the bees. If you see even...
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    Re: Huge Mistake = Robbing!

    Don't feed them syrup at all or the robbing will never stop, not even with a screen and reduced entrance. Yes, I do recommend both. Give them a frame of stores from a different hive, and feed the...
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    Re: 6F nucs for honey production

    It looked to me like three 6 framers side by side, with two excluders side by side on top, then two 10 frame boxes side by side on top of the excluders. Am I right?

    Three queens producing brood...
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    Re: 6F nucs for honey production

    Very Nice Ian! Too bad all my equipment is 8 framers. I'm not in a good honey flow area anyway, but if I was, I'd be trying a couple or three of those set-ups. :thumbsup:
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    Re: Huge Mistake = Robbing!

    Install an entrance reducer to the smallest opening and put on a robber screen.
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    Re: Bees really hammered me

    Hives can be easier to work in the spring, when all the bees are busy foraging on a flow and are in build up mode so larva needs feeding and wax drawn so everyone has a job to do and there is less...
  13. Re: Can't Find The Queen & New Queen Is On The Way, What to Do?

    Hot hives can be much harder to re-queen. If they have any resources in their hive to make queens from, then that is what they'll do and they'll kill the introduced queen. I would suggest to do as...
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    Re: Thanks to all of you.

    If I'm seeing the pictures right, they look good to me.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Clear, low 90's today, quite nice out this morning, was out playing beekeeper around 8:45am.

    Today is the 20th on the calendar. Back on the 10th, a friend came and got 6 queens and 3 nucs with...
  16. Re: Default Bees seem to be ignoring the bottom deeps?

    Not enough nectar flow to keep the broodnest pushed down, so they move up and then work back down as nectar flows come in. I would suggest feeding to get all the combs drawn and some stores built up...
  17. Thread: hive issue

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    Re: hive issue

    A hive with low numbers of bees. Even with all your good management so far, the older bees have died off, and you started out with low numbers. You've only had one complete brood cycle. You are...
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    Re: When do bees cap honey cells?

    There are 2 criteria for honey cells to be capped.
    1. Moisture level... The honey has to be dried out enough.
    2. Full cells... The cell needs to be full before they are capped, if it's not full, it...
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    Re: My TF foundationless experiment

    I'm finding here the same as what JWChesnut posted. Drone comb, too much of it, end of spring the bees backfill it, worker brood gets infested. Hives halved in populations from first of June to...
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    Re: I Wrongly Doubted My Bees

    Thanks so much for the update m0dem, glad to hear of your success!
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    Re: Video of dying bees... Diagnosis? Mites?

    i would suggest testing for mite loads right away. It may or may not be the total cause, but ruling them one way or the other would be a good thing.
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    Re: Thanks to all of you.

    Very nice to hear the good news. Hopefully this helps other's who get started in queen rearing.

    Something else about what you did that you didn't mention is that adding that frame of young open...
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    Re: Is it to late for splits

    I must clarify that this was done to make up over wintering nucs. I get drone production in September and October also, so queens do get mated that late in the year.
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    Re: Is it to late for splits

    I've done walk-a-ways as late as late August with success. If drawn comb is used, it's very doable and I'm a bit further north than you are. I think last year I did some the first week of September,...
  25. Re: $4 Screened bottom boards, super easy, super fast, super effective...

    Just cut up some 3/4 x 3/4 sticks about four inches long and use as entrance reducers. Set them so that they are butted up against the center divider so that the entrances are on the outside edges of...
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