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    Re: Questions about swarm/splits, Central WI

    To your 1st question - they may continue to swarm, but not definitely to the last cell. 2nd - removing the remaining cells would likely curtail the process, but it's not a guarantee. 3rd - yes, or...
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    Re: Nuc swarming questions

    Beekeepers have been "battling" swarming for centuries (if not longer). There are many techniques to lessen the occurrence, but none that are 100% guaranteed, and that is apparently because the bees...
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    Front Range Ferguson Buckfast Queens

    I should be finalizing the order on Friday, 7/3/2015, for delivery next week . Those of you who indicated interest, please check your PM's and please let me know if your still in, or out.
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    Re: Mean bees? (Yes, ANOTHER question!)

    I've been buying Texas bees & queens for decades. A few years ago I began to notice an increased frequency of "hot" hives. Last year I had one really bad one ( attacking by the hundreds with any...
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    Re: All this rain...

    I'll take the rain over dry & hot, any time! My all time worst year ever was a drought year.

    We've just come through an exceptionally wet spring. I just watered the grass for the first time this...
  6. Thread: What Happened?

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    Re: What Happened?

    It sounds like a supecedure/swarm - maybe the sudden loss of the workforce for the old queen threw things too far out of balance? Folks often have better success leaving the old queen in place, and...
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    Re: These are yellow jackets right? Pictures.

    Mean, nasty cave dwellers. I've had nests from the ground the eaves. They are also fatally attracted to the last few drops of beer in a bottle, if you don't mind that kind of decor... cheaper and...
  8. Thread: NUCs value

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    Re: NUCs value

    'Sounds like "supply & demand" question, and very regionally affected. Comparing them to the price of a 3 lb package seems reasonable - any established 5 frame medium nuc appears to be a better...
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    Re: Understanding Brood Boxes and Honey Supers

    You're exactly right - the answer is "it depends". I'd agree with Gary - no harm in doing that, or just leave them to work it out themselves- neither is wrong. You may end up needing to add that...
  10. Re: Cleaning the Propolis from the tops of feeder jars.

    yes
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    Re: How long to forget hive location

    For 100%, all the old foragers have to die off, so moved 3-4 weeks in the summer, & longer in the spring & fall. Obviously, a few days or more, along with some "re-orienting" keys works well enough...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    7 of 8 hives I'm feeding stopped taking it with the main flow erupting.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Got a slight break of sun. Refilling feeder jars. Got into one of the strong hives. The bees were drawing sunflower yellow wax as opposed to the more usual cream/light yellow. I've seen it before,...
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    Re: Need advice on a swam I caught

    Swarms come in all sizes, and there are definitely some that need more room. My first this year needed two mediums - half drawn/half new. That's like 13 deeps. The biggest I've ever seen needed 3...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    The two nucs I made up from the remnants of a failed package (and some Buckfast donor eggs) are in full bloom - 2-3 mediums full of brood & beautiful evenly capped (worker) brood in each. I didn't...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    The grass is 12" tall, again. It's been too wet to mow. They are forecasting rain through the weekend.

    One very strong hive was bearding recently, no doubt because they had plugged off the upper...
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    Re: how fast will 1:1 syrup go bad ?

    I add ~1400mg of Vitamin C (powdered) per gallon - per M Bush' suggestion. I haven't had any syrup go bad since I started doing this. The bees usually finish it rather quickly so I can't say how long...
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    Re: ? When Adding Another Box

    Merriam-Webster: Nadiring - the point of the celestial sphere that is directly opposite the zenith and vertically downward from the observer.

    I have never "nadired" but I understand the concept....
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    Re: 7 Frame Med. Hive Bodies

    I recently bought some 8's from ML. They are 14" wide, which is enough to squeeze 9 frames into. You'd probably never get them out, once propolized, but I find the 14" excessive. They will make some...
  20. Re: Swapped out Brood frame but then found eggs

    Sometimes there is just no reasoning with bees and how they draw comb. The open gap of foundationless between each rite cell may be (have been) leading them astray.

    I'm not sure how long eggs...
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    Re: When to add helper frames

    'Agree with the "anchor" concept.:thumbsup:

    The new package will benefit greatly from a frame of capped/emerging brood at ~2 weeks. If I have brood to spare, I'll repeat with each additional...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    I walked by several boxes of PF-120's, and smiled...:)
    Those 50 supers, that's another story, but it can wait...;)
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    Re: Why aren't Cloake Boards more popular?

    They are about the size of a bottom board ( a bit shorter).

    The only other piece of "specialty" equipment that makes them easier to use is a bottom board with both ends open - closing one off...
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    Re: Did I do right?

    As I said a lot of differing opinions... :)

    As this is in the "101" forum, it is likely best to suggest a newcomer avoid "messing" with the brood nest until you understand it. If you want to...
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    Re: About queen bees

    From "The Hive & the Honeybee":

    "If... not superseded..., they usually die of old age when 3 or 4 years old, though a few have been reported to live as long as 5, 6, or even 7 years.

    I've read...
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