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    transporting bees

    I am looking to transport a newly swarmed colony of bees in two supers about 45 min in the truck of a car. If I cover the top and bottom with plywood will they make the trip wo ventilation?
  2. Thread: Combining Hives

    by pp270
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    Combining Hives

    Hello,

    I had a hive that swarmed and I now can't find any signs of a new queen in the old hive that swarmed. Being so late in the season if I want to give up and combine the two hives into...
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    Remove Over Wintered Super?

    I live in WI and overwintered my hive with two deeps and one super. I went last night to pull the super so no brood is produced in it to replace with a top feeder, but noticed the bees were still...
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    Drones coming and going

    Is it normal for drones to routinly come and go from the hive? If so what do they do out and about?
  5. Thread: robbing event

    by pp270
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    robbing event

    Checked my two hives tonight and it looks like I have s
    Small robbing event going on. Just looks like 5-7 bees are
    Being fought on the stronger of the two hives
    They seem to be defending the...
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    Re: Laying Worker Fix

    Wouldn't this be considered a swarm cell or is it a mute point since there is no queen to begin with in the hive?
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    Re: Laying Worker Fix

    Ok it has been five days since I added the frame of brood. Checked it today and I see the start of a queen cell but it is on the bottom of the frame. What do you recommend now? Leave the cell...
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    Not releasing queen

    I just requeened a hive about a week ago and the queen is still not released. Do you recommend a direct release at this point? Is this a sign that another queen resides in the hive?
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    Re: Laying Worker Fix

    I checked the hive again last night and did some find some sporadic larvea in what appeared to be worker cells. I added a frame of brood and will check again tonight to see if they started a queen...
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    Re: Laying Worker Fix

    Will the drones fly back also after shake out? I may take another closer look before attempting to make sure the old queen is gone.
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    Laying Worker Fix

    It appears that I have a laying worker problem in my hive that over wintered. There are lots of drones, drone brood, and no signs of a queen,eggs or larvae.

    I plan to do the procedure of removing...
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    Where is pollen coming from

    I was observing my bees the other day and noticed they were bringing back a bunch of yellow pollen. What is strange here in WI nothing is blooming yet. The trees havn't even broken their buds. Any...
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    Top Feeder Question

    Ok I overwintered two deeps and one medium super full of honey. I went to check them last night and all were live and well. Since the temps are getting into the 50s I though a feeder on top.

    the...
  14. Thread: Feeder Temp

    by pp270
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    Feeder Temp

    Would it be ok to add a top feeder if the temps are in the 50s during the day and 30s at night?
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    Mouse Guard Removal

    How soon in the spring do you guys remove the mouse guard. Here in the WI days are in the 40s with nights still dipping into the 20s.

    The guard looks like it is obstructing the girls from...
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    birdsfoot trefoil for bees?

    Has anyone planted birdsfoot trefoil for their honeybees? Is so do they work it and does it produce good honey?
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    Re: Redwood ok for top feeder?

    Thanks for the info. I am going to give the wax a try as I think it is a safe option and will seal the wood. I will let you know how it goes.
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    Re: Redwood ok for top feeder?

    Not yet, I was going to seal with linsead oil and then test again, but didn't get that far yet.

    Do you think the linsead oil alone will prevent the red tinting of the water?

    Were do you get the...
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    Redwood ok for top feeder?

    Has anyone used redwood to build hives with? I used it to build a top feeder. When I filled it with water to test for leaks the water turned a slight red tint. Has anyone experienced this and is it...
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    Plastic Wood for Feeders?

    I am looking to build some feeders out of that plastic wood you use for exterior trim. Trex is the trade name for it. I figured this would last indefinitly. The question I have is will the Trex leach...
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    What are bees doing in late november?

    It is late novemember here in WI. We have a warm spell at the moment were the temps are getting into the low 50s during the day. I noticed the bees are coming and going like it was the middle of the...
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    Re: Attaching roofing felt

    Mr. Beeman,

    I am not sure where the 1/8" wood strips go. Top and bottom around all four sides of the box or the vertical seam that you did your first and last staples in?
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    Attaching roofing felt

    Do you guys have a better way of attaching the roofing flet to your hives other than stappeling it to the boxes. I didn't want to have to pull out all those staples in the spring.
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    mousde guards clogging

    I use a metal mouse guard with the 3/8" holes. I noticed this makes it difficult for the bees to remove the dead. Will this become a problem over winter clogging the entrance?
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    Re: overwinter supers

    Is it difficult to find and move the queen down?
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