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  1. Re: Feeding package without feeding established hive?

    You are probably correct in your guess that your big hive is storing robbed syrup. Robbing is not always a riot - more often it's burglary or shop lifting. Robber screens help a lot - but not 100%...
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    Re: wintering ? eight frame mediums

    You know - however many boxes you stack up if you have any doubts mt camp sugar will keep them from starving. 5 pounds of sugar and a spare super - and you can stop worrying about that.
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    Re: Is an inner cover realy needed ??

    On some hives I have feed sacks as inner covers and it works fine. If you don't use anything soon you will have to use a hammer to beat your tele covers off.
  4. Re: What do you (commercial beekeepers) do about SHB?

    I was pretty sure that would be the case, but you never really know till you ask. Thanks for the responses - I really value them.
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    Re: Queen Caging Tips

    Most likely she will come back. I've had something like that happen several times and the queen always came back. Sometimes they can't really fly very well and will land on the ground - so don't...
  6. Re: Before/After Pics Virgin then Mated, Laying Queen

    Great pictures - thanks for going to that effort.

    The wings look shorter on the mated queens because the abdomen elongates. When new beekeepers don't know if they are looking at a queen or drone...
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    Re: How soon can I rehive a split?

    Nucs are really handy - and when the weather is cool the small volume probably is an asset to a small colony trying to get started. But even so, that is only one rather minor factor in whether a...
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    Re: How soon can I rehive a split?

    I would not interfere with the new queen any more than necessary until she has produced brood - so leave her in the nuc for now.

    There is no great reason why you can't start a new split with a...
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    Re: robber screens have bees confused?

    That's a good tip - I bet it works like a charm, and I will be trying it. Of course until you remove the mask off it probably won't keep robbers out, but it should help train the home bees a lot...
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    Re: When do yall check mating nucs?

    Same here except I check 14 days after placing the cell - I usually find brood then if the hive is queenright. I will also check before day 14 if I have another batch of cells ready so that I can...
  11. What do you (commercial beekeepers) do about SHB?

    Do you do anything to control SHB other than try to keep hives strong and queenright?
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    Re: Searching for SHB remedies

    I've experienced plenty of SHB meltdowns - almost always on queenless, weak, or sick hives. Keep your hives strong and queenright, and effectively control mites and you will seldom lose a hive. At...
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    Re: robber screens have bees confused?

    They will figure it out - it's best not to watch for about a week. Believe me it's for their own good.

    Actually it's really best to apply the robber screens when you make up the nucs - when they...
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    Re: Honey Jar Super/Observation hive

    A strong hive will do it on a strong flow, but I think the consensus is that you need to get a stupid high price for it to be worthwhile.

    For example - ...
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    Re: Bee equipment storage barn

    Good tips there ApricotApiaries. I've found that comb stored out in the cold is much less likely to have wax moth damage than that which is stored inside the relatively warm garage. I still us BT...
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    Re: Bee equipment storage barn

    My wooden ware all stores pretty efficiently stacked from the floor. I use little pallet bases so I can move the stacks with a moving dolly. You would need a few shelves for odds and ends like...
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    Re: Why do people have top bar hives?

    If you want to get into beekeeping, have some wood and tools, don't have much money for the venture. That's a good reason to build some top bar hives and get on a swarm list. All the natural, good...
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    Re: Split & Re-Queening

    If you can move the hive 20' or more away - wait 20 minutes or so - then smoke them good as you go in, it will make dealing with a hot hive much easier. All of the old foragers will go to the old...
  19. Re: How important is it to find the queen?

    I pretty much never look for queens unless I just have to - young larva is good enough for my old eyes.
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    Re: I Think I'm a Comb Farmer

    That makes sense. But it isn't painful - I'm just glad that it works out like this.
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    Re: I Think I'm a Comb Farmer

    I rely on natural flows for comb to be drawn - so it all happens in a few weeks around the month of May. I only feed for nutrition when it is needed.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Almost ready to harvest honey - it's looking to be a better year than I expected it would be a month ago. Regular rains have really helped.

    Several hives have either swarmed or superseded by now,...
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    I Think I'm a Comb Farmer

    I've heard cattlemen say that they were really grass farmers, and cattle are just a marketing tool.

    I'm starting to think that I'm as much comb farmer as beekeeper. I've always been a little bit...
  24. Re: Heritability of traits for improvements in apiary?

    For a few years I grafted from gentle productive hives and aggressively requeened any hives with any bad attitude at all. Results were noticable almost immediately.

    I figured that "productive"...
  25. Re: What's a fair price for a frame of brood and bees?

    I think $20 would be fair.

    This is just another reason why everyone should join a local club and make some friends - And have more than one hive.

    But I have a question - why is your one hive so...
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