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    Uniting swarms

    Is there a way to unite unwanted swarms with weak colonies right way, or is it necessary to get the swarm established in a new colony first, and then combine in the traditional way using newspaper or...
  2. Thread: Swarming

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    Swarming

    Finally, I had all my five hives survive the winter and at least four of them showed early strength and vigor. They were originally Carniolan and Italian stock, but by now I suspect they are pretty...
  3. Thread: Beeswax

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    Beeswax

    Is there any measurable difference between comb drawn from sugar syrup versus that drawn from honey?
  4. Thread: Swarming

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    Swarming

    Will the same queen swarm more than once in her lifetime?
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    West beetle traps

    What are the dimensions of the West small hive beetle trap (l x h x w)?
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    West-Central Missouri White Clover

    Of course it had to be after heavy winter-kill and with weakened colonies. Now I see carpets of white clover thicker and more wide-spread than I can remember, starting about 3-4 weeks ago. I...
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    Re: Bees not taking syrup

    I never could type. I meant 1:1 syrup. Yes, during the warmth (60's-70's F) of mid-days there is good activity and I mentioned visible pollen coming in.
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    Bees not taking syrup

    My two out of four colonies that survived our harsh winter are not taking sugar syrup (2:1). There is what appears to be good activity on warm days around the entrances with some pollen being...
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    Drawing Foundation

    I plan to start some new colonies next spring by packages or splits or both I'll have some empty frames of drawn foundation stored but not enough to fill all the new brood nests. My question is,...
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    Comb storage protection

    Will paradichlorobenzine keep SHB out of stored supers or brood frames of drawn comb ?

    Is my assumption that CheckMite only is effective against SHB in an active hive where the bees more or less...
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    More super storage

    Will paradichlorobenzine keep SHB out of stored supers or brood frames of drawn comb ?

    Is my assumption that CheckMite only is effective in an active hive where the bees more or less force the...
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    Re: More Drama-Queenlessness

    Anyone have advice for how best to salvage what can be gotten from the hive? I just don't want to spring for another "store-bought" queen even if I could find one, and don't know any local sources. ...
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    Re: More Drama-Queenlessness

    I did everything except delay pulling the cork. I unplugged the candy when I put her cage in the hive. Boy, if that is the answer I had an expensive lesson! But I've been that route more than once...
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    More Drama-Queenlessness

    I have been struggling (fumblingly) with a queenless hive for a month or better. I saw what I interpreted as a laying worker pattern with scattered, multiple eggs. I first tried a bought queen who...
  15. Thread: Drones

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    Re: Drones

    Thanks Michael. With a little education, that habit is broken! But sqkcrk, ref: "killing drones will help control mites" wouldn't it work the other way? If mites prefer drone brood, killing the...
  16. Thread: Drones

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    Drones

    The elderly beekeeper who helped me get started many long years ago was in the habit of automatically scraping his hive tool over drone brood, explaining there was no need to have all those drones...
  17. Re: filters/ strainers for 5 gallon honey bucket- plastic or stainless steel?

    So not to beat this to death, but to check my thought processing (which has been known to be faulty at times), even the largest known grains of pollen should easily pass through a 200 micron mesh?
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    And if the 200 micron filter would take ANY pollen out, it would be in the filter when you are through and I never find find pollen (or anything of any substance, for that matter) in the 200 micron...
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    Re: Dreaded Laying Worker?...Time to give up?

    Thanks Michael and everyone. I have four other hives; one a new split, one very strong, and two so-so. They are nearby and I did want to go to five hives (for now), I shall follow the brood frame...
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    Re: Dreaded Laying Worker?...Time to give up?

    I will be very happy if this proves true. But I have been watching this hive closely for at least six weeks. Is there a reasonable upper limit for how long it may take to start laying? Plus I...
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    Re: Dreaded Laying Worker?...Time to give up?

    If I possibly do have an established virgin or drone laying queen, will the colony be likely to still raise a successor from the brood/egg?
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    Re: Dreaded Laying Worker?...Time to give up?

    Then was what I saw a virgin or poorly mated queen? There are certainly very few eggs.
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    Dreaded Laying Worker?...Time to give up?

    For about 6 weeks now I have followed a hive with no findable queen, initially only capped brood and no visible eggs or young larvae. There have been no queen cells at all. I decided to try...
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    Re: SHB & Moth Crystals....

    I was just about to post the question .... do moth crystals prevent SHB in stored supers. My gawd, what can be done to prevent their devastation?
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    SHB .... Again

    I just had my first experience with SHB in a weak hive I was trying to save. I've searched the archives but can't find anything on how to salvage damaged frames (with plastic core foundation.) Can...
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