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    Swarm Percentage

    I realize there are an immense number of variables to consider but what would you say is a (and I hate to even use the word) "normal" percentage of your second year hives or older that swarm?
  2. Re: There seems to be a lot of problems........

    I am new to this as well but I have a different take. The items you listed as problems I don't necessarily perceive as out of the ordinary problems. Its just beekeeping but being we are new at this...
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    Virgin Queens and Queen Cells

    Last night I decided to check in on a hive that swarmed four days earlier. I pulled a frame that I new had queen cells on it before the hive had swarmed. Immediately I heard a virgin queen piping. I...
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    Swarm After Split?

    About a week ago I noticed a hive had swarm cells nearly capped. I took the queen and three frames of brood and bees and placed them in a nuke. Today I went to the bee yard after work for a quick...
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    Yellow Jackets Under Telescoping Cover

    I went to make a quick check at the Bee Yard today and was surprised to find yellow jackets under three of four hives I checked. I never saw a yellow jacket all of last season. Something I should be...
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    Re: Cutting Plastic Foundation

    Cool, thanks for the reply
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    Cutting Plastic Foundation

    I have access to a Table Saw and a Jig Saw. Would either of these work for cutting plastic foundation or should I simply use a box cutter one by one? Thanks
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    Upside Down Comb

    Will bees use it? I did several cutouts last year and there is one section of comb that looks to be upside down but it has been laid up and has capped brood. Has anyone else seen this?
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    Re: Observations on Spring Management

    My question is why with so much open space would they be looking to swarm? Supercedure? Reproductive?

    They are capped queen cells at the bottom of multiple frames and one queen cup mid frame with...
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    Re: Comb from cutout, harvesting the wax

    Good idea on the gum Colino!
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    Observations on Spring Management

    Started beekeeping last year with cutouts and swarms. I had eight hives going into winter and lost one. The others came through winter well and I am now working on keeping them from swarming. All...
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    Re: Comb from cutout, harvesting the wax

    Thanks beeks, this is the info I was looking for, I was just about to pitch it, I will boil it tomorrow.
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    Re: Comb from cutout, harvesting the wax

    I rubber banded what was useable in frames, what was not useable I want to melt down. I didn't know if it was possible with all the various substances that exist in the cells(pollen, drone brood,...
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    Comb from cutout, harvesting the wax

    I have a lot of comb from a cutout I want to melt down and use but most is filled with old brood, pollen, etc. Can I salvage this comb for use and if so, what is the best process.
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    Re: Pollen Bombers

    BTW, that honey sounds frickin delish!
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    Re: Pollen Bombers

    Your nectar girls are saying, "Houston we have a great problem".
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    Re: Henbit and Morrow's Honey Suckle???

    Michael, I appreciate your input and sharing of information, you are a true asset in beekeeping but I must say I am fully aware of what invasive means and I used it as I intended. The Honey Suckle is...
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    Old Foundation

    I have some plasticell from last season that looks as if the wax has been stripped. Should I had wax to the foundation and if so, whats the best way to do so.
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    Changing Hive Configuration

    Currently I have several hives that made it through winter that are a deep with a medium on top. I want to change the configuration to a double deep brood chamber. The Queens are already laying in...
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    Re: Cut down split--have a couple questions

    Thanks for the question and the response. I will have to try this on a hive or two this year.
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    Re: Bees like to watch baseball

    I was listening to the game when this happened but didn't stick around to hear the outcome, unfortunate. Go Royals!
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    Re: Mountain Camp or Syrup?

    How do you guys do the baggies? How do the bees access it?
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    Mountain Camp or Syrup?

    I just started bee keeping last year and have about eight hives that have made it through the winter but are light on stores. It is getting to the sixties during the day and 30's at night. What would...
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    Re: Henbit and Morrow's Honey Suckle???

    Thats what I was thinking Neil, henbit would be one of the first food sources as it blooms early but I didn't know if the bees worked it. Thanks to the both of you for the repsonses.
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    Henbit and Morrow's Honey Suckle???

    Touching on some invasives here, we have both in plentiful supply in my area and both bloom rather early. Do bees work it, can it provide a substantial nectar flow. We have lots of Henbit in Kansas...
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