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    Re: Absolute QUEEN TRAIN WRECK...now what?

    I heard somewhere that:
    On occasion, the hive may ball a queen to protect her at times.

    Where or when...i can't remember. May be that was what they were doing??
  2. Re: Robbing video, please review and suggest.

    I agree with Ozarks. Doesn't appear to me to be robbing. No fighting is taking place. Looks like normal hive activity to me. Looks as though you changed the way they enter the hive and the foragers...
  3. Re: Other Beekeepers putting Bees near your yards

    This is super easy to resolve. Have the landowner call the state apiary inspector and he can remove the bees regardless of who they belong to without any legal ramifications on the part of the...
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    Re: New beekeeper questions

    You need to look at the amount of bees you have. Look down from the top and count the spaces between the frames and count each space as 1 frame of bees if it's full. If you are setting on 2 boxes of ...
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    Re: Drone cells

    With so many drone cells, be sure you keep a look out for varroa. That's what they prefer, drone larvae.
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    Re: Mann Lake Goes the Extra Mile

    Do you think it might have had something to do with the fact you spent around $8-9 thousand for the boxes?
    My experience with them as a small time buyer is somewhat excedingly different. Not...
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    Re: Declining Hives - first hive loss

    My response to that would be...
    Are you sure you have a laying worker? Could be, you have a queen who's out of sperm also.

    If...you are positive you have a laying worker..it's real easy to...
  8. Re: Is it common for a queen to switch hives?

    Sounds like she may have returned to the wrong hive after her mating flight...to me. It's my understanding that this happens. Maybe someone with more experience will chime in on this..I'm curious now.
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    Re: Declining Hives - first hive loss

    Also, check into this.
    http://www.hgsc.bcm.tmc.edu/projects/microbial/documents/review_Chalkb.pdf

    The decision to risk or not to risk is yours.

    As for the hive full of drones, don't sweat the...
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    Re: Declining Hives - first hive loss

    Chalk Brood



    Cause

    Chalk brood is caused by the fungus Ascosphaera apis
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    Re: Robbing or Not?

    Normal hive activity.
    You'll know, without a doubt, if you see robbing. They'll be fighting on the ground and on the bottom board, and you'll have ALOT more bees flying around. Plus the hive will be...
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    Re: Ventilating the Top A Good Idea?

    None intended on my part...sorry I came off that way...I'm kindof known to be a smart ellek at times. Just, in the south...where it's hotter-n-******, we gotta improvise.
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    Re: Ventilating the Top A Good Idea?

    Ever see bees beard up on the outside of a hive? When it's 100+ degrees here..and a RH of 70+%, and the hive is sitting in full sun during the hottest part of the day to keep the hive beetles in...
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    Re: Ventilating the Top A Good Idea?

    Here in North Texas, I use screen BB and this:
    http://www.dadant.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=891

    That inner cover is designed to be used with a migratory top and produces a gap on 2...
  15. Re: Bees cleaning extracted up the leftovers on frames and...

    put it back in supers and place on top of hive. Unless of course, you crush and strain...then you should move it further away from the hives. 100 yds or so should be ok.
  16. Re: Supersedure in 3 week old hive, questions.

    they won't supercede a queen they raise...i'd leave em alone...oh, and btw...DO NOT bother the hive for at least 3 weeks or your new queen may just leave again. I try to avoid opening up hives that...
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    Re: Slow hive. Got some more questions!

    Polarbee,
    Ok, thanks for your answers.
    You don't have to remove the bees from the frames you transfer. Just make darn sure you don't drop in the queen. By putting in capped brood, you are...
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    Re: Slow hive. Got some more questions!

    Glad I could help then :)
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    Re: Slow hive. Got some more questions!

    Ok,
    I have several questions.
    1. What type of foundation are you using?
    2. What type of feeder?
    3. What syrup type and concentration?
    4. How many frames of bees do you have..not brood..how many...
  20. Re: Multipart swarm and drone layer question

    Ok, I was unaware that it was from 2 hives.
    Your plan as above should work out fine. Just be sure to LEAVE THEM ALONE or you stand a chance of them absconding. New queens are notorious for this if...
  21. Re: Multipart swarm and drone layer question

    1. I'm assuming this hive is currently queenless? To resolve the drone laying worker, you have to shake out the bees approx 100 yards from where the hive currently is and replace the hive back to its...
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    Re: Dead bees...was it the cold?

    Sounds like a normal thing to me. Don't sweat losing some bees when the weather changs drastically. A 3lb package has 40K bees. Losing 50 or so is nothing.
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    Re: Save my beehive!

    They look honey bound to me. I didn't see much room for the queen to be laying in there. Being that your are in Cali, you should have brood in there. If you don't have any right now, toss the queen...
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    Re: Varroa Destructor Paper

    The one thing everyone needs to realize. These things are here to stay...in my mind..the only true way to deal with them is to quit treating for them and let the survivors survive..the non survivors...
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    Re: Cane Sugar Honey?

    jrbbees, hit it exactly. True Honey by any name is from the flower of plants and therefore MUST contain pollen. Syrup you have feed to the bees is neither from the flower, nor has pollen in it,...
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