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  1. Thread: Virgin Queens

    by Scpossum
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    Re: Virgin Queens

    If she runs like a racehorse she has probably not bred yet. When they are bred they slow down to a nice slow, but sure pace. Based on your swarm date, I think you still have some time.

    However,...
  2. Re: Can a hive have both a queen and laying worker?

    I had one queen this year that was very slow to lay. Finally she got it right and has a full frame laid and capped as of Friday. Saw some more eggs and larvae on aniother one. This was a split that...
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    Re: Did I injure queen when marking?

    She will probably be fine. I made one of mine the blue phantom one day and when I checked her the next day she was clean. She is my strongest layer right now. I actually put so much on her she fell...
  4. Re: New Beekeeper; First Sting; Did I do something wrong?

    Might want to lose the lemon essential oil and try again. Mine don't like me to smell like anything but smoke.
  5. Thread: honey bound

    by Scpossum
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    Re: honey bound

    I fed mine until they drew out two deep supers, BUT it was at the end of the flow when I got them. If they go off the syrup no need to feed.
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    Re: Hot wire uncapper

    Very interesting.
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    Re: first time selling nucs question

    Last year mine were three brood, one honey, and one empty. Good pattern and laying queen. I bought four- 2 in May and 2 in late June. All four overwintered well. Came in a cardboard nuc and I picked...
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    Re: Pollen flow vs Nectar flow

    They gather pollen just about all year here. However, major nectar flows only occur during certain months. Even in the summer they will be gathering pollen from grass, but the nectar dwindles down a...
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    Re: homemade extractor in progress

    Very nice. Start slow or you will be slinging comb. Don't ask me how I found out. :)
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    Re: homemade extractor in progress

    Very nice. I finished modifying a two framer tonight and I will start on a four frame basket tomorrow. I am going to use your design, if you don't mind. :thumbsup:

    I might even yank out a few full...
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    Re: homemade extractor in progress

    Do you need the wing nut on the top? Is it heavy enough to hold the frames down by itself?

    If the wing nut is needed, how about a nut and washer at the top with a spring between the top frame...
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    Re: was i really queenless?

    Plenty of time for her to have laid eggs, larvae hatched, and capped.
  13. Re: When to know if a new queen is viable ... without seing her

    I went into one of my hives today that has not had any brood for a while. They made queen cells quite a while ago. I have been waiting to see queen signs for two weeks. Finally today I found capped...
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    Re: Swarm or Package

    I have only purchased nucs to get started and overwintered all four. However, my beekeeping buddies do well with packages (16+). I must say, the swarm I caught about three weeks ago has impressed me...
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    Re: Lost queen mid inspection...

    This has happened to me many times. She is there and then I cannot find her again. I think you watch for queen cells and until you see a lack of capped brood and/or queen cells, you assume you missed...
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    Re: Notch Inner Cover?

    Do it and put 1/8 hardware cloth over the entrance. Ventilation and no robbing. Once the hive is established they will protect it.
  17. Thread: Honey Flow

    by Scpossum
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    Re: Honey Flow

    When they fly in and crash land on their backs. Then they flounder around and try to right themselves while waddling into the hive. Some of them hit the bottom board with a smack and fall to the...
  18. Re: Was this a swarm with a virgin queen or just mating flight excitement?

    I have "found" two virgin queens in the grass this year with nonaggressive bees all over her. One took off flying and the other I put in a new nuc, not knowing which nuc she came from. Now that I...
  19. Thread: epipens?

    by Scpossum
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    Re: epipens?

    Thank you.
  20. Thread: epipens?

    by Scpossum
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    Re: epipens?

    With all the stories of beekeepers who can take stings over and over and then one day BAM! have an allergic reaction, I have often wondered if the sting attributes vary with what the bees are...
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    Re: Here is one I've never seen before. . .

    I had a worker in a normal cell that was in backwards (head first in a honey cell) and dang if it didn't look like they had sealed her up in there. I removed some capping and she came right out.
  22. Re: Advice on hive missing the queen and superseded??

    Looks like her Bilirubin is up. Sorry, couldn't resist. Do you have enough resources to put her in the nuc and wait on the other queens to come out? That way you would have options if she didn't...
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    Re: Queen flew away!

    So you have a flyer too. I have one that takes off like a jet. She has done it twice in about a week. I have to be really careful when I open the nuc.
  24. Thread: Question

    by Scpossum
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    Re: Question

    I just had a queen start laying 17 days after I put her in a nuc with a small group of bees that I found in the grass. I know some local Columbia queen producers will have queens around May 1. He is...
  25. Thread: Sour Smell?

    by Scpossum
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    Re: Sour Smell?

    Downwind from mine you can smell the curing nectar. It does smell pungent at first if you do not know what it is.
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