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    Re: Another typical foundationless disaster

    This is not the same exact swarm, but from a swarm caught two days earlier on the exact same fence post. I did not have assistance last night, so I only pulled the one frame that I spaced the...
  2. Thread: Regression.

    by jwcarlson
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    Re: Regression.

    I have shaved my frames down to 1.25" in my Langs and have 11 frames in a 10 frame body. Foundationless. So far no issues with them building out too wide.
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    Re: Putting topbar brood in medium langs.

    My Les Crowder design TBHs would fit into a medium frame when cut off of the top bard, or at least close enough that it wouldn't be a big deal, very minor trimming.

    I just made sure I designed my...
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    Re: bees dragging out pupa. why?

    A couple of the swarms we caught this year displayed relatively "heavy" uncapping of brood when they were in their first wave of capped brood. It was enough that one of them began to concern me. ...
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    Re: What do you think about this book?

    Les Crowder's book is pretty good from a TBH how-to perspective. There is a lot of bee information there as well.
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    Re: bees dragging out pupa. why?

    Wouldn't they eat the pupae instead of dragging them out? Seems like a waste of resources to just toss all that protein? Or is there a point in development that it doesn't make sense to do that?
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    Re: hives never stopped taking sugar syrup.

    I'm about ready to start feeding again here, too. Everything had a great flow (I think) when we were getting rain. But that didn't just taper off, it flat out stopped almost overnight. Haven't had...
  8. Re: Is $370 good price for 2 deeps full of bees and 2 honey supers?

    You're correct, but in my VERY limited experience... The mated queens/packages I've got from California have been on a queen rejection/supercedure/drone layer treadmill since the day we installed...
  9. Re: Is $370 good price for 2 deeps full of bees and 2 honey supers?

    The amount of bees I basically fell into this year has convinced me to be patient and wait for swarms or split any survivors I have. After officially pulling the plug on a nuc last night (combined...
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    Re: Another swarm coming?

    Is there anything in that queen cup?
  11. Re: Stupid question: how many beekeepers are scared of bees?

    My brother stepped on a wasp nest when we were fishing in Canada a few years ago. I was waiting in the boat and he came running back and was pretty obviously frightened. We wear veils when we work...
  12. Re: Is $370 good price for 2 deeps full of bees and 2 honey supers?

    Do you have any other bees?
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    We waited until close to dark and sprayed the area around our hives that we have in the timber. No ill effects, both hives are doing just fine and the weeds are dead. We may haul some mulch in.
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    Re: no honey stores

    Assuming the | is the followerboard, I think you probably need to give them more room. Is your hive only 16-17 bars long?

    As far as asking your own questions, it's related to the topic. I'm sure...
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    Re: Drone layer in swarm

    There's no point in letting them die, that's for sure. What's your plan?
    I've got some bees I'm going to combine with a hive that could use some more bees and then split their combs between a...
  16. Re: Is there enough time to raise queens here?

    That's good news. We inspected four of our six hives on Sunday and none of them appear to be kicking drones out and are in fact still raising some. In all of those hives some very bright orange...
  17. Thread: fallen comb

    by jwcarlson
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    Re: fallen comb

    If it is really crosscombed you are probably damaging all of the combs when you open it up which may be why they're falling. We have three four foot hives that have built great comb and one has been...
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    Re: How much to harvest?

    Have you been feeding the whole time since hiving?
  19. Finally Remembered the DSLR for an Inspection

    No earth shattering shots, but a few better than the cell phone pics.
    We did welfare checks on Sunday (8/10) on our four 4' TBHs. All of them have laying queens and are looking good. We did mite...
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    Re: Mite counts from powdered sugar roll

    My aim was for a whole cup in a smaller mason jar (didn't have a bigger one). I think it's a 24 ounce jar, so smaller than a quart. It had "1 cup" labeled on the side, I would say I between 3/4 and...
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    Mite counts from powdered sugar roll

    I tested four of my hives yesterday about a cup of bees from each.

    The counts were 2 (May 2014 package), 1 (April 2014 package), 1 (May 2014 package), and 0 (June 2014 Swarm).
    All three packages...
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    Re: polka dot queen

    Good looking queen!
    We caught a couple swarms this year and they look similar, but not as dotty as yours.

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    Re: Native honey bees?

    This is slightly off topic, but I thought honeybees had difficulty working red clover?
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    Re: Drone layer in swarm

    https://augustcottageapiary.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/wpid-img_41161.jpg

    I really don't think you're right.

    When bees are building new comb like that, I've noticed the worker cells will have...
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    Re: what to do with apples from my apple tree?

    You're thinking about cutting up a hundred thousand CRAB apples?

    What is wrong with some of you people? :)
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