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  1. Re: too early to put wet frames above cluster?

    it looks like over night lows in high 20's and daytime highs in lower 50's?
    I'd give it to them, even if a bit cooler than that.
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    Re: Help. Queen cells torn down.

    There are queen cells above the excluder, either that, or there's a queen above.
    I started my cell builder 10 days ago, and didn't put the cell bars in until today. That way, all queen cells started...
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    Re: Installing Bee Package in the cold

    You have 5 drawn combs. I would fill one with honey, or thick 2:1 syrup, and fill one comb with pollen substitute powder, Something like this......
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    Re: Population explosion and feeding

    Links to parts 1, 2, and 3 of OhioCountryBoy
    rapid build up of 4, 2lb packages, splitting, and honey crop.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzZXOjqh4fw
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  5. Re: Selection criteria for queen colonies and drone colonies

    Good luck this year!
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    That sounds to me like a great idea Jim, that would reduce the cell builder hive checking and manipulations needed.
  7. Thread: workers egg

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    Re: workers egg

    As JRG13 said, it's the cell size that will make a difference. Laying workers lay eggs everywhere and drones get raised in all that beautiful worker sized comb. When they emerge, you end up with all...
  8. Re: Selection criteria for queen colonies and drone colonies

    It sounds to me as if you like the first queen the best, as per your goals for keeping beehives, and want to try to incorporate some traits from the second queen in with the first queen. If that is...
  9. Re: What is white wax and when is it first seen

    When you start seeing White Wax on top of the top bars under the top lid, then it's time to add space as the bees will be swarming soon if you don't. They get all the space used up enough that they...
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    Re: Need some advice please . . .

    Honey gets it's flavor and characteristics from the flower the nectar came from. I've heard some people here say they have a pepper that flowers in the fall in the areas where they have their...
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    Re: Supercedure cells in very strong hive

    The old hive that you move to a new stand will not have foraging bees so they will need more stores. That of course means the new nuc you leave in place will have all the foraging bees so will not...
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    Re: How do you build population?

    Spring population management starts in early August. This is when treating for varroa starts and feeding pollen supplement and syrup to keep the bees building through fall and into winter, so that...
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    Re: Supercedure cells in very strong hive

    Take 2 medium nuc boxes and fill with 4 frames, leaving the central space for a frame empty. Then stack them. Then take a deep frame that has queen cells on it and put in the center space, hanging...
  14. Re: Have my first Queen Cells - Now what? ***Pictures***

    I did not mean to sound as if you did something wrong, I think you did just fine. I was just answering your earlier question about the difference between swarm cells and emergency cells.
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    Re: Mean Old Queen?

    If the flows have not started well yet and it's still cool out, and if internal stores are getting low, then the hives can be more mean. Check back when flows are good and weather is warm and...
  16. Re: Have my first Queen Cells - Now what? ***Pictures***

    Swarm cells are usually created when there is good nectar and pollen flow going on, with good stores in the hive, with very good populations per hive size, and an over abundance of young nurse bees....
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    Re: Supercedure cells in very strong hive

    I would say here that they are more likely swarm cells instead of supercedure cells. What makes you call them supercedure cells? I've never seen more than three supercedure cells, I might believe...
  18. Re: split by accident- known date of new queen arrival.

    You did great!
    What a thrill when that happens huh?
    Just wait 'till that time when you open a hive and several queen cells are emerging at once!
    I agree with all you did, and checking back on...
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    Re: requeening - what's best

    I have to agree with JRG13 on this, why would you requeen a package? If you are so sure the package has a dud queen, then why buy that package? And even if it is an unsure package, why not give it a...
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    Re: queen on ground

    You said you went out to check your hives, did you open them and pull frames? I've had queens fall or jump off of frames during inspection and end up on the ground. Perhaps this is what happened for...
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    Re: Timing the split

    I would not split the 8 that are pretty strong. I would keep them with room to the sides and above the brood nest to keep them from swarming, and keep adding supers. This gets the honey crop. Then I...
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    Re: To use or not to use a QUEEN EXLCUDER

    :lpf: :kn:
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    Re: To use or not to use a QUEEN EXLCUDER

    This has been discussed many times in the past, here is a couple links...
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    Re: I should Combine Much more aggressively

    Here in my location, I split the strong in July and August, and combine the weak in October and November. I want good healthy clusters of younger bees going into winter.

    I will also combine again...
  25. Re: question on feeding using left over honey

    They will have enough to do with all drawn out frames. They'll be tending to brood and storing nectar and pollen instead of having to draw out comb before being able to do those things. With new...
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