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    Re: Hot Hive 34 degree sentry

    Thank you for your input and suggestions. It is good to know others have seen this. I have checked around the hive for evidence of harassing critters and can't find anything. The only thing that has...
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    Hot Hive 34 degree sentry

    I have a mystery to solve. I have one hot hive that has been responsible for going after numerous people within 20 to 25 feet of the hive at all times of the year. A bee from that hive stung my 4...
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    Re: Lauri Bricks - how to know when done ??

    Where you live makes all the difference in the world. If you are in the 60s F range they will not use the bricks. The bricks are used only when the temperatures are 40 something and below. What...
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    Re: Lauri Bricks - how to know when done ??

    I agree with Maddy when she says to make a batch of bricks and learn from it. In my first one this year I put in too much liquid. That was in September. This is December. Those bricks are still not...
  5. Re: Deadout - Show N Tell..... any observations?

    I notice that no one addressed the mention of dead wasps included with the honey bee carcasses. For some reason I can't zoom in to get a close view of the cells, but could it be that as the colony...
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    Re: 8 frame hive, should I make it smaller?

    I defer to Laurie's experience with 8 frame equipment since I tend to try many of her methods. Admittedly, the difficulties I have had with creative comb building at the sides of the boxes has been...
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    Re: 8 frame hive, should I make it smaller?

    I have been running 8 frame equipment for several years and have felt your frustration with regard to the nonstandard interior dimensions. Most places supply boxes that leave quite a bit of extra...
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    Bees storing candy?

    I am mentoring someone and helped him extract a few medium frames of capped honey today. I wish I had a better picture, but on a couple of the frames, half of the frame was filled with what looked...
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    Re: Virgin Queen ID

    Now I have to see if somebody has posted a thread here to explain how to get propolis off of the shutter button.
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    Re: Virgin Queen ID

    Canon PowerShot A4000 set at high resolution so I can crop it without it going all pixellated.
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    Re: Virgin Queen ID

    For those of you that enjoy a happy ending I include this picture. Queen Elma hit her stride when the maple/cherry/apple flow happened. If you look at the picture closely and look at the pictures...
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    Re: Virgin Queen ID

    We had a bit of sun today and the bees were out flying, so I thought I would check and see if my ill-bred queen had changed her pattern. What I found was that she perked up and has filled a couple of...
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    Re: Virgin Queen ID

    To wgstarks, it is a bit difficult to notice any change in size of the queen from what I saw in late February. My conclusion is that she is an ill-bred queen. Since this was an afterswarm that I...
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    Re: Virgin Queen ID

    Update. My small queen is laying, but is also laying drones. I am not un16594appy about the drone thing.16595
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    Re: Virgin Queen ID

    Thanks all for your input. We are having an early spring here in the Pacific Northwest, so I will see if this queen starts laying in March sometime. If she doesn't I think I will try to requeen the...
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    Virgin Queen ID

    1612116122These are pictures of a queen that this colony produced from a supercedure cell last late June, I think. If it is the one I saw last August, it has done some limited laying. It appears to...
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    Re: Have a queen, no eggs or brood

    I agree with RWeakly. I think you have (and have always had) queen problems. She should really have started laying within a few days, she should be laying without gaps, and she should be laying...
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    Re: Will moving a hive disorient the bees?

    I think the common wisdom is to move the captured swarm the first night (or any night) to a location away from the "donor" hive. The new location could be several hundred yards or a mile or two,...
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    Re: Deformed Wing Virus (DWV)

    Thank you all for the encouragement and benefit of your experience. I'll post in a couple of weeks to let you know how successful I was with this hive. One thing of note, western Washington had a...
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    Deformed Wing Virus (DWV)

    Okay, one of my hives has DWV showing up in newly emerged workers and now newly emerged drones. Knowing that this is a virus, and by definition untreatable, is it prudent to kill and clean the...
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    Re: Top Feeder problem.......maybe?

    5577Hi Don, looks like Rader Sidetrack pretty much answered your questions. The low temperatures will prevent feeding on the syrup, but if they are building comb they are getting fed, somehow. I...
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    Re: Top Feeder problem.......maybe?

    I think you need to describe your "top feeder" more accurately. What is a "top bar feeder"? The bees are attached to the top of what?
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    Wing Deformation

    Well, I knew I had mites, but thought I would wait and see how bad they got before beginning to worry. It is April 25th in Olympia, Washington. This is the first week of nice weather here. New...
  24. Thread: A bit unsure

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    Re: A bit unsure

    Replace the bottom board with the screened bottom board. My hive just wintered with a screened bottom board and came out strong. Your spring is probably no colder than our winter (Washington state).
  25. Re: My First Spring, Too! Orienting flights or swarm?

    @ KMP - The tape is artificial propolis. I had to do some manipulations last fall and didn't think the bees would be able to get any propolizing done themselves in preparation for winter. I didn't...
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