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  1. Re: Creating a Preemptive Swarm; The Taranov Manouver

    Just trying to understand the statement here. Do you mean that he shook the bees out into an empty hive and so the older ones returned to the original while the younger and the queen stayed in the...
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    Re: Head protection

    I have a fencing hood. It is my second. I replaced my first suit with a vented suit which I love. I do find that I have to be careful with the veil touching my nose as others have mentioned. I...
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    Unmanaged Hives

    I acquired three hives that were relatively unmanaged. Everything is glued together in the upper deep. The lower deep has very little activity. I think this is because the bottom board was...
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    Re: Who makes the best vented bee jacket

    I just received a MannLake Vented Suit. Large improvement over the Jawadis regular suit. The zippers feel pretty good to me. Not as solid as brass but they certainly feel metal. The construction...
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    Re: A new type of hive? Here we go...

    Is it different than a long Langstroth hive?


    Posted without refreshing.
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    Re: Ripe Queen cell hasn't hatched

    Did an inspection today and found my queen, saw larvae and capped brood. Was a bit surprised to see capped drone cells as well. There were quite a few.
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    Re: Should I requeen?

    A capped queen should have emerged in two weeks. It should be about 9 days if you caught it when it was just capped. If you do a Google search on bee math the first link is to Michael Bush's site...
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    Re: Ripe Queen cell hasn't hatched

    I just checked the hive today which is about a week after the cage installation. The queen was released.

    I didn't do any further inspection just removed the cage and locked everything back up. ...
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    Re: Should I requeen?

    No advice just food for thought.

    I had a nuc that swarmed either before I got or just as I got it. Found a virgin queen and left her in for a few weeks. She wasn't laying so I placed her in a...
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    Re: Ripe Queen cell hasn't hatched

    Thank you all for your advice.

    Ruth,

    I took your advice. I combined the nuc back in with the hive. The virgin queen was not in there. Maybe she went for a mating flight and got plucked. I...
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    Re: Ripe Queen cell hasn't hatched

    Not sure the age. I just know that it was capped at least a day before I got it. There is and was room to lay.

    I expected there to be more cells if they swarmed. This almost looked like they...
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    Ripe Queen cell hasn't hatched

    Background.
    I picked up a nuc May 9th. I was not able to get them hived until Monday. I barely checked them but thought they looked a little light. It's my first nuc so I didn't think much of...
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    Re: Running two queen colonies

    BernhardHeuvel,

    How do you overwinter with this configuration? Do you pull some honey frames down below the queen excluder?
  14. Thread: Pollen Traps

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    Re: Pollen Traps

    Wouldn't they have stored/converted what you trapped? My understanding is that bee bread is good for 2 years.
  15. Thread: Pollen Traps

    by scallawa
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    Pollen Traps

    I have been trying to understand why one would collect the pollen from the bees and then feed it back to them later. Don't they take the pollen and store it? Does the pollen trap remove excess...
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    Re: Winter preparation

    Yes, I get that. It is not a box full of empty frames though which is why I asked the question. If it was I would just remove it. It has two empty frames two partially drawn frames with uncapped...
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    Re: Winter preparation

    Thanks for your responses. I have been reading a lot about winter preparation but having no experience really makes it hard and I only have one hive. I am going to see if I can get my mentor to...
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    Winter preparation

    I hope this hasn't been answered before and if it was I apologize. I have some bees that I acquired at the end of June which was one deep and one medium. My current hive configuration is one deep...
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    Re: Ants in my top feeder

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?280213-ants-proof-high-temp-grease-2x4-hive-stand
    This seems to be a good way to stop them from getting in. There was another thread where the grease...
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    Re: Monitoring Hive Health

    +1 for HiveTracks. I have gone back and looked at some of my notes several times since I started in July. This is likely due to my inexperience but I find the information valuable. My notes may...
  21. Re: Swarm Capture like you've probably never seen before! Can't do this in the city..

    Buckshot fired in the air is fairly harmless when it comes down. I have been peppered by buckshot that was shot in the air while duck hunting. While I wasn't happy or comfortable about it, I was...
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    Re: Monitoring Hive Health

    Personally, I would still monitor even if I wasn't treating. It can give an idea of what may have led to the collapse if that occurs. Even if I wasn't going to do anything I would still like to...
  23. Re: Survey of Mite Infestation in Drone and Worker Brood in a Treatment Free Colony

    Solomon thanks for taking the time to do the test. This was helpful data. I would be curious to see more treatment free beeks doing this test. My last test showed a 6% infection rate and I keep...
  24. Re: Fifty years in house - treatment-free (This isn't supposed to be possible)

    I would be very interested to see what your counts are. It would be nice to see some counts of those who are not treating so we can get an idea of what levels of mite infestation they are...
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    Re: Varroa Sugar Shake

    I was hoping to get a few more helpful responses. I have decided not to use any softer treatments either. The only treatment option that I have found palatable is drone comb management. I am still...
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