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  1. Re: Dry pollen substitute feeding during dearth and in the fall

    I have tried equal amounts of soy flour and whole wheat flour, it worked well until the red maples came in and they wouldn't touch it. I only feed the pollen sub in the winter to let the bees get a...
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    Re: Picking the queen, to cage her?

    If you're doing one or just a few, I suggest using a plastic queen catcher (clip) and sit in your vehicle with the windows up to mark or cage her. It's discouraging to see your queen fly off, but if...
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    Re: Missing queen in mini nuc.

    It's an option that could work, certainly won't hurt to try. If it doesn't, I would recombine with a queen right hive and rehash my plans, maybe a standard size nuc may work better for you.
  4. Re: My less than 2 month old hive swarmed........

    With the two capped queen cells it sounds like the swarm is from your hive, but the fact that the swarm was close to your hive is not a strong indication in itself that it was from your hive, most of...
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    Re: Too late in the year to split?

    Even in your location you should have a good three months of brood rearing temperatures, if it doesn't work out you can always do a newspaper combine, you may have to feed more than if you left them...
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    Re: Broken comb in a TBH

    I do the same as CCB does, move it to the rear, lean it at an angle so they can get to most of both sides and remove after the larvae emerge, before doing anything more labor intensive I just throw...
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    Re: Syrup proportions and comb

    I can only pass on what I do and have observed. When the flows are about over ( about this time of year ) I start feeding one part sugar to two and a half parts water to simulate a flow. They draw...
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    Re: Missing queen in mini nuc.

    That's about fifty days, assume she got ate on her maiden flight, it happens. I'd put in a frame with eggs now before they develop laying workers.
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    Re: Walk away split/emergency queen cells

    Sounds like you didn't leave young enough larvae, I'd swap a frame with one that the queen has laid in recently. Should do the trick.
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    Re: Bee equipment storage barn

    My friend and I built a 14 x 28 with a large garage door that has been great. I know you don't need that much space, but the electrical problem I solved, instead of running expensive wiring to and...
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    Re: Effectiveness of robber screens

    Robber screens are always better than no robber screens, but a queenless split can still be robbed out with a screen, I would also constrict the entrance to an inch or even a half inch.
    Forget...
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    Re: lost a lot of bees today

    Looks like a nice strong hive, look at then closely, they may be drones they are kicking out, if they are not drones look through the hive for diseases. Not sure but the albino looks like a drone,...
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    Re: Adding brood to new swarm question

    Ditto-- Adding bees may doom the small swarm but the brood comb would be the ticket, I would try to add a comb of capped and uncapped brood since the swarm is so small, it would soon give them a much...
  14. Re: Soon to add first super to new hive - how to promote super build-out?

    It would work, the bees tend to work on a frame in the middle better, that's why they haven't completed those outside frames. Just place the medium frame in the middle between two brood frames and...
  15. Re: When do you guys feel comfortable not to wear protection?

    I just pulled my honey yesterday (100 degrees) I wore slippers with thick white socks, shorts, a bug suite on the lower body, a long sleeve white shirt, a veil, and ventilated goat skin gloves....
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    Re: Correcting comb....how?

    Chuck's plan is a good one, and so is yours', but I think you would need to place another shallow over the brood box and under the excluder, or you may have them swarm on you.
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    Re: New coastal beekeeper in Georgia

    I tried a home made trap where I took some comb with larvae and pollen, mixed it with ant and roach bait. placed it in plastic coffee cans, punched small holes in the lid and placed several around...
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    Re: Ventilated Super

    Most of my supers (deeps) have a 1 1/8 inch hole near the top on each side that is covered by #8 wire. My bees will close it up when they don't need it and open it when they do. In summer they will...
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    Re: Extractor motor wanted

    I use a motor out of a maytag clothes washer, it has two speeds 1150 and 1750, you can get v belt pulleys that have three sizes on one shaft, or just try a couple to see what size you need. Look up...
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    Re: My Queen Wants to Live in a Penthouse

    Ditto, and you will get some honey after they start moving back down for the winter, you can even wait until your flows are over and take the extra that the bees don't need for winter, it should be...
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    Re: HELP!! EFB, PMS, other???

    Many people on this forum are much more knowledgeable than I, maybe someone else will chime in. To me it looks like you have a severe mite problem.
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    Re: What's happening to my queens?

    Can't answer all your questions, but that is normal for a Carniolan colony, suggest you read up on checker boarding for next spring. Reading between the lines, you may be over-managing the hives, it...
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    Re: Hello from south Georgia

    Welcome caslin, Send me a PM, I'm in Gum Branch, be glad to help you.
  24. Re: Hive inspection video frame by frame- spotty brood.

    I'd wait and see what her pattern is like when she has a box of all drawn comb, I think you will find it will be a tighter pattern. Also as stated you tend to put some frames in backwards, a simple...
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    Re: does anybody sell unpainted hive tools?

    I can only answer that they do, but I don't remember where I got mine.
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