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  1. Re: Weak hive, laying worker(s), with queen - What to do?

    That was my diagnosis, too, even though the old queen is still there. Glad to have it confirmed.

    If I put in a frame of brood rather than requeening, should I destroy the old queen first?
  2. Weak hive, laying worker(s), with queen - What to do?

    I have a hive started this spring from a locally wintered nuc that is drawing comb and building up quite slowly--at least a box behind another such hive, with only a small amount of brood and far...
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    Re: New beek wanting to go foundationless...

    I'm in the process of switching from two ten-frame deeps to three eight-frame mediums for brood boxes. Here's what I'm doing, which (so far) seems to be working:

    At the end of the winter, the bees...
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    Re: Small Hive Beetle idea/question

    I've wondered if a mulch of spun landscape fabric--like Tyvek, but water permeable--under and around the hives would stop them. Anyone know?
  5. Re: Bees not moving into foundationless upper brood chamber

    Just to report back on the original topic, they have now moved into full swing in the upper chamber. There was one false start, in which they built a two-frame-wide sphere of comb extending up from...
  6. Re: Bees not moving into foundationless upper brood chamber

    They have now started to draw comb in an empty frame adjacent to one of two frames of old comb I put in the box. Looking good so far, but I will be keeping a close eye on them so I know if they get...
  7. Re: Bees not moving into foundationless upper brood chamber

    Thanks, everyone. Will wait a little while...

    I put the two frames of drawn comb in the upper box to serve as guides. Not enough? I could put two more in, and then the foundationless frames would...
  8. Bees not moving into foundationless upper brood chamber

    I am in the process of switching my overwintered hive from foundation to foundationless. About three weeks ago, I took the bottom box off the brood chamber and put a new eight frame box on top, with...
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    Re: Feed comb with stores back to bees

    Uncapping & putting above an excluder is a good idea. These are old brood frames, with a bit of honey around the edges and some pollen inside--a good amount across 10 frames, but not all that much in...
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    Re: Feed comb with stores back to bees

    They're already off the hive. Also, since I'm converting from deeps to mediums for the brood boxes, I don't want the queen to start laying in this comb, or the workers to start putting more stores in...
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    Feed comb with stores back to bees

    I just pulled the bottom box off a hive I am converting to an eight-frame/three-deep configuration. The box is empty of bees, of course, but it has a ton of stores. I was thinking of giving the comb...
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    Re: How to use oversoft fondant?

    I thought about that, but I'm afraid it's too runny. (Just tried it.) I think it needs a container with edges.
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    How to use oversoft fondant?

    I made a batch of fondant that came out way too soft to use in the traditional manner, and I'm trying to figure out how to make use of it.

    What about putting it into a plastic bag and cutting...
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    Re: Candy boards/fondant

    Good description. Thanks.
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    Re: Candy boards/fondant

    Nichols747: When you say, "If the bees are up in the top portion of the top box," are you referring to the cluster? Or do you mean, if there are any bees showing at the top of the frames?

    This...
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