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  1. Re: New Nuc, queel flew off when released, will she return?

    Sounds like I did the right things. I left the top open for 10 minutes or so on the thought that it would help her smell it all and find her way back. I just stood there for a few minutes too,...
  2. Re: New Nuc, queel flew off when released, will she return?

    Update: I looked closely and the queen is there now. I checked as the sun was setting and they were settling into the hive. Yahoo, I am very excited perhaps this time I'll have some success.

    As...
  3. Re: New Nuc, queel flew off when released, will she return?

    Follow up question:
    I had thought that a laying queen is too heavy to fly? Thus, my question is, did I actually see her fly away or was it just coincidence that another bee may have taken flight...
  4. New Nuc, queel flew off when released, will she return?

    I purchased a NUC yesterday and brought it home to where it'll remain. To assure the queen wasn't squashed etc she was in a queen cage during movment of the Nuc. I left her that way over night.
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  5. Re: Wire or netting to use when making queen cages?

    Where do you buy #8 hardware cloth? I could not find it at Lowes or Home Depot here.
  6. Wire or netting to use when making queen cages?

    I tried finding wire or mesh to use for a queen castle. I found 1/4" hardware cloth but that seems too much of a gap. The only thing I could find that is about 1/8" is window mesh for screen doors...
  7. Re: Can bees captured from a cut-out swarm?

    Joseph, Very interesting situations indeed.

    For this hive, my hope now is that the new queen is still in the hive and didn't leave with the rest. I have not been able to verify this. My plan is...
  8. Can bees captured from a cut-out swarm?

    As discussed in this thread:
    Re-queening-an-Africanized-hive-(Phoenix)

    I captured a hive of bees while doing a cut out and by placing 8 sections of brood comb along with some stores into a couple...
  9. Re: Re-queening an Africanized hive (Phoenix)

    I decided that after 3 days in the queen cage, I'll take the plastic cap off and expose the candy to the bees. That will allow them to start eating the candy and get to her in roughly 3-4 more days....
  10. Re: Re-queening an Africanized hive (Phoenix)

    Update:
    I was able to purchase a queen locally and then I placed her in the hive at the cutout to let them acclimate to her. I went back the next evening and most of the bees were in the hive. A...
  11. Re: Re-queening an Africanized hive (Phoenix)

    Update:
    I went to check on the bees this evening. Sadly most were not in the hive with the brood. I took out some frames to inspect and a hundred or so bees were on each frame tending and so forth...
  12. Re: Re-queening an Africanized hive (Phoenix)

    You are absolutely correct, I have no ability to actually know they were africanized. What I do know is they were much more defensive than other hives I have worked with. That very day I helped a...
  13. Re-queening an Africanized hive (Phoenix)

    Yesterday I helped a local bee keeper from Tucson with a cut-out. As part of the process we cut the brood out and attached it to frames and placed it in 10 frame hive boxes. We ended up with 2...
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    Re: Need advice on hive stand construction

    One comment on the various hive stands I have now seen.

    Everyone paints their wooden hives to protect them, but I don't see anyone painting their hive stands to protect those? Shouldn't the hive...
  15. Re: Metal tops to hive covers, hotter or cooler?

    HipBee, I like the test, thanks for sharing the results. If it makes little difference for the temps I'll leave mine painted for now and save the hassle and expense. I might still cover a couple...
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    Re: Lost all my hives! :-(

    When I went to see my friends hives who lost 2, we went through the frames and this is what we believe happened to him. He also had plenty of frames with honey and they are all still fine.

    It...
  17. Metal tops to hive covers, hotter or cooler?

    Living in Arizona I was trying to determine a good way to keep the hives cooler in the summer months when the daytime temp can easily be 115 in the shade. In the sun it can be much worse. I started...
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    Re: Need advice on hive stand construction

    Nice looking design and it's great to see the other stands you mentioned too. It's funny how the unique problems each area face are different. For me I have to get the hives up off the ground and...
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    Re: 2 to 1 into 1 to 1

    Great, I have really been shorting my poor bees when I mix their "food"

    I was filling a quart jar about about 2/3rd full of sugar, then filling it roughly to the neck with water and calling it...
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    Re: Boardman entrance feeder leaking?

    I have noticed some robbing and will work out a solution where I feed them at the top!

    At least I think it's robbing, here's the symptoms.

    It appears like the bees are wrestling. Some darker...
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    Re: Borgman entrance feeder leaking?

    Sorry about getting the name wrong :doh: Newbee mistake!

    I'll try a few less holes by filling in some of the ones it came with.
    Thanks.
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    Boardman entrance feeder leaking?

    I have been feeding my bees through an entrance feeder, I believe it's called a Borgman entrance feeder. My question is this, when I looked inside (by lifting the quart jar) to see if the bees were...
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    Re: Radius Map Tool

    Very cool, great find! I'm using it to see how my friends bees area will overlap with mine!
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    Re: New page layout

    I realize the space requirements could be overwhelming, but you could address that with size limits.

    Having the content locally is really the best way to preserve the threads and data for later...
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    Re: New page layout

    Concerning the site, i notice you don't host any images and require those to be from links outside... is that for space reasons too?
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