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    Re: Questions on swarming bees

    I will take some when we go back into the hives. All hives have two deeps and two supers. Seemed like they were good and filling things up in early June. Then one hive swarmed. They had built on one...
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    Re: Questions on swarming bees

    I was hoping you could help a little more. Our neighbors told me that they checked their hive and there was no honey in it. So we decided to do a good check on our three hives. All three had no honey...
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    Re: Questions on swarming bees

    It has been 19 days. We opened all the hives and can see no laying queen in either hive. The middle hive had lots of brood and eggs. All three hives have very little honey. We have given them syrup....
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    Re: Questions on swarming bees

    Thanks so much for the advice. There is also a third hive in the mix. It is between the other two and could also be a problem. Since the biggest hive is one that managed to over-winter here in...
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    Re: Questions on swarming bees

    We thought the cells were queen cells but did see some very big drones. The cells were hanging down and were along the bottom of the frame. We have two deeps on the bottom and now two supers on top....
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    Questions on swarming bees

    Yesterday we had a swarm from a new hive this year. We had put a super on a few weeks earlier. So we opened up the hive and found not much had been done in the supper. They had queen cells welded to...
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    Re: I hate Yellow Jackets

    That is exactly what is happening with our hives. We were checking supers and noticed a YJ in a cell eating honey. When we started watching, they are flying in the bottom and stealing. Our honey in...
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    Yellow Jackets robbing

    The weather here has changed over night. It is 15' cooler during the night, drops into the low 40's at night. Then yesterday I noticed a yellow jacket going into the hive. I put a bowl of 1:1 on top...
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    Re: Question on newspaper combining

    Thanks for the reply, I will get that done this morning. Is three days enough time to leave the newspaper in?
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    Question on newspaper combining

    We combined a small, weak, queenless hive with another small hive that we just queened. We did that this morning and when I checked the hives this evening all the hives have bees on the porch. Since...
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    Re: It's been pretty cold!!!!!

    We are over in Noxon, Mt. The weather has been in the 20's and 30's for the most part. A mild winter for us. We do have 3' of snow on the flat. Checked the bees and all seemed OK so far. It was a...
  12. Thread: Winter feeding

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    Re: Winter feeding

    OK, thanks for the info. RAK, where are you in Spokane? We are 50 miles East of Sandpoint. But in a snow belt here, we get more snow and cold then Sandpoint.
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    Re: Winter feeding

    are the patties not enough for the bees?
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    Winter feeding

    We checked our hives today and found the biggest hive was full to the top and had eaten all the pollen patty. The two smaller hives were noisey in the bottom deep, but had not touched the pollen...
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    Re: Got the hives insulated today

    Thanks for the encouragement. Temperature wise we're expecting 8* this weekend. I've seen -28* for several days some years back. Usually in the low teens. The wife made the straps from a roll if...
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    Got the hives insulated today

    Finally got the hives insulated today. We'll see how they winter. Thanks for the suggestions in my previous thread on this.
    PK3466
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    Re: First honey extraction today, a question.

    Thanks for the tip johng. Will do. PK
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    Re: First honey extraction today, a question.

    Thanks for the reply. Adjusting the thermostat up just a little made the knife much hotter. I'll be setting it higher next year. PK
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    First honey extraction today, a question.

    We did our first honey extraction today and now I have a question. I have an older electric decapping knife. It did not seem to hot and didn't glide through the wax as expected. During the clean up,...
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    Winter Insulation of Hives?

    I'm getting ready to winterize the hives ,Western Montana, and have a question. I'm thinking of not using the wood top and instead using the 2" foam board I'll use for the sides. Maybe router a slot...
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    Re: Wax moth worms didn't die

    I will try this today! It is 34' out. I will spray them and lay them out for the freeze tonight. Then gather them back up tomorrow for the day. See what happens....
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    Re: Wax moth worms didn't die

    It sounds like the lesser wax moth is what we have. I did notice the pinkish color. Thanks for the info. We have kept the frames in a bag away from our hives and will take care of them in the...
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    Wax moth worms didn't die

    We got some frames from a guy and noticed the webbing and a few worms. So we froze the frames in the freezer for 5 days. Then moved them in a bag out to the shed. When I looked today at the frames,...
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    Bee horrors! help!

    :eek: What are these little worms and the webbie stuff all over these frames?
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    Thanks for any info....
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    Re: Visual for the 2 deeps for wintering?

    I'm just responding so I can keep track of all your questions.....I'm new to bees. Thanks!
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