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  1. Re: Dead Queen or just normal fall situation?

    I have queens that have already shut down too. A bit early maybe.
  2. Re: Follower boards to reduce 10 frame hive

    You can also just use a frame of plastic foundation for what you are doing. I have many times and it works great.

    Any time I can do what I need to do without specialized gear I do... after I...
  3. Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    Whenever I leave an entrance - intentional or not - above an excluder I often get large amounts of pollen in the honey frames near the entrance even when there is no brood present. I Usually give...
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    Re: Why a nuc instead of a full colony?

    You are even farther South than I am, and I overwinter "nucs" every winter without stacking them or doing anything at all to keep them warmer. Lost zero last winter. Whatever you do you don't want...
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    Re: Why a nuc instead of a full colony?

    I'm glad to hear that your far greater experience agrees with what I have seen. If you start nucs in hive bodies or nuc boxes seems to make less difference than the difference between individuals....
  6. Re: Amount bees eat seems to be related to feeder type

    I'm sure that how quickly a feeder is emptied is somewhat proportional to how many bees can feed at one time, but my 2 gal pail feeders only have holes in about a 2 1/2" circle and they get emptied...
  7. Re: Wax Moths, Pollen Filled Frames and BT Azawaii

    It will prevent wax moths but not shb. I give pollen frames back to hives.
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    Re: Stop the madness!!! Robbing is real

    My experience has been that even a strong hive of carnis is vulnerable to being robbed by italians when a dearth gets going. I think that un recognized robbing may be a factor of many failures.
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  9. Re: Roach Stations inside hive for SHB control.

    A few adult hive beetles are not a big deal and certainly are not sufficient cause to put illegal untried chemicals in your bee hives. I am not extremely anti chemical BTW.

    Hives that "fail...
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    Re: Acebirds one hive

    That's a lot of beetles, but if the hive doesn't have some other problem (especially queenlessness) I wouldn't write it off at all. They usually are not the only thing involved when a hive goes down.
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    Re: HARVESTING HONEY .

    You might consider one of those hitch mounted cargo carriers. I cover my stacks of pulled honey supers with simple homemade bee escapes, and unless they contain brood they are almost completely...
  12. Re: 30% overwintering losses...is that accurate?

    Based on show of hands at our club meetings I think that 30% is a good ballpark figure for hobbyists at least. Is it accurate overall - heaven knows.

    However, if you make all the right moves you...
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    Re: Winding Up First Year

    Congratulations on making it this far, but your first year isn't over until you have had bees for a year. Seriously congratulations and good luck. If you successfully made increase your first...
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    Re: Hallmarks of a distressed colony

    Sure they do. Sometimes you can get a great deal on close outs, and replacing an iffy one with a fresh new queen can help to insure that you don't have a failure in the middle of the winter when it...
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    Re: Hallmarks of a distressed colony

    Hives behave differently. Sometimes the one that has low entrance activity is doing great - sometimes the busy hive is just being robbed. You really need to inspect to tell for sure.

    However, if...
  16. Re: Is it true that bees only bring in Pollen when they have a queen?

    I have observed residual bees from a queenless shake out - no queen, no brood, no frames or comb - bringing in pollen.
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    Re: Fumeboard product questions?

    The price of these products may seem a little expensive, but even a small bottle goes pretty far. It is well worth it.
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    Re: Robber Screen Entrance Question

    It can be like that, but a lot of low key stealth robbing goes on as well. I have had nucs where everything looked fine, but after feeding a quart a day for 2-3 days they were still completely dry. ...
  19. Re: Treated with MAQS, mite count still high, now what?

    That seems like an obvious way to get an average for a yard. After you said it. Thanks Jim.
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    Re: Robber Screen Entrance Question

    It will take few days for them to sort it out - it's best to not watch lest you chicken out.
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    Re: Robber Screen Entrance Question

    Top bottom side - if it makes a difference I would challenge you to measure it. The way it works is that the robbers must walk away from the spot where they smell the hive scent to get behind the...
  22. Re: Robbing - Cause and how to Prevent and Mitigate

    In the picture of the orange hive entrance those 3 bees on the right are probably robbers. As always Glock your setup looks immaculate.

    Do you have a problem with covers blowing off?
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    Re: Beer Keg to Kettle Conversion

    Nice. Looks like professional quality work. What did you use to cut out the top?

    The thing is my policy of no matter how it turns out I have to drink all 50 bottles might not scale up...
  24. Re: Treated with MAQS, mite count still high, now what?

    It's possible that there was brood above the strips that didn't get treated because formic acid vapor I believe is heavier than air, and a big strong hive like that can move a lot of air by fanning. ...
  25. Re: Robbing - Cause and how to Prevent and Mitigate

    The thing is sometimes you need to feed a weak hive during a dearth. You can usually do that if you use a robber screen. A queenless, sick, or failing hive - not so much.
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