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  1. Re: Going in to first Spring with overwintered hives

    I plan to requeen mine early on with the Spring queens.
    Then when the flow is on later just check to see if any
    queen cells are made. With a new mated queen they are less
    likely to swarm when...
  2. Re: Fundamentals of beekeeping: Cost to get started

    I like the CL ads for free hive building materials.
    Many cabinets can be converted into a bee hive. The
    free LP 4x8 chip boards can make a bee hive in no time
    using a small electric saw or angle...
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    Splitting my BB tree

    Hi, All!

    So I made a split on my small 2 years old Bee Bee tree today.
    This tree has been growing strong since last year. Now it is at the
    dormant stage. The issue is it has branched out at the...
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    Re: Addressing Varroa with the IoT

    I'm the one with a small razor blade to cut the mites in
    half when I see some on a hive inspection. At Spring build up
    your hives will crash only if the mite population is greater than
    the bees....
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    Re: Home bred queens or bought queen

    So how do commercial bee breeders recognize their success if they sell the queens in their first year?

    A picky beekeeper like myself will talk when buying from the commercial bee farms.
    If they...
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    Re: Planting around hive

    With a potential of 60,000 bees flying during the flow, I would not put them on or next to
    a often used walkway. Bees should be keep 50' away from human's path.
    They will forage a 3 mile radius so...
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    Re: Does pollen imply nectar?

    No significant pollen or nectar source here.
    Still too cold in the 50s. Many bees stay in waiting for
    a warmer weather. They are munching on the bricks and
    patty subs though.
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    Re: Question on mites.

    Warning is good.
    It will caution the one handling
    the oxalis acid. This is an experiment using
    another method to deliver the oav into the hives.
    Anything that is not meant for the little kids...
  9. Re: When do you add pollen supplements to promote brood rearing in winter/spring

    Humm, the smell of sweet honey mixture with a hint of condensed
    milky substance. Sweet, sweet, sweet! Gold and silver combine!!!
    Once you put a set of new clothes inside and wear it
    to work the...
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    Re: Question on mites.

    Facing many obstacles when I started beekeeping 4 years ago, I know nothing about bees and mites. I started reading all summer long into late winter of the out dated posts on BS hoping to learn...
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    Re: Lauri's bricks down to an Art!

    Welcome to Bee Source, chibilightangel!

    Once the sugar bricks/cubes are dry as a rock you can
    keep them in a container for a very long time. I would say
    for a few years without touching any...
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    Re: Lauri's bricks down to an Art!

    Steve, your method gave me an idea to
    use the removable 1" wooden shim to roll the sugar mixture in. After
    the sugar cubes are cure just tap and remove the shim. Perfect cubes every time!
    Maybe...
  13. Thread: Winter feeding

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    Re: Winter feeding

    You will find your answer here
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?320307-Lauri-s-bricks-down-to-an-Art!/page2
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    Re: Lauri's bricks down to an Art!

    No, you don't have to use the corn syrup to make
    these sugar bricks. The bees take them as usual with the vinegar. I'll leave
    the corn syrup to make the sugar water thicker for feeding later on....
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    Re: They are all dead...

    Both of you are correct that different bee species will require
    different method of handling. Right now we are not in the
    early Spring expansion mode, yet the Italians/Cordovan is brooding up...
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    Re: Now mating nuc question

    The nuc hive is better with a bottom board opening across.
    This is because when there is a robbing on I can reduced the
    entrance with some sponge foam to 1 bee space. Then cover up
    the nuc hive...
  17. Re: When do you add pollen supplements to promote brood rearing in winter/spring

    I use mega bees pollen subs for the last 4 years with good results. Lauri use
    beepro subs.
    During the summer dearth and yearly Spring expansion is when I use them.
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    Re: Question on mites.

    Some but not all males do come out of the cells.
    These are the younger males that you see though the
    majority are females that I see. It is rather tempting
    to not get rid of the mites when you...
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    Re: feeding sugar blocks - too much at one time?

    There is no such thing as overfeeding only not feeding enough when
    they are brooding up. I fill up the top bars all the way around and with
    some patty subs too. They are filling up almost 2...
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    Re: Planting around hive

    Last year I planted some daikon flowers around my
    bee hives about 3 feet away. They were all over the
    flowers during the Spring time. So your flowers should
    work for them. Going to repeat this...
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    Re: Question on mites.

    Haa, ha! You can call me the "mite pro" from now on.
    The 9 mil and 5 mil nitrile gloves can handle the gentle
    cut just snap the mite in half and not cut it back and forth.
    The mites I have are a...
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    Re: Question on mites.

    Yes, you are right that there is no such thing as killing 100%
    of the mites in the hives. There is such thing as slowing their
    infestation with a homemade oav gadget. At every hatch treatment...
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    Re: Shook Swarm Benefits

    My experience with rasing a good quality queen cell
    is when there are many foragers bringing in the resources on
    a flow. For this experiment I would put a graft cell or cells
    into the foragers...
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    Re: Question on mites.

    I have never seen the mites in person at
    the other bee yard. Seems like Iowa's mites are a
    lot bigger than mine from the pics posted here. Over here the
    mites are a lot smaller on the bees. The...
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    Re: Shook Swarm Benefits

    Why does he need to find the queen?
    Obviously she is within the nurse bees cluster
    somewhere. Just give the forager bees a mated queen
    or a queen cell on a drawn frame to start over again.
    In...
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