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  1. anyone heard of swifter dryer sheets to control hive beetles

    Hi all: I was talking to a fellow bee keeper who said some people are using cut up swifter dryer sheets to put on the inner cover of their hives. The idea is the bees chase them up there and the hive...
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    Re: Queen flew off while requeening - what to do?

    I did not realize they always ball queen in cage? I read somewhere that once they start feeding the queen in cage you will know that they have accepted her. I really tried to study bees around the...
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    Re: Queen flew off while requeening - what to do?

    Ok...this is really strange. After work today I went back to check hive and I was going to remove the cork. While looking through the hive I did find one more queen cell and removed it. Then I saw...
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    Re: Queen flew off while requeening - what to do?

    Hi All: I went over to the hive on Wednesday and removed (hopefully) all the queen cells. I still left the cork in because the bees were still balling her. I am going to check hive tomorrow. If they...
  5. Do hives generally only swarm during a flow?

    Is that the main time hives usually swarm? Or do they swarm pretty much all summer?
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    Re: Queen flew off while requeening - what to do?

    Thanks all! I thought that is what I should do but wasn't 100% sure. I will go back tomorrow and cut out all the queen cells. Then wait a day or two and remove cork. I hope the queen will do OK in...
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    Re: Put a smile on my face

    Wow....how beautiful.....I love white wax!
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    Re: Queen flew off while requeening - what to do?

    I went back today to check the hive....the new queen was still in her cage (I had put cork back in). They were still on her like a ball. Also, I found at least 4 queen cells. I know the old queen is...
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    Re: Can you go treatment free after treating?

    What is that...the vaporizer?
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    Re: Queen flew off while requeening - what to do?

    Thanks all...I went back the next day and could not find her. The hive almost sounded different - like a different hum to the hive- maybe it was my imagination ...I don't know. I looked and looked...
  11. Re: 1st time for requeening and have some questions

    Thanks Dan...I went back today and could not find her but did recork just to be safe. I will go back again on Saturday and check again. How long can a queen stay in that cage? Someone told me that...
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    Re: Queen flew off while requeening - what to do?

    Thanks all! I am going to go and check the hive after work to see if she is there. I really appreciate all the advice.
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    Queen flew off while requeening - what to do?

    Hi All:
    While requeening my hive yesterday my old queen flew off while trying to capture her. I wasn't sure what to do and waited a while and did not see her around. I decided to put the new queen...
  14. Re: 1st time for requeening and have some questions

    Thank you all so much for the replies (billabell that link did not work for me). Anyhow.....I went and tried to install my new VSH queen today. Things were going well and I finally found the old...
  15. Re: 1st time for requeening and have some questions

    Generally long does it take for bees to remove candy plug? Is the plug easy to pull out? Is its pretty easy to distinguish between biting and feeding? If I lay it flat on top bars I guess I need...
  16. 1st time for requeening and have some questions

    Hi: I am going to be requeening a hive for the very first time and I have a few questions - if you can give some advice I would greatly appreciate it. First off I remove the old queen and then put...
  17. Would you put an entrance above queen excluder?

    I am using a queen excluder and thought about the idea of putting a shim with entrance above the queen excluder so bees would not have to go from bottom through exluder to supers. I am concerned...
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    Re: SlumGum… Use it and How?

    Thanks Cleo....and yes...I remember those metal ice cube trays! don' t have any though...will look for something else.
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    Re: SlumGum… Use it and How?

    What is slum gum? Is that the nasty stuff leftover after melting wax? I have some wax melting in a solar wax melter now....maybe I should save it?
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    Re: Can you go treatment free after treating?

    Thank you. I like your plan- I did contact one of the vendors for queens on the list Rustyhill provided and they said even though their queens are VSH (Varroa Sensitive Hygiene) - they still treat...
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    Re: Can you go treatment free after treating?

    Thanks all....such great advice! RustyHill I contacted on of the sources on your links to see about queens availability. By the way does VP and VSH stand for......I assume the V is for Varroa but...
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    Re: Can you go treatment free after treating?

    Where would you get F1 VSH queens? Two of my hives are swarms- not from my bees- but I have to assume they are from some beekeeper that treats. My other hives are from commercial packages.
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    Can you go treatment free after treating?

    Just curious-I have had hives for 3 years now and have treated every year with Apilifevar or Apistan. Can you go treatment free after treating a hive? i would hate to lose my bees but then again I...
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    Re: What to do with all these swarms??

    beepro....I agree...I am all for donating but at this point I can't afford to keep buying more equipment and I am at my limit with hives ....I think I can make the nucs!
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    Re: What to do with all these swarms??

    I have already donated - 4 hives to Good Samaritan Health Center in Atlanta....I even donate all the honey and take care of hives for them. It's good Karma!
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