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    Re: bee vac tube clog

    "Just looking for suggestions."

    Consider using larger Shop-Vac type hose, avoid vacuuming debris when you can, and shake the hose occasionally to let debris pass through. I use the Shop-Vac type...
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    Re: Nuc to top bar

    "What do you think?"

    Plan on needing a lot of warm, soapy water and some marriage counseling.
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    Re: re-queening every year !

    "How many are re-queening every year or every two years no matter what ... ."

    I don't.

    "Could a new young queen with all her pheromones stop alot of the swarming we have to deal with ... ."
    ...
  4. Re: Diatomaceous earth inside top bar hive?

    "[W]ith the dog days of summer just around the corner here would venting the pitched roof be a good idea?"

    I would put a couple of vents near the peak to let out the rising hot air and facilitate...
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    Re: Converting package to russian

    Andrew, I stand well (and humbly) corrected on both counts. Three days is most likely too short; in any event, the bees should show when they have accepted the queen. In addition, for run of the mill...
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    Re: First cut out.

    What of the items you used was most helpful? What, if anything, besides the vac, that you did not have would have been helpful.
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    Re: First cut out.

    Based on what you said, you might consider whether to also bring:
    Wire screen cone (like you would use for a trap out) set up to allow bees to go into a hive box but not leave
    Bee-Quick or...
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    Re: East Central MS newbie questions

    "#1 Would I be better setting up my hives at my home in the city, or 8 or 9 miles out in the country at a lake house I have?"

    Either would work. Which one would be better depends somewhat on how...
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    Re: Used Hives, Wax Moth History

    "Any advice???"

    Freeze any frames of drawn comb.
  10. Re: Combinig weak queenless hive with package

    "Should I wait until the queen is released (I'm not sure if I should wait five days for the weak hive), or could I put the newspaper on top of the box with the queen and then the weak hive, and they...
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    Re: Wind break vs cold air pool

    "Is this an issue for the small collection area I'd be looking at, around the hive?"

    In your location, I would like to angle the wind break a little in relation to the slope of the hill so that...
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    Re: Converting package to russian

    "I know when it comes to requeening with Russians its best done in a nuc, but if there are only 5-6 active frames in this hive at that point, is it possible to requeening right there?"

    Yes. You...
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    Re: Evolution of Swarming?

    "How is the actual behavior that exists a better survival strategy than some other scheme?"

    One side of the equation is the queen, but the other is the drone. Multiple mated new queens coming back...
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    Newspaper article and video

    www.shreveporttimes.com/story/news/local/2015/04/16/bees-make-comeback/25912459/
  15. Re: Which side of my bottom board should I use?

    "Since I'll be installing nucs, and robbery is going to be a concern, would using the shorter side be an advantage or would it really be no different than using the reducers on the 3/4 inch side?"
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    Re: New Hive Entrances

    "Which opening does everyone put on their new hives? Is it the small (winter) opening or the little bit bigger one?"

    I use an opening 3/8" high across the width of the front. I reduce that width...
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    Re: Solid Eggs, Spotty brood pattern

    "I am now this spring seeing the same pattern, solid eggs, spotty brood. The queen is fairly small also. ... I am curious if this is typical behavior."

    I have observed that pattern and slow build...
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    Re: Well that was quick-Lost queen

    "Any advice?"

    It gets harder.

    Cheers,
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    Re: Hot hive solution

    "Do you think it will work?"

    Your plan is simple and elegant, but I don't know how well it will work. Your plan is likely what I would try. A slightly more complicated plan the components of which...
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    Re: Hot hive solution

    "... could I make a split from my calm hive and put it in the location of the old hive so all the forragers return to it."

    Genius.
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    Re: Questions about swarms.

    "how long should I wait until I transfer them to their (hopefully) permanent residence?"

    I leave them in the swarm box at the original location for a couple of days. Then I move the original swarm...
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    Re: First Beesource Product Review

    Yeoman's job on the review. Though "Snug the joiner" might better play the part of framemaker than Bottom.
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    Re: Hot hive solution

    "Any suggestions with this."

    1. Sooner, rather than later.
    2. Either split or use queen excluders.
    3. Also remove any capped queen cells when you first divide the hive.
    4. Don't bother looking...
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    Re: good hive tool on amazon

    Thank you for the post. I have one, and l like it. Just bought a spare from the link you posted.
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    Re: Trap Out ?

    "With a trap out how do transport the frame of eggs and brood without temperatures getting to low or the frame getting dried out?"

    I use nurse bees from the hive from which the frame was taken,...
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