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  1. Thread: First Cutout

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    Re: First Cutout

    Thanks, northbee, PM sent!
  2. Thread: First Cutout

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    Re: First Cutout

    Wow, thanks for all the tips. I'll make sure I make it clear to the homeowner. I've described what I hope to do (and will expand on it next time we talk) but the understanding is that he'll take...
  3. Thread: First Cutout

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    Re: First Cutout

    Thanks, any idea how to remove the cap stones? Can they just be tapped with a hammer and then re-glued in place?
  4. Thread: First Cutout

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    First Cutout

    I got a call from a homeowner who has honeybees in one of the columns of his front porch, and I'm not sure how to proceed, looking for advice from someone with more experience than me.

    From the...
  5. Re: dead pupae and deformed wings - is it too late?

    It might be too late to comment on this, but you may want to think twice before combining a mite-infested hive with a healthy hive. The last thing your healthy hive needs is a few thousand...
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    Re: Hopguard and dead bees

    Well, it sounds like my results are uncommon at least, which is nice to hear. Still not sure what to make of it, but thanks for the responses.
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    Re: Hopguard and dead bees

    No need to worry about being too negative, I'm not feeling very hopeful about this hive. I'm especially confused, since the dead bees seemed to be localized to the bottom box of just one hive. I...
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    Hopguard and dead bees

    Three weeks ago I opened my two hives and saw bees with deformed wings. I bought hopguard right away and treated the same day. Today I opened up one of the hives to put in the third treatment and...
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    Re: Lid absorption enhancement

    I've heard of people using carpet remnants, bags of dried leaves or dry sugar (on top of newspaper or carpet remnant for combined feeding/dampness absorbtion).
  10. Re: narrow frames in the broodnest - tough to manage?

    I got a j-hook tool and I can't recommend them highly enough. I'm admittedly a rookie, but from my point of view, they're fantastic.
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    Re: Hello from WSP, MN

    Welcome, Andy, glad to have another Minnesotan around!

    bsquad
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    Fall feeding question

    I'm trying to boost the weight of two of my hives to get them ready for winter, and after putting 2:1 sugar syrup on them this morning, I realized I had some questions.

    My hives are...
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    Re: bee escape in reverse

    Won't you end up with a trap full of yellowjackets and flies along with your bees?
  14. Re: Langstroth, No foundation, No treatment, Burr Comb, (Newb)

    I had a similar issue - I left them alone for maybe 10 days with an empty foundationless box and ended up with 5 frames or so all connected together. My brother and I spent maybe 45 minutes cutting...
  15. Thread: queen fell

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    Re: queen fell

    Are the swarm cells capped? You could cut out a queen cell or two from that drone comb and tack it onto one of the combs in your queenless hive.
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    Re: A swarm question

    If you don't want more bees and you could combine the new swarm with one of your existing hives.
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    Re: First year - opinions wanted!

    I've decided to go with the Michael Bush 'panacea' treatment (http://www.bushfarms.com/beespanacea.htm) and see if we can't get things rolling.
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    Swarm + newspaper combine?

    This is just a hypothetical question, I've been doing a lot of thinking about swarms lately:

    If I got a swarm and wanted to combine it right away with an existing colony to requeen it, could it be...
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    Re: First year - opinions wanted!

    Also, only pictures 1-14 are from this hive. The later ones are from other hives.
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    Re: First year - opinions wanted!

    Some of the foundation is black, some white (hoping to transition to foundationless, but not moving too quickly towards that), I don't believe there is an EFB problem, pretty sure that's just the...
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    First year - opinions wanted!

    I have 3 hives, two of which seem to be good and strong. The third seems to be stagnating, but I'm not sure what to do. I saw the queen a week ago, but couldn't find her today (but i assume she's...
  22. Thread: CWBA Photo Page

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    Re: CWBA Photo Page

    Great photos! (except the one with the giant mite on that worker's back... that one's a little depressing.)
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    Re: First swarm; didn't go well.

    I'm itching for more hives, so I didn't charge. The homeowner described the size (so I suspected that it was small) but I was hoping that it was thicker than it was. Next time I'll make sure it's...
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    First swarm; didn't go well.

    Just trying to figure out whether I did something wrong - I'd appreciate any feedback.

    I got a call about a swarm today, and was able to get to it about an hour later. The swarm was at the top of...
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    Re: My new hive top enterence

    Any problems with rain coming in Michael?
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