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    Re: Eggs/larvae between deeps

    I agree completely w/Rusty and treeWinder, but would like to add a comment. That being - There's not only something that you can do about it, but you SHOULD DO ABOUT IT.

    That comb and drone brood...
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    Re: Yep, bees in the smoker. Wait....What?

    I believe the bees perceive a dark spot as a point of vulnerability of the intruder - like the bear's eyes or nose.
    One suit I had had a black spot where a felt tip leaked in my breast pocket....
  3. Thread: Swarming?

    by wcubed
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    Re: Swarming?

    I don't think they are residents of that hive. Looks like a swarm, itself. Do you have other hives in the area? If that hive swarmed, they wouldn't normally cluster on the same hive, but it could...
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    Re: Saw my first swarm today

    Ian G,
    Swarms housed in the same beeyard are at risk of leaving to parts unknown. The parent colony has had nest scouts in the field for more than a week looking for suitable locations. They can...
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    Re: Saw my first swarm today

    gez,
    That's a pretty fierce brood nest. It would be easy to neglect the second part of the regimen - maintaining an empty box of drawn comb at the top until repro c/o. That empty comb keeps them...
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    Re: Saw my first swarm today

    Interesting thread. Locally it has been a low-swarming season. Extra cold buildup season has cheated the colonies of one brood cycle of development in late winter. 2nd year in a row that this has...
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    Re: Southerners: 1 or 2 deeps for winter?

    bmd,
    Surely, you are not arguing that more bee population does not produce more honey. The pros have reported that bee count actually increases production at greater rates than mere numbers would...
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    Re: Southerners: 1 or 2 deeps for winter?

    A few relevant observations might help the OP with his questions. We don't know the reasons why he took up beekeeping in the first place. The responses come from beekeepers with a diverse set of...
  9. Re: Reuse of hive parts when exposed European foulbrood

    You are right. I didn't get back after I got some details. Been busy.
    All but 1 of 5 in the home yard showed infection early in the build up. All 5 were infected last season and struggled through...
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    Re: About queen bees

    A lot depends on cavity size in which the colony is operating. The colony has a special skill of regulating population to be proportional to cavity size/stores available. You don't have to be too...
  11. Thread: Strange Sight

    by wcubed
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    Re: Strange Sight

    I think you will find that they are nectar driers. They are up there to take advantage of the warm air rising off the broodnest. You are not likely to see them tongue drying the syrup because you...
  12. Re: Full of bees, honey and no eggs, larva or brood

    HBD,
    Note that I didn't say the reverse is true, but seeing the empty cells might give you the incentive for patience to give them a little more time to go through the sequence.
    Walt
  13. Re: Full of bees, honey and no eggs, larva or brood

    If the colony has pretty well filled the broodnest with nectar, that's a good indication of hopelessly queenless. If they have a potential queen in almost any stage of development, they will hold...
  14. Thread: Drunk Bees

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    Re: Drunk Bees

    It's the young foragers who haven't learned to approach with a full load that miss the landing board. After a few trips to the field, they learn to use full flaps and full power.
    W
  15. Re: Is it advisable to split a hive early in the nectar flow?

    Colonies often supersede in early main flow if they do not meet the swarm prep requirements. We do not typically see this SS because we are supering at that part of the season, and are not going down...
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    Re: Bees are ignoring dandelion

    The preoccupation with dandelions is a northern thing. In Dixie, d-lions bloom in parallel with apples. That's into the swarm issue period. Keep in mind that the low-growing d-lion. is close to the...
  17. Re: Deep filled out from an April split and flow on what do I do next?

    Adam,
    You can add your medium now. They should have enough population to penetrate the added box and start drawing it after some delay. The delay is because we ignore their instinctive habit of...
  18. Re: Reuse of hive parts when exposed European foulbrood

    Update as of May, 2015:
    Harold reported a few days ago that the EFB is back in the home yard. I didn't get the details but he said it was not as bad as last year and he has already treated with...
  19. Thread: Queen Cell?

    by wcubed
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    Re: Queen Cell?

    My guess is a drone cell - no taper to the capping. Is the photo upside down?
    Walt
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    Re: Running Out of Room

    Jafar,
    You still have not told us whether you intend to draw the comb in the deep with F-less or not. It makes a difference.
    W
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    Re: Running Out of Room

    At this point in the season, yes.
    We were just making the point that what works well at some times on the bee's schedule does not necessarily get the same results as they go through the season.
    W
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    Re: Running Out of Room

    scit,
    Perhaps I should have been more specific. They will expand downward into empty drawn comb. Either drawn comb that was honey consumed over winter, or comb that they didn't move down into in the...
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    Re: Running Out of Room

    Jafar,
    Your first chance to judge sources per AL's advice. I would do none of the above. Adding a deep below would not get the results you need. Anywhere in GA, at this point in the season, you...
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    Re: Queen cell or not?

    Just made some relevant notes on another active thread, a few minutes ago. This is a nice picture of one of the circumstances described.
    Walt
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    Re: Queen Cell Question

    Supersedure (SS) of first year colonies is more the rule than the exception. It's in their instincts for the natural swarm which left the parent colony with a queen of unknown age. Insurance in my...
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