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  1. Thread: Split Questions

    by rwlaw
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    Re: Split Questions

    Do a search on BS, Micheal Bush's website has a wealth of split info. I practice the Mel Disselkoen's OTS method, http://www.mdasplitter.com for starts and recommend his book highly. But I'm biased,...
  2. Thread: WHY! WHY! WHY!

    by rwlaw
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    Re: WHY! WHY! WHY!

    Ok!! Good points--ads just seemed more pronounced today..
    Naw, y'all just were having a bad hair day. We all have em now and then.
  3. Thread: bees scratching?

    by rwlaw
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    Re: bees scratching?

    Washboarding, I've watched bees chewing at the reducing corks I put in the extra holes of the boxes. They really go at it, sorta like a dog gnawing on a bone.
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    Re: inter covers flat on one side

    Flat side down in the summer, it'll keep the burr comb down. It should have a notch on the rim of the deep side, flip it over for winter for a condensation vent. If it doesn't have one I'd cut one in...
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    Re: Have a queen and eggs but no larvae?

    Might be a lot of things. You mentioned side by side, it might be loss of population to drifting, try switching positions. Does the hive have plenty of stores? You might need to feed.
    The queen...
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    Re: Why do people have top bar hives?

    My ole bk'n bud has a favorite saying "everybody should try all aspects of keeping bees in a box, that way they can appreciate what Lanstroth contributed to beekeeping", course he's a been a...
  7. Re: Should I remove the entrance reducers in this hotter weather?

    [QUOTE=Acebird;1291310]And why would they be doing that? This would draw in warm air and dispel cooler air.

    Being a non interventionist must mean you've never held your hand over the inner cover...
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    Re: Queens are piping! Questions.

    Yes to one and two, it's very difficult to locate virgin queens and if they decide to fly off the frame while looking for them you could be left with a queenless colony.
    Depending on the disposition...
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    This wasn't what I expected

    Got a swarm call, wasn't too far away so I threw a couple boxes and the bee vac in the truck. Went over there and yup, it was a swarm alright, 5 days ago or so! I separated the bees and there was...
  10. Re: Made a split, massive number of queen cups a few days later.

    Ya, sometimes they'll make em and cap em with nothing but air inside. I pull queens to make splits before they get swarmy, it seems to cut down on the dud cells.
    If you give the queenright hive...
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    Re: Do bees ever store water in the frames?

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lbwumXVTOz8
    Some say they're bored, some say they're cleaning.
    Bee tai chi maybe?
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    Re: Do bees ever store water in the frames?

    Bees are opportunitists and have a two mile forage radius. Could be a lot of people are wondering why their hummingbird feeders have to be filled every day or a nubee thinks there's a hole in his...
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    Re: Unknown hive activity

    As I didn't have a mentor and no beesource for the first couple years, I spent plenty of time throwing entrance reducers in and taking them out LOL.
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    Re: Sticky Smoker Mess

    Have no idea about the pellets. I go over the outside with a propane torch (gently) till the creosote starts smoking and starts to curl on the inside. Easily scraped out and then finish off with...
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    Re: Made my first OTS split tonight.

    In my opinion, the OTS method is founded on Mel's research of how to get the maximum yield of Q cells of of a hive without having to do all the work of the other methods. When the notching is done,...
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    Re: Made my first OTS split tonight.

    You don't have to dispatch the queen until after the summer solstice for the brood break.
    I always count the breeder queen as a split. You also have that hive for brood source if any of the splits...
  17. Re: Ok pros, how do you keep an eye on swarming without disturbing the brood chamber?

    If I have seven frames of brood on a overwintered queen, I'll pull her and a frame of sealed brood, a frame of honey/ pollen and a couple shakes of bees in box of drawn out comb. Sometimes they'll...
  18. Re: I'm probably fiddling with my new splits to death

    Cull the Q cells and put down the hive tool for 20 days LOL.
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    Re: Changing hive direction

    I rotated a hive about 45 deg once, most of the foragers got it and went looking. There was a select dense few that came back and would hover where the entrance was. I would rotate in stages or when...
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    Re: suprise for my fiancee

    I would think a couple bee suits, a club to join and a beek that relate to Brian's situation would (in my mind) a heck of a suprise.
    I'm always open to poeple participating in hive inspections....
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    Re: storing honey in slow hives

    Not only robbing. If you don't have the bees to cover the frames, SHB and wax moths.
  22. Thread: Trapout help

    by rwlaw
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    Re: Trapout help

    Just walk away from it. He has sprayed them and if you don't get the comb cleaned out and that siding sealed up there'll be another swarm in there next year. It's a noble gesture, to try and save...
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    Re: Bees are ignoring dandelion

    Last year the bee boxes were stained yellow around the entrances, this year I hardly see a bee on dandelions, I was really surprised to see that. But hey, they know what they're doing.
  24. Thread: no queen cells

    by rwlaw
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    Re: no queen cells

    Ya, you might be mistaking drone brood for the Q cells. From the sounds of it they might be getting big enough to start rearing drones.
  25. Re: Cleaning propolis off of your extracting equipment?

    I use a 25/75 dish soap/alcohol solution to clean hive tools and my hands. Seems to dissolve it pretty good.
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