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    Re: What is white wax and when is it first seen

    Been meaning to get back to this thread since Debbie posted her chart. Other priorities.

    First, a comment on WBVC's question on the CBed supers. The intent of opening the overhead capped honey...
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    Re: Pyramiding up - appropriate timing?

    No responses, so far. Will take a crack at it.
    Assuming you have variations in colony strength coming out of winter, that's more significant than keying on forage or calendar. You want to implement...
  3. Thread: Rotating Boxes

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    Re: Rotating Boxes

    Columbia, where? Can think of several in the US alone.
    If the brood in the upper expansion dome did not reach the top bar, yes the broodnest was separated. Visualize the extra bands of insulating...
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    Re: Total newbie questions

    You mention that the super foundation does not have wiring. If may be what is called cut-comb foundation with cells between worker and drone sized cell size. That size cell is touted to prevent the...
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    Re: Checkerboarding and pollen frames

    We didn't see that problem when we were doing it. The pollen box was typically empty in late winter. You can use them in the CBed boxes at the outside if they are full of pollen. Put those with the...
  6. Re: New bee keeper tragedy but may have silver lining.

    Make that dawn. Active robbers, who know where it is, are on the job early.
    Walt
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    Re: What is white wax and when is it first seen

    Janne,
    Excellent!,
    Nobody, other than you and I, will be more interested in what happens.

    rsj,
    Dearth does not mean absence of nectar - the word means scarcity. I find it hard to believe that...
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    Re: What is white wax and when is it first seen

    Mike G,
    Have no experience with your question, and would prefer not to guess. Will say reproductive swarm cut off timing which starts the lull is close to the same timing for all colonies at the...
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    Re: What is white wax and when is it first seen

    White wax is the wax generated internally by the bees feeding on light-colored nectar. New wax. Darker nectars generally produce more yellowish wax. Somewhere in the Dadant Big Book there is the...
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    Re: can someone explain to me this hive

    Chip,
    Unfortunately, foundation does not get the same results. They "know" drawn comb when they encounter it.
    CB is a one-shot deal. After the original manip, all you have to do is maintain empty...
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    Re: can someone explain to me this hive

    Thanks, S.V. Coming from someone else, it carries more weight than if it came from me.
    The production increase comes in two phases. The bees storing nectar overhead during the buildup is not seen in...
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    Re: can someone explain to me this hive

    I like the skepticism shown in the above posts. The basic reason I have not used production pictures much in promoting checkerboarding. Everybody "knows" you can't get that kind of production from a...
  13. Re: Beekeeping Methodology, Definitions, and Repeatedly Beating a Dead Horse

    Mike G.'s comments above are of interest to me. I do not normally get involved in philosophical threads. Everyone is entitled to an opinion on those subjects, and my opinion is not worth anymore than...
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    Re: Supercedure cells in very strong hive

    Based on the history provided, I'd like to change my call from swarm to supersedure.

    I like OT's call on an aborted swarm attempt. It's not uncommon for a colony finding itself in the top box not...
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    Re: Supercedure cells in very strong hive

    Some central Europeans use 3 as the limit, but that's not what I see here in TN. I use the groundrule of 6, and have seen as many as 10 cells leading to supersedure.

    Ridgeway is not in my road...
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    Re: no eggs, 4 queen cells

    Classic indications of supersedure:
    Low count on queen cells.
    Queen cells in progress - all about the same stage of development.
    No eggs. Some colonies dispatch the existing Q as soon as they have...
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    Re: adding supers, did i do this right?

    You added some more while I was typing. It does not surprise me that you had the brood in different locations in the different hives. If the brood was all in the supers and the deep had none,...
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    Re: adding supers, did i do this right?

    You don't say what was in that super you added between the brood deep and their overhead capped honey. It might make a difference. Checkerboarding that drawn comb above WITH the capped honey would...
  19. Re: This has got to be laying workers...now what?

    Me too. 100% on Ruthie's post.
    Walt
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    Re: Is this a queen cell in a split nuc?

    I don't speak their language, so may not get an answer to that question.
    W
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    Re: Is this a queen cell in a split nuc?

    Looks like a normal emergency cell to me. The queen larval chamber is embedded in the comb. Very well may produce an adequate queen. Yes, they sometimes put all their egg in one basket.
    Walt
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    Re: moving brood around

    In other applications, it appears they don't like the smell of duct tape. They are not nearly as fussy about the use of masking tape. Neither should be left in place until they grow there and can't...
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    Re: Recognizing Signs of Swarm Prep

    Your best indication of an early bee season is the field forage. If it's early, the bees will be too.
    2 or 3 years ago we had a very early tree bloom - average 2+ weeks early. The bees synced right...
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    Re: Things to know about beekeeping

    That list of problem scenarios is much to complex to be the work of a beginner. Do you suppose it might be a test of the skill of the responders to beginner questions??
    Walt
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    Re: Robbing behavior?

    Climbing up the front panel to get airborne indicates a congested entry. Outgoing are climbing the front to make way for incoming with the groceries.
    Walt
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