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  1. Thread: Robber attack

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    Re: Robber attack

    I would like to have at least six hives, that way I'm much more likely to have the resources I need. One is a disaster, two is only marginally better so far.

    Live and learn!

    Peter
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    Re: Feeding nucs during dearth?

    Put the feed as far from the entrance as you can, this will help keep other bees from finding it. Make sure you don't have leaks or drips that show up outside, too, as that will rapidly attract...
  3. Re: "...honey vs. sucrose or high fructose corn syrup"

    Bees process sugar syrup exactly as they do honey, but it lacks all the other things found in nectar -- amino acids, essential oils, and whatever enzymes or proteins the plants put in it. As far as...
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    Re: Found a queen!!!

    I have trouble spotting them, but don't usually look for them anyway, I'm happy to see eggs or very young brood.

    I did see a fat sassy one in the tiny swarm I collected a few weeks ago, nice brood...
  5. Re: "...honey vs. sucrose or high fructose corn syrup"

    Honey is probably much better for the bees to overwinter on, since they made it and it is not just sugar syrup condensed down. However, I do not hesitate to feed, any more than I would hesitate to...
  6. Thread: Robber attack

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    Re: Robber attack

    Well, the hive swarmed this spring after making a huge crop of honey -- my fault, I should have pulled a split, but last year I tried too early and they absconded after being overun by hive beetles. ...
  7. Thread: Robber attack

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    Robber attack

    I'm having a weak, probably queenless hive robbed. I'm not sure I can save it -- saw some larvae being carried out today, so I suspect they are no longer organzied.

    I'm thinking of taking in a...
  8. Re: 7D nails for supers and hive bodies (Galvanized vs hot dipped, vs electro-galvani

    These days nails are secondary to the high quality glue we use (or should use) to hold the boxes together. Not that nails won't hold indefinitely, it's that the glue will make the joint waterproof...
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    Re: Cost of Feeding Sugar Syrup

    I'm no expert, but I would not feed them past having a second deep filled for winter, and it's early for that. Cut them off and see what they do -- if the stores start to disappear with no real...
  10. Re: 7D nails for supers and hive bodies (Galvanized vs hot dipped, vs electro-galvani

    I use hot dip galvanized nails when I can find them. Most of the rest of the "galvanized" nails have very thin coatings, and will inevitably rust after you drive them because the friction with the...
  11. Thread: Late Swarm

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    Re: Late Swarm

    Found a nice fat queen walking around today. No signs of brood yet, but I have trouble seeing eggs in fresh comb. Looked like there were some shiny spots in that fresh comb, though, which usually...
  12. Re: One hive makes messy combs, why, what to do?

    I had a swarm capture given to me (I supplied the solid wood nuc box and base, etc) where some foundation had warped badly. I never did get it completely straightened out, and lost the hive to small...
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    Re: confused, reducing entrance in summer?

    My brother had a hive a couple years ago that reduced the bottom entrance down to about an inch before winter and closed off the Porter Bee Escape hole in the inner cover with the exception of two...
  14. Tiny swarm with a queen, how to make a split?

    I recovered the last of the bees from the late swarm I got last Sunday. The original swarm is making brood and doing quite well, and I added a frame of stores and nurse bees today to help them...
  15. Thread: Kelleys

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    Re: Kelleys

    I would imagine they are getting swamped with orders with the free shipping on woodenware. They make their own on site, and if orders have exceeded manufacturing capacity (and this is a VERY small...
  16. Thread: Late Swarm

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    Re: Late Swarm

    My tiny swarm is doing great -- hand sized patch of brood on two frame faces and they are storing syrup and pollen substitute and drawing comb. I added a frame of stores (pollen and honey) from...
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    Re: feeding just dry milk powder?

    I can watch them for hours, or until a guard bee decides I need to move along. Endlessly fascinating.

    Peter
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    Re: Brood cycle and build up questions

    If they cannot fly, you need to feed protein as well as syrup. Gotta have protein to raise bees, and if there isn't much stored pollen in the hive you won't get many larvae.

    If the spotty brood...
  19. Re: I think I started a robbing frenzy last evening:(

    You did indeed tempt all the local hives to a feeding frenzy.

    Hopefully no damage was done and your bees managed to defend their hive, but I would put the frames with honey in them inside the...
  20. Re: Treating Japanese beetles without harming bees

    I used to have terrible problems with Japanese beetles, but for the last few years I just get a few on the grapes this time of year, and those are easily managed by a light spray of Sevin (in liquid...
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    Re: entering dearth period - feeder issues

    White vinegar will help with the syrup spoiling, but what I do is only feed a quart or two at a time. Mine will take that up in a day or two, so there is no problem with spoilage. I'm going to have...
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    Re: Swarming Question

    Mine weren't this year, in fact they were quite docile. Much nastier the next day when I went looking for a queen, though!

    Peter
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    Re: Bees only Filling out Half the Hive?

    My brother has had several hives that refuse to use the last frame on one side of the hive.

    The best thing to do, I think, on a new hive like that is to move the undrawn frames to the other...
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    Re: Is this the queen?

    The queen is the only female bee in the hive with no fur on her thorax. I'm quite certain you have one, but they can be hard to spot -- especially if you need to find her!

    Peter
  25. Thread: Late Swarm

    by psfred
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    Re: Late Swarm

    I've not had time to really check yet, but they are taking syrup. I'll look for a queen tomorrow afternoon. A very small cluster, about the size of my hand on two frames, but I'll be able to put at...
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