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  1. Re: Is it a bad idea to inspect a hive while the bees are bearding?

    give them a shake or brush stroke and dump them in the hive. a few seconds before closing a gentle puff or two of smoke will push them down in the hive, no squished bees. in the long run get rid of...
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    Re: Considering drinking the Kool-aid

    good answer mr. carlson, you might add swarms from other than feral sources are a factor also.
  3. Re: Is it a bad idea to inspect a hive while the bees are bearding?

    ignore the bearding and do your work. bearding is in no way hostile. it is too early, let the insulation plans be on hold for 2 or 3 months. do check your mite levels and react imediatly if they are...
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    Re: EMERGENCY queen cell help!!!

    if you do not have use for the extra queens or a way to let some one else get them who needs them, then let the new queen handle the situation, that is the hard reality of nature..
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    Re: Handhold/cleat requirements

    i usually use 3/4 x 1 1/2 that would be 19 x 38, when i need cleats. i use cut out handles where possible, cleats take up more space and it is more wood and screws, and the boxes do not fit as close...
  6. Re: Help me feel better about having to do what I know I need to do

    bad queen, get rid of her before adding a new queen or doing a combine.
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    Re: Population diminishing

    :thumbsup:peter is on target.. got mites?
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    Re: Population diminishing

    peter is on target..got mites?
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    Re: How can I tell if I caught a swarm?

    just check after dark. robbers go home at night.
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    Re: should i add a drone comb?

    .. i repeat bees generaly do not mate with queens from their own hive or yard. if you want to try to use your own drones have the drone hives a mile or two away. if you have drones in your yard then...
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    Re: should i add a drone comb?

    .... i repeat, generaly queens will not mate with drones from the same hive or yard. if you want to use your own, "maybe", drones have the done hives a mile or a bit more away. the presence of drones...
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    Re: should i add a drone comb?

    in general drones do not mate with bees from the same hive or yard at all. their use is to spread genes to the surrounding area. for your immediate use as a small beekeeper the fewer the better. as...
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    Re: Insulation or Not-For Winter

    of course bees can winter in a top bar hive. the further north the harder it is. as far north as i am it is not easy. it would not be recomended for beginers localy.
  14. Re: What do the big boys do for mite treatment

    i agree with the last 3 posts. if you are going to use oxalic dribble know what you are doing.
  15. Re: What do the big boys do for mite treatment

    ... both. 20% queen loss is possible. drone laying and sterile queens are possible. if you do it right once, it is not too bad. doing it more than once is apt to be trouble.
  16. Re: How long should I wait till concluding that a split queen is a dud?

    if lots of pollen is coming in and there is some on hand you do not need pollen sub at this time. also you probably do not need to feed right now. if you are feeding then the honey in the hive is a...
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    Re: Bee Sickness? Disease?

    good answer mr. bush
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    Re: Insulation or Not-For Winter

    think about moisture build up when planing. wet bees die in winter.
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    Re: Handhold/cleat requirements

    a table saw is a wise expendature for a bee keeper. the homeowner type saws cost about the same as wooden ware for one hive. even if you buy your wooden stuff it is great for adapting, expermenting...
  20. Re: Moving a nuc into a foundationless super

    this is a severe example of a local question. good answers for you are not for everyone. best wishes from where there is snow for 1/2 the year.
  21. Re: What do the big boys do for mite treatment

    most all of the "big"boys are migratoy beekeepers who winter in the far south and send bees to almonds. the hives are split several times in the winter. an exact copy of their mite control procedure...
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    Re: Hive inspection lenght time

    practise/practise a real experienced 2 person research team has inspected 180 hives before lunch. a friend at last weeks bee meeting who works alone had inspected 80 that day and had done some other...
  23. Re: Help me feel better about having to do what I know I need to do

    find a queen, make up a "strong" nuc and do a newspaper combine. the drone brood is the worst part of the problem.
  24. Re: How long should I wait till concluding that a split queen is a dud?

    add a pollen patty anyway. a new pollen source will stimulate brood rearing. water source handy? you do not want the bees to think there is a dearth.
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    Re: Need some help and Advice!

    your past due for mite counts.you may have a large mite problem..... check for available stores, are the hives light?. feed if you need to. add pollen patties, they should then start to raise brood.
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