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  1. Re: How many days after split for foragers...

    I usually move the original colony away and place the queenless split in it's place, the original should have the resources to recover better than the queenless would have without the foragers. The...
  2. Thread: what now

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    Re: what now

    That will work too. More than one way to manage a colony. We get hung up sometimes on "the" right way to manage bees.
  3. Thread: what now

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    Re: what now

    I'd just make sure they have plenty of room to expand if they want to, as for an excluder, I don't see the need in installing one. The bees are doing what they naturally do, expand upward early and...
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    Re: Hi new here from SC

    Go to the mann Lake site, they have budget boxes for about twelve dollars each, can't make them any cheaper, I ordered twenty and not a cull in the bunch, free shipping right now for orders over...
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    Re: Good hives bad hives

    Yes, as long as you don't deplete the strong hives too much, I am about to do some of those, I find that in most cases, especially in mid summer the weak hives don't have enough population to get...
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    Re: Langstroth super on a TBH?

    I tried supering a few TBH hives, it was overall a disappointment, just too awkward for me given the box configurations. They will treat the super as any langstroth super after the TBH is completely...
  7. Re: Hived a new swarm, 5 minutes later they moved into an occupied hive.

    I have seen swarms do that with a new split before they had a chance to raise a laying queen. My best guess is that your established colony were in the middle of getting rid of their old queen and...
  8. Re: Why I decided not to put my hives out in the sun

    Every location is different, what works for one won't work for another, I keep mine in full sun, have tried partial shade but the pests do a job on them. I do keep them well ventilated summer and...
  9. Re: Frustrated, did you all go this slow on the learning curve???

    Sounds like you have made too much progress to get discouraged now, you're down to learning swarm control and like others have said all in all you're doing great, many new beeks are still in the "...
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    Re: foundationless frames

    My thoughts and experiences are about the same as flowerplanters, but you can still use the plastic for helping to get straight combs by placing the foundationless between the plastic, after you get...
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    Re: A change in beehavior

    I am in the beginnings of a dearth that should last two and a half months, they get a lot of grass pollen and some other pollen but almost no nectar. They have slowed down their reproduction and...
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    Re: Just checked the swarm that moved in

    Joyce, if the bees are smaller than your existing colony you may have survivor bees that have been in the wild long enough to be regressed, if so they may be able to control the pests better than...
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    Re: Bee explosion and utter mess!

    Does your follower board have the necessary 3/16 spacer to compensate for the 3/8 bee space.?
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    Re: Bee explosion and utter mess!

    That's interesting, stranger things have happened. Do you have any idea why you suggested that, or was it because you didn't have the foggiest idea and just made a stab in the dark ? Next time I...
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    Re: Bee explosion and utter mess!

    You have plenty of time before winter to get it right, as others have said put empties between straight comb, usually you can start with one empty between two straights and they will get the clue and...
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    Re: queens change colors?

    I notice that not only have your queens become darker so have your worker bees. Changing genetics, a good thing. May be feral drones. Or may be another beek nearby with Carniolan bees, if so you...
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    Re: 10 frame split into TBH

    Attach a brood comb with eggs to a top bar, (several ways to do this) and just shake the bees into it, the queen can be in either box but Better if she is in the TBH. Leave the TBH and move the Lang...
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    Re: growing brood nest no stores

    I have all the same kind of bees in forty hives, half are in TBH and half are in Langs. The ones in the Langs produce brood, pollen and honey in about the same ratio as other beeks' bees that are in...
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    Re: growing brood nest no stores

    I'm a long way from you, so take anything I say with a grain of salt. Sounds like you have a really healthy TBH. Here blackberry season is swarm season, so my advice is to keep the brood nest open...
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    Re: Swarm trap thieves

    I had good luck this year but today I went to pick up a swarm near my home in a trap that I left so the bees could build population, it had been a small after swarm, I found it on the ground and away...
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    Re: Dry sugar during Summer... anyone?

    Sounds like you are busy, and it may take time to build a pretty robber screen but there are some really simple ones, some beeks just bend a strip #8 wire and staple it to the entrance, maybe two...
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    Re: Three queens in a cutout

    I'm certainly no expert, but my guess is that the old queen left with the swarm and those three queens could have produced after swarms, the bees not paying much notice of the queens indicates they...
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    Re: Robber Screen for Top Bar

    Just bending it around and stapling the screen is fine.
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    Re: water seal instead of paint

    That sounds like something I would like, think I will try a gallon, if it holds up and doesn't mildew it would be worth the extra money.
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    Re: water seal instead of paint

    I used Thompson's for several years, and it works good to preserve the wood but it will start mildewing and looking old within the first year. The hives with bees that I sell I paint but the ones I...
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