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    Re: Adding second box

    When 8 frames are drawn, you can add the second box.
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    Re: Too late to split in central MA?

    How often do you replace your queens?
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    Too late to split in central MA?

    Is it too late to split and let a hive requeen naturally in central ma? I'm considering making a nuc from a full size hive and letting the parent hive requeen. The main reason I'm interested in...
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    Re: OAV and honey supers

    Thank you all for your help.

    Zhive, I already have a vaporizer, I don't have MAQs, and don't mind a little complexity, and don't feel like spending more money. It's really a minor thing once...
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    Re: OAV and honey supers

    Thanks for the responses. The plan was to treat 3 times in week intervals, although I've also seen instructions for 4 times 5 days apart.

    Gskip, how do you treat from the top?
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    OAV and honey supers

    I put my escape boards on last night, but a few of my hives have brood in the the first super. I put the escape boards over these supers and figure I'll harvest those later after the bees have moved...
  7. Re: New from package hive with swarm cells and unproductive queen

    Requeen. You'll have to pinch her and wait for any queen cells to form, and pinch them. Then introduce a new, mated queen.
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    Re: Struggling in the grass

    A few in the grass is normal.
  9. Re: Can someone help me identify this bee behavior at the entrance?

    I second John. It doesn't look like anything to worry about. Bees often communicate in this way at the entrance. Every once in a while a forager will come back and you'll see several bees gather...
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    Re: How many frames of brood?

    Yes, add empty drawn comb. Some guys here advocate pulling honey frames, spinning them out, and then adding them back if you have no empty drawn comb.
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    Re: Dive bombing bees?

    If they're being annoyed by predators they can become more aggressive as well.
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    Re: Bees won't move up

    My experience is that they'll draw the comb when they need to. In summer they're certainly less likely to draw comb than in the spring. Some people try spraying foundation with syrup to lure the bees...
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    Re: Adding supers

    Thank you all for your input
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    Re: Adding supers

    Thanks bee nut. That makes sense to me.
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    Re: Adding supers

    Same if they're undrawn?
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    Adding supers

    How many supers do you typically add at once if they're drawn.

    If not, do you mix drawn and undrawn frames?
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    Re: I caught a large swarm?

    Assuming they're the appropriate size for the nuc, let them draw out the comb and when 4/5 of the frames are used, I move them.
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    Re: hiving package bees in cold weather.

    I would be careful with sugar syrup spray too, if you were planning to use it. Wet bees and cold weather don't mix.
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    Re: Newbee here

    Good luck! It's tons of fun.
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    Re: Nectar Flow and Pollen

    I've read that some beekeepers claim to notice the returning never foragers will 'dip' before landing at the entrance, or crash into the landing board altogether. Other than that, comb building is a...
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    Re: Couple questions from a dummie

    Yeah they are drone larvae. Though, usually they're still half inside the torn burr comb. Still, they look like stone larvae.
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    Re: Couple questions from a dummie

    Somebody on beesource mentioned spinning out the uncapped nectar first. Then uncapping and spinning out the honey, as to separate the two. It's extra work but with only six frames it's not that big...
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    Re: Observation Hive from Pine

    Awesome, thank you.
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    Re: Checking on winter bees.

    If all you want to know is whether or not they're alive, you can put your ear up to the entrance and knock on the side of the hive. You'll hear a slight hum. You can also blow lightly into the...
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    Observation Hive from Pine

    Has anybody made the observation hive from the 'Build it Yourself' section, but from pine? Any extra design considerations? I'd like to keep the weight down.
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