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    Re: Washboarding bees

    According to Michael Bush:

    "A few times a year some new beekeeper wants to know what the bees are doing line dancing (rhythmically swaying) on the landing board. This is called "washboarding" and...
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    Re: Messed up marking queen. Now what?

    Just an update- did a hive inspection today. Found lots of brood and eggs. Hive looks healthy. Found the queen... She stands out like a firework on the 4th of July :) Thanks everyone for your input.
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    Re: Messed up marking queen. Now what?

    Thanks Gary. Yes, I'm feeding 1:1. They are on drawn comb. They have been bringing in pollen for the last day or two (even though the queen was still in her cage).
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    Messed up marking queen. Now what?

    Hey all,

    Today I marked a couple of my new queens when I direct released them to new packages (after the bees didn't quite eat all the way through the queen cage candy plug after 3 days). The...
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    Equalize hives when hiving new package

    Hi all,

    I have a strong overwintered hive. Later this week I will be hiving a new 3-pound package right next to it. I want to try to equalize the new and old colony by switching their locations...
  6. Maximizing honey production between 2 new hives

    Hi all,

    Last year I had two lang hives. Hive one is coming through winter great. Hive two died out earlier this month leaving me with 20 frames of drawn comb (including several honey frames) and...
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    Re: How many beekeepers come out even or better.

    I have a friend with just a hand-full of hives who told me he was going to save all of the beekeeping money he made one year to buy his wife something nice. He made $1800, and it only cost him $2000...
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    Re: Best Sources To Learn Queen Rearing

    This is all very helpful. Many thanks.
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    Best Sources To Learn Queen Rearing

    Hi all,

    This year I plan to do some very small-scale queen rearing - mostly just to to requeen my backyard hives or to keep a couple of queens in reserve. I've started digging into some of the...
  10. Why do they build only drone comb if I use foundationless next to foundation?

    I typically use ritecell foundation in my broodbox and supers. However, I wanted to get a little bit of cut comb honey this year so I in my super I did mostly foundation, but added just two frames...
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    Thanks sqkcrk - your horse analagy was both very enlightening to the topic and spot-on. I have no more questions.
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    Where did this thread get away from me?
  13. Best method to extract just a few frames on plastic foundation

    Hey everyone. I started a couple of new hives this year on plastic foundation. Because these are just first year hives, and ensuring I leave enough honey for winter, I'll only have maybe a small...
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    What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    I'm sure this varies by region, but are there any estimates of US hives, what percent of hives are feral and what percent of hives are kept? Thanks for your insights.
  15. How do I not throw swarm and not grow apiary

    I have two hives, and due city restrictions, I can't grow beyond that. I want to ensure I avoid throwing swarms, but performing a split to avoid swarming doesn't seem logical if I'm not attempting to...
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