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    Re: Nosema? Check out these pics and weight in.

    Doesn't look like travel/pollen stain to me. Do a spore count to be sure. Did they take up the medicated syrup?
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    Drone layer queen

    For some reason, I hate cleaning up a nuc after a drone layer. The queen also seems to know it and makes every effort to hide :waiting: Usually, I am able to spot them quickly, but not when she's a...
  3. Re: A Slight Twist to Oldtimer's Cut Cell Method

    It definitely goes faster when the whole comb is the same age. I just wanted to see if I can pick the right age.
  4. Re: A Slight Twist to Oldtimer's Cut Cell Method

    Sorry, asd, I couldn't see the picture. It worked for me - it got me the cells that I need for this year.
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    Re: Turns out I'm allergic...

    Your best options are to discuss this with your doctor and see if you're eligible for immunotherapy.
  6. A Slight Twist to Oldtimer's Cut Cell Method

    I've always wondered if I am able to pick the right aged larva for grafting, but I've always ended using Oldtimer's cut cell method since I always need about 1 batch and it is pretty straightforward....
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    Re: My splits looking bad, any ideas?

    I would just pick one and pinch the other.
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    Re: My splits looking bad, any ideas?

    I think you just split them too hard. The nucs with the old queens are doing fine because they kept on laying. The other nucs had about 1 month before the new queens started laying and then about 40...
  9. Re: Foragers go to right hand hive even after swap - what now?

    Or could be the forage sources/the flight path are located to the right of the hives and the right hive is the first hive the loaded foragers land on. Try rotating your hives 90 degrees if that is...
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    Re: package queen placement

    Bring a knife to cut it out of the comb. Some comb will get damaged.
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    Re: package queen placement

    Staple it to the top of the frame, making sure it is flush with the frame (not across). The bees usually start comb from the queen cage (at least mine do), so they might as well start it where you...
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    Re: Man I HATE mice! Wrecked my honey?

    I wouldn't take the chance - just use it for feed.
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    Re: Technique Pulling Propolised Frames

    This is how I do it. I also scrape off the propolis off the frame I have out - makes it easier over the summer. If they are really stuck together, I try to push from the bottom.
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    Re: Cannibalize in observation hive?

    Basically you made a split when you loaded the observation hive. The OH with about 2 frames was a rather weak split - they figured they don't have the resources to raise and support drone brood....
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    Re: Question on how to save one of two packages

    If you had your hives side by side, both packages went into one hive. You can try to get some bees back into the abandoned hive, however, you'll need to move the hives apart so the same thing doesn't...
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    Re: Making a nuc, bees won't stay

    Might have been warm enough that you didn't grab enough nurse bees with your frames. Nurse bees are mostly concentrated on the open brood. Couple miles should be plenty for everyone to stay.
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    Re: Any idea what happened?

    Keep an eye on that NUC. The bees hanging on the front are usually foragers trying not to clog the brood nest. They are oriented to the old location and will go back. If the NUC needs a boost, switch...
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    Re: Any idea what happened?

    If they aren't preparing to swarm, then they are running out of space. I would add another box or consider splitting.
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    Re: Devastaded - winter loss

    Sorry for your loss, MichelinMan!

    Sometimes warm winters are harder on the bees because they break the cluster and burn out resources looking for pollen and nectar where there is none. However, it...
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    Re: a billion bees, but no brood

    I am with Tenbears - it is still early for swarming. We just had a week of snow. Look for eggs in the very center of the brood nest. They can be easy to miss especially if the comb is loaded with...
  21. Any eggs laid in the next 2-3 weeks will be foragers for our June flow

    Excepting drones, of course :)

    The week of snow and freezing temps did not stop the bees from their Spring expansion. The majority have 4-6 frames of brood in the second brood box. That brood is...
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    Re: Wow, just call me O'l Lucky

    Wow, that looks awesome :D Congrats!
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    Re: Unexplainable Swarminess

    For me, usually that means they are under some kind of pressure that makes them "yearn" for greener grass... Mites would be my first guess, then robbing. I am not sure when your flow is supposed to...
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    Re: Strong Spring Hives

    Still about a month to a month and a half out from swarm prep- they just started laying.
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    Re: Strong Spring Hives

    I also had one that lagged behind the others. It would have been a normal cluster any other year, but looks really wimpy compared to the others. I switched its with the strongest one when the bees...
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