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    Re: Entrance size -getting real hot here

    I wouldn't open it up very much. As a matter of fact, I would stay with the 1 1/2" opening if it's a new package.
    You might have plenty of bees now, but that population is going to decline for the...
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    Re: Getting a little worried....

    You're welcome. Please keep us updated on how your bees are doing. I expect that they'll be fine.
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    Re: Bee Longevity

    More like six or seven weeks, but that's only if they're flying a lot. Also, the package suppliers try to give you a majority of young bees in the package. But one way or another, your bees that came...
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    Re: Using a division feeder

    Do you like to eat ice cream? My wife bought some "Blue Bunny" brand ice cream at Hannaford. The containers make a great feeder. They're a fairly rugged plastic, and have a much thicker rim section...
  5. Re: package installed 3 weeks ago have very few worker bees

    You've lost over half of the original bees that came with the package by now. It sounds like you still have a couple of weeks to go before your new bees start emerging. In that time frame you'll lose...
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    Re: Getting a little worried....

    I would wait a few more days, and look for larva. Maybe the queens are slow starters for one reason or another. It's only been a few days since the queens were released anyway. Eggs are very hard to...
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    Re: Entrance reducer

    In Maine I would leave it on the smallest opening for a month at least, unless there is a really serious traffic jam. If so you could open it up a little, but after a couple of weeks reduce it back...
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    Re: some help please

    Re the "weird comb". I've had that happen a lot with the PF-120 plastic frames. Break it off. Don't let them build it out away from the foundation. It will screw up your whole hive. Spray some sugar...
  9. Re: Do you keep the burr comb? And what do you do with it if so?

    Check out "Fat Bee Man" on u-Tube. He's got a method where he puts it in hot water in an old junk pot (this pot won't be good for anything else afterwards, so don't use your wife's good cookware)....
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    Re: New package absconded or robbed?

    There's a good chance you had an extra queen in that package. It happened to me this year also, but my bees didn't abscond. Some might have, but I still have most of them.
    You say this is the first...
  11. Thread: Ross Rounds

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    Re: Ross Rounds

    I don't know too much about them, but there was a thread in this forum on May 5, see page 10 of the forum.
    Most of the guys that posted thought that they were too labor intensive to bother with....
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    Re: I killed the queen

    If you can get a new Queen Monday, you're all set. I would get the dead queen out of the hive. You'll want the bees to KNOW they're queenless and be ready to accept the new one. I would feed them...
  13. Thread: Bee Battle

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    Re: Bee Battle

    I did one Monday. I sprayed every one with syrup mixed with a small amount of vanilla extract.
    They haven't eaten through much paper yet, so I tore some out for them. It seems to be working OK.
    I...
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    Re: Quick Package Question

    That's great, Bush_84!
    Today I got my wife to come out and help me do a hive inspection. First time ever for her. She never showed any interest before.
    She kept the smoker going. I showed her the...
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    Re: 3 packages installed yesterday

    I absolutely agree with Mmiller. I wouldn't wait too long. Certianly not a week. Four days max.
    Get that cage out, or they'll build comb all over it, and probably screw up your comb spacing in the...
  16. Re: Drowned bees in syrup - do I remove them pls?

    If it's a top feeder, you're not really disturbing the hive when you check on it. (I'm assuming that it's on the top.) As far as the bees are concerned, it's not really part of the hive.
    When you go...
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    Re: Bees finally, when to peek?

    I wouldn't wait another week. I would look at them Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest, and make sure that queen is out and about. If she's not, you can pull the screen off and manually release her....
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    Re: Space for bees

    No problem. Do you have a fence, or some shrubbery, or something like that on your property? If you do, place the hive near it with the entrance facing the obstruction. The idea is to get your bees...
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    Re: 2 wk hive check. Pics :)

    That's great! If they'll build on the plastic, you're a lucky girl.
    Keep giving them the plastic foundation and you'll have some great combs for future use. In my (limited) experience, I had one...
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    Re: 2 wk hive check. Pics :)

    That looks like pretty nice comb. Very good for only a couple of weeks.
    Did you use wax foundation or plastic. I like the plastic. The bees, not so much. They'll eventually build it out, but only...
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    Re: Russian queen

    They are the same thing. In general, the younger bees are nurse bees and the older ones are foragers. But if the hive needs more of one than the other they can and will do whatever job is necessary...
  22. Re: Question - Leftover bees from two package intallation?

    I agree with Bsachris. Remove any grass from the entrance hole, and you will see some bees come out of the hive and hold their abdomens up while fanning their wings. They are spreading pheneromes...
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    Re: Entrance reducer

    Bbuck,
    I'm a believer in entrance reducers, especially with a package, as I have had robbing problems in the past.
    According to your post, you're only three days down the road from your package...
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    Re: When to change entrance reducer

    If the hive is from a package, I would leave it reduced for another couple of weeks.
    Are they getting in and out OK? Really the only reason to open it up now would be if you have serious traffic...
  25. Re: Have shallow drawn comb but no medium and need medium, can I cut and paste

    Cutting out the comb, etc sounds way too complicated and wasteful to me. Why not use both? Put the medium on and the shallow above it. When they fill the shallow box, that's yours. At the rate...
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