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    feeding honey back to bees safely

    Does anyone have a proven method of feeding honey back to their bees during the dearth, in a way that doesn't lead to a robbing frenzy and also doesn't cause bees to drown in the stuff? I feel very...
  2. Re: want some input on timing of combining hives

    Okay, thanks for clarifying, S.

    I guess I didn't mention that I have a very vigorous, thriving caught swarm from this spring - producing tons of brood. Since it's a goal to increase my hives to...
  3. Re: want some input on timing of combining hives

    Yes, I think when the term greedy is used, what comes to my mind is beekeepers who have their sights set only on production. I'm not one of them. I guess in my mind, greedy beek is on par as an...
  4. Re: want some input on timing of combining hives

    Excuse me?! Greedy? I think not.

    We're about to go into the dearth before long. By the time a nuc gets a queen established an laying, we will be in between flows, or close to the end of the clover...
  5. Re: want some input on timing of combining hives

    Good points. Since all of my hives come from the two with virus initially (either as swarms or nucs) , there maybe virus present in all of them. But no sense encouraging it. Wish I had some queen...
  6. want some input on timing of combining hives

    I have two hives that are recovering from a massive varroa=related virus die off. The varroa has been dealt with, and the hives are now recovering from losing a whole generation of bees. One is...
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    Re: supering in the middle?

    Mathesonequip,

    So how do you keep track of whether any of the syrup is going into cells for storage during the flow, as opposed to being used to draw out foundation? Wonder how you keep those...
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    supering in the middle?

    I'm curious if anyone has experimented with putting a super -either wet frames or foundation- into the middle of a very strong hive? I've done it once or twice with what appeared to be acceptable...
  9. leaking gearbox on Brushy Mtn 9-frame extractor?

    Has anyone had the problem of oil or grease leaking from the central (top) gearbox on the hand cranked Italian-made extractor (green plastic). This stuff has a strong smell and I definitelywouldnt...
  10. doesn't this fit thetextbook description for CPV?

    One bee from anotherwise seemingly healthyhive. There are some crawlers outfront, but not a lot.This one looks to me like it fits the description for chronic paralysis virus. Wondering what that may...
  11. Re: virus ridden colony - do I need to scrap and start over?

    Thanks JW. I will look at that article you recommend. If woodenware can hold the virus (or cocoons/feces/etc. then I mightthink again about simply requeening the hive. I could just see it as an...
  12. Re: virus ridden colony - do I need to scrap and start over?

    Wilcoma, it might save you some money if you use a queen from your own beeyard. If you have other hives, you might make your own nuc with eggs or a swarm cell from another colony, and then requeen...
  13. Re: virus ridden colony - do I need to scrap and start over?

    Interesting, JW (and Michael Palmer.) Do you happen to know if CPV may also remain in the comb? Any recommendation to clean woodenware in any way before requeening? Easiest is to simply requeen and...
  14. Re: virus ridden colony - do I need to scrap and start over?

    Michael, if it's a virus, what effect would requeening have? By the way, I just saw a couple of your videos (on Youtube) and they were very instructive. Thanks!
  15. Re: virus ridden colony - do I need to scrap and start over?

    Well, there were a few replies to this thread suggesting that I send a sample to Beltsville - that has not proven helpful in this case. One thing I do know is that this is the third year running for...
  16. Re: virus ridden colony - do I need to scrap and start over?

    In the first year of this problem I sent a sample to Beltsville. They found nothing. I am going to send again, but not with high expectations. I don't believe that they tested for viruses. They told...
  17. virus ridden colony - do I need to scrap and start over?

    For the third year in a row, one of my hives has major PMS/virus problems. Not deformed wing, but a virus that makes them crawl. Theground in front of hive is littered with hundreds of crawlers and...
  18. Re: pre-swarm/practice swarm?? hive swarmed and bees returned to hive...

    And so... did your hive swarm again yet? Would be interested in hearing how long between the first false swarm and the real thing.
  19. pre-swarm/practice swarm?? hive swarmed and bees returned to hive...

    So just a half hour or so after my strong hive cast off a big swarm that landed in the top of the maple tree, they went back into the hive! They are in process of crawling in now - I missed seeing...
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    this is not a "textbook" scenario

    I have one insanely populous hive: bees overflowing four medium boxes during forage time, lots of capped brood, no eggs or uncapped larvae that I could see (and I looked at every frame). Capped drone...
  21. Thread: Ohio

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    Re: Ohio

    45231, Cincinnati, Hamilton County Ohio
    12 April 2016
    Small swarm from one of my hives, landed head height in tree in my yard.
  22. Mite treatment now; what's best choice for the crazy spring weather?

    I am noticing lots of drone pupae with deformed wing being pulled from two of three of my hives . I don't know if this is hygienic behavior, but surely there is a mite load in both those colonies...
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    Re: Mite Treatment

    Peter, what is your advice ontype of treatment to do at this time of year? I'm in sw Ohio - fruit trees in bloom, bees building up populations bigtime, temps still swinging wildly. Wondering if...
  24. Re: time to checkerboard/open brood nest in southern Ohio?

    Thanks all for correcting me in my ridiculous out-of-season-ness ( though the two crochety trolls in this thread do sort of sound like the old guys on the Muppet show who sit in the balcony and make...
  25. time to checkerboard/open brood nest in southern Ohio?

    I have one hive that is bringing in loads of pollen now, while my other two hives are still pretty quiet. Every year I seem to be behind the power curve in opening the brood nest. Would this be a...
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