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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    That's one possibility. The populations in mine were enormous coming out of winter....and they built up like gangbusters. I never even considered any sort of equalizing...they were all so huge. I...
  2. Re: Queen flew off while requeening - what to do?

    Every day.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    I wish. :)
  4. Re: Queen flew off while requeening - what to do?

    I'd agree...cut the cells....make sure you don't miss any. I might be tempted to wait another day or two before removing the cork...just to be sure.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    I wouldn't jump the gun. I was cutting some swarm cells today....and I'm guessing that we are a week or two ahead of you.
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    Re: Put a smile on my face

    One day the tables will be turned....it's inevitable.
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    Put a smile on my face

    Tell me this doesn't put a smile on your face. From plastic foundation to full in less than two weeks. Nectar only....no supplemental feeding.


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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    I'm with ot on this. I tell beekeepers all the time....'never underestimate your bees'. I can't tell you how many times I've gone to pull supers that I expected to be empty only to find them full...
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    Re: Treated first time today

    Here's a similar thread that is current.
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?312043-Mite-crash-before-Main-Flow
    You said yours was a mix of small cell and foundationless. I would...
  10. Thread: Check Mite

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    Re: Check Mite

    I wouldn't use it....even if it were current.
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    Re: Southerners: 1 or 2 deeps for winter?

    I think double deeps for overwintering is good insurance....yes.....new beekeeper or old.
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    Re: Southerners: 1 or 2 deeps for winter?

    Not at all w3. I agree...the more bees the more honey. My contention was that bees overwintered in two deeps weren't any more likely to swarm than those in a deep/medium configuration as you implied....
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    Re: Southerners: 1 or 2 deeps for winter?

    I think you may be a bit mistaken on this point Walt. As you yourself pointed out, bees adjust their populations to be appropriate with the size of their cavity. If this proportion is consistent...
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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    This is quite relevant. There is great focus on survivability. Obviously that is an essential point. On the other hand, if you must generate income from your bees, productivity is essential. A local...
  15. Re: 1st time for requeening and have some questions

    She'll keep in the cage for a long time. I keep them, from time to time for a month and occasionally longer. I'm not recommending that....just saying a few extra days won't hurt.
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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    If I had ten hives in my backyard....and that was it....I could keep them treatment free. But then, before the season was done I'd starve.
  17. Re: Queen flew off while requeening - what to do?

    I put a note on your other thread Sally.
  18. Re: 1st time for requeening and have some questions

    Sometimes they do, in my experience. As a precaution, you might want to recork the new queen then go back in a few days and look for any new eggs or the old queen. Failing to find any evidence that...
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    Re: the bee and butterfies are getting help from the Government finally!

    Ahead of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta the interstate and state highway medians as well right of ways were planted in flowers....mostly natives if my memory serves me. I don't recall them attracting...
  20. Re: 1st time for requeening and have some questions

    If she comes in an old fashioned wooden cage with a screen, there may be two corks. Be sure to remove the one on the candy side. You'll see it....don't worry. If you remove the other cork, she'll be...
  21. Thread: top feeders?

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    Re: top feeders?

    The Mann Lake style hive top feeders can be a disaster in spring. The bees will fill the underside with comb, honey and brood and attach it all to the top bars of the frames below. I'd pull 'em...
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    Re: Mite crash before Main Flow

    One more PS. As long as you have multiple frames of drone comb in your brood nest....you're going to be growing a surplus of mites every spring.
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    Re: Mite crash before Main Flow

    PS rsjohnson2u....very good photos!
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    Re: Mite crash before Main Flow

    You clearly have plenty of mites. If I had to guess....everything else, including k wing...which I didn't see...... is secondary.
    I'd address the mites....and wouldn't be surprised if I lost the...
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    Re: Tomorrow Obama administration to announce National Strategy for pollinators

    There are all sorts of low interest ag loans available. I get letters from the USDA on occasion reminding me that they have money to lend. Most recently I got one touting their 'mini loans'....I...
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