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    Re: Robber screen Problems??? see pic

    It will take a few days for them to adapt.
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    Re: Pulling Queens just before the main flow

    MG I've had the population crash problem when something happens to the replacement queen, such as failing to return from her mating flight, which can be in some years up to 40% queen return failure...
  3. Re: Best way to draw small cell on foundationless

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    I use all foundationless and it's not as bad a problem as with the beeks that use a mixture of foundationless and foundation, but yes I do have more drone comb than the...
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    Re: Size of new virgin queen

    Dulley, that sounds like the cell was destroyed by a queen, now where she came from is just guessing, most likely the bees took down the cell she emerged from. JMO
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    Re: Upper entrance

    I don't use excluders any more, they are gathering dust along with some other " must have " bee equipment. But I do have a strong opinion on entrances. After much experimentation I now use both top...
  6. Re: G'day all, Jumping onto this site from Durham, NC. Looking forward to being here

    Welcome JMorton, My son lives in Durham, and is thinking of getting a couple of hives, if he decides to make the leap I might contact you for some help on the regulations and such, I see you've been...
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    Re: Size of new virgin queen

    I usually just check to make sure the queen emerged from the end of the cell and that any remaining cells had been destroyed from the side indicating a viable healthy virgin. I close the hive back up...
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    Re: Pulling Queens just before the main flow

    Sounds like you have a good handle on your bees, your plan sounds reasonable. My feral based stock have a lot of Carni in them, due to midnite stock from York being in this area prior to 2007. I...
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    Re: I can't believe the cost of nucs this year!

    One thing that is driving nuc prices up is the sharing of information on forums like this, new beeks are being told by beeks like me that for a hobbyist, a package from a distant place is usually not...
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    Re: Pulling Queens just before the main flow

    The cut-down split works if your timing is right, I learned the hard way not to guess when the main flow starts, I did the splits and the flow was late, which really screwed up my honey production. I...
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    Re: Still no eggs!?

    I have found if I do a dozen splits there will be a couple that are a week to ten days later than the others in laying. Sounds like you may be a little early in expecting signs of a laying queen. In...
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    Re: Robbing screens during nectar flow??

    During a flow the robber screen is not needed, unless the hive is weak. I keep mine on all year, but I have a 1 1/8 inch round entrance with a swiveling block of wood ( a screw in one end ) I leave...
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    Re: package install ?

    Ditto
  14. Re: Lost/Weak Queen? New Pkg Installed. No Brood. Nectar Stored. Queen Cells Present.

    I would take a frame containing eggs from the queen right hive and place it in the problem hive, after destroying the queen cells. Another way would be to do a newspaper combine and then do an equal...
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    Re: Very slow TBH

    I have fifteen TBH and twice that many langs. My TBH hives gain population faster than my langs, that's why I use them. Yet I have one TBH that is just dragging along building up very slowly. I will...
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    Re: Strange spring

    I can't give you any useful information, but I do understand your situation, after keeping records of bloom dates, swarm dates and anything of use that could be recorded for seven years, I decided to...
  17. Thread: SHB Traps

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    Re: SHB Traps

    I have used several types of SHB traps, some purchased, some homemade. I use none now. I find the best defense is a strong hive and not leaving more drawn comb than they can defend, such as after a...
  18. Re: Any chance a swarm went back to the original hive?

    My guess is yes, if the queen was no longer with them and the old hive "which they would recognize" were nearby they wouldn't have much of a choice.JMO
  19. Re: Converting a top bar hive to a langstoth

    I've did it both ways, scabbing a 19 inch to the top bar and cutting the comb and installing in foundationless frame. The scabbing is easier and takes only a few minutes to do. The transferring to...
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    Re: think i found EFB in one hive.

    I had about the same thing you describe a couple of years ago and found that it was the yellow Carolina jasmine. I had a few hives near a lot of it, I moved the hives and the problem stopped.
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    Re: Paint - Exterior Vs interior

    I had a unopened can of mildew resistant interior paint and after some research found that the main difference is that exterior paint will stretch instead of cracking, I used it and have had no...
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    Re: Hive Painting or Thompson Water Seal

    I've used Thompsons, the wood turned a nasty color, I suppose from mildew, I repainted them with water based paint and it adhered good and looked much better. I didn't use Thompsons for long. I run...
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    Re: Do bees have better health in a TBH ?

    I have a number of both types of hives, each have their own pros and cons, but it is my opinion that you got lucky and got some true survivor bees. As one poster indicated a swarm from a managed hive...
  24. Thread: Coldsnap

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    Re: Coldsnap

    No reason to worry, the bees can handle that with no problem.
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    Re: How did my bees survive ! ?

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