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    Re: What weed is this?

    It's also good for bees, they cover it when it's in bloom here. And, having the bees here has made the plantain more plentiful.
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    Re: Double four frame nuc

    One option could be to equalize all four nucs, moving frames of sealed brood from the two stronger nucs into the slower nucs. Why are the two slower nucs slower? Moving a frame of sealed brood out of...
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    Re: How to properly combine hives???

    exmar,
    Not a dumb question at all. It might depend on just how weak the hive is. It may depend on the prospects of flows for the rest of the year in the area. It may be that the person has a few...
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    Re: I'm such an IDIOT at times

    MTN-Bees says:
    "Ray: Stuff happens- what's done is done- dust yourself off- look forward and keep on Beekeeping!"

    Oh absolutely. I've been keeping bees off and on (mostly on) for 25 years now. I...
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    Re: I'm such an IDIOT at times

    Absolutely. I've done direct release many many times that worked out just great. Only a few times have they not worked, mostly this year and last year. There are many many variables in keeping bees,...
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    Re: I'm such an IDIOT at times

    Agis Apiaries says:
    "Ray,
    Don't worry about releasing your queen. Let the workers do it. I hear so often people saying that you need to go in after a couple of days and release her. No, you don't....
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    Re: I'm such an IDIOT at times

    Charlie B says:
    "Ray,
    Every time I make a mistake like that, I just think of Ollie's beekeeping skills and I feel so much better about myself. Try it sometime!"

    Charlie, you and Ollie are always...
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    Re: I'm such an IDIOT at times

    Hi Gary, yes, is why I shared. I don't recall sharing many of my booboo's here, but they do happen from time to time. I'm still learning myself, even after all these years keep beehives.
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    Re: I'm such an IDIOT at times

    Yes, I've done direct release many times that worked like a charm. I've also done it when it did not. I guess I have not perfected the art of being able to tell when the bees are accepting a caged...
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    Re: I'm such an IDIOT at times

    Yes JRG, patience is a virtue that is sometimes hard or expensive to learn. This one cost me $36 counting shipping.
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    I'm such an IDIOT at times

    I messed up. I went out and checked some new queens installed earlier today, just now, seemed good. The cages I put the queens into are hair roller cages, and I did not put any candy in them, and no...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    I messed up. I went out and checked just now, seemed good. The cages I put the queens into are hair roller cages, and I did not put any candy in them, and no attendants. The bees seemed to be trying...
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    Re: Jump starting a slow queen?

    She may not have enough younger bees in the box. It could be a lack of pollen. I would swap in one more frame of sealed brood and give her a pollen patty. Pollen patty added always gets my queens...
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    Re: Bee Maintenance Question

    Try moving some combs from the first hive to the second hive, and replace with empty top bars back into the first hive. See how stores are looking, you might harvest a few bars to give more room for...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Whew, what a day. Got three more queens arrive today, from a different supplier. These three got here, I gave them a drop of water and let them sit in the dark on a shelf. I was worried, didn't hear...
  16. Re: Bees Throwing Themselves Out Of The Hive?

    Waiting until DWV shows up to treat is really missing the boat. Here's what I notice here...
    First, the hive starts stagnating, growth slows, If I'm feeding, the intake of syrup slows, brood gets...
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    Re: Moving honey frames between hives

    I have swapped honey supers with bees between hives before with no problem. You are using excluders, if it was me, I'd swap the supers with bees, sounds like a decent fix for your situation. Maybe...
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    Re: Small cluster of bees on the ground?

    I bet there's a queen bee in that cluster. Could be a small swarm, could be the queen jumped off a comb when you inspected that day, it happens. For whatever reason, there is usually a queen in the...
  19. Re: Bees Throwing Themselves Out Of The Hive?

    I would say you need to check varroa mite levels in your hives...

    "In the span of an hour I saw about three bees walk out of the hive and just sort of hop down off the landing board, onto the...
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    Re: How to properly combine hives???

    I would pinch the weaker queen and wait 20 minutes to do a newspaper combine. I like waiting 20 minutes to an hour as by the time 20 minutes have passed, they are all sure they are queenless and will...
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    Re: Queen marking

    When I first started marking queens, I tried to dot them on the frame as they ran around. Well, that didn't work out so efficiently. So then, I got a tool that is a little circle of 1/8 hardware...
  22. Re: Are 3 gallons of sugar water a week too much for one hive?

    Accidental double post...
  23. Re: Are 3 gallons of sugar water a week too much for one hive?

    I am feeding some 8 frame nucs here a quart of sugar water every day. I keep removing combs so that they constantly have two frames to draw comb in.

    You just added a third box to a hive that...
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    Michael Palmer - French Hill Apiaries

    I ordered, through Beesource Private Message, 3 queens from Mike. He sent them on Monday, July 20 and I received them the next day on Tuesday July 21. They were sent by USPS Priority Express and were...
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    Re: bee's kicking out pollen

    I've used #5 or was it #6? Hardware cloth for screened bottom boards, and the bees in a flow would come up through the screened bottom board instead of the front entrance and the pollen would get...
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