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  1. Thread: Devastated...

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    Re: Devastated...

    Bear for sure. They'll tip over a box and then use their claws to pull out the frames. Sometimes you see claw marks on the remaining wax. Sorry to hear about it, and you may need an electric fence...
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    Re: Funniest bee question ever asked

    My favorites (with stock answers):
    "Did you make this honey?" No, the bees did.
    "Did you grow this honey?" Yes, we have a honey tree in our yard
    "Do you ever get stung?" No, my bees are too...
  3. Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    [QUOTE=Tomson;1236978]Do you think that this would work? Portable Battery jumper. This is much lighter than lugging a battery around, and it claims it can jump a car battery 20 times at 400 cranking...
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    Re: What size for a swarm trap ?

    The definitive source about what size box bees like is Seeley's "Honeybee Democracy", which concludes that basically a deep with a small entrance is the optimal size. But a swarm doesn't necessarily...
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    Re: Is this a queen cell in a split nuc?

    Updating this thread - I just checked the split for the first time since posting this initially and found a nice fat queen ambling around on the comb! Still a week or so before she should start...
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    Re: Marking the Queen

    I would suggest not worrying about marking the queen until you get a lot more experience working with bees. There is no real reason to do so - you'll learn that you really don't need to find the...
  7. Video of recently hived swarm - queen already laying!

    Four days ago I caught my first swarm of 2015, a nice little one in a branch 6' above the ground. They're in a 5 frame nuc that had one frame of drawn brood comb, and I've been feeding them syrup. ...
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    Re: Is this a queen cell in a split nuc?

    Thanks everyone - I'm gonna just wait and see what happens... hopefully will indeed have a photo of a laying queen in three weeks!
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    Re: Is this a queen cell in a split nuc?

    It was capped... and there was only one.
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    Re: Is this a queen cell in a split nuc?

    I thought there was young larvae, but didn't have my reading glasses! Flow is strong here in Nor Cal, not feeding.
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    Re: Is this a queen cell in a split nuc?

    There is no queen, it's in a split that I made leaving the queen in the mother hive.

    jw, that's the only cell I saw.
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    Is this a queen cell in a split nuc?

    Six days ago I split out a couple of frames from a strong hive into a nuc. Checked it today for queen cells and the only thing I found was the cell in the attached picture. It looks way too big to...
  13. Added frame of bees to small nuc - didn't work so well...

    Last weekend a friend and I took a look at an overwintered nuc here in NorCal that he though had died. Turned out that there was a small colony, maybe a fistful of bees but with a queen and small...
  14. Thread: Aggressive Bees

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    Re: Aggressive Bees

    Michael Bush's web site has a good overview of what to do. Basically you divide the hive into smaller pieces a short distance away leaving a box in the original location for the foragers to return...
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    Re: When to do a cut-out from a log?

    I wouldn't worry too much about it. Assuming you can do the cutout in a single day, the bees will be in their new home by night and can handle that kind of cold. I'd just be sure that there isn't...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    Not quite. You're confusing "could care less" with the correct "couldn't care less". If he could care less, it means that he cares.
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    Re: So Far So Good this Winter

    Things are booming here in NorCal - I'm adding a third super to some hives as they've mostly filled two already. Will have to make splits soon and swarm season will no doubt start soon too. I only...
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    Re: Why isn't she being attacked??

    As others have noted, there's nothing particularly remarkable about her not getting stung by a hive with good genetics that's otherwise preoccupied during a flow.

    What's ludicrously dangerous is...
  19. Re: FYI: Had a Neighbor Visit the Bee Yard Last Night

    16218Here is a picture from my ranch of a kitty track that shows what the OP mentioned about how a cats rear foot overlaps with his front footprint (sometimes right on top of each other). Also the...
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    Who misses their bees while on vacation?

    So here I am on the west shore of Maui overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean teeming with humpback whales smashing in the water... and I can't help thinking about my bees back in the Bay Area! I...
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    Re: How many hives can one person manage?

    Implicit in the prior responses is that there are many ways to keep bees. Some people only have a few and spend hours and hours on them, far more than the hives NEED but presumably the keeper enjoys...
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    Re: Can I reuse this Queen Excluder?

    It's find to reuse - that's what QE's look like after a while in a hive. Just scrape it off. Sometimes a stiff wire brush works well.
  23. Re: How to re-insert the last frame without crushing bees?

    If you're still worried after the suggestions above you could make two follower boards and put them on the outside with just 9 frames between them. This allows for extra space on the outside, and...
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    Re: What is the purpose of a Nuc

    Lots of uses for them. Basically they're just smaller colonies. They're often used to make splits as this only takes a few frames of bees so no need for a bigger hive box. Many people (like me)...
  25. Re: North Bay SF Area .... are you going into your hives yet?

    I have hives near you in the Ross Valley and in Lucas Valley, and have been inspecting them recently and would urge you to. Some are doing fine but are light on stores, so I'm supplementing with...
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