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    Re: And then there were three ...

    I'm not sure what the file size limit is, but the resolution needs to be at 640x480 pixels or less.
  2. Re: georgia bee supply has a 7 frame hive (thoughts)

    7 frame boxes have a central comb. I've read a few old books that stated that bees like to have a central comb. It sounds like a good idea to me but I've not done any side by side comparisons myself....
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    73 and mostly sunny. Tipped all the lids, have not checked deep into any yet. Most the last feed was gone, so made up a new batch of sugar/pollen patty.

    Changed the recipe a little, adding some...
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    Re: Is it a loss?

    I had a few that were less than a half frame of bees. My winter was very mild. I put in an apivar strip next to the tiny cluster and added a moist clump of sugar over the top of them. They recovered...
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    Re: Best way to build up a lot of comb?

    I think 5 frame nucs will work just as well. I use 4 framers as they are 8 frame boxes that I cut in half years ago. If I was starting from scratch, I'd probably go with 5 framers and I have...
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    Re: And then there were three ...

    I've not seen really good pictures of varroa frass as most of the time the photo's were not taken at the correct angle to see down to the bottom of the cells, and they are not taken with good enough...
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    Re: Is it a loss?

    It is a recovery, not a loss.
    Count it as a recovery on your journey up the learning curve.
    It still happens to me a lot, in my addiction to beekeeping.
  8. Re: Question/observation from a first year Beek.

    I've found that If it is well propolized, it will re-seal pretty well when I close it back up.
  9. Re: Queen, honey, pollen, no eggs, drone cells? Help!

    Sometimes it's hard for me to tell what I'm seeing in a picture, have you checked to see for sure if that drone brood is in fact in worker sized cells?
  10. Re: Queen, honey, pollen, no eggs, drone cells? Help!

    If a queen is healthy and fertile, she would not lay drone eggs in worker sized cells. That is why seeing capped drone brood in worker sized cells is a sign of queen failure, or a queen that was not...
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    Re: Best way to build up a lot of comb?

    So split your beeyard operations up, one part is production hives for honey, the other part are 4 over 4 nucs for building comb and getting brood frames to boost your production colonies with.
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  12. Re: Queen, honey, pollen, no eggs, drone cells? Help!

    If our weather stays as nice like it has been this last week, then pinching the queen and adding a frame with eggs from your other hive would be an option also. I think that would work as drones are...
  13. Re: Queen, honey, pollen, no eggs, drone cells? Help!

    That looks like drones raised in worker sized cells to me, as well as I can tell in the picture. If it is, that would indicate a failing queen.
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    Re: Best way to build up a lot of comb?

    Once the nucs are established well, and if you are in a flow, then feeding won't be needed. I don't get good flows in this location, so kept feeding to supplement the light flows.
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    Re: Best way to build up a lot of comb?

    I put foundationless frames between brood frames and keep the sugar syrup on them. Doing it in 4 over 4 nucs gives me worker cells almost exclusively.
  16. Re: Reversing brood boxes and adding honey supers at the same time?

    I like to have both brood boxes all drawn and 90% or more being used. Then I make the top brood box be all the frames with eggs and open larva, and just recently capped brood. The rest of the older...
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    Re: Distribution method for powdered sugar.

    A full open screen bottom board for the mites and sugar to fall through, a flour sifter to dispense it, and a drafting brush to brush it off the top bars and down into the seams.
  18. Re: Experience with double front blue jeans and a bee jacket?

    Here is a video of some bees in the back yard in Texas that might help you in making a wise choice in what to wear when working bees...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mF9_4z-3ZU
  19. Re: Deformed wing virus is a recent global epidemic in honeybees driven Varroa

    Yes, it's from the area I'm in I think, that quick re-infestation happens in the fall, along October time frame. That's when beeyards start moving into my area for over wintering for the California...
  20. Re: Deformed wing virus is a recent global epidemic in honeybees driven Varroa

    Yes, like I said, me too. Not so much DWV, but less vitality, lack of vigour, more brood issues of spotty brood with holes in the cappings, and foraging is reduced, no honey or pollen comes in. Bees...
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    Re: Passing of Walter W. Wright

    Over the ages of time, many great beekeepers have passed on, and now Walt goes to join them. My condolences to his family and many friends. Please do tell his bees of his passing...
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  22. Re: Deformed wing virus is a recent global epidemic in honeybees driven Varroa

    Oldtimer...

    From this thread...
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?320334-Dee-Lusby&p=1366297#post1366297

    I've never seen any hive recover here. I don't see a huge influx of DWV,...
  23. Re: Experience with double front blue jeans and a bee jacket?

    This last year, I've been wearing light grey sweat pants and long sleeve white t-shirt with a veil. All loose fitting of course. Only place I get stung is the hands now and then, as I don't wear...
  24. Re: Experience with double front blue jeans and a bee jacket?

    It should work fine Sid. I've heard the bees can be quite mean in Texas, so don't let them have any openings for attack.
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    Re: Jar feeder on a nuc

    I fill the jar half way up with dry sugar, the bees seal up around the lid with propolis. I figure the half full jar of sugar will help prevent heat loss through the lid and empty jar, if I left it...
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