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    Re: Small Hive Beetle Trap?

    In my experience, the best thing you can do for SHB is to have your hive in full sun. It makes more difference than all the traps out there. The bees in a strong colony in full sun can handle them.
  2. Re: Difficult Spring - Update

    Final Update - We are now queen-right in all three colonies. Thanks for the advice. Purchasing the one queen and waiting on the others was the right course. Discovered during this process that my 7...
  3. Re: Difficult Spring - Update

    Just wanted to give a quick update. As of yesterday we are now queen-right in two of the hives. The queen I purchased for the TBH is out and laying. I caught and marked her and let her go back about...
  4. Re: Difficult Spring - Requeening Advice Needed

    Thanks for the advice Tenbears and Shannon. I had a look at the hives today and did indeed find eggs (single eggs and deep in the cell) in the hive that I found the new queen in last time, so one of...
  5. Difficult Spring - Requeening Advice Needed

    Had a dental appointment this morning and took the whole day off, so I decided to get my hive inspections out of the way. Found plenty to be nervous about. I have one top bar hive and two...
  6. Re: My Bees aren't building comb (2nd colony in a row)

    Give this a shot in the back of your TBH. It will be close to the bees and easy for them to use. Use 1:1 syrup made with regular granulated sugar.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdr05UtUnes
  7. Re: My Bees aren't building comb (2nd colony in a row)

    Did you feed either of these swarms 1:1 syrup? What has the weather been like after hiving the swarms?
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    Re: Crooked comb

    With such new wax, it will be VERY soft. It doesn't look like they have made a mess of it yet, the ends are just getting curved. You should go in ASAP and take a knife and cut ONLY the end part of...
  9. Re: My first hive moved my swarm in this evening

    Just want to clarify that it isn't my video...just the method I have used to re-attach comb in my TBH. If it were me, I would re-attach all the combs. If it is from a swarm trap, I wouldn't think...
  10. Re: My first hive moved my swarm in this evening

    This is the method I have used in the past.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asYwcWxWGv4
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    Re: Crooked comb

    Almost all states require that beekeepers have "movable comb" or "movable frames" in their hives to facilitate inspection. If the bees curve the comb it rapidly becomes impossible to inspect brood...
  12. Thread: empty hive

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    Re: empty hive

    What HB said. Mine avoid the window all winter and stay clustered near the front of the hive. Usually can't see them at all and then they suddenly explode in size. Mine are Italians, so it isn't just...
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    Re: Crooked comb

    They will usually build the first few combs straight and then it starts to get wonky. You have to catch the wonky comb early, cut it off, and instead put an empty top bar in-between the last two...
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    Re: hopguard usage

    It was upper 80s, low 90s, but humid.
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    Re: hopguard usage

    Here are the instructions:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2y4rndPhlo

    If you are using in the spring or at another time when there is little brood, you are only supposed to need to do one...
  16. Re: Plastic Frames help hide beetles - another reason not to use them.

    Hot Glue according to Mike Embrey at the University of Maryland. He states it somewhere in THIS video.

    Matt M.
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    Re: Re-queening question

    Why not bank the queen cells. Cut them out, place them in queen cages and hold on to them until you are sure the re-queening has gone successfully. If things go sour you will have virgins as back-ups.
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    Re: Attack of the Spiders

    Aragog was the giant spider in Harry Potter and he was actually an acromantula...in case anyone was dying to know.
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    Re: Now what do I do with tis comb?

    You could try the hairclip method. Very hard with soft new comb, but not impossible. Search Youtube for outofabluesky.
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    Re: Can you combine colonies in a TBH?

    What about using newspaper and flat thumbtacks to hold it in place?
  21. Re: Is anyone else still waiting on packages?

    I ordered from Walter T. Kelley and my bees were shipped right on time, but I have a colleague at work who is also a beekeeper and she is still waiting. She's been told the same thing.
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    Re: When do you consider a swarm queenless?

    "i have always heard queens will not swarm until they have made their mating flight??"

    To clarify...the first swarm that a hive throws usually leaves with the original mated queen. Any afterswarms...
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    Re: When do you consider a swarm queenless?

    The queen will not mate in the hive. She needs to go out on several mating flights to find drone congregation areas and mate with multiple drones (males). Evolution has programmed her this way to...
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    Re: Is my hive making comb correctly?

    They look fine. They'll get bigger over time.
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    Re: New Beekeeper with top bar hive.

    Use smoke. It keeps the bees calm, it will clear them off the comb so you can see into the cells, and it blocks the pheremone signals if you happen to accidently squish a bee. The queen won't fly off...
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