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    Re: Top Bar Design Question

    That will work.
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    Re: Variation in queen emergence time?

    Typically I'd say +-1 day it's 16 days from when the egg is laid (or 12 days from when they were grafted) but they could be as much as two days late in cold weather and as much as a day early in hot...
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    Re: Top Bar Top Entrance is it too big?

    If you cut a bar to fit the gap and then cut a notch in the bar, you can make the notch whatever size you like. Just make sure it's at least 1/4" wide and however long you want.
  4. Re: Can sugar water be stored at room temperature, and for how long?

    >would you feed a new package 5:3?

    Yes, I would. When I feed a package that's what I do.
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    Re: How to put the queen in the hive.

    If you put the cage in a box with workers and refresh the workers every week you can keep them caged for months.
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    They often build it to put honey in it.
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    I think the idea of 1:1 for stimulation was to save money on sugar... I don't see any difference as far as stimulation in the spring between 1:1 5:3 or 2:1. It does make a difference in the fall it...
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    Re: How to put the queen in the hive.

    She can last for a week or more with a drop of water every day. But you do what you have to do. It's not important to do it in the daylight, it's just less stings...
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    Re: Queen in box, no eggs, queen cells

    >Is this normal, does it take a few weeks after mating fir a queen to reach her mature size?

    Sometimes.

    >Does the queen slow down laying right before they swarm?

    Yes.
  10. Re: Camphor Southernwood near the hive?

    I would have no expectation of it keeping wax moths away. I have no idea if the bees find it attractive. Plant some if you want and see. The bees will either work it or ignore it.
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    Re: well, this is a bit heart rending

    Some slightly damp sugar may be a better bet if you can't warm the syrup...
  12. Re: Can sugar water be stored at room temperature, and for how long?

    >What do you use 5:3 syrup for?

    Anything I need syrup for. It keeps better than 1:1. There is less to haul around for the amount of sugar I'm giving them. It mixes easier than 2:1 (I can't get...
  13. Re: My first Top Bar hive in North Pole Alaska! could use some advice.

    The bees can survive at -40 F if they have their stomach full of honey. The warmer it is the more active they are. Ideal temperature for long lived bees is about 40 F, but they do fine at 20 F as...
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    Re: What to plant?

    Since you can seldom compete with the 8,000 acres around you that they will forage, I would focus on filling gaps. Early, drought, and late are the times they need resources. It doesn't hurt to...
  15. Re: Attach foundation using only wax as fastener under the top bar?

    I think you have strange bees. But in the end they do what they want to.
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    Re: How to put the queen in the hive.

    Why would you do it in the dark?
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    Re: How cold hardy are red maple blooms

    They are very cold hardy. They are probably still blooming even though it's too cold for the bees to pollinate them and they will be blooming the next time it warms up...
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    Re: well, this is a bit heart rending

    With packages who have no stores, I heat the syrup at least once a day. You can make it as hot as you can put your finger in and leave it without getting burned (my high tech thermometer...) and put...
  19. Re: Package Bee Installation Learning Experience

    >Just rip the screen off the side and dump them in. You can catch the can during the process.

    That's what I would do. The screen can either be removed by pulling the slats the hold it or by...
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    Re: Bee's in the shower

    > Our high to day was about 48 maybe and very windy. Too chilly to place in hive today and it was recommended I wait until it warms up to about 60 degrees.

    I would prefer 48... I've installed at...
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    Re: Learn something new every day.

    >Bees don't fly at night but they sure can crawl and sting.
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    >Leave the hive closed at night.

    Two good lessons...
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    Re: Queen cells on plastic comb

    >Anyone ever have any luck cutting queen cells off of plastic comb?

    Not I. I just use the frame with however many queen cells there are, as it is.
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    Re: how do I....

    You're not doing anything wrong. Honey comb is of variable thickness. It's just the way it is.
  24. Re: Installing package bees in observation hive

    Installing bees in an observation hive:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesnewbees.htm#puttingbeesinobservationhive

    More on observation hives:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesobservationhives.htm
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    Re: bone-head split

    >I don't understand pollen sub in the spring. To me it is like feeding sugar in a flow.

    It's like hauling "coals to Newcastle" or "another god to Athens"...
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