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    Re: Lost a good one. Rip soupcan

    Brian,

    My condolences for your loss. My son received a kidney transplant 4 years ago, when he was 8. Every day since, whether he's playing soccer again or just smiling on a Sunday morning, I'm...
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    Re: Sharing my Favorite Wne/Mead recipe

    Ben, doesn't the vitamin C affect the fermentation? I've always looked for juice that does not have it added.

    B
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    Re: handles

    Spinner, this year I tried the same process instead of reaching for my template and router. I'm very happy with the results and the time savings. I set up a front and rear stop on my fence and just...
  4. Re: Looking for land to relocate 2 to 3 hives to in Cypress/Houston, Tx

    I wish I could help you, but I already have 3 in my small back yard. It's pretty strange seeing my small town listed here on Beesource!

    B
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    Re: "What is Varroa good for?"

    Varroa!
    HUH! Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
    What is it good for?
    Absolutely nothing! Say it again, yall!
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    Re: To each their own but...

    Hey, he may be on to something. Instead of spending money making swarm traps and gas/time to check them, he's giving a finder's fee to have his entire Craigslist area look for swarms. This is still...
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    Re: New Queen Gone Wild??

    Yet another update. We added a frame of brood with a queen cell from another hive in early August. It looks like they finally let a queen emerge. It's pretty small, but will keep this hive viable...
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    Re: Do workers die while evicting drones?

    Update: I caught a few (worker and drone) in a jar to look for mites. Sure enough, 2 of 5 have an adult mite visible with the naked eye. This may be a sign of bad things to come. We may try a...
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    Re: Do workers die while evicting drones?

    Joseph, are you saying one strong colony is fighting another strong colony or that the bees within a strong colony are fighting each other?
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    Re: Do workers die while evicting drones?

    Mark, that's what I thought. I caught a few in a mason jar to see if I could find some mites or other ailments to explain the massacre. I don't see anything at this point. I had a similar incident...
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    Do workers die while evicting drones?

    I have a lot of dead/dying bees in front of one of my hives. Most are drones, but there are some workers dying, too. Do the workers sting the drones while evicting, thus also killing said workers?...
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    Re: Best hive for backyard hobbyist?

    Do you have any problems with SHB control with all that available space?
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    Re: New Queen Gone Wild??

    Another update. Checked again today. Still have capped/uncapped brood and eggs, but we now have a capped queen cell and several cups that look like they have open brood. Added a frame of mostly...
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    Re: New Queen Gone Wild??

    I started the split on 6/2 with 2 frames of brood, 1 frame of nectar/honey, and 2 empty frames of foundation. Any brood on those frames should have emerged by now. On 6/25, I removed the partially...
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    Re: New Queen Gone Wild??

    Ok. The mystery continues. Last week, we moved two frames of brood from my strongest hive to this hive. Yesterday, when we inspected, we found capped worker brood on 4 frames. I also still found...
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    Re: New Queen Gone Wild??

    Thanks. I just noticed the proliferation of "laying worker" threads on the board right now and saw that same advice on another thread. I have 3 other hives in this yard that can donate frames, so...
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    Re: First time Checking . . .

    It's not unusual for the workers to "groom" the dot off your queen. It's a pain, since you obviously have a marked queen for a reason, but you may now have an unmarked queen. Hakuna Matata.
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    Re: New Queen Gone Wild??

    You were right on the money, JRG. I did a follow-up inspection yesterday. I didn't find any capped brood cells, but I did find more of the same. 3 whole frames with multiple eggs per cell. I'm...
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    Re: New Queen Gone Wild??

    I've given some thought to that. I have another hive that I may donate a frame of brood from, but I've had trouble finding that one's queen, so I'm a little hesitant until I find her and ensure she...
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    New Queen Gone Wild??

    I recently found supercedure cells in one of my hives, so I took the opportunity to split a couple frames into a nuc. On June 6th, I saw that the queen had emerged from her cell, so I expected to...
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    Re: BeeWeaver Bees... Aggressive for you?

    Jengalill, all that being said, what may be acceptable to others may not be for you. BW does offer a remedy on their website:

    If our queen produces a defensive hive and environmental...
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    Re: BeeWeaver Bees... Aggressive for you?

    They admit the genetics are there, but I haven't had any problems. I've been working them with just a veil for the past few weeks.
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    Re: Bees finally, when to peek?

    Leslie,

    The BWeaver nuc that I picked up at the beginning of April is incredible. I have never seen that many bees packed into a box before. I opened the "door" on the nuc once I had it in my...
  24. Re: Tongue molding knife for comb guide on a topbar

    When my dad gave me my grandfather's old table saw moulding cutter, we both agreed it was the most dangerous thing that I had in my shop. Rather than swapping the blade for the cutter and risking...
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    Re: How To Make Your Own Frames - Photo Tutorial

    Great job on the tutorial. As I begin making mine for this year, I'm thinking of removing the taper on the top bars. Every time I remove frames during inspections, I "free" SHB that have been...
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