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    Re: Megabee powder - use unmixed?

    Yeah, I am quite concerned about setting off robbing. I will get my screens ready in advance.
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    Megabee powder - use unmixed?

    I have a hive with a queen that is nice and fat, but is not laying. I am pretty sure she is mated.

    I don't see much pollen coming into the hives, so I was going to feed with megabee, hoping that...
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    Re: Feed uptake

    Keep track on how much of your "nectar" they are storing in combs. This is not important now, but it is important in September and October. They need to have stored 7 to 10 frames of nectar or...
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    Re: Possible queenless hive

    Do you see any queen cells? If so you might want to split some frames with cells along with frames with stores into a nuc. I had the same situation a few weeks ago, but had several queen cells on...
  5. Re: who else supplies frames designed for foundationless use.

    I bought a box of Mann Lake wedge top frames. For "foundationless" I turned the wedge sideways, breaking it loose and glued it in place. I am also using these frames for plastic and wax foundation.
  6. Thread: Swarm!??

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    Re: Swarm!??

    If you know which of the post-split boxes have the queen you should cut out all queen cells from those frames.
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    Re: pissy bees on a hot day

    I agree that it might b e lack of flow.

    I prefer to work bees earlier in the day; particularly if there is a lack of nectar, they can get pretty cranky in the late afternoon.
  8. Re: Queen excluder with top and bottom entrances

    Thanks, SNL & Enjambres for your replies. I am running top and bottom entrances WITHOUT excluders, and have been frustrated with the queen laying in the fourth box. Next year I will open the top...
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    Re: Why do northerners buy southern bees?

    I buy from the south so I can get bees in April.
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    Re: Humble Pie

    Could you provide a source for your 14 mil gloves?
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    Re: Is CO2 the best way to kill a hive?

    I agree with Chemguy; soapy water with suds on top will wet the bees, and they will drown. Just take the frames one by one out of the hive and shake them and brush them in. Don't immerse the...
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    preparing for the dearth and robbing

    I have been carefully watching the activity at the entrances of my hives for robbing. The two big nectar flows, poplar and locust, are finished. I suspect robbing will be beginning at any moment,...
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    Re: Plastic foundation

    I think so. I am getting to like the Mann Lake black rite cell, but I paint a little melted wax on the frames. Try not to overdo it, as I did. The bees don't particularly like gobs of wax in the...
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    Re: Need advice on a swam I caught

    Re: orientation: as you look at the individual cells, the lower surface of each cell should slope slightly upward from the bottom of the cell to the surface of the comb.
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    Re: Dementia in Bees

    Only when I am doing an inspection.
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    Re: Clean my gloves

    I would think starting with food grade mineral oil, which you can get at Walmart, would be a good solvent, as propolis is likely to be soluble with it. Then you would have to clean the mineral oil...
  17. Re: Use communication hole in plastic foundation ?

    When I use a whole sheet in a frame I punch out the triangles. Laurie (of Beesource) posted some pics where she had cut the ritecell foundation from top to bottom, placing the halves centered in...
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    Re: Video of a bad 5 frame nuc?

    Yeah, I've received a bad nuc before, but no empty frames like the 2 plastic ones you showed; at least you have a good bit of capped brood.

    Re: hive beetles. I have found that there is no...
  19. Re: May have sentenced 3lb. package to death by USPS.

    We have had good success for several years with our supplier using USPS. One year there was some leakage of the sugar water, but the bees, including queen were good to go.

    This year however,...
  20. Re: 2 hives equal strength, different results.

    Yes, this year.

    I had two survive the winter, the one looking stronger than the other, the other being a smallish swarm I caught late last summer.

    Now the other much larger than the one I...
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    Re: I should name my queens "Waldo" ...

    Great post Dave and all contributors! Normally when I am NOT looking for Waldo he (she) show up.
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    Re: Plastic foundation issues.

    I use Mann Lake rite cell, but add a little wax coating. Most of the time the bees draw it readily.
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    Re: 7 Frame Med. Hive Bodies

    I didn't know there were others that made 7-frame boxes. I agree with rf's dimensions; I use 3/4 plywood for the sides cut to 19-3/16 long, and butt the sides up to 3/8 plywood ends. I think mine...
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    Re: ? When Adding Another Box

    Thanks for that information, Vance. I will try undersupering (I prefer that term to nattering, natering) next spring when nights are cool or cold.
  25. Re: Nectar source after locust and poplar in NE Maryland

    Thanks suburban, on your report of your friend's scale hive. I peaked into the top of the fifth box I added to this colony this morning, and there are a mob of bees on the 3 frames from the...
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