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  1. Re: Wet frames and cappings - preferred methods of giving back to the bees

    I've tried putting a box between the inner and the emptied super - but it's been a few years and I forget the results! I remember it was only one, not 6 supers.

    I really like like the idea of...
  2. Re: Wet frames and cappings - preferred methods of giving back to the bees

    All sound reasonable if keeping the boxes on the hive.
    I extracted 6 supers off of 2 hives. Too many boxes to keep on the hive, so I need to get them cleaned up and then store them.
  3. Wet frames and cappings - preferred methods of giving back to the bees

    What's the preferred method(s) of giving the bees the wet extracted frames to clean up? Same with the cappings.
    I'd like to end up with dry frames and cappings and no robbing.
    Putting the boxes on...
  4. Re: Wet crystallized frames - back on the hive or let them rob

    I said rob on the title, but clean up in the question. Robbing is not good - I let them clean things up.

    Thanks!
  5. Wet crystallized frames - back on the hive or let them rob

    I just extracted and have some wet frames that have some crystallized honey in them (maybe about half the cells).
    The one hive needs a new super.
    Any preference in letting them clean out the...
  6. Re: Overwintering ? - moisture control and inner cover

    My experience is that's not true. At the end of spring, the sugar piles were never solid and the newspaper under the piles did not show evidence of water.
  7. Overwintering ? - moisture control and inner cover

    I've been a big fan of moisture control for overwintering. I used to do it via the sugar pile method, but the bees have sufficient supplies.
    So I'm looking for how people are adding insulation to...
  8. Re: Bee's STILL collecting pollen in the sun, November 17th, near Niagara Falls!

    I saw the same thing yesterday (60+ degrees btw) - some were coming back with a golden pollen.
    We are about the same latitude as you...
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    Re: What is the problem? AFB?

    With PMS, all the bees leave the hive?

    And wouldn't have I seen some mites in the drone cells earlier in the summer? I haven't seen a first year colony with mite problems, but others would know...
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    Re: What is the problem? AFB?

    That was fast. I took those pics on 10/27. Today, I found about 10 workers and one queen on the top of the brood chamber - that's it.
    Guess I'd call that CCD. :(

    Not sure what to do with the...
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    Re: What is the problem? AFB?

    I was thinking that was a possibility, since we have had some frosts and there aren't many bees.
    But the deformed wings and non-emerging bees (not to mention all the missing bees) are something...
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    Re: What is the problem? AFB?

    I should add the other hive is fine.
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    What is the problem? AFB?

    I got two hives from a guy who was leaving the area. He had not been into them all summer. Both had 2 deeps and 2 mediums and were full of bees and honey.
    I moved them and cleaned the wax between...
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    Re: Virgin queen in hive?

    I checked yesterday and they hadn't released her yet. I'll check today and release her myself if needed.

    Yup, I dropped her in some alcohol. I didn't realize her scent would be so strong. I was...
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    Re: Virgin queen in hive?

    Walt,
    I tried to answer your question in post #25, but looks like I was wrong.
    > The brood has the characteristics I associate with laying workers. I've never seen a queen lay like this.

    I...
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    Re: Virgin queen in hive?

    I'm confused if there really was a laying worker or a bad queen. Whoever it was had stopped laying the crazy pattern.
    I tend to think it was a laying worker that did the crazy pattern initially and...
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    Re: Virgin queen in hive?

    I bought a queen today and tore apart the hive. No uncapped brood. So I thought maybe no queen. But I got lucky and found the old queen (on the top of the box I had just checked!).
    BTW, I did later...
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    Re: Virgin queen in hive?

    I noticed that, but the sample size was really small. I only saw two mature drones and they were not very big....
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    Re: Virgin queen in hive?

    Walt,
    The brood has the characteristics I associate with laying workers. I've never seen a queen lay like this. But strange that a queen is there and she isn't laying the drones. Maybe she knows...
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    Re: Virgin queen in hive?

    When I went thru the hive, I was thinking they were queenless since I didn't find brood in the lower boxes. But they didn't sound queenless.
    Then I found the random pattern of drone brood (two drone...
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    Re: Virgin queen in hive?

    Interesting, some people have never seen this and squarepeg had 4 out of 18.

    If I put a frame of brood in (problematic cause I lost my other hive in the late fall - was pretty strong and then...
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    Virgin queen in hive?

    Pretty strong hive, overwintered fine.
    I went thru them the other day - skipped the top boxes of honey and found the brood boxes empty. Next box up, empty. Finally top box, lots of bees, but...
  23. Thread: Brown wax

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    Re: Brown wax

    I've melted wax before and never had this problem. Caccoons just clog things up, but don't change the color, IME.
    I'll try again, with just pure wax.....

    Thanks!
  24. Thread: Brown wax

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    Brown wax

    I'm melting wax from a cut-out I did and every time it turns brown. At first, I thought I got it too hot, but this last batch just melted the wax and still came out brown.
    There's pollen in with the...
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    Re: Adding bees from a trap-out

    Marc,
    I just did the same thing. I did a cut-out that was only a half mile away.
    First time I left them in the vac overnight.
    2nd time I did a paper combine and gave them some comb/honey to...
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