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  1. Re: Dead larvae pulled from the brood box with dead bees!

    Seems like your weather pattern has been pretty similar to ours - most likely it was chilly and they couldn't bring out their dead, and the damp cold took out some larvae. During one of the earlier...
  2. Re: Split hive swarmed - a question about queens

    Yeah, we're on the same page - I was starting from egg (and the split) though. 16 days to emerge, so 4-7 days old is Day 20-23, give or take, which is my expectation.

    Tomorrow is day 23, so it's...
  3. Re: Split hive swarmed - a question about queens

    Interesting.

    As I understand it, the queen has to conduct her mating flights by the 23rd day or she can't properly mate. Is she taking those flights from where the swarm is clustered, or is there...
  4. Re: Split hive swarmed - a question about queens

    I didn't find any queen cells at all the day I made the split, and I tried to open up the boodnest between the remaining boxes, but I don't know how helpful that is when there's no queen.

    Both of...
  5. Split hive swarmed - a question about queens

    Hey all - got a question about splits that swarm.

    22 days ago, I made a split, producing a low-population hive with a queen and a high-population hive without a queen, which I left to requeen...
  6. Re: Atlanta-area split question - new hive not very active

    Looks like they got it sorted out. Around 2:30 or so, bees by the dozens began pouring out of the hive and conducting orientation flights for about an hour. It was pretty amazing to watch. I'm a lot...
  7. Re: Atlanta-area split question - new hive not very active

    Thanks guys. We've got a nice sunny day around 60, and there is a little more activity going on. Crossing my fingers that it has enough stores to get through the next few days, then can make a go of...
  8. Atlanta-area split question - new hive not very active

    I know a bunch of you are in the Atlanta area so you know the weather we're having and so on. Hopefully you can help a newbie out...

    On Saturday, I made my first ever split, removing a well-drawn...
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    Re: How does one "get" mites?

    I'm starting my third year as a beekeeper, and chemical free. In year 1, I didn't see mites. Started foundationless and I think the life cycle curves just make the first year a pass year in a lot of...
  10. Year-old hives continuing to avoid working the plastic small cell frames

    Hi everyone. Miraculously, both of my hives have survived and had their first birthdays. I credit Georgia's not bothering to have a winter this year, but in any case, everybody's still kicking.

    My...
  11. Re: Video of the world's worst beekeeper in action!

    Interesting idea - are you saying to use the screened Snelgrove board to stack two complete, queened hives?
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    Re: Taking the hive down to just one deep

    Yeah, I use a screened bottom board, and that's how I got my first indication of a cockroach problem in the hive. They have pretty tell-tale droppings. Some small hive beetles in there as well, but...
  13. Re: Video of the world's worst beekeeper in action!

    Yeah, it definitely did. It wasn't an easy decision, but given that most of the frames were basically empty, it still seemed the best way to go. In a month or six weeks, that would just be vacant...
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    Re: Taking the hive down to just one deep

    Hi Gypsi, I know we're chatting in another forum, so you know I had to make this decision too. Same situation: Top box not drawn out, tons of real estate the bees couldn't use or defend, and that set...
  15. Re: Video of the world's worst beekeeper in action!

    I've been using syrup all season, but since our temps are getting into the 50s at night now, I was worried that they might have trouble taking it. Michael Bush says this about dry sugar: "In my...
  16. Re: Video of the world's worst beekeeper in action!

    I was too. First time I've worn that hooded sweatshirt. I have an added complication to my beetight clothing in that I have thick, four foot long dreadlocks. Whatever I wear has to be big enough to...
  17. Re: Video of the world's worst beekeeper in action!

    I opened the lid on the first hive while I was out there yesterday and saw a happy wall of bees working their way into the pile of powdered sugar, so maybe it's something they won't take if they're...
  18. Re: Video of the world's worst beekeeper in action!

    Thanks. Got into my second hive yesterday, planning to roll in the well-drawn frames and call it good, and instead had to remove the top box there as well. I suspect this winter will provide me a...
  19. Thread: Wax moths?

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    Re: Wax moths?

    Question along these lines: I've taken one super each (plus frames) off of my two hives this weekend. The frames are in the freezer of a spare fridge and I put the medium supers in the the fridge...
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    Re: Treating SHB inside or outside the hive?

    I took a class the other weekend specifically on hive pests. The instructor said that SHB can detect food aromatics from miles away, so I don't think there's really any way to hide hives from them....
  21. Video of the world's worst beekeeper in action!

    Hi everyone, so I made the decision last week that one of my two first year hives was going to have to go from two boxes to one. I didn't get the packages until late May, and though this one...
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    Re: Request for photos: Foundationless Frame

    Whoa, gorgeous pictures. I've been following this thread for a while. I think of it as bee porn. :)

    Slightly off topic, but since festooning was mentioned above: Bees aren't injured when I gently...
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    Re: Request for photos: Foundationless Frame

    Ah, I can finally jump into this thread! Alright, so I got into my hives yesterday and it was long overdue. In my deep hive bodies, it's a mix of Mann Lake PF-whatevers, the "small cell" plastic...
  24. Re: Newbie inspection - SHB and excessive propolis

    Here's an interesting thing from USDA (http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/AR/archive/nov07/beetle1107.htm):



    I home brew beer and mead, so I have lots of "live-yeast" stuff to experiment with in terms...
  25. Re: Newbie inspection - SHB and excessive propolis

    I'm thinking that they don't smell like bananas anymore once they've soaked in vinegar for a few days. I had the same thought, but first read about that as bait for SHB traps on Beekeeper Linda's...
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