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    Re: Fall and winter in southerly climates...

    Understand your reservations. We mentioned that in the double deep the colony will "always" expand into the upper deep. The two shallows are almost exactly the same amount of honey as a deep. And...
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    Re: Fall and winter in southerly climates...

    John,
    Perceptive question, sir. You have my wintering config and the CB manipulation correct.The answer is a little of both. Having both double deeps and deep/shallow in the inventory, it was noted...
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    Re: Fall and winter in southerly climates...

    John,
    Re: late brood in the supers. Good question. I have to crow a little here.
    When I started, didn't know there was a ton of info out there - clubs and books, etc.
    Bought 3 established...
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    Re: Fall and winter in southerly climates...

    In yesterday's post did not get to a feature of bee instincts that is a major player in fall preps. It's not so much an observation, as it is a realization. The bees are doing it all through the...
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    Re: Fall and winter in southerly climates...

    Thanks Thershey and Jason. Was not fishing for compliments, but they are appreciated. Turns out the procedure was an ultra sound that they could get the info they needed without ripping into the old...
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    Re: Fall and winter in southerly climates...

    Have a medical procedure scheduled for first thing this morning. Will come back to this when I feel up to it. It will take a fairly long post to provide just the background material.
    Walt
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    Re: Fall and winter in southerly climates...

    I operate on the fringe of the deep south - 6 miles from the northern border of Alabama. My opinions are not popular here on beesource because they vary from conventional wisdom. I drew my opinions...
  8. Re: Have we lost our queen, and if so, what next?

    Delete double.
  9. Re: Have we lost our queen, and if so, what next?

    lowhog says he has no drones in MN, but you have capped drone on the stores frame you show. That drone brood suggest the colony has been in the supersedure process. (Better to have an inbred queen,...
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    Re: Is this a hive or a swarm?

    My guess is washboarding the bark out side the entry of a tree colony.
    W
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    Re: Remove supersedural Queen cells?

    A replacement (SS) queen is geared to play catch-up. She can lay at rates above literature
    rates. Have seen them lay above 3k a day if they have enough open cells.
    W
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    Re: Queen Anne's Lace

    Why has nobody mentioned that QAL is wild carrot. pull a plant up by the roots and break a root in half and smell it.
    W
  13. Re: curiosity killed the cat, not me-emergency queen sucess

    If you must look, do it in the AM. Don't be in the way in the early afternoon when mating flights are normal.

    We try to make this comment once a season.
    Walt
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    Re: Are these drone cells?

    I like "bipolar". Actually, they act on instincts derived by survival over millions of years, through good times and bad. Multiple mating is reported to assist in distribution of the best genetics....
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    Re: Your favorite Bee Keeping book?

    Always the minority opinion.
    IMO. none of the books available tell you what to expect from the bees. Intro courses and beginners books provide the mechanics of beekeeping: Building boxes, feeding,...
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    Re: Bees throwing pollen out of the hive?

    Just because you see pollen pellets on the landing board does not mean the bees are "throwing it out." A full load of pollen sometimes gets jarred loose on touchdown. One or both. They make no effort...
  17. Thread: Laying worker

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    Re: Laying worker

    Popular misconception about laying workers being too heavy to fly. They don't change size, and the worker is designed to carry a load of stores from the field.
    Walt
  18. Re: My first frame with foundation. My evolution as a beekeeper. I feel kind of dir

    Congrats, jwc.
    Somebody needed to attack fad beekeeping. We have not, on the premise that if someone chooses to go that way, it's a matter of personal choice. They will learn, on their personal...
  19. Re: Water Issue With Mike Palmaer Style Double Nucs

    Haven't done this, but it was considered along the way as an answer to water collection on the bottom board. You might try it. Drill small holes in the back corners that are slightly larger than the...
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    Re: Queenless again,,,

    f l,
    The sideways pic is standard appearance here in main flow. In the early buildup they often populate whole frames in one queen pass. Through the buildup those frames are refilled on another...
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    Re: Queenless again,,,

    The cells you show all look like emergency cells to me. The ones along the bottom of the frame are just where the workers found the cells with the right age larvae. Coincidence. If laying that frame...
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    Re: All Mediums: Was Brother Adam wrong?

    te be makes a good point. (inadvertently) The bees instincts are typically ignored in beekeeper choices in management of colonies. You folks that give the queen credit for where and when to lay are...
  23. Re: Inner Cover based on Walt Wright's "Attic" Ventilation Article

    Wally,
    You can't 'think too much' when it comes to beeking. They have some complex instincts, and even more complex 'work-arounds' or plan B's or C's, when Mother Nature throws them a curve. They...
  24. Re: Inner Cover based on Walt Wright's "Attic" Ventilation Article

    "3/4 shim" Correct. We added a 3/4 strip all the way around, top and bottom to give standing room for the nectar driers that collect up there.

    Walt
  25. Re: Inner Cover based on Walt Wright's "Attic" Ventilation Article

    Went back and read that article to see what it contained. One thing was obvious - it was written before beetles penetrated this area. Wouldn't do it the same today. Still believe in better air flow,...
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