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  1. Re: What happens if small cell foundation gets mixed with regular cell.

    Wouldn't there be a concern that mixed brood cell sizes would undermine the presumed benefits of sc beekeeping? One example might include a longer brood timeframe, which would provide more...
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    Adding a queen to a new split?

    After making a split with frames from one colony, a day later I wish to add a queen from another. Should I insert the queen in a cage with a candy plug, or perhaps just sneak her in on the side on a...
  3. Pattern of Acceleration for Varroa Count?

    I'm wondering if there are any rules of thumb about Varroa counts and how they trend. That is, if a mite count on a colony is X on a given date, then two weeks later, another count is done, and...
  4. Thread: Brown Comb?

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    Re: Brown Comb?

    Ah, mystery solved. Very interesting! I'd had one hive last year, which was all foundationless, and have four this year (two originals split) that are a mix of pre-existing foundation-based comb, and...
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    Brown Comb?

    Just did an inspection, and one of my newer hives, which originated in a split, had drawn brown comb during the past week or so. I've never seen them draw comb in anything but white before. What...
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    Q's about non-chemical varroa management

    With my single hive having died last year due to Varroa, I'm curious about non-chemical means by which I can avoid that same fate for my four hives this year (two large & two splits). I wonder if a...
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    Q's about Nucs, Queens, and Small Cell Foundation

    I've just done a pretty thorough review of a June 12 split population, and while on June 19 (12 days before today) there were 4-7 capped queen cells, today those cells have been eradicated ... it...
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    Foragers vs. Scouts?

    I have a medium super in my backyard, outfitted with a lid, landing board, etc., and inside it is ten frames of comb, at least a few of them still holding some of last year's nectar/pre-honey.

    My...
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    Re: Neighbors kids get stung by your bees

    Nah. That won't work, either. I'm reconsidering, after interpreting that sign from the POV of a drunken idiot.

    I think covering the boxes in invisibility paint is the way to go. ; P
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    Re: Neighbors kids get stung by your bees

    I have plans to post a little sign near my hives that reads, "These honeybees are friendly, so long as you are, too!" ; )
  11. Beekeeping for Dummies $9.99 @ Amazon - 3/1/2011

    As of today, Beekeeping for Dummies is available for $9.99.

    Here's a link. Free shipping, too, if you add to your order to get it over $25, etc., etc.
  12. Re: 70F in NJ, bees foraging, what are they finding?

    Congratulations, Christopher! But keep those fingers crossed, because we have a ways to go yet for cold weather.
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    Side-by-side hives? How do you get at 'em?

    A practical question!

    With my single hive in '10, I had (have, really) it standing alone on cinderblocks, so I could access it from side, back, and other side. It has always seemed to me a...
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    Re: When and why / rotating boxes

    Hee-hee-hee! That's just great! I read your post below to my wife, but she didn't think it was as funny as I did. Ha! Her loss!
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    Re: When and why / rotating boxes

    Is it really common practice to hammer in staples when the hive is occupied? Seems like it might have unpleasant results.
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    Happy 200th Birthday To L.L. Langstroth

    Today is not only Christmas, but the bicentennial of the birth of L.L. Langstroth, the man who made possible so much of what we enjoy.

    So, "Happy Langstrothmas" to all! ; )


    Mig
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    Strategy for tracking frame use?

    I've been wondering if anyone has a system by which they keep track of frame location, movement, and age.

    Last summer (in my first year), I added a couple of empty frames to an existing box, and...
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    Re: When and why / rotating boxes

    A related question: I have a bottom deep that's stapled to my hive stand. Is there any reason why not it might not be kosher simply to shift the location of the frames containing brood (and the...
  19. Storing honey frames in vacuum-sealed space bags?

    Here's a funny one, maybe, and I feel like I'm jumping shark with this question, but it's serious: I have may have a dying hive due to Varroa, and if it crashes and there's honey left in the spring,...
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    Partial Bottom Board for Winter?

    Seems to me that if ventilation is a top concern in frigid temperatures, then say ... an open 1/4 of a screened bottom board would do pretty well, while 3/4 blocked area would reduce the flow of cold...
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    DWV? Need Advice

    My hive may have Deformed Wing Virus. The initial evidence is that there are lots of bees (a hundred? more?) walking among the leaves and grass in front of the hive that are either dead, or soon will...
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    Re: Starting a beekeeping association?

    Well, there are a few within 100 miles, but I due to my job and family obligations, I don't have time to attend something so far away.

    There was a recent screening of "Queen of the Sun" in Cold...
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    Starting a beekeeping association?

    I live in Southern Dutchess County of New York State, and I'm interested in joining with locals to start a beekeeper's association in the area. I'd appreciate hearing from anyone with experience in...
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    Re: Reasonable Shipping Costs?

    Just thought everyone who posted to this topic should know that Mann Lake Ltd is having free shipping right now (edit: on orders of $100 or more). I don't know how long it'll last ... !
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    Re: Bees all over the ground

    I noticed some bees on the ground in front of my hive this weekend, too, but it was ... like ... three. I'm assuming this is fairly normal? Anyone think this is cause for concern? (One of them was...
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