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    Re: Not taking syrup

    I've found that they don't take syrup if they are finding sufficient wild sources and it sounds like they may have natural sources available.
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    Re: Laying worker(s) and capped larvae

    Laying workers lay only drones; they would be indistinguishable from drone capped cells. If they are flat like worker cells then you may not be queenless.
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    Re: Laying worker or Drone laying queen?

    Yes, but neither source suggested that the are active laying workers. I don't dispute there are workers with ovaries but that is different than to say the are actively laying in a hive that also has...
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    Re: Queen right hive and laying workers.

    I checked in the "Biology of the Honey Bee" which suggests that a queen and laying worker would likely not be present in a hive at the same time unless, the hive was without queen and (more...
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    Re: Laying worker or Drone laying queen?

    I checked in the "Biology of the Honey Bee" which suggests that a queen and laying worker would likely not be present in a hive at the same time unless, the hive was without queen and (more...
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    Re: Queen right hive and laying workers.

    I have never seen nor heard of this fact; can you point to where you saw this information (I don't think it is true but always interested in learning)?
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    Re: What to do with queenless hive this fall?

    +2, they won't survive otherwise.
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    Re: sprays of soapy water and sugary water

    Sugar water doesn't make bubbles of substance (soap bubbles have a skin) so no, it doesn't kill them like soapy water does. Honestly I've never heard about soapy water and honey bees but it is a...
  9. Thread: Salt lick

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    Re: Salt lick

    Bees need salt and will benefit from it being available. Some people, myself included add salt to their water at opportunistic times; but not too much.
  10. Re: Just lost 2 queens from my 2 hives- now what??

    Without a queen they will not survive the winter.

    Your next problem will be to stave off the creation of a lying worker; which can happen once there is no brood in the hive so time is not on your...
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    Re: Open Feeding What Happened?

    During a dearth open feeding can draw bees from many miles around and it sounds like that is what you experiences. The bees can be quite agitated during this feeding frenzy, also what you appear to...
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    Re: Pesticides? Or something else?

    You may want to check with your local beekeeper organizations. Here is Washington the University does free diagnosis of dead hives and I suspect in your state there maybe a similar service. Tongs...
  13. Thread: mean bee

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    Re: mean bee

    Bees can get aggressive at times but (for instance when protecting honey during a dearth or during cooler weather if you don't give ample notice, in the way of some before entering the hive). If...
  14. Re: "...honey vs. sucrose or high fructose corn syrup"

    http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/integrative_medicine_digestive_center/news_events/corn_syrup.html

    Quote from the article: "The HFCS bees do not turn on their immune genes (that is they have less...
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    Re: Sugar rush! ! !

    VERY nice!
  16. Re: Setting up foundation-less frames questions - Wedge Style Frames

    Looks good; just keep an eye on how they build out the frames and be prepared for a bit of comb manipulation if they don't build within the lines. Waxing the wedge, in my experience, doesn't make a...
  17. Thread: Swarm

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    Re: Swarm

    Why may be impossible to answer. Crowding comes in many variants, not always population. Swarms due to crowding is more a matter of lack of space for the queen to lay. It can be cause by the fact...
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    Re: Has the queen gone.

    You are correct; if you place a frame of eggs and larvae (the larvae needs to be < 4 days old (under 3 is better) or eggs AND if there is no queen then the hive will create a queen cell (or many) and...
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    Re: Mite away quick strips

    MAQS are in the organic family of treatments and can be on during nectar flow if needed though personally and even though it is considered to be organic I prefer to treat with honey supers off.
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    Re: Single frame "harvest"

    Crush is really the only method I can think of using if you don't want to spin. Allowing it to drip out will take forever and even then you won't get most of the honey out; I assume you mean you'd...
  21. Re: Signs of Robbing (through an observation window) with video

    I don't think this is anything like robbing; maybe a bee or 2 but this is certainly not a robbing episode. Once you experience one you will never forget what it's like. Think bee Armageddon;...
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    Re: Foundationless Checkerboarding Questions

    1) I find checkerboarding helps to ensure moderately straight comb lines on the foundationless frames. I have gone without checkerboarding but it takes more monitoring.

    2) Over time you cycle out...
  23. Thread: Black honey

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    Re: Black honey

    Agree, it sounds like buckwheat (except for the berry taste) so it must be mixed with something else.
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    Re: killing the queen

    When I replace queens I kill her and throw her dead body into the hive. I find that this quickly communicates to the hive that she is dead and enables a queen to be introduced with relative ease. I...
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    Re: Extractor replacement bearings?

    I could be wrong but I thought that what made a bearing set food grade or not had to do more with the grease; use food-grade silicone and you are good. Ideally I guess they should be made of...
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