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    Re: How to properly combine hives???

    I think this year may be an exception to the rule in Ohio. We have been experiencing very late swarms this year. Spring ramped up slowly, we've had a lot of rain, and it looks like that has allowed...
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    Re: How to properly combine hives???

    I spent several years attempting to nurse weak hives by adding brood and feeding. Occasionally it worked, but I found that in most cases the colony eventually reverted back to being a weak hive ......
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    Re: External inspection

    Sometimes, yes. That's another reason I like to pull the cages out as soon as possible. I like to keep my frames pushed together pretty tightly.
  4. Re: What time of day to treat with an oxalic acid vaporizer?

    I agree with early morning as the best time, if it fits in your schedule. As Hogback mentioned, I like to get to the yard just before sunrise and block off all the entrances first before the bees...
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    Re: External inspection

    That's what I like to do after 3 days. Remove the queen cage and make sure she's out, slide the frames back together, and leave them alone for a week or week and a half. It takes just a few seconds...
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    Re: External inspection

    I don't think he's checked yet to see if the queens have been released, he's just assuming they are. What if they are trapped in the cages? I always do a quick check after a few days to make sure...
  7. Re: Laying Worker Bees and All Drone Brood - lots of it. What do I do??

    This is probably not relevant in your case, but just wanted to mention that I think sometimes new queens will start laying multiple eggs in cells until they get settled down. It looks just like you...
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    Re: External inspection

    I'm not to keen on assumptions. I've burned myself too many times to rely on them.

    If your queen cages have been in the hive for 3 days do a quick check to make sure the queens have been...
  9. Re: Method for not squishing bees during inspection

    Along with the good advice already given, try taking out "2" outside frames when you start your inspection, making sure the queen is not on either of them. That will give you a 2 frame empty space to...
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    Re: 5 gallons old honey

    What I would like to know is ... who sat down and sampled a mouthful of bee poop to determine what bee poop actually tastes like? :D
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    Re: Robbing and top entrances

    I use top entrances, and to choke down the entrance during periods of possible robbing activity I cut strips of wood at various lengths, the same thickness as the entrance gap. Slide the strip of...
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    Re: It's a girl!

    Nothing like the thrill of a new family addition.
    Congratulations, and God bless your family!
  13. Re: What's a good healthy hive look like in july????

    I would agree with you, your description sounds very encouraging. :thumbsup: If some of these boxes had foundation that was drawn out as well, a double thumbs up to your bees.

    Unless you still...
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    Re: Japanese Beetles

    If it's feasible, hang your traps "away" from your property. This will draw the beetles "away" from your foliage.

    The worst year I ever had with Japanese Beetles was the year I set out traps. I...
  15. Re: Holy crap I am sold on the Sustainable Apiary model!

    I've avoided trying to overwinter nucs until finally taking the plunge last year, thanks to encouragement from MP's videos. I overwintered a handful of nucs in a 3 story, 5 frame medium configuration...
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    Re: Cleaning hands

    I use 5 Mil Nitrile gloves which I pick up for a great price when Harbor Freight puts the 100 ct boxes on sale. I don't like all the moisture that accumulates in the gloves either, but if it gets too...
  17. Re: Latest from Brushy Mountain on Oxalic Acid

    I searched as well with no luck. If it's approved in your state, where can you purchase the product with the appropriate "label"?
  18. Re: how to tell if store sugar is from cane or beet

    There have also been concerns related to sugar beets treated with neonicotinoids, resulting in a contaminated sugar product. See Randy's test results below.
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  19. Re: Why do some apiaries run consistently small hives, while others run towers?

    This would be a good method to increase your hive numbers, but as you redistribute frames and do splits you weaken the donor hives. You will have more hives in the end, but not much honey from any of...
  20. Re: Dying to Know What my Bees are Foraging (Ohio)

    Locust is finished. The Yellow Sweet Clover is starting up.
  21. Re: Is a simulated swarm just a pre-swarm split?

    I guess what it boils down to is ... do you think what NewbeeInNH did will help prevent the colony from swarming?
  22. Re: Is a simulated swarm just a pre-swarm split?

    What would you do differently to produce a simulated swarm?

    I agree, technically it was a walkaway split. But isn't the end result the same as a simulated swarm? The queen is gone, with a good...
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    Re: Swarming?

    A lot can happen in two weeks this time of year with a strong colony. If you don't have time to do a thorough inspection you should at least tilt the boxes up on their side and take a quick look at...
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    Re: Swarming?

    You have a point, the reducer needs to come out. But I have never had bees beard like this on the "opposite side" of the entrance. I have a feeling something else is in play other than a restricted...
  25. Re: Album of First Inspection After Swarm Plus Questions

    That's very common. Many times after a strong hive swarms and 30-40% of the bees are gone you really can't tell the difference. That's when mistakes can be made.

    All of the bees appear to still...
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