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    Re: Remove supersedural Queen cells?

    the bees worked it out...they are the experts...super
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    Re: How would you harvest honey if you were me?

    First, congrats on a successful first year (many of us never saw honey in our first year). 30 frames approx. 10 gallons would be worth at least a two frame extractor...I still use mine and produce...
  3. Re: anyone heard of swifter dryer sheets to control hive beetles

    I cut them into 4x4s and place them right on top of the frames in the back corner the box...about the same place you'd put a trap. Where the is shb traffic. The swifer type duster sheets start to...
  4. Thread: Strawberries

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    Re: Strawberries

    The strawberries may not be of great importance to bees, but the bees really blessed my strawberries. I had/have about 400 plants in near proximity to a couple of my hives. They worked them very...
  5. Thread: Queen piping

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    Re: Queen piping

    It is neat to hear.
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    Re: Beekeeper FAIL. Help Please.

    Not a FAIL...just another learning experience with bees (there will be more). I've accidently moved a queen with brood too. If it was me, I would leave things as they are as long as hive A still has...
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    Re: Queen cells, no other brood?

    Bee math implies there may be no brood left when the next queen starts laying. Question would be if there is a virgin queen that has already emerged or will potentially emerge. (Hopefully those...
  8. Re: anyone heard of swifter dryer sheets to control hive beetles

    I use the swifer type dusting sheets (vs dryer sheets). I use the generic version. Cut into 4x4 squares. Traps 30-40 SHBs (and sometimes 1 or 2 bees).
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    Re: Hello, from West Point Georgia

    Hello from NWFL.
  10. Re: What do you do with remaining stores in early spring?

    I follow similar procedure to ruthiebees. In addition, as some of my hives filled-up frames early in the spring I did a purge of the honey supers in April. Got about 4 gallons of honey that had an...
  11. Thread: Massive cutout

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    Re: Massive cutout

    Epic!
  12. Thread: cutout

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    Re: cutout

    Congrats...brood definitely priority. Often I find the stores are just too messy to try to salvage/attach to frames...you can always feed. But sounds like you were able to get both. Not sure about...
  13. Thread: cutout

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    Re: cutout

    Good Luck...and drink lots of Gatorade
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    Re: Problem I have never seen before

    Once detached from the bottom board don't waste that comb under the mediums...cut it of and use rubber bands to attach it to medium foundationless frames like you were doing a cut out.
  15. Re: Hive Inspections over 85 degrees with humidity? OK?

    That's the normal morning conditions here in North FL. Shouldn't be a problem. The bees get use to me dripping sweat into their hives.
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    Re: Less small hive beetles this year?

    GSkip, I guess all the SHB are vacationing here in FL. Last year all I needed was the end of a hive tool to control them, this year I'm also trading out traps every week or so to keep up. Made a...
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    Re: Removing bees from honey supers

    I use the manual method. Although I have 16 hives, I harvest by the frame and not the box. But I also harvest numerous times throughout the season. I remove a frame, shake in front of the hive,...
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    Re: Hello to Everyone from Florida

    Hello Rudy from NW FL. Tenbears is right, SHBs can be a problem that needs to be monitored closely...really bad over here this year. But, the challenge makes it enjoyable.
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    Re: Scotch-Brite wipes for SHB

    Robbin, last year I didnt use anything except the end of the hive tool. This year Im replacing oil traps weekly.
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    Re: Remove supersedural Queen cells?

    Great. Glad it worked out and you a new queen with legacy genetics.
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    Re: Scotch-Brite wipes for SHB

    I heard about using swifer dusters the same way. I tried it. Cut into 4x4 squares. It traps about 30-40 SHBs and a couple of bees for each hive. In our heat and humidity the swifer sheets turn...
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    Re: Lost bees to ants

    Dwain, sorry for the loss. Generally, a normal strong hive will not have a problem with ants. That being said I lost a small cut out to ants about as fast as you did...the single brood box hive...
  23. Re: Hi - I already feel welcome....... from Snohomish County, WA

    I used a little psychology, I named our apiary "Ruthie Bee's". The honey has my wife's name on the label. So I can always use the excuse, "I need to go out and take care of your bees".
  24. Re: Hi - I already feel welcome....... from Snohomish County, WA

    Welcome to the site...and I agree, making boxes/support equipment is half the fun. I also limped through my first year with two hives who couldn't keep a queen (probably partly my fault), I figured...
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    Re: Remove supersedural Queen cells?

    Looks like the old queen had some good brood, hate to waste the genetics. I'd take this frame, reduce to 1 or 2 queen cells, put in a nuc with reduced entrance, keep feeding and forget about them...
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