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    Re: When to bring in new blood

    “Life, uh, finds a way." Dr. Ian Malcolm
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    Re: Question about nuc in heat wave

    I'm leery of screened bottom boards. In hot, humid areas, particularly, they interfere with the bees ability to cool the hive through refrigeration by evaporating water from nectar. Like leaving a...
  3. Re: storing honey comb until ready to press

    I'd leave it on the hive unless there are not enough bees to defend the space.
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    Re: Hive tools

    They're with all my pocket knives.
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    Re: Hive tools

    I like to hit the back of the hive tool with the palm of my hand to get the tool started between two boxes. When I do that with a J-style hook on multiple boxes, it hurts, unnecessarily. I like to be...
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    Re: Hive tools

    KW style hive tool.
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    Re: ? about moving large lang hive

    Everything is closer when Texas isn't in the way.
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    Re: Bees getting grumpier?

    +1. Shane, your bees are not africanized. If they are too mean, requeen.
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    Re: Brush, fume board, or bee escape?

    The day before the honey pull, I smoke the bees down, pull off the queen excluder and put a bee escape board on each hive from which I will be taking honey. The next day I bring commercial baking...
  10. Re: What would happen if a colony were simply dumped in the wild?

    They would mill about on the ground and in the air, gradually organizing into two or three clumps on the ground. These clumps would merge over an hour or two, sending out scouts and foragers. After a...
  11. Re: How to add frames in my horizontal langstroth

    It is seasonal and is affected by temperatature and by light. They prefer a cooler side in summer and warmer in winter. The queen likes to lay brood in the dark and away from a drafty entrance. Let...
  12. Re: How to add frames in my horizontal langstroth

    I would want to have the hive arranged so that the winter cluster will be able to gradually move through the honey stores and not end up isolated on one end out of contact with, and unable to reach...
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    Re: Think I messed something up.

    Ain't nuttin'. http://honeybeesuite.com/bearding-or-swarming/joan-johnson-crop/
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    Re: salvaging bees

    I would either watch the hive with the queen cell a little while, and dump the rest of them in front of other hives or, more likely, I would lightly spray the lot of them with lukewarm water scented...
  15. Re: Newbie question: Is setting up a communal syrup feeder a bad idea?

    Except for the children thing, yes. Patience is usually healthy for both the bees and me.
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    Re: When are inner covers worthwhile?

    With my hive boxes, there is " between the top of the frame and the top edge of the box. This is not the correct beespace and causes the bees to deposit propolis between the bottom of the outer...
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    Re: Need a more definitive plan

    Your hive is doing well. Some strains of bees overbreed beyond the capacity of their food sources and foraging ability. Others underbreed. Some get it just right. There is a large advantage to having...
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    Re: New hives, entrance size

    I use 4.5 sq. in. openings in my largest hives. They are ⅜" by 12". I have upper ventilation. I don't have problems with rodents or robbing. Most folks use larger openings.
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    Re: Behavior post split

    I'd put the hive with the new queen where the old hive is and move the old hive over a few feet while the new queen is still in the cage. But I'm funny that way.
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    Re: Escape board or/and fume board?

    +1

    I use queen excluders so that I don't have to worry about that or brood in the supers.
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    Re: Escape board or/and fume board?

    Yep.
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    Re: Escape board or/and fume board?

    Use the escape board by itself the first day. The following day you can take the escape board off and use the fume board if there are still bees on the honey or you can blow or brush them off.
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    Re: Escape board or/and fume board?

    I prefer escape boards. It's an extra trip to the bee yards, but it's much less time there for me, it works better, and it is cheaper because I built my own escape boards.

    Either with or without....
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    Re: starting with a feral colony?

    Have you gas tank full when you start. Have lots of ventilation. Move them at night with a couple of wet sponges. Well shaded during any daylight hours. Or carefully, with the hive box in a mesh...
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    Re: starting with a feral colony?

    You can move them as far as you need to. But how you do it depends on the distance. How far do you need to move the colony?
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