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    Re: **INPUT NEEDED*** 1500 colony operation

    Insurance; license and fees; building, vehicle and equipment repair and maintenance and so on... There is also this thing called depreciation which takes into account that everything eventually wears...
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    Re: Laying worker...again.

    Considering the timeframe you mentioned, make absolutely sure you have laying workers and not a drone laying queen. If you have a drone layer, you'll need to find her and pinch her first.
  3. Thread: small bees

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    Re: small bees

    If she's laying good and the hive has no issues with her (hasn't started supersedure), I'll let her be.
  4. Thread: small bees

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    Re: small bees

    First suspect is mites - they cause infected bees to have shorter abdomens. Other than that, it could be cell size or nutrition or lack of.
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    Re: Bees no Longer Required to Pollinate Almonds.

    Soooo, how do they get the pollen?
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    Re: Too much ventilation?

    I think you had too little for the amount of bees, especially if they were pushing out the screen.
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    Re: cleaning winter deadouts

    I usually shake off/brush off whatever I can from the combs and scrape off the bottom board. This should take care of the majority of the casualties and stink. A package can easily clean up the bees...
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    Re: Caught a swarm barehanded in the air!

    Awesome pic, Ryan Williamson! Brad Bee, OUCH!
  9. Thread: Laying Worker?

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    Re: Laying Worker?

    Spotty, especially since she just started laying may mean she's also gearing up for the job. Laying workers will usually have multiple eggs per cell and all of them will be drones.
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    Re: Queen Cell Size

    Not 1:1, but usually the bigger the cell, the bigger (the better) the queen.
  11. Re: Split some hives, is this a hatched queen cell?

    Yep a hatched cell and a fuzzy new queen. You caught it right before she commenced carnage on the rest of the cells.
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    Re: New Small Queen

    The queens need to be well fed in order to survive the mating flight. She probably got lost or killed during the flight. You may want to add some nurse bees to your split to ensure the queen is well...
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    Re: Bees Clustering Out

    Too warm/humid probably and the foragers need to stay out of the way.
  14. Thread: Pseudo queen?

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    Re: Pseudo queen?

    Old, worn-out bee. Don't worry about laying workers as long as you have a laying queen.
  15. Re: Is this normal for a package that is one month old?

    If they have wing damage, you might want to check your mite load and treat.
  16. Re: Knocking down population for wintering in single

    If you want to do it in the fall, if I remember correctly, CAPA http://capabees.org/2012/10/24/overwintering/ recommends that you break them into singles by pretty much splitting and providing a...
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    Re: Frames FULL of drone cells

    All this is great advice - however, before proceeding, I would suggest you contact your package supplier and inform them of the situation. You may get a replacement queen at least.
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    Re: All 3 queens are gone!!!

    warmbees,
    This is a great idea! Thank you for sharing!
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    Re: All 3 queens are gone!!!

    If the hive with drones has a drone laying queen, pinch her first or she will try to destroy the cells.
  20. Re: First day harvesting pollen. Is this massive bearding normal?

    Moots, you said you put the trap on a swarm - watch them for supersedure. The drones and the virgin cannot exit/enter through the trap.
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    Re: All 3 queens are gone!!!

    I think you should just be patient and give your virgin(s) a chance to mate and start laying.
  22. Re: Anything wrong with giving a queen cell from one hive to another?

    Nothing wrong in doing it. If you cut some extra comb around the cell, you can use toothpicks to attach it and minimize injuring the cell.
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    Re: Cleaning Solid Bottom Board?

    I scrape my bottom boards clean when I reverse the boxes in the Spring.
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    Re: Sanity Check - Seeking Guidance

    Your population will dip in week 4, right before the brood emerges. Workers emerge at about 20 days. You can probably get away with 1 nuc (weaker) from a brand new package. You will have to provide...
  25. Re: Concerned our first hive is getting ready to swarm.

    From the video, the red and green is possibly pollen. Also, you need an extra box. I saw a feeder. I am not sure if you're still feeding on not. Personally, since they have 3 boxes drawn and stuff...
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