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    When do the bees cap it?

    My son is in 2nd grade. Since September is apparently National Honey Month, his class has been learning about bees and beekeeping. Today he brought home a little quiz that he took this week, where...
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    Re: Dearth or no dearth!!!

    PS I forgot to say that your bees are probably bearding because it's been so dang hot here! Mine are still bearding.
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    Re: Dearth or no dearth!!!

    I'm in Gainesville, and we've got a flow going on right now. My bees are bringing it in like gangbusters.
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    Re: Goldenrod starting to bloom - video

    :lpf:
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    Re: Goldenrod starting to bloom - video

    Oh my gosh! Honey bee paradise! Just beautiful.

    I have my hive entrances located about 3 feet in front of a 6 foot privacy fence and the bees don't have any problem going in and out. Since I...
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    Re: Hello from North Central Florida

    Welcome EbbTide! My 7 yr old son and I have 3 hives in our backyard in Gainesville. You'll learn so much here!
  7. Re: How dark of comb would you use in a supper?

    Mmmm, yum! Point taken :D
  8. Re: How dark of comb would you use in a supper?

    Really? I dunno, I guess the thought of eating honey out of a cell that has been defecated in by bee larvae kind of grosses me out :pinch: Am I being too much of a princess? ;) Now, tell me that...
  9. Re: How dark of comb would you use in a supper?

    I've wondered about this. How do you rotate out the old comb? I've gone around and around in my head trying to figure this out. Doesn't the queen lay more eggs in the frame as the capped brood...
  10. Thread: recyclers

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    Re: recyclers

    Awesome! When I tried this, I got more ants than bees. Do you do something to keep the ants away, or do they share?
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    Which bee magazine for a hobbyist?

    I want to subscribe to a bee journal, but really only want one subscription. Which one do you recommend for a hobbyist?
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    Re: I have laying workers - I think

    Oh, one other question - would the bees really try to make a queen out of worker-laid drones? What happens to the drone larvae that is fed exclusively royal jelly? Super-drones? :lpf:
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    Re: I have laying workers - I think

    The problem is that none of the brood is capped yet, so I don't know.

    Yikes, I didn't know that about SHB. I had a horrible infestation in the same hive a while back, but I moved it into the...
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    Re: I have laying workers - I think

    I know - it was really weird! But I'm 100% certain that I saw 2 distinct larva in one queen cell. I even took my veil off to make sure I was seeing it right. They were curled up in the royal...
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    Re: I have laying workers - I think

    What about the more than one larva in the Q cells? Still possible with a newly mated Q in the hive?
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    I have laying workers - I think

    A week ago, I found my hive to be queenless. No eggs or larvae that I could find and the brood nest filling with nectar. I ordered a new queen, who arrived yesterday. When I inspected the hive...
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    Re: Varroa Question

    Holy cow! That's an expensive queen!!! I'm sure it's well worth it though. :D
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    Re: Varroa Question

    Being a new beek, I was just wondering how you would know if you were buying a queen with good hygienic genetics? Are there queen producers who specialize in that?
  19. Re: Urgent questions about introducing new queen

    Forgot to mention, I did remove the caged queen.
  20. Re: Urgent questions about introducing new queen

    Well, lo and behold, I just did a full hive inspection, and there are eggs and young larva. There are quite a few SS cells, with larvae in them. Hmmm, I guess I had a virgin queen before! Now,...
  21. Re: Urgent questions about introducing new queen

    I don't know what else can go wrong here, but I saved the cork in case I needed to put it back in, and now I can't find it. Is there anything else I can use?
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    I didn't do a full inspection, but it looked like most of the brood nest was filled with nectar. I only looked on the frame with the Q cells, and there were no eggs. All Q cells were still under...
  23. Urgent questions about introducing new queen

    A week ago, my hive was queenless with no eggs or larvae at all. There were several queen cups, but I didn't think there was anything in them, since there were no eggs anywhere else in the hive. My...
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    Re: Queen coming and nothing but rain

    What luck! The sun broke through the clouds right as I got home from work today, just enough time to put the queen in. Now I have another issue that I will post as a new thread....
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    Re: I need to move my hives. Advice?

    I moved my hive from one side of my yard to the other. I used the branch method. I put an empty box with a couple of frames in it in the old location for the stragglers, and then moved it over in...
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