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    Re: Paper Combine Question

    Make sure there aren't any queen cells in the queenless hive, then combine.
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    Re: Bottom brood box full of honey.

    That's fantastic! That's what they should do, pollen on the bottom, brood in the middle and honey on top. Sounds like they are in perfect condition for winter. A healthy hive is what you have.
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    Re: New BK question-need help

    Split the brood and honey between the two hives to equal them out. Brood in the middle honey on the outside. Either smoke them to beat all get out or newspaper combine the top boxes. Once combined...
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    Re: Winter bee hatch around Tn

    They usually wind down by the end of September.
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    Re: Where would Queen return ?

    Look where you caught the swarm.
  6. Re: Usefulness of Phosphorescent Paint in a Commercial operation.

    Roland you'd need a strobe light to go with it to get the full affect!
  7. Re: Usefulness of Phosphorescent Paint in a Commercial operation.

    There won't be much if any reaction at all. There's a difference in the light rays given off which the bees will have very little interest in. Green works the best don't know where to get it anymore...
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    Re: Hiving a foundationless hive.

    There are a lot of different ways of straightening out comb it depends on the type of top bars you're using. I build all of my top bars with a 1/4 x 1/4 guide on them which allows my to use just...
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    Re: virgin or mated?

    If you use smoke or the face of the frame gets direct sunlight that's what she is gonna do sometimes Mr. Hopkins. It's normal for her to do that. Virgin and freshly mated queens are experts at hiding...
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    Re: Hiving a foundationless hive.

    Depends on how quick they release her. You can lay her in the bottom but the bees tend to cluster at the top. As long as there are bees on the cage when you put her in the bottom you'd be okay. I...
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    Re: Hiving a foundationless hive.

    Where ever you can hang her is fine. If you are using a TBH I'd only put five bars in to get them started. Too much space and they'll be slow to build.
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    Re: Hiving a foundationless hive.

    The queen in the cage will keep them put.
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    Re: What to do with a squater?

    In some states placing bees without written consent of the land owner makes them his property.
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    Re: virgin or mated?

    You shouldn't start finding eggs until August 20th. Like Dave Burrup said give her another week. Mating is weather dependent. The robber screen shouldn't make a difference but if you haven't had any...
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    Re: Feeding in the fall?

    Lowe's carry the 1 qt, cans for 2.97 and the 1 gal for 4.98 in my area for what it's worth. The cans work better than a miller top feeder or the like in keeping robbing at bay because they have very...
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    Re: bees dragging out pupa. why?

    Justin the type of bees you have like there populations of worker and drone at a certain level this time of year. If you look they probably have just caped some drones or some have just emerged...
  17. Re: How successful are double screen boards for overwintering a small hive on a big o

    Too much moisture and not enough stores are the main reasons most nucs and hives don't make it through winter. If you live in an area with high humidity or wet winters the double screen could cause a...
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    I know it by Hypoaspis Miles. Stratiolaelaps Scimitus is the new name they've reclassified them. I've seen first hand the damage they can inflict on varroa and shb of all places in Lodi Ohio. Not as...
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    Re: Overwintering Nuc Question:::

    Go to the Warre forum Bernard does a good explanation with pictures for overwintering a warre single. Warre singles aren't any bigger than a 5 frame nuc. Bear in mind I'm in a warmer climate than you...
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    Squarepeg I'm treatment free but what you say makes good sense to me also!
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    Just to clear it up, by Beesource definition sugar dusting is considered a treatment.
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    It will get the levels down. I don't believe it's considered a treatment of course sometime it depends on who you talk to.
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    Look up powder sugar dusting for mite control.
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    Re: Goldenrod honey value

    Goldenrod is a strong tasting honey not as marketable in the north as it is in the south, you'll also notice the odor of kind of like old dirty socks. Oakland and Livingston counties both have an...
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    Re: Theoretical TF apiary management

    You might consider raising queens from the abandoned hives, might be your only source of treatment free bees in the area. I think you have a good understanding of what you are trying to do, good...
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