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    Kelley's beetle jail baitables: bait?

    I'm wanting to purchase some of Walter T Kelley's beetle jail baitables, but I don't know what to use for the bait. Should I just use regular vegetable oil? What do you use as bait for SHB?
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    Re: the politics of sugar

    test - I'm writing on an iPad, hopefully the image is attached. if not, I may not be able to attach the chart today. EDIT: the iPad won't let me upload the graph. I will try to upload it another day....
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    the politics of sugar

    Hello fellow beekeeping enthusiasts (I presume),

    I haven't been on this forum in a few months, but I thought I'd revisit to initiate a small dialogue on the current U.S. regulation of sugar prices...
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    Re: Beesting Deaths...Urban Myth??

    I read on this site a while back that more people die from bee stings than snake bites. That one made me raise my eyebrows... Don't know if it's true or not, but it's a startling statistic if so.
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    Re: Easy 5-frame nuc plans

    I was just reading a thread by michael palmer about wintering nucs, and he said something about drilling a 3/4" (i think) hole in the back of his nucs. I'm about to make some splits with some nucs I...
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    Re: Easy 5-frame nuc plans

    Question: what do you do for winter ventilation with these nucs? I'm wanting to use these to overwinter with. Would a 1/2" hole in the back, opposite the front hole work?
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    Re: Do some strong hives not swarm?

    Thanks for the responses. This hive started small in early spring, in a deep but just enough to cover 5 frames. Today they were in two deeps and four mediums. So far I've harvested 3 medium supers,...
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    Do some strong hives not swarm?

    I have a strong colony I haven't done any swarm prevention to. It hasn't swarmed yet (that i know of) nor shown any signs of swarming. This made me wonder, do some hives randomly skip the swarming...
  9. removing all young larva before introducing grafts

    How careful must one be when removing the larva from the queenless hive, meaning, will introducing queen grafts still work okay if I overlook a couple eggs / young larva on a frame or two? I try to...
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    2 queens in a hive?

    I was transferring some 5 frame nucs into 10 frame boxes. To my surprise, one of the nucs had 2 queens on it. Both of them looked like virgins as they were quite small, but the brood pattern looked...
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    Laying queen versus virgin queen

    I'm curious to know what would happen if one adds a caged laying queen to a hive that has a virgin queen. I introduced a caged laying queen to a hive, but there is a remote possibility this hive has...
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    Re: Capped Queen cells but no brood

    I'm guessing the queen in your caught swarm stopped laying or something, and they're trying to raise a queen from a worker's egg. Last week I had a hive with capped queen cells and no eggs or brood....
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    Re: No room for the queen to lay, what would you do?

    Thanks Shane and Mr. Bush for your replies. A quick question - once a hive has a laying worker, isn't it always desperate? So wouldn't most worker eggs be drawn out as false queen cells?

    At any...
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    Re: No room for the queen to lay, what would you do?

    I checked the hive today. I counted about 8 supercedure cells with larva in them and some capped. The frames of deep foundation I added were more than halfway drawn out, but there were no eggs laid...
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    Re: Moved nuc some bees went back what to do?

    I wouldn't give them a frame with a queen cell unless you have extra honey and brood frames to go with it. I think you'd be okay to add the one frame of stragglers to your newly made split. I don't...
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    Re: No room for the queen to lay, what would you do?

    Thanks everyone for the replies. I was hoping to extract next week, but I may do a couple sooner and replace them. I will add supers.

    If the bees begin drawing and filling the newly added...
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    No room for the queen to lay, what would you do?

    I have a hive that went queenless. While this hive was making emergency queens, a honeyflow began, and now this hive has two deeps and a medium full of honey, with no room for a queen to lay eggs....
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    Re: When will she lay?

    Mountain bee, I made a few splits around the same time you did. I have seen the virgin queens, but no eggs yet. It's a little nerve wracking, not knowing for sure yet how long to wait or if the hives...
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    do 9 frame spacers inhibit comb drawing?

    So I was reading a little about frame spacing, and one site mentioned that frames pushed close together are drawn better / quicker than more openly spaced frames, and that bees are less enthusiastic...
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    Re: Drone frames for medium super...

    I'm a fairly new beek, so pardon my asking, what's the purpose of drone frames? I'm interested, because I have a hive which drew out an entire foundationless medium frame of drone sized cells....
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    Re: Well, don't think i'll do that to a split again.

    After further inspection, turns out I added a mated queen to my original split. She's the one who ate through the emergency cells. The hive where the queen came from now has about 20 queen cells...
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    Re: Well, don't think i'll do that to a split again.

    Jaseemtp, yes, that's exactly what i did. So maybe i did accidentally transfer a queen. I thought i checked the frame fairly well... I'll have to double check tomorrow.

    Sorry blue if i...
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    Re: Well, don't think i'll do that to a split again.

    I'm fairly new to queen cells, but i'm pretty sure queens emerge out the ends of the cells, not the sides. Besides, its only day 10 into the split, too early for a queen to emerge.
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    Well, don't think i'll do that to a split again.

    I made my first split about 10 days ago. Two days ago, after seeing two frames with emergency queen cells, i thought i'd move one frame with a queen cell into another empty nuc with a frame of brood...
  25. What's the best way to add a deep with foundation?

    I have several backyard hives that I'd like to increase brood space, but (as usual) I'm short of drawn comb. The hives are just a medium on top of a deep.

    What would happen if I put a deep with...
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