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    Re: Why aren't Cloake Boards more popular?

    They are about the size of a bottom board ( a bit shorter).

    The only other piece of "specialty" equipment that makes them easier to use is a bottom board with both ends open - closing one off...
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    Re: Did I do right?

    As I said a lot of differing opinions... :)

    As this is in the "101" forum, it is likely best to suggest a newcomer avoid "messing" with the brood nest until you understand it. If you want to...
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    Re: About queen bees

    From "The Hive & the Honeybee":

    "If... not superseded..., they usually die of old age when 3 or 4 years old, though a few have been reported to live as long as 5, 6, or even 7 years.

    I've read...
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    Re: Plastic frame rant

    Me, too ;)

    I found another interesting application for plastic frames - a thin strip of wood on top, & a couple ~3/8" pieces on the ends, and you have a double nuc divider that they can draw out...
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    Re: Did I do right?

    In answer to your question - yes, you did the right thing.

    You did what you needed to do, & then asked before doing something you probably shouldn't. Jbraun is right on. There are mixed opinions...
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    Re: Entrance Reducer

    On a normally progressing package, the population should start to rebound after 3 weeks, so the larger entrance might be needed at 4-6 weeks, which is in the second 3 week brood cycle. An even larger...
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    Re: Front Range SNOW !!!

    Just rain, rain & more rain here - mostly drizzle. I'm becoming very good at mixing syrup (again). One package decided to swarm. The re-unite went south and they built 7 QC's. I split those between...
  8. Re: Cold front coming through tonight? Reduce entrances again?

    We're getting another cold & rainy spell. Again. I have a multitude of 3/4" wood blocks of various lengths and open & close the lower entrances as weather & flows dictate. Even at the peak of the...
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    Re: 1st hive inspection (lite)

    Depending on the weather, and how often you've been in the hive it might be a good idea to consolidate back into one. As SMN said - add it back on when they have drawn out 7-8 frames (likely a few...
  10. Re: Are buckfast bees good for beginners or not.

    I've been running Buckfast for 35+ years. If you read up on them, they are everything that Brother Adam spent a lifetime developing. Aside from the odd "mutt" swarm, I really can't provide a good...
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    Re: Would you take this free hive?

    The honey may be granulated, but it will make fine "bee food". You may be right about mites, or perhaps just a failed supercedure. Regardless - if you need the equipment ( and who doesn't) - go for...
  12. Re: Do you think she's heard the latest gossip at the water cooler?

    The queen with the cup looks a bit shorter in the abdomen... perhaps it's just the pic, but she appears to only have two "rings" of abdomen behind her wings.

    Great pics!!!
  13. Re: The billion little things that make a beekeeper's life easier

    From "Rearing queen Honey Bees" by Roger Morse, (paraphrasing):

    After about 3-5 days, the virgin queen will take her first flight. Flights usually last 2-20 minutes. Short flights are usually...
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    Re: Will my bees freeze?

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    They'll probably be OK. Mine all made it through this - after almost two weeks of mostly rain. Solid bottom boards, restricted lower entrances & small upper entrances. The only ones being...
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    Re: ONE really angry bee

    Take them "out of the gene pool" - (an inside joke amongst beekeepers). I have ZERO tolerance for attack bees beyond the immediate vicinity of the hives.
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    Re: ONE really angry bee

    'Just a "loner" - destined to be short-lived around my yard. I've developed a wicked backhand with my ball cap. ;)
  17. Re: So What if you Do make them Hopelessly Queenless?

    I think you have a good plan.

    I like to go into hives prepared to find swarm cells. Have a super full of frames ready to swap in for frames with cells. Set any cells aside, or above a double...
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    Re: Front Range SNOW !!!

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    Hungry hummer...
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    Re: Front Range SNOW !!!

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    The hives are out there - you can barely see a couple tops above the big dog.
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    Re: Front Range SNOW !!!

    3" on the driveway, 8" on the bee path.
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    Re: Front Range SNOW !!!

    Same here - looks like we're in for a tree breaker.
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    Re: Package build up

    From "The Hive and the Honeybee" - Management of package bees :

    "There comes a critical time in the progress of the package colony, usually about 3 weeks after it is hived when the new brood...
  23. Re: Will putting swarm bees into a already queened hive cause a problem?

    YES. It will likely result in a queen fight, and your favorite may not win.

    As others have said - let the swarm build up in a separate box & combine later (minus the swarm queen). Combine...
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    Front Range SNOW !!!

    It's getting kind of late for this...

    It's snowing big fat flakes. They are calling for 5-10" overnight, down here. Most of it is supposed to melt on contact. Another few weeks and we should be...
  25. Re: Laying worker successfully coexist with a viable queen?

    From http://bushfarms.com/beeslayingworkers.htm

    There are always multiple laying workers even in a queenright hive

    "Anarchistic bees" are ever present but usually in small enough numbers to not...
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