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    Re: Is this a problem?

    I like AmBe's advice. Reversing in the late season is not generally done, but it is completely justified. Where the broodnest is located in early Aug is typically where it will be going into winter....
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    Re: Hygienic behavior?

    Am aware that one of the first indications of impending starvation is termination of drone pupa. They recycle the nutrients of the un-needed drones by sucking the juices out and putting the empty...
  3. Re: Waiting for supercedure queen but now all the honey is gone! Still no brood, Help

    f650cs,
    Your logic is good. Go with it!
    W
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    Re: Hygienic behavior?

    Extra dead bees out front smacks of pesticide poisening. A healthy colony can normally carry off the dead of normal attrition. And I don't know any inside indications other than a mound of dead bees...
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    Re: Brood box full of honey

    Sounds like a lot of fuss over a colony that is exactly where they should be for this time of the year by their instincts. Our bees are, by their heritage, forest dwellers. Not much fall flow in the...
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    Re: Can anyone tell me what's happening?

    If you have a colony in residence in the walls or roof of the building, you can see that from the outside. Look for in/out traffic on a nice sunny day. If a colony has just moved in, penetration of...
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    Re: Please help with swarm questions!

    While I fumble with my keyboard, some REAL expert may respond.
    If it's any consolation, we all do it wrong. By wrong I mean we do not know enough about bee natural instincts to do it right. We apply...
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    Re: When is honey capped?

    Let me add a couple notes of info not found in beginner's books or classes.
    During main flow and thereafter during the season, nectar is dried before it is placed in the cells. In the period just...
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    Re: building comb from bottom up?

    Building comb upward is contrary to their natural instincts, but they can if forced to. They normally build comb downward from the top. That's what MB's festooning is all about - scaffolding for...
  10. Thread: Cockroaches

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    Re: Cockroaches

    Wood roaches also eat decaying wood. You folks with new hives shouldn't have much of a problem. When we tended some old hives for an orchard family, it was not uncommon to find 20 or more above the...
  11. Re: My queen is crowded, laying 5-6 eggs a cell, how do I fix this?

    That looks like the work of a replacement (Supersedure) queen. SS queens are geared to fill an empty broodnest - playing catch up. They can lay more than 3K eggs in a day. Give them some bees and...
  12. Re: backfilling with honey but not building comb

    Wuff!! Thanks, I think.
    W
  13. Re: backfilling with honey but not building comb

    JW,
    That graph does not look like what I see here. It almost looks like a composit of starter and established colonies. If it were a starter (swarm Apr to June) it wouldn't have brood increase in...
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    Re: How Do You Spell Honey?

    Flower P.
    Brood volume? Don't know.
    Typically, we go into "main flow" with at least the bottom 2 shallows and sometimes the third, filled with brood. A feature of CBing is no backfilling of the...
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    Re: How Do You Spell Honey?

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    This thread seems to be a good place to put in a plug for checkerboarding. It’s quite easy for others to ignore my assertion that CB’ing is easier and more simple that other swarm...
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    Re: Rotate Brood Boxes?

    Slow Drone has given you the northeastern routine. That is where most of our literature comes from. But you have probably seen that it's not all applicable to CA. I personally do not have a good feel...
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    Re: When does the webbing come

    Almost replied when this thread started, but put it off. Wasn't sure I knew what the question was. If the biggest of the "worms" was only a half inch - that's about full grown size for the beetle...
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    Re: Swarm or Supercedure Cells - Please Help!!!

    Vance is fairly positive in his opinion that the cells are swarm cells, but I can't leave that unchallanged. I say they are supersedure cells.
    Walt
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    Re: May packages swarming

    Has the subject colony swarmed yet? If not, it's not a cinch yet that "swarm cells on the bottom of a frame" were actually swarm cells. I consistently maintain that there is no justification for...
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    Re: Supercedure question

    Back to back supersedure (SS) is not that uncommon. The workers can tell by scent whether or not she was properly mated. If they find her poorly mated, they can just let her lay a small patch of eggs...
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    Re: May packages swarming

    MB zeroed in on the cause of package swarming, which likely was the primary concern of the OP. We went off-topic with the up/down growth of the starter colony.

    Have one more comment on the...
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    Re: Damaged Queen cup

    Have never seen them repair a damaged queen cell. They will even trash a cell with the slightest dent in it.
    Walt
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    Re: May packages swarming

    Thank you Ace for your sage advice. Was that an opposing opinion?
    The reason we get away with adding a second box at the top is that when they have an adequate broodnest in the bottom, they are...
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    Re: May packages swarming

    I believe that colonies in first year developement should be given additional boxes below. When we were actively keeping bees, we added boxes at the top like everyone else, knowing full well that it...
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    Re: Geeting them to fill second hive body

    Good point, SC. Have seen that, too.
    W
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