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    Happy 4th of July!

    Please bee safe...

    http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/bigfish31366/IMG_20150703_135142_0551.jpg
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    Re: My son gave me this last night.

    That is awesome!
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    Re: Mating nucs with robber screens

    Can everyone please post a picture of your mating nuc robber screens?
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    Re: Queen cell dying

    Yes, I carefully dig up sample seeds in every garden I plant.
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    Re: Sundance II Pollen trap

    I have one of these and love it.
    You will spend more than $200 building one yourself.
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    Re: Pollen In a cell builder

    I have a Sundance ll top mount. I love it and highly recommend getting one or two!
    I plan on getting a couple more for next spring. It takes the bees about three or four days to get used to it....
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    Re: Pollen In a cell builder

    Made my first cell starter the other day with 8 cups of fresh pollen. After 48 hours all the pollen was gone.

    I had two frames like this, 4 cups of pollen each.
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  8. Re: Feed Honey or syrup to new package install?

    I'm no expert. I had this same question two years ago and never asked it. Found out the hard way. :(
    I would give them some light syrup in your top feeder so they can put it where they need it.
    If...
  9. Re: Is there a "normal" amount of dead bees at the bottum board?

    Are any of you using Top entrances?
    I am thinking they cannot drag them out.

    Is this too many dead bees for a two week period?
  10. Is there a "normal" amount of dead bees at the bottum board?

    I just want to know if this is a normal amount of dead bees for a two week period?

    The hive is three medium high and the queen is laying wall to wall on about 12 frames in the two bottom boxes....
  11. Top mount Sundance Pollen Collector and drones questions

    I was planning on putting my Pollen collector on tonight.
    Will the drone be able to get out of the escape tubes?
    If they make it out will they beg their way into another hive?

    I used this...
  12. Re: Is this normal for Italian bees in the winter?

    The brood pattern is solid and it is all worker brood. There is some open brood and a few eggs. The whole area is about 6" in diameter.

    I put one medium frame full of mostly capped and some open...
  13. Re: Is this normal for Italian bees in the winter?

    Thanks for the replys.
    I was thinking about doing that but the borrowing hive is in medium frames and the Italians are in a deep. Can I put a medium frame between two deep frames?



    Yes, she...
  14. Is this normal for Italian bees in the winter?

    My only Italian hive is not doing too well compared to my non Italian hive. This was my strongest hive going into winter and it has a mid summer queen that was laying awesome in the fall. They are...
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    Re: Feeding honey back to the bees

    Thank you for the reply.
    I want to get these deep frames out of circulation because I'm going with all mediums.
    I don't want the queen to move into the deep. Will the cluster move down and leave...
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    Feeding honey back to the bees

    I lost one of three hive yesterday. It left behind several deep frames of partially caped honey.
    Can I put this under the brood chamber of another hive with a queen excluder between them?
    I am...
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    Re: Catching swarms in the spring.

    I think it depends how big the swarm is. You can always use a follower board and make the deep any size you like.
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    Re: What Are These Bees Doing ?(pic)

    This exact thing happened to me last spring when I put on a pollen trap. It took the bees about three days to figure it out.
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    OP here. My bees started out TF and did really well the first year. They re-queened themselves last spring and got hit hard with mites.

    This is from my suppliers website.
    "(Local Survivor Stock)...
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    That is pretty much what happened, except I think the bees in the nuc joined forces with the robbers. after three days there was not a drop of honey and no bees left. So I killed about four frames of...
  21. Thread: Cleaning wax?

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    Re: Cleaning wax?

    You can make a solar wax melter for almost no money. They work really fast on sunny days and the wax is really clean.
    When we make lip balm I filter the wax twice. Once through a paper towel then...
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    WOW, thanks everyone for the input!

    I decided not to treat with anything, huge brood break instead.

    I split the hive into 4-3 frame mating nucs and 1-8 frame three high hive.
    Each nuc...
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    OK Oldtimer, now you have me rethinking again.:) I do want my bees to be treatment free.
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    Thanks everyone for the replys and link!

    I am going to try powder sugar dusting every week for a month and see what happens.
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    Is that not a treatment? I thought about doing that. Does it really work?
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