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  1. Re: 5 super strong colonies, or 12 medium strength ones?

    Thanks, WWW! Good ideas there.

    So no need to shake bees off the brood frames back into the donor hive to keep the bees from fighting when placed into the recipient hive?
  2. Re: 5 super strong colonies, or 12 medium strength ones?

    I'm wondering when is it a good idea to combine or join hives. Only when queenless? Or are there other good reasons, like having strong production hives?
  3. 5 super strong colonies, or 12 medium strength ones?

    I've got 3 colonies that are very strong this year. I wish they were all that strong. I've got several others that are weaker. Should I combine the weaker ones to make all strong ones?
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    Re: Bees balled a queen on top of hive. Why?

    Here's some footage I found. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cN8O4_PxOsA

    The queen was balled this past Friday. It's now Wednesday of the following week. Will they keep up this roar the whole time...
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    Re: Bees balled a queen on top of hive. Why?

    I think I know the "queenless roar" sound. I think. Is it a higher energy/pitched and higher volume fanning sound than the normal low bzzzzzzzzz of the calm queen-right hive?

    I'll see if I can...
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    Re: Bees balled a queen on top of hive. Why?

    If they're hopelessly queenless then I've got to find the hive and put some eggs in there. Question, I've heard that bees will emit a continuous loud buzz when the nurse bees realize they are...
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    Re: Bees balled a queen on top of hive. Why?

    Typically when a virgin queen emerges out of her queen cell she'll go around and kill the hive's current laying queen (or get killed herself) and also kill all capped queens in their cells. Then she...
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    Re: Bees balled a queen on top of hive. Why?

    I was thinking about this yesterday and it occurred to me if a virgin queen is out of her hive it means she's already went around and killed all the other queens in the hive first. So I've likely got...
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    Re: Bees balled a queen on top of hive. Why?

    Okay, very interesting. Always learning new things with the bees!
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    Re: Bees balled a queen on top of hive. Why?

    I was amazed how fast the attackers would RUN over to the ball after I knocked them off. I've never seen honeybees move so fast. It's like they were on steroids or had 5 cups of Starbucks or...
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    Re: Bees balled a queen on top of hive. Why?

    Why would a foreign Queen end up there? Wouldn't she be either out mating or in the hive?
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    Bees balled a queen on top of hive. Why?

    I finished transferring a newly caught swarm from a nuc into a regular medium. As I finished that one of my hives began swarming (I couldn't tell which one). I was preparing to hive the cluster. As I...
  13. Re: Swarm Capture like you've probably never seen before! Can't do this in the city..

    I've had some inquiry on how the colony turned out. So I want to be transparent on its outcome. It did not make it through Winter. I've got a couple other colonies that didn't either. Maybe this one...
  14. Re: How do you tell which of your hives a swarm came from?

    Thanks for sharing the wisdom! Noticing fewer numbers coming and leaving a certain hive's entrance and reduced bearding is what I've always assumed. But I agree, inspecting the suspected hive would...
  15. How do you tell which of your hives a swarm came from?

    I'm enjoying some great videos of Michael Palmer at the National Honey Show. He explained a comb honey production technique where you hive a swarm, move the issuing colony behind it's original stand...
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    I keep bees Bush style from the start 4 years ago. It has worked out well for me. I'm in an area populated with mainstream beekeepers. No bubble here. All my colonies are from feral colonies acquired...
  17. Re: Is there any use whatsoever for brown comb that doesn't melt?

    What comes out in the boil? What's the wax to propolis ratio?
  18. Re: Is there any use whatsoever for brown comb that doesn't melt?

    It feels like propolized paper. It is definitely comb brood has been raised in. Which tends to be papery from raising brood in. But it seems like it's rich in propolis too. I just feel bad discarding...
  19. Is there any use whatsoever for brown comb that doesn't melt?

    Hello!,
    Every time I go to my wax melter to recover my rendered wax or put more honeycomb in I always discard the brown wax that was in there but didn't melt. I can't help but think every time...
  20. Re: Who has had success sun-bleaching yellow wax to produce white wax?

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?285788-How-to-turn-wax-white

    FWIW, this post gave me some good ideas to try.
  21. Who has had success sun-bleaching yellow wax to produce white wax?

    I'm developing a leather care product and I want to use my own beeswax. I want white wax only so the product doesn't darken the leather (as much). I read recently that white wax can be achieved by...
  22. Re: 1 1/4 inch end bars in the whole hive? Kelley's

    Here's what I do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_fMYYWYXMg&feature=youtube_gdata_player
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    Re: Separating Honey From Cut-out Comb

    Are you 100% sure the customer used no pesticide on this colony?
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    Re: Transporting swarms on the motorcycle

    Adrian, you are right, for sure! I'd have the name "The Drone Comet" airbrushed on the tank. Then all the queens would just follow me home. Is that the idea?
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    Transporting swarms on the motorcycle

    Since the Fall I've been riding my motorcycle to work every day which saves me $200/mo in gas money. Since that's a significant savings I'd like to commute on the bike year round. In 2013 I started...
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