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  1. Re: How important is hive being closed after OAV?

    the point of closing the hive up is to allow the vapor to condense onto interior hive surfaces (and bees) as I understand it. so you need to leave it closed up until that is near completion. ...
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    Re: should i go up or down?

    I would go with the 4 over 4 configuration at this point. not that they will draw more comb, but the hive will be more vertical and may aid a smaller number of bees in clustering over honey in the...
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    Re: What weed is this?

    plantain of some type, looks like.
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    Re: Cleaning extraction "tools."

    duplicate post
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    Re: honey cappings

    I've never heard of selling small amounts of cappings. what are they used for?
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    Re: super full of honey where brood was

    Oh, and I would certainly use smoke, in case you are a new bees who's on the fence about that. it works.
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    Re: super full of honey where brood was

    I had two colonies swarm that started as nucs this spring. d'oh! wasn't paying enough attention and paid the price in honey loss. so i can say with confidence that it can and does happen. I left...
  8. Re: Will bees use pollen that has been frozen in the comb?

    my bees seem happy to eat pollen that has (probably) been frozen over winter. (probably) I guess depends on your ideas of whether bees heat only the cluster or the whole hive:). anyway, I can't see...
  9. Re: Bottom box kinda sparce, reverse in the summer?

    What do you mean by "clean up" supers? If you mean clean them out (without you extracting them) so there's nothing left in them, I wouldn't expect the bees to do that. More likely they will...
  10. Re: Bottom box kinda sparce, reverse in the summer?

    also, don't count on much of a fall flow where you are. the pollen comes in but very little nectar.
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    Re: Drone Comb Problem

    why is it a problem? the bees probably built it to raise drones. if you only have drone brood, that would be a problem, in which case you would need to figure out if you have a drone laying queen...
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    Re: Do bees receive subliminal messages?

    >Would adding the supers with the extra available room slow down the expansion of comb build-out in the brood box?

    I doubt it. they build when they need comb. if you didn't give them built comb,...
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    Re: Moving a bee swarm

    +1 on frame of open brood if you have it. not sure you need to move them.
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    Re: Moving a bee swarm

    did you catch them by shaking them out of a tree or other place, or did they choose their location and move in, and now you have them? if the first. they likely don't have strong clues about where...
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    Re: Stong orientation flights

    couple of thoughts: you may be missing out on some of the more subtle (and fascinating) things going on I the hive if you aren't actually pulling frames out--what if you have foulbrood, can you see...
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    Re: Swapping Out Old Foundation

    for what it's worth, I have never ever cross wired a frame. I do use wired foundation and nailing that in is about as little effort as snapping in plastic foundation. maybe I live in a climate...
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    Re: Making comb up through Inner Cover hole

    I have a colony that builds burr comb around the hole in the inner cover no matter what's beneath them--empty frames, built frames, doesn't matter to them. other colonies never do it. if they...
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    Re: Extracting non wired foundation

    You have to be pretty careful with non-wired honey frames: avoid spinning them too fast and perhaps be willing to leave a little more honey in the frames than you might with wired frames. I also find...
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    Re: Do feral bees washboard?

    thanks Oldtimer for answering my question--very helpful.I have not had the privilege of seeing any feral bees and was just wondering.

    curiosity is not worry.
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    Re: Do feral bees washboard?

    The point of the post was to ask if anyone has been feral bees washboarding. Now I'm sorry I asked.
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    Re: Do feral bees washboard?

    no but they do run up and down tree trunks pretty frequently. And thanks for the fascinating insight :rolleyes:
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    Do feral bees washboard?

    Just curiosity, but has anyone seen feral bees washboard? Seems like a somewhat risky activity when birds and squirrels or other animals could pick them off or run over them. People have proposed...
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    Re: Drone Problems

    If you have any worker brood, then you probably have a crummy queen (depending on how long is has been since you hived it--brood stays capped for a while). It may be that she was poorly bred. I dont...
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    Re: White flowering roadside tree?

    I'm going to guess bush honeysuckle from your description of the flowers.
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    Re: JZ BZ Queen Introduction

    Nope. I have put a number of JZBZ cages with attendants still in the cage into hives, and it has been no problem.
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