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  1. Re: What to do with nucs that show signs of viruses?

    The eyes are similar to the callow bees in the picture, but I think the eyes are even smaller, and the bees are all smaller than their siblings too.

    I don't have a picture, because these are not...
  2. Re: What to do with nucs that show signs of viruses?

    Nope, regular Italians.

    I thought about requeening too, but it's all four hives and I wonder whether genetics of the queens is the issue given that.

    The bees with little eyes are weird. It's...
  3. What to do with nucs that show signs of viruses?

    I was helping a new beekeeper this weekend to do a first hive inspection. The newbee started with four hives, all started from nucs. Basically, they looked great in most respects. They were...
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    Foundation In Swarm Traps?

    I have started making swarm traps that hold frames. Actually, this year I've made some out of deep hive bodies. In the past, I've used frames with starter strips. My concern was that scout bees...
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    Re: Fleabane Daisy, useful?

    Honey bees don't, but lots of native bees do. So I'd generally leave them alone if they are not someplace you need to mow.
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    Re: Deer Rifle thoughts please

    When they're this old, they're like brand new.

    What is the consensus (if any) about .243 for deer? Is that enough gun for deer, or would 7mm-08 or .308 be better.

    I've got an 11 year old,...
  7. Re: Some worker bees seem a lot bigger than others...

    Different cell sizes and V. mites.
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    Re: Three roads to success.....I hope

    It took me until my 3rd year to harvest honey. I think that under the best of circumstances it takes about that long to have even a basic idea of what you are trying to do. I'm still waiting to...
  9. Thread: Dandelions

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    Re: Dandelions

    After a cold February and a slow start, it has been a great year for weeds of all sorts around here. For me, a big part of the fun of having hives is enjoying the weeds. Before bees, I used to pay...
  10. Re: Lost/Weak Queen? New Pkg Installed. No Brood. Nectar Stored. Queen Cells Present.

    Call the people who sold you the package first about a replacement queen. Is there a bee club in your area that has a yahoo group or something similar? If so, check with the local beeks to see if...
  11. Re: Lost/Weak Queen? New Pkg Installed. No Brood. Nectar Stored. Queen Cells Present.

    Gotcha. Other people were suggesting moving a frame of eggs (which is the same as moving brood). The problem is that on a new package or swarm they will be putting something in the comb as fast as...
  12. Re: Lost/Weak Queen? New Pkg Installed. No Brood. Nectar Stored. Queen Cells Present.

    Nope. It's a matter of timing. This is a case of two brand new packages trying to get started. Borrowing brood from the good hive would involved taking a third of the brood, and it's not worth it....
  13. Re: Lost/Weak Queen? New Pkg Installed. No Brood. Nectar Stored. Queen Cells Present.

    Yes, I mentioned that above. The package supplier could just give you a replacement queen. I would simply point out that a package is supposed to have a laying queen. While a package supplier...
  14. Re: Lost/Weak Queen? New Pkg Installed. No Brood. Nectar Stored. Queen Cells Present.

    If you have one new hive started from a package, and it's doing well, I would leave it alone. Don't mess with what's working unless you absolutely have to is a pretty good principle to follow in...
  15. Re: Lost/Weak Queen? New Pkg Installed. No Brood. Nectar Stored. Queen Cells Present.

    The problem is that the adult bees you have now will nearly all be dead before any new bees from a queen you raise will emerge. Bees live about 6 weeks. It will take about 30 days from when the bees...
  16. Re: Is RM-43 (grass killer) Safe to Use Around Hives?

    Huh?
  17. Re: Whats the best way to uncap wax from a frame?

    I just use a bread knife and a fork and a wife. I don't think the heated knives work enough better than a serrated knife that the extra hassle of having a heated knife is worth it. Using 9 frames...
  18. Re: Lost/Weak Queen? New Pkg Installed. No Brood. Nectar Stored. Queen Cells Present.

    First, have you actually seen a queen in the lousy hive? I assume there is one (or was one) since you have queen cells.

    Second, are you sure you are seeing queen cells and and not drone brood?...
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    Re: shallow super on hive body

    Why?
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    Re: shallow super on hive body

    Sorry I did not see your second post before I posted mine.
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    Re: shallow super on hive body

    Two questions:

    1. What is in the shallow super -- honey, brood, and in what amounts of each by frame?

    2. Does the deep box have some honey in it?

    It will be okay to move the shallow to the...
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    Re: Stocking the pantry & medicine cabinet.

    IMO:

    You need sugar to make 1:1 syrup. Supplemental feeding when they start out gives them resources to draw comb. You can go without, but it's probably helpful to feed syrup until they get a...
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    Re: Swarm cells and split timing

    Here's the deal: a particular hive has only a certain amount of resources, and they can use those resources to make more bees or make lots of honey, or somewhere in between.

    To make the most...
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    Re: Can someone identify this smoker?

    If you don't get an answer on here, try emailing to Dr. Jim Tew. He had a bunch of antique beekeeping stuff at The Ohio State University. (He would stress the "The" be included). His email is...
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    Re: Swarm cells and split timing

    The advantage of waiting until there are swarm cells is there will be less delay in having new queens in the splits, plus you know the hive is going to swarm anyway.

    To some extent this depends...
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