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    Re: Supercedure & Queen Failure?

    I don’t know about recommended but I can tell you what I have done. I have pulled the nice queen cells from the hive when I find them and put them in a queen castle. When I think I am queen less I...
  2. Re: Does anyone know how bees are affected from silica dust from a rock quarry?

    Maybe they are mason bees!
    Sorry I held off as long as I could before posting the cheesy humor.
    :lpf:
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    Re: Supercedure & Queen Failure?

    We had a warm dry early spring and now we are in a wet spell. My wife just commented today about my whining on how many of my hives are not queen right as the flow starts. I have also had poor luck...
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    Re: What to do with queen cells?

    Your choices depend on what your equipment is on hand and what your plans are. If you leave the cells when they get capped the hive may swarm. If you have a record of when you put the frame of brood...
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    Re: Question about drone laying queen

    I went into a hive that has been traditionally a boomer and found drones above the excluder. I thought it was odd but found another 15+ frames of drones. Next day I uncapped every single cell with a...
  6. Thread: Tiny bees-type?

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    Re: Tiny bees-type?

    any idea of how to take a picture and have scale? I should have taken a picture when I marked her.
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    Re: First shot from queen castle.

    Alright, finally got the pictures off of the camera.
    Queen castle as found:
    http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n599/6minz/q%20cast%201_zpslw46z0uw.jpg
    Pull the telescoping lid...
  8. Thread: Tiny bees-type?

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    Tiny bees-type?

    I picked up a medium swarm of bees from the local area and the bees are tiny. Color is just like the rest of mine, yellow with a black stripe, but the size is 2/3rd or less than the others that I...
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    Re: What are your thoughts on queen excluders

    If you place brood above the excluder the bees will not hesitate to cross it. As it has been said though you will need a way to allow the drones to escape if you move frames above the excluder. Like...
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    Re: Swarm commander: Does It Really Work?

    I am thinking about putting my bottle up for sale at $15, slightly used any takers?
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    Re: Mann Lake Back Order Process

    had wax foundation BO from them. I usually order when things are on sale or when I need it. This was not a good situation and I ended up running down the street and buying some to get me through. I...
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    Re: Swarm commander: Does It Really Work?

    first swarm in the SC traps. Maybe a softball size.
    I have 3 from calls for 4 total.
  13. Thread: demaree ?

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    Re: demaree ?

    I missed my demaree date with a hive already with a bunch of swarm cells and it has swarmed twice now after pulling the queen. I keep telling the guy I am pulling the bees out of the trees that it...
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    Re: First shot from queen castle.

    My queen castle has one entrance on each side of the box, four lids that are plywood and push into a divisions. I open up the division with a laying queen and eggs and place them onto a nuc or hive...
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    Re: First shot from queen castle.

    I place a 5 frame nuc box facing the direction of the entrance above the castle and leave the top off of the division. I do only up to 2 at a time and then remove the dividers the following days as...
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    Re: Too many stings/venom?

    I picked up a two pack of Epi-pens about two years ago. The prescription was written by the lady at the bee club that taught a class on what the reactions were and how to use the pen. I got a...
  17. Thread: demaree ?

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    Re: demaree ?

    With the two supers between the brood boxes the lower queen did not swarm but I was certain she would. When I found the open queen cell I just left it alone until I had eggs in the top box (I was not...
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    Shallow frames in a medium box: advice?

    I have a bunch of shallow frames and wax ready to go and only medium boxes I am wondering if I could get away with putting an entrance in the bottom of the mediums rather than cutting down the box? I...
  19. Thread: demaree ?

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    Re: demaree ?

    As long as you do not have a hive full of swarm cells you are not too late to start. I missed that window this year and ended up breaking the hive and giving the queen and a few frames of brood to my...
  20. Re: Western Washington/Oregon/British Columbia Beekeepers 2015

    I lost two queens in September, I took about 13 into winter. Half of them were in a single deep with a wet super in September. I did an OA dribble in mid December and had some queen issues in early...
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    Re: Swarm commander: Does It Really Work?

    I got a call that one of my traps was full this weekend. Ran over the following day and nothing. I went and looked at one yesterday, I could not get within 10 of it for all of the bees. Just went to...
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    Re: Swarm commander: Does It Really Work?

    Well this year I went for the Swarm Commander here at work, hoping it would give me the edge in our ongoing swam catch completion. My nemesis informed me on Monday that he had filled all of his dead...
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    Re: Where have all the hive tools gone?

    I have the opposite problem: I don’t take them out of my back pocket! I stab myself getting in the truck, tear open the seats, scratch the kitchen chairs and sometime I do not take my wallet out...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    What is the status of your apple blossoms (nectar management dates reference)? I thought we were about the same in climate but we have been about 30 days ahead of normal and well into the battle of...
  25. Re: dud queen found this spring, what do you think?

    I kept feeding frames of new eggs to one of my hives that I was certain was queenless. Last inspection there she was with a big ol’ red spot of paint on her back. I killed her with the hive tool and...
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