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    Re: Swarms uncapping brood

    Hygenic Behavior. Might be why the tree has been occupied for the last few years untreated! You may be able to pick out the brood and see immature varroa (dark spots on the otherwise white brood).
  2. Re: Using double screen board to combine mating nuc with more bees - good idea? Or no

    Either double screen or newspaper will work. You could also just add frames of emerging brood with no clinging bees without a screen or paper. You also have three to four months until winter for...
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    Re: queen larva loose in cells.

    They are fine. They will all do that to some degree, which is why you don't move capped cells during the "Sensitive developmental phase".
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    Re: Re-Queen or Combine

    Combine if you can't get a queen immediately. No good will come from waiting 21+ days for your colony to produce a laying queen from donor eggs.
  5. Thread: Drone dates?

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    Re: Drone dates?

    I have drones flying in Woodland, Al. I'm going to make my first grafts this Friday, with mating flights around April 1. Hoping for the best.
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    Re: Disappearing queens

    question:
    How do you know that they don't make it back? Could the virgins be returning un-mated? Give us more information about the condition of your mating nucs, quantity of drones in area,...
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    Re: Fall Requeening, lost queen

    Install the new queen in the cage, but do not pull the cork for her to be released. She will be o.k. for a day or two until you can determine if the old queen made it home.
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    Re: Help with new split in progre

    The nurse bees will move up pretty quickly and you should be able to make your split in a couple of hours. If you can, wait over-night, you aren't going to hurt anything by waiting.

    It doesn't...
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    Re: Extracting tips and advice, help!

    Diana,

    Honey temperature is a very big factor in extraction. If you could get the frames up to 90 to 100 F you will have better luck.

    Assuming that your hives did not fail due to foul...
  10. Re: Those with hive top feeders - how do you inspect your hives?

    Totally agree with Slow! Give the hive a little smoke before you put the feeder back on and you will chase the girls on top of the frames down, so you don't smash them either.

    Now is a GREAT...
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    Re: Liquid Nitrogen

    Sharpbees,

    Have you tried this? I used dry ice and did not get a complete brood kill. Liquid nitrogen is the only thing that I have used that is cold enough to consistently get the job done. ...
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    Re: tips on moving a bee hive

    Sallyd,

    I would not recommend breaking a hive in the middle of a move. You are going to have bees everywhere, night or day!

    Where are you in Atl. If I can, I will come and help you...
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    Re: Moving a couple hives 1500 miles?

    rhaldridge

    Overheating will be your biggest enemy for your move.

    If you could delay your package and install it in Vermont you may have better luck. If you can delay, move the package inside...
  14. Re: how long before open brood and eggs get chilled?

    You should be OK from a temperature stand point. In the future wrap the frame in a warm, moist towel so that the eggs and larvae don't dry out.

    You should see evidence of queen cells in 24 to 48...
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    Re: Requeen or let nature take it's course?

    You should have cells started in 24 to 48 hours if they are going to make a queen. Don't be afraid to check on them!

    If you don't have multiple cells started I would call Mr. Arthur Hudgins at...
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    Re: larvae in top feeder

    Is there any protein available in the feeder? If there are any dead bees or any protein substitute in the feeder you may have small hive beetle (SHB) larvae. SHBs love top feeders in warm weather. ...
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    Re: Tell me if this sound right.

    Buzz,
    There are two different pheromones at work in the situation you describe. The worker brood pheromone suppresses laying workers, but the lack of queen pheromone is what stimulates queen cell...
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    Re: What type clover to plant?

    Crimson clover is bee friendly, red clover is not. Crimson is a re-seeding annual, meaning that it reproduces each year from seed rather than persisting like most red and white clovers. Crimson...
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    Re: Queen less hive!!

    You may want to call Queen Rite Colonies in Spencer, Oh. and see if they have queens available. 440-647-2602

    Three hours of driving may save you a lot of headache.
  20. Re: Oh jeez! I just found my queen wandering around by herself outside of the hive!

    Marked Queen!!! All I have now is suposition.
  21. Re: Oh jeez! I just found my queen wandering around by herself outside of the hive!

    Meg,

    More than likely what you picked up was a queen returning from a maiting flight. Check your split with the swarm cells and confirm that your old queen is not with them. If the old queen is...
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    Re: Queen won't move up

    You might try moving two or three frames with brood up to the top box. I would place them brood-deep-brood-deep in the center of the box (basically a checker-board). You will get drone comb on the...
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    Re: Starting a package in a nuc hive

    I started a package in a nuc last spring (early April in AL) and it worked great! The girls can spend their energy on drawing comb rather than keeping warm. You should have five fully drawn combs...
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