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  1. Re: laying worker hive with new emerged queen

    a few laying workers is normal. if a queen is present this is reduced and the other workers manage the situation often thining out the drone larvae. if many laying workers take over a hive the new...
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    Re: When to stop feeding

    if nectar or syrup is available and the hive becomes full of honey, the area available for brood is reduced and there is a situation created for swarming. later in the season the bees will get ready...
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    Re: Russians and hotheadedness

    yeah, astrobee.. russians may over winter with a small cluster. the bad news is they go into winter with a small cluster.
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    Re: Russians and hotheadedness

    folks go to campground time share meetings to get sold campground timeshares. this may not be a great plan. folks go to russian bee meetings to get sold on russian bees. this also may not be the...
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    Re: When to stop feeding suagr syrup?

    by all means pull a little honey for yourself. if there is a flow on the bees will quickly refill the wet frames [a week or two or maybe less]. you need to figure out how much you need for winter for...
  6. Thread: mites

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    Re: mites

    this is the first "legal" year for oxalic acid vapor in the usa, it has been used for years in canada and europe. you do not want to breath the stuff but it is safe for the bees with a good safety...
  7. Thread: mites

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    Re: mites

    mite levels start to peak in about august, normaly about twice may/ june can be expected. if the levels are high then you want to treat and knock these numbers down before the fall build-up of winter...
  8. Re: Help, Bees congregate at hive entrance

    normal bee behavior... if the box is 80%drawn out and 80% in use add another box, now. if it is real hot and the bees are hanging out 3 times as much, then prop the top open a bit. in the next month...
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    Re: 3# package vs 4 frame nuc

    the only advantage a 4 frame nuc might have is some drawn comb. your experience sounds about right on average. a nuc may be less likely to abscond. in the longer run [ a couple of months] it is the...
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    Re: When to stop feeding

    a bee swarm has less than a 50:50 chance of making it through the first winter. a package is a man made swarm. of course location makes this vary on a local basis but less than 50:50 is why it is a...
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    Re: When to stop feeding

    the answer is a local one. feed enough so you are ready for winter. figure out where you need to be on oct. first and then make your plans from there. it is easy to fill combs up in sept. it is not...
  12. Re: laying worker hive with new emerged queen

    let the bees sort it out.
  13. Re: What is the best and cheapest place to buy honey bottles?

    tonight, i just picked up 12 cases of glass mason pints from a local menonite business that makes natural home made peanut butter, they get them from another outfit that buys them by the tractor...
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    Re: Neighbors destroying colonies

    my sincere sympathies. unfortunatly there is not enough money involved to attract a realy nasty lawyer. the bio-terrorism idea might be worth looking into.
  15. Re: Old Beeks: Have you built up any immunity to stings?

    :thumbsup:excellent post david
  16. Re: Need direction - not sure what to do.

    you will never get every cell down to roughly 18% it is the blend out of the extractor %. do some research. if most is capped and the rest seems thick you are likely in the safe zone.
  17. Re: Old Beeks: Have you built up any immunity to stings?

    i was picking up some queens from a long time breeder. he got stung a couple of times in the arm and wrist as he was pulling queens out of a bank. he did not react. his wrist started to swell. i...
  18. Re: Anyone else have issues with Fedex delivering?

    :shhhh: sounds like fed-ex 15 years ago in my area. a lot of the deliveries were by private contractors. if you were out of the way they would pull this stuff for days until they were going...
  19. Re: Need direction - not sure what to do.

    if it is mostly capped it is ok usually. the only real way to tell is with a refractometer after extracting.
  20. Re: Need direction - not sure what to do.

    add some boxes or extract some and get them back on the hives right away. as stated above sounds honey bound no place for brood. lots of bees and probably queens hiding.. get some more room for the...
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    Re: closing up the hive

    miltcook.. in your original post you mentioned sugar on newspaper. this is for winter only, this time of year the bees will dump it outside and attract unwanted guests. dry sugar now will attract...
  22. Re: Old Beeks: Have you built up any immunity to stings?

    i got stung in the finger last week, no mark no swelling, not much pain after 5 minutes, nothing the next day. the same on the leg a few weeks ago. last night i got it in the face, one on the cheek...
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    Re: Do I need a new queen?

    i have one that went thru the winter with a hand full of bees. the hive was so low i was patient, this summer i gave up there was only about 3 frames being used. 2 1/2 weeks ago i started to find...
  24. Thread: hello

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    Re: hello

    :shhhh:
    almost like beekeeping.
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    Re: Bees swarm 4 days after installation.

    unfortunatly there is a lot of real bad and a lot more not so good information out there on the internet. some stuff sort of that works for some local situations is not a good plan for most... watch...
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