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    Re: More of Walt's stuff in POV

    Thanks, Radar.
    W
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    Re: Queenless and capped queen cells

    Cheer them on. Likely supersedure.
    W
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    More of Walt's stuff in POV

    The intent of this addition was to provide a short-form condensation of the bulk my concepts that we consider significant. Am getting too old to travel much to make a presentation. And some small...
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    Re: Wax production and summer solstice...

    Charlie,
    A whole article was dedicated to the subject. FALL FEEDING provides more than you thought you wanted to know. Go back to home page and click on Point of View. My stuff is last on the...
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    Re: Wax production and summer solstice...

    W 22,
    Yes, you can do either with the capped syrup. If you have some open-celled syrup in the fall, leave it to support broodnest closeout backfilling. Collect any partials in early winter to store....
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    Re: Wax production and summer solstice...

    This is such a simple concept, I have trouble understanding why it is so poorly understood.
    When incoming nectar falls below colony feed needs, wax-making is the first thing given up. To divert...
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    Re: Checkerboarding vs bottom supering

    If you bottom supered with drawn comb, with capped honey above, that might work. The overwintered, established colony does not generally have wax-making capability at that time in the season, and a...
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    Re: Is an inner cover realy needed ??

    The bees really get serious about sealing the upper parts for winter in the fall. If this is your first year, you have not seen that period yet.
    W
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    Re: Are we being greedy and foolish

    I will not challenge your local experts, but here, at this point in the season, the pollen is best located below the broodnest. Toward the end of the summer dearth, that pollen is available to start...
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    Re: ? combine

    Enj has done her usual good job. Let me just remind you that about filling their first deep is when 1st year colonies often supersede.
    W
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    Re: Are we being greedy and foolish

    Re the 'reversal':
    Do you know what the bulk content of the 3 deeps actually were? My guess would be mostly pollen in the bottom; brood in the middle; honey in the top. If my guess is correct, you...
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    Re: Are we being greedy and foolish

    This subject is much too complex to be treated in a single thread. Having seen inputs from all over the country here on beesource, I think I have a feel for the the "local effects" of bees in most...
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    Re: month old hive inspection

    I have no experience with either the sprinkler or the sheet cover routines. Perhaps someone that has done both will help us out here. Your guess about the cluster outside the hive sounds reasonable....
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    Re: Honey In The Brood Nest

    rsj,
    If your broodnest is completely filled with nectar, that is a fairly good indication of hopelessly queenless. Stay on top of it, and make preparations to provide them with a queen or eggs to...
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    Re: Honey In The Brood Nest

    "swarmed 2 weeks ago"
    If you looked today, you might find eggs/young brood, or not - depending on whether or not the replacement queen has completed the preps to be ready to lay.

    The upper third...
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    Re: month old hive inspection

    What they are telling you is that field nectar coming in is less than that needed to feed the colony. They stop making wax when that happens. Put the feed back on.

    Walt
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    Re: Inspected today

    The one with excess capped brood needs to be fed generously, starting yesterday.
    Think gallons.
    Walt
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    Re: Back filling, signs of swamming prep?

    Mostly the minority opinion comes from here.
    Sounds very normal to me. By the bee's natural survival format, backfilling of the upper reaches of the broodnest starts in the swarm prep period. If it...
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    Re: lots of queen cells

    A queenless hive will often fill the broodnest completely with nectar. But a colony with a queen in development will normally hold some cells open for the replacement queen to be ready to lay. More...
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    Re: lots of queen cells

    My edit of yesterday did not take. Just did it again. It's better now.
    Walt
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    Re: lots of queen cells

    ****! That's the second time I've done that this season. I'm getting too old for this game.
    The numbers are 12 and 8 for the capped period. Went back and edited the post to come closer to the real....
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    Re: Super between two drawn deeps?

    Ray,
    I meant to note that i respect your know how, and agree with most of your recent posts here. I just got tired of the keyboard and didn't include that part. Can we consider this topic closed?...
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    Re: lots of queen cells

    Sorry, sir. You only have one type queen cell. Those are all emergency cells. I have seen as many as 20 or so in a strong colony. Don't be concerned by the number of cells. Relax, and let them rear a...
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    Re: Super between two drawn deeps?

    seapro's caution is valid if an excluder is used to separate the brood volumes - as in the Demaree for swarm prevention. Without an excluder, the colony will continue to cycle brood in the upper for...
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    Re: Super between two drawn deeps?

    Its more a population thing than average temps. When the colony gets into full expansion mode (Mar, here) building population for the swarm, they have enough bees to protect the divided cluster. My...
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