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    Re: What Do I do Now ??

    your frames do not look spaced correctly (inconsistent gaps between them) and that is probably what caused the bees to create a bunch of cross/brace comb.
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    It's not a super, it's a brood box

    I see more and more beekeepers every year referring to all the chambers in a hive as "supers". I know i'm being anal and a nitpick, but it's annoying. :D

    Super refers to something on top, or...
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    Re: Chalkbrood from stress?

    I'm more and more convinced that they colonies were stressed because of a lack of nectar sources (due to the relative spring drought we've had). The reason I think that is because they had literally...
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    Re: Chalkbrood from stress?

    I didn't have a chance to dig into the hives today but did quickly lift the bottom box off one of them and took a picture of what I think looks like a bunch of chalkbrood mummies ... please correct...
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    Re: Chalkbrood from stress?

    Yeah I am actually using the same equipment ... but I sent samples last year and they didn't find any signs of disease (EFB/AFB), so I figured I was good to go...
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    Chalkbrood from stress?

    I believe I've read that chalkbrood can be associated with a stressed out hive ... is that accurate? I inspected my hives today and both have chalkbrood issues. I also noticed they have absolutely...
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    Re: New package comb isn't white?

    Interesting - they've had a feeder on and I saw quite a bit of nectar/syrup stored in nearby comb, so not sure it's because they don't have enough feed ... but maybe it's just that much easier for...
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    New package comb isn't white?

    When I went to remove the queen cages from my newly hived packages, there was a fair bit of burr comb built on the queen cage ... what I noticed was that the new comb was more of a tan to light brown...
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    When to check new package installs

    I installed 2 new packages into medium hive bodies with drawn comb on Wednesday afternoon. I've been told you should wait a week to check the packages (to see if the queen is released and laying)...
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    Package install questions

    I've installed packages before a couple years ago, but have a couple questions based on practices I've observed since:


    1) Is it necessary to shut the new package bees inside the hive for 24...
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    Re: Drawn Comb In The Freezer and Package Bees

    Thanks for the replies.

    Vance - interesting point about painting with 1:1 syrup ... u think that's necessary even if I plan on putting a feeder on them?
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    Drawn Comb In The Freezer and Package Bees

    Probably a stupid question to some, but it's the first time I'll have new packages to install on drawn comb. My packages are slated to arrive this weekend ... the comb is currently in the freezer. ...
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    Re: New packages in mediums

    April and May in my area have average highs of 60-65 degrees and average lows of 40-50 degrees ... would that be enough to potentially chill the brood?

    I have the capacity to provide 2 mediums per...
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    New packages in mediums

    I have 2 packages arriving in a couple weeks, and I'm installing them into medium hive bodies with all drawn comb ... I started with 1 medium a couple years ago when i first installed packages on new...
  15. Re: old comb with some wax moth larva , what to do?

    Will the bees clean out a bunch of capped brood on a frame? Or is it more work for them than it's worth?
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    Re: Package options in the USA

    Good point.

    I only want 2 to start with, and race doesn't really matter (preference is probably Carni, Italian or a mix).
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    Re: Package options in the USA

    *Bump*

    Anyone have any opinions, recommendations, suggestions?
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    Re: The FatBeeMan's new DVD?

    $60 seems a bit rich.
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    Re: Really new and soon to begin

    1) A healthy hive will continue to grow, and ultimately will (or most likely will) get to the point where it will want to swarm (reproductive instinct to put it simplistically). That generally is...
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    Package options in the USA

    Next season, I'm starting an apiary south of the border (I'm Canadian) and I'm wondering if any US folks have any feedback or suggestions as to bee package companies they use and have been happy with...
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    Re: Hive Hemorrhaging Bees

    Interesting ... I didn't know that about robbing actually. The queen is still intact and there is brood, although not enough nurse bees now to cover it all. All the honey that was there (quite a...
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    Re: Hive Hemorrhaging Bees

    They're at my in-laws place ... I'm not entirely sure what they're spraying with, but I see them spraying constantly.
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    Re: Hive Hemorrhaging Bees

    I have been suspicious of pesticides ... unfortunately my hives are surrounded by farmland with crops such as blueberries, cranberries and potatoes (which are all heavily sprayed). I however found...
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    Hive Hemorrhaging Bees

    One of my hives has been losing bees like crazy over the past few weeks, I'm guessing largely because I caught the high mite count too late. I do have a couple questions though, given the photos...
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    Re: When do we check the hives???????

    You also need to be cognizant of a honey super filling up however ... so, if there's all of a sudden a very strong flow and they fill 10 frames in a week, but you're only checking every 3 weeks that...
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