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    Re: Bees not drawing comb in super :(

    One possibility: if your frames are spaced apart, such as 8 or 9 frames to a 10 frame box, then the bees will take a much longer time before they draw it out. Frames of new foundation have to be...
  2. Thread: Super tongs

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    Re: Super tongs

    The picture would be uploaded upside down... Technology vs man.
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    Re: Super tongs

    It is a strange name. Maybe that's why it went out of use. :) Here's a picture of the "tongs"
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    Super tongs

    I was reading in an old A I Root cyclopedia today and discovered "super tongs." The entry said that hive tools can damage supers when supers are full of honey and heavily propolized. For breaking...
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    Raising a queen inside the house...

    Has anyone ever opened up a queen cell they thought was ruined, found a live queen, and the queen went on to live? I opened up a damaged cell a few days ago, and the pupa was moving. I took it home...
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    Re: Odd Nuc Configuration

    That is a little strange, but I think the Nuc should be fine. I'm interested in what others think. I would probably prefer a Nuc with all brood, as long as it's not in transit for more than a day or...
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    Re: how do you keep a great hive great?

    Summer splits do seem to require more attention. I've been doing 2-4 framers for the most part. The first was a 50/50 on a relatively strong hive. From the queenless hive, I made 7 nucs with the...
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    Re: how do you keep a great hive great?

    That makes sense.
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    Re: how do you keep a great hive great?

    Thanks beepro. Is it feasible to search for queen cells in a hive with 4+ honey supers? I could see doing it with a few hives, but would a beekeeper with a yard full of honey-producing hives do that?
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    Re: how do you keep a great hive great?

    Thanks for the reply, burns. Yes, it's been a good spring. Black locust and clover are lovely this year. Hoping the rain doesnt wash out the black locust too much.

    Regarding splits, do you...
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    Re: how do you keep a great hive great?

    Thanks Vance! Great idea about bringing up a brood frame for continuing queen genetics.

    Theoretically, if I keep giving them supers for space, at some point they will think "Ok, we're big enough....
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    how do you keep a great hive great?

    I have a hive that is really putting on the honey. The total hive is at about 7 mediums now. I've never really had a hive get so big, though I've seen them on plenty of videos / pictures. Question...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    I did a walk away split last week, and this afternoon I checked on them. The weather was upper 50s, 10mph winds. All the surrounding days were too chancy.

    The 1st hive had eggs, so I knew it had...
  14. Re: KY Beeks: warm enough for splits or checkerboarding?

    I was thinking more along the lines of checkerboarding the brood nest to give more space. I might be using the term improperly. Usually checkerboarding refers to the arrangement of honey frames,...
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    Thanks for the responses. I went through the hives today. Plenty of capped drone, a handful already moving around in the hive. I probably would have done a split, but I didn't have my bottom boards...
  16. KY Beeks: warm enough for splits or checkerboarding?

    Here in central KY, the weather is fluctuating from 70s high and 40s low. A few nights gets down into the 30s. Are any of you Kentucky beekeepers doing splits or checkerboarding? I'm tempted to get...
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    Re: Salvaging comb with soured reminant honey

    Oops! I guess I should visit the FAQ page more often. I clearly haven't been on this forum in a while.
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    Re: Salvaging comb with soured reminant honey

    Vance, do you spray a little BT on all your extracted frames going into storage? How does BT help? (By BT, do you mean the insecticide spray sold at lawn and garden shops?)
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    Re: Salvaging comb with soured reminant honey

    150! That's rough. I too am interested in your query. I have about 10 frames with a little fermented honey in them. Surely the frames are salvageable. I've been considering giving the frames to...
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    Re: Georgetown, KY swarm dates

    Swarming varies hive to hive, especially with different management techniques. Generally, I have found most swarms to occur in June here in central KY. That being said, the swarming window can range...
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    Re: Re-queening in Fall: how late is too late?

    Thanks J. I'm thinking, according to most of the replies, I will just feed and hope for the best. However, I plan on checking the hives Saturday. If the brood pattern is still poor and the...
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    Re: Re-queening in Fall: how late is too late?

    The hives were roaring in the spring. I didn't manage them for swarms however, and in the ensuing swarms, one hive went queen less. I know: no eggs, and 500 bees, I thought it was gone for sure. I...
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    Re-queening in Fall: how late is too late?

    In July, I had a bee mentor look at a few of my hives. He said that two need to be re-queened, because the population of the hives were low and the abdomens of the queen were too small.

    My...
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    Kelley's beetle jail baitables: bait?

    I'm wanting to purchase some of Walter T Kelley's beetle jail baitables, but I don't know what to use for the bait. Should I just use regular vegetable oil? What do you use as bait for SHB?
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    Re: the politics of sugar

    test - I'm writing on an iPad, hopefully the image is attached. if not, I may not be able to attach the chart today. EDIT: the iPad won't let me upload the graph. I will try to upload it another day....
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