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  1. Will hive accept introduced mated queen if there are queen cells in the hive?

    I have two side-by-side hives in double deeps. One has a large population and the other has a smaller population as I split it earlier in the year, though it has a laying queen and is doing well. ...
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    Re: Queen cell 4 weeks after split? How?

    Thanks, everyone for your responses. Very helpful. I thought I would give an update in case it's helpful for anyone else. I went back in the hive yesterday, thinking I would simply combine it with...
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    Re: Queen cell 4 weeks after split? How?

    I'm guessing population to be roughly the size of a 3 pound package.
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    Queen cell 4 weeks after split? How?

    I did my first walk-away split April 9. I went back into the queen less portion a week or so later and verified there were 4 charged queen cells well underway and haven't been back in since. I went...
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    Re: Feed honey and pollen to new package?

    I think you'll find a lot of beekeepers are reluctant to feed honey from an unknown source to their bees -- too much opportunity for disease/contamination. While you may know the bee supply store,...
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    Re: pallets with truck bed liner coating

    A regional seller here sells hive bodies/components sprayed with truck bed liner at a premium. They are relatively popular.
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    Re: Help with possible swarm situation

    You'll want to be thoughtful with those queen excluders. If the one cell did hatch and the queen went out for a mating flight, the front queen excluder will keep her from returning to the hive. On...
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    2.5 lb packages vs 3 lb packages

    There is a seller in my area that sells 2.5 lb packages (rather than the more common 3 lb packages). They are a bit cheeper, and typicall are available about 2 weeks earlier than other sellers in...
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    What to know about pesticides in apple orchard

    Hi all,

    I have a relative who has invited me to keep a couple of hives on a small apple orchard he owns. What do I need to know about placing hives where there will likely be pesticides? Do I...
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    Can i use OAV with screened bottom board?

    Can OAV be used with a screened bottom board on? Any special technique required when doing it with a SBB? Thanks for your insights.
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    Re: undecided with honey supers

    Another option... put the uncapped frames in a super between the inner and outer covers. Your bees should clean these up and move the uncapped nectar/honey down to the brood box(s) in a couple of...
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    Re: How to swap queens between hives?

    Thanks for your input, everyone. Since I've already proceeded in having the nuc make its own queen per my original post, I'm locked in this time. So, RayMarler, 20 minutes is enough for a direct...
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    How to swap queens between hives?

    I'm going to be swapping two queens between their respective hives and want to see if this sounds right...

    I have a production hive with a queen that is getting older and so I plan to replace her....
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    Re: Washboarding bees

    According to Michael Bush:

    "A few times a year some new beekeeper wants to know what the bees are doing line dancing (rhythmically swaying) on the landing board. This is called "washboarding" and...
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    Re: Messed up marking queen. Now what?

    Just an update- did a hive inspection today. Found lots of brood and eggs. Hive looks healthy. Found the queen... She stands out like a firework on the 4th of July :) Thanks everyone for your input.
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    Re: Messed up marking queen. Now what?

    Thanks Gary. Yes, I'm feeding 1:1. They are on drawn comb. They have been bringing in pollen for the last day or two (even though the queen was still in her cage).
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    Messed up marking queen. Now what?

    Hey all,

    Today I marked a couple of my new queens when I direct released them to new packages (after the bees didn't quite eat all the way through the queen cage candy plug after 3 days). The...
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    Equalize hives when hiving new package

    Hi all,

    I have a strong overwintered hive. Later this week I will be hiving a new 3-pound package right next to it. I want to try to equalize the new and old colony by switching their locations...
  19. Maximizing honey production between 2 new hives

    Hi all,

    Last year I had two lang hives. Hive one is coming through winter great. Hive two died out earlier this month leaving me with 20 frames of drawn comb (including several honey frames) and...
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    Re: How many beekeepers come out even or better.

    I have a friend with just a hand-full of hives who told me he was going to save all of the beekeeping money he made one year to buy his wife something nice. He made $1800, and it only cost him $2000...
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    Re: Best Sources To Learn Queen Rearing

    This is all very helpful. Many thanks.
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    Best Sources To Learn Queen Rearing

    Hi all,

    This year I plan to do some very small-scale queen rearing - mostly just to to requeen my backyard hives or to keep a couple of queens in reserve. I've started digging into some of the...
  23. Why do they build only drone comb if I use foundationless next to foundation?

    I typically use ritecell foundation in my broodbox and supers. However, I wanted to get a little bit of cut comb honey this year so I in my super I did mostly foundation, but added just two frames...
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    Thanks sqkcrk - your horse analagy was both very enlightening to the topic and spot-on. I have no more questions.
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    Where did this thread get away from me?
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