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    Fireside chat with Walt

    So this is really a question/story I was going to PM to Walt, but I thought the general discussion could be fun. I'm hoping it'll involve comments on checkboaring, shb, supering, and drawing comb.
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    Re: Does feeding lead to lazy bees?

    Or it might be that you only found the feral hives that didn't die or didn't swarm that season and just packed in the spring flow.... I've never done a cutout before so I'm just curious.... has...
  3. Re: Will a hive keep a drone laying queen?

    Thanks for the reply. Some additional information that I guess was important, the bees are drawing out deep frames in the broodnest just fine and every frame but one is finished. My problem is...
  4. Re: Will a hive keep a drone laying queen?

    Just to follow up with this thread, my inspection yesterday showed the 3rd round of egg giving got them to produce emergency queen cells. Should have a new queen next week! I have been feeding this...
  5. Re: Will a hive keep a drone laying queen?

    I have plenty of drone in all my hives and they usually stick around until late Sept.
  6. Re: Will a hive keep a drone laying queen?

    I'm not seeing any eggs! Not in worker cells or drone cells... but there are capped drone cells which make me think the queen is there but not laying worker brood. Yet when I check every single...
  7. Will a hive keep a drone laying queen?

    I did a big split this spring where I wasn't 100% certain the queen was in the original hive. Since the split, I've not seen any eggs or a queen walking the comb. I figured they were queenless so I...
  8. Re: When a "beek" mows a pasture ... (thoughts)

    mrobinson,

    As Lburou notes, your post was poetry. Consider publishing it. I'm serious.

    Thank you
  9. Best Course of Action for Development Ordinances

    I have a friend interested in starting beekeeping, but she is concerned that her development restricts beekeeping. While the document is specific enough to say "no lawn decorations in the front...
  10. Re: Painfully learning the secrets of drawn comb and drawing comb

    Thanks for all the comments.... let me first clear up a few things and let you know how it has gone.... first, my goal has been to run essentially what walt advocates for checkerboarding... I always...
  11. Painfully learning the secrets of drawn comb and drawing comb

    So I'm fairly certain I overmanipulated my hive today, but I'd like to ask everyones' opinion on the right course of action. I've made it through several years of beekeeping but not very successful...
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    Supersedure dilemna

    I had a small nuc make it through the winter since it was so warm, but the queen appears to be a dud. She is the smallest queen I've ever seen, lays sporadically (in comb that has literally nothing,...
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    Thanks for all the replies.... Currently, I...

    Thanks for all the replies....
    Currently, I shifted ANY frame with honey close to the cluster and have taken the deadouts frames that had pollen and surrounded the honey with that. Right now, I...
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    Freaking out

    So I had 1 hive this spring. Went for making bees instead of honey and made 2 nucs. Then the hive swarmed without a queen cell in the original queen. So I had 4 hives, 2 queen right and 2 not. ...
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    Michael, Does that ever create a draft since...

    Michael,

    Does that ever create a draft since you have a hole on each side? If the wind blows from the front or back won't it go right through the boxes? You do this when they are clustered but...
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    Scads is referring to a cutdown split....

    Scads is referring to a cutdown split.
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beessplits.htm#cutdown
    It is a good way to get honey crop and make splits but you must time it very carefully which you can't really...
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    Thanks MB I'm pretty sure I killed her. Would...

    Thanks MB
    I'm pretty sure I killed her. Would you combine?
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    So I guess I'm just too excited with this and...

    So I guess I'm just too excited with this and need to be patient. To update my previous post, I visited my outyard today. The queen that laid the quarter frame of eggs is definitely unfit becuase...
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    Thanks for the reply MB. Quick 3 questions... ...

    Thanks for the reply MB. Quick 3 questions...
    1) does the queen start off slow? Because a quarter of one side of on frame seems like a bad queen to me. How long should I wait before I deem her...
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    apple 4/20 tulip popular 5/09 Elkton, MD 21921

    apple 4/20
    tulip popular 5/09
    Elkton, MD 21921
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    So I overfed my first hive this spring and they...

    So I overfed my first hive this spring and they took about a gallon of feed in a week! The queen had already laid in the bottom brood box and the top brood box had the feed in it, so she got over...
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    Just because I'm in a damp cave doesn't make me...

    Just because I'm in a damp cave doesn't make me cold... if I'm in a damp cave standing under the only stalactite that has dripping water, then I'm wet and cold... not until then...

    Moisture itself...
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    I finally found this thread!! I've been nagging...

    I finally found this thread!! I've been nagging people on this post http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=217005
    but you guys brought this thing to the forefront on this thread.

    Most...
  24. I completely agree that there are many variables...

    I completely agree that there are many variables in play and of course, I haven't had time to isolate my variables yet. Was this moisture and mold for your Sacramento hives in the dead of winter? ...
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    Kind of like putting a varroa head on a pike?

    So do you burn the varroa that fall immediately after sugaring? Or do you come back 24 hours later when all sugar induced drops have occurred? I could take delight in burning them immediately and...
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