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    Re: Swarm question.

    In addition to the above, I have found superseded queens on the ground with a decent cluster of bees around them.
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    Re: Bees after the swarm

    I believe a mixture of ages of bees both leaves with the swarm and are left behind.
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    Re: Made my first OTS split tonight.

    What Bradbee said. Its got to do with q-cell formation, so that you don't get the usual inferior emergency queens from them having to "float" the larvae out and build small cells. Then there is the...
  4. Re: Will a laying drone produce capped queen cells?

    I did a cutout on a tree last year and the queen turned out to be a drone layer. I think she was a virgin at the time of the cutout and never got mated. Anyway, there was one supercedure cell that...
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    Re: What emergency cells to cut away

    Is this a location specific question?
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    Re: so what are they up too?????

    That is totally normal behavior. My guess is that they are able to better regulate airflow and temps.
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    Re: What emergency cells to cut away

    As to why, who knows? But, I too have seen 10+ emergency cells.
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    Re: ? When Adding Another Box

    I can't say what's best, but I have done both top and bottom supering successfully.
  9. Re: Queenless and leaving on vacation...........

    I totally agree with the above, though I'm only into my 3rd season.
  10. Re: Slow start in Houston - thoughts? advice?

    I've only a few year s experience, but that to me looks like PMS (parasitic mite syndrome). The sparse pattern, the seemingly off color larvae that are not in the classic "C" shape and the small...
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    Re: Double deeps for the southerners?

    Agree with snl.
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    Re: Establishing Nucs in the Same Yard

    Shake in extra bees to account for drift back to the original hive.
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    Re: new bait hives, have old comb

    Oh yeah, they all had one drawn brood comb, the rest foundationless and a q-tip with a drop of LGO in a slightly open plastic baggie.
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    Re: new bait hives, have old comb

    Last year was the first year putting out traps. Of 6 that I placed, 3 swarms were caught, all within 20' of other hives (2 of these didn't come from the nearby hives).
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    Re: Fire Ant Problem

    Carpenter or Bull ants seem to be my problem. I haven't found a way to keep them out. Off the ground on a stand would probably help.
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    Re: Hygienic vs. varroa resistant

    Beepro, the few references that I find about CBPV say that it either kills them or clears up on its own. Who knows. As far as the hygienic bees helping, I really don't know. The bees outside are...
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    Re: Hygienic vs. varroa resistant

    Beepro, I watched the video. I have a hive that I think has Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus (CBPV), they exhibit the same behavior, but they are chewing the hairs off infected bees, then becoming...
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    Re: Hive Stands & Ant's

    The only ants I've had problems with were carpenter or "bull" ants. They took out a weak hive when I put on a feeder jar with syrup. I occasionally see them in other hives, but don't seem to be a...
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    Re: Location Question

    Just don't hang out too long with the weed eater, get in get out, make another pass a minute later.
  20. Re: Deadout, reuse frames come this spring?

    Along the same lines. I've got a hive that seems to have Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus, its pretty weak now, when/if it goes should I re-use the combs, honey or other equipment. I don't seem to find...
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    Re: Getting bees ready to head to cali

    Nice!
  22. Re: Any input on Kelley 2014 package Russian queens

    Wait and see approach, they are building despite the mites. Brood break if needed. Had hives come through last winter in worse shape only to EXPLODE with bees later!
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    Re: Foundation/drawn comb

    Cold temp=brittle wax. They should work. Disease would be of concern. Do you know the history of the combs?
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    Re: winter wrap test

    Yeah, even here (in FL) without protracted cold I wonder, any bee tree I've dissected had several inch thick wood all the way 'round.
  25. Re: Any input on Kelley 2014 package Russian queens

    I can't be specific to your location or length of experience, but I did buy two 3# packages last April. One of them didn't accept its queen, which I replaced with another from them. Today it is...
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