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  1. Thread: Queen Cells

    by wcubed
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    Re: Queen Cells

    When building insurance cups, they are built in the warmed interior of the cluster, of necessity. They are there in case of a sudden need to rear a replacement queen. In mid season, they are...
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    Re: 2 supers still uncapped/partially filled

    I have not seen them cap short cells, but some here on beesource have reported that they do. I generally leave the unfinished frames on in the fall until broodnest close out. The open cell is...
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    Re: What I learned today

    MP -Also correct. It's the flat end that digs into the wood of a top bar, if it's not at the perfect angle of attack.

    AR B
    With 37 years, you win. I Yield.
    W
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    Re: What I learned today

    Right again, MB, (maybe still). I told Kim years ago, that his comment about keeping a hive tool sharp just showed he was an inexperienced beekeeper. He didn't keep bees at the time. Hired as a...
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    Re: What I learned today

    You are almost as safe when they are flying around inside the veil as you are when they are outside. Once they find that they trapped inside the veil, they are more interested in getting out than...
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    Re: 2 supers still uncapped/partially filled

    Put them temporarily in a freezer or refrigerator. This will help dry them if they still have too much moisture. You are probably aware that anything in the fridge, not properly sealed, tends to dry...
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    Re: How many deeps are used to over winter ?

    Two non-answers for S.Mo. It's not population dependent. In fact, the reverse is true. The colony will adjust the population to be proportional to cavity size and stores.

    You could winter in a...
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    Re: Molted skin cleaning

    The PHDs speak of "instar" stages of larval growth. You might stump Google if you inquired about what happens between stages.
    Walt
  9. Re: Just lost 2 queens from my 2 hives- now what??

    Chances are excellent that you are not queenless in either hive. Plenty of reasons why you could have no eggs or larvae at this point in the season, and be OK. Stay out of the hives in the early...
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    Re: Second Brood Box ?

    Phoebee has it right with one exception:
    IMO the colony housed in a deep never "needs" additional space. The space of a deep is the volume they consider ideal. Just right. We want them to have more...
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    Re: Moving bees up from deep to mediums

    I'm betting it doesn't work like the guessers suggest.
    W
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    Re: Is this a problem?

    I like AmBe's advice. Reversing in the late season is not generally done, but it is completely justified. Where the broodnest is located in early Aug is typically where it will be going into winter....
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    Re: Hygienic behavior?

    Am aware that one of the first indications of impending starvation is termination of drone pupa. They recycle the nutrients of the un-needed drones by sucking the juices out and putting the empty...
  14. Re: Waiting for supercedure queen but now all the honey is gone! Still no brood, Help

    f650cs,
    Your logic is good. Go with it!
    W
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    Re: Hygienic behavior?

    Extra dead bees out front smacks of pesticide poisening. A healthy colony can normally carry off the dead of normal attrition. And I don't know any inside indications other than a mound of dead bees...
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    Re: Brood box full of honey

    Sounds like a lot of fuss over a colony that is exactly where they should be for this time of the year by their instincts. Our bees are, by their heritage, forest dwellers. Not much fall flow in the...
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    Re: Can anyone tell me what's happening?

    If you have a colony in residence in the walls or roof of the building, you can see that from the outside. Look for in/out traffic on a nice sunny day. If a colony has just moved in, penetration of...
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    Re: Please help with swarm questions!

    While I fumble with my keyboard, some REAL expert may respond.
    If it's any consolation, we all do it wrong. By wrong I mean we do not know enough about bee natural instincts to do it right. We apply...
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    Re: When is honey capped?

    Let me add a couple notes of info not found in beginner's books or classes.
    During main flow and thereafter during the season, nectar is dried before it is placed in the cells. In the period just...
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    Re: building comb from bottom up?

    Building comb upward is contrary to their natural instincts, but they can if forced to. They normally build comb downward from the top. That's what MB's festooning is all about - scaffolding for...
  21. Thread: Cockroaches

    by wcubed
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    Re: Cockroaches

    Wood roaches also eat decaying wood. You folks with new hives shouldn't have much of a problem. When we tended some old hives for an orchard family, it was not uncommon to find 20 or more above the...
  22. Re: My queen is crowded, laying 5-6 eggs a cell, how do I fix this?

    That looks like the work of a replacement (Supersedure) queen. SS queens are geared to fill an empty broodnest - playing catch up. They can lay more than 3K eggs in a day. Give them some bees and...
  23. Re: backfilling with honey but not building comb

    Wuff!! Thanks, I think.
    W
  24. Re: backfilling with honey but not building comb

    JW,
    That graph does not look like what I see here. It almost looks like a composit of starter and established colonies. If it were a starter (swarm Apr to June) it wouldn't have brood increase in...
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    Re: How Do You Spell Honey?

    Flower P.
    Brood volume? Don't know.
    Typically, we go into "main flow" with at least the bottom 2 shallows and sometimes the third, filled with brood. A feature of CBing is no backfilling of the...
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