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    Re: Best Time of Day to Inspect

    Yup, middle of the day.
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    Re: How often to inspect?

    Yup, have fun with your bees, but just realize that every time you open the hive you slow them down a little. Its a disruption to their normal activities, and it takes them a bit to recover from it....
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    Re: Years since I've seen a honeybee

    If you've got lots of bumblebees, you've got good enough conditions for honey bees.
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    Re: Adding a second hive body

    Yeah, 7-9 frames, generally everything except the outside 2 have been drawn.
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    Re: Food coloring to Spring syrup?

    Well you would only feed when they needed it. If they were so desperate that you had to feed them, then you shouldn't have supers on them. If you've got supers on and they're filling them with...
  6. Re: Is there an alternative to buying a nuc box?

    You can always just build your own for a couple bucks each.
  7. Fossile Bees from Pleistocene Era Discovered

    Which was only about 40,000 years ago, and they're not honey bees, but still.

    http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/bee-fossils-shed-light-environment-late-pleistocene
  8. Re: When to stop feeding bees if i want them to make honey

    Yeah, just stop feeding a day or two before you put the honey super on. No source of syrup means no syrup in the supers.
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    Re: Syrup intake and lack thereof...

    Bees will generally only take syrup that is around 55 degrees or higher. If its not even hitting 50, its probably too cold for them to be taking syrup. The packaged bees are probably more desperate...
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    Re: Replacing Old Comb

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    Yes, if they're in the top box and the bottom box is empty, just take that box off completely and let box #2 become the new #1, then you can put fresh foundation in a box above that. I would...
  11. Re: Where should I put the full frames of honey in a new package?

    Yeah, empty comb in the middle, honey on the sides, and then empty foundation on the outer edges will most closely mimic how the bees would do it themselves (brood in the middle, food on the sides,...
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    Re: Did you get honey your first year

    No, I didn't get any honey the first year. I started with a single package and the hive struggled quite a bit. I honestly didn't expect them to survive the winter, but they did and they're booming...
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    Re: giving brood to a new package?

    Yeah, if you have frames of brood you can spare, I recommend doing so.

    Just try to grab capped brood, not open larva/eggs. The reason is because uncapped brood still needs to be fed, and a...
  14. Re: Question about scratching honey combs to feed package.

    Agreed, you don't have to scratch it.

    Bees know what capped honey in comb is. They don't have to be pointed to it.
  15. Thread: SHB Traps

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    Re: SHB Traps

    I just use the beetle blasters.
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    Re: Reducing the number of Deeps??

    Yup, do an inspection and see if they've already moved out of one deep. If they have, remove it.

    If they're pretty evenly distributed, smoke the daylights out of the top box and the queen should...
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    Re: Buy a hive or a package?

    Agreed, I would go with a nuc over a package if at all possible. A lot of potential problems and failures can be avoided that way.
  18. Re: Spring inspection, possibly queenless, what to do

    I would hold off on the combine. You're a lot farther north than I am, and I only started seeing eggs and brood a couple weeks ago. It is entirely possible that you have a queen and it simply...
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    Re: Mating Nuc Design questions

    If you do, make sure you also make a cover for it. Bees don't like light in the hive, they like it dark. Plus depending on the weather and where you place it, a clear panel on the front could act...
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    Re: some rank beginner questions.

    1) By solid top do you mean just a flat solid board covering the top of the hive? That would be a little unusual to me, usually the top cover sits down like the lid of a shoebox, which means you can...
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    Re: Early Spring Aggression

    Yup, its still cold enough up there in Canada for the bees to (rightfully) think its still winter, they know they're light on stores, and suddenly some big monster comes and rips the top of their...
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    Re: Why not to visit the hive at night.

    Oh yeah, he's going to pay, there's no doubt about that. Its just going to be a delayed punishment.
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    Re: south or east ?

    The hives are in the back yard in the best position for being out of the way of normal traffic, with the woods at their back. They catch plenty of morning sun where they're at, and in winter it'll...
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    Re: south or east ?

    You know, I've never really understood the facing thing. I've heard it was about letting the hives catch as much morning sun as they can, and for them getting as much winter sun as they can, but...
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    Re: Small Cell Claims Debunked

    Bah, if you're worried about cell size, just go foundationless and let the bees build whatever size they want.
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