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    Re: Swarm Lures For Traps

    Knowing governments and the fact that it's in Texas,(dry weather) they're probably those cheapo paper product flower pot traps. Which is fine, but with the flowerpot you have to wire the comb in...
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    Re: How much brood to pull

    Path, it's storage over the brood on a frame. Band of honey and pollen, looking like a rainbow.
    I think what d is saying if they're capping honey there, they're backfilling the brood nest?
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    Re: Small amount of light in top of traps

    Ya, your not supposed to leave any gaps, mark the gaps so you know where they are when they're set up in the field. Take some plumbers putty and plug it up. The stuff lasts forever (I've plugged roof...
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    Re: Henbit and Morrow's Honey Suckle???

    See Neil's link above CB. Must be we don't have henbit around here all I've ever seen is the purple dead nettle.
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    Re: When do you remove mouse guards?

    That's what I do, take a pc of 1x3 and dado all but the ends and center to 3/8" high. Never had a problem.
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    Re: To deep? Two deep? Or Too deep?

    Less time + less expense = deeps
    The only time it makes sense to me is when I see 5 frame med nucs going for the same price of a deep nuc. But then common sense kicks in and I'm back to semi normal.
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    Re: making nuc question

    Another way to look at it is, what is the donor hive's strength. If you have a hive with 8 fr of brood, then two fr can certainly go into a nuc.
    The more bees you put into a nuc, the better the...
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    Re: Kind of early for package bees upstate NY??

    Ya, this pattern can't go soon enough. Nothing but doom and gloom from the NWS to boot.

    http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/814day/index.php
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    Re: When do you remove mouse guards?

    Sorry, I forgot, y'all aren't the the freezer section of the country. My bees are still using the upper entrances, occasionally using the bottom board.
    If you still have a problem, twitch the...
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    Re: When do you remove mouse guards?

    Yank em and put a regular reducer on. Mice are well past the urge to set up living quarters (chewing to get into somewhere).
  11. Thread: bee tree food?

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    Re: bee tree food?

    The hive was almost a deadout and you wish to feed your bees what might've did the other hive in? Guess what answer mine is!
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    Ddawg, with Mel's method, one would pull two frames of brood and notch cells, install a q excluder and place the notched frames in a upper box along with drawn comb and feed. This allows the nurse...
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    I'm sure Mel won't disagree with the cloak board. His theroy is if there's no queen presence on the frame itself, there won't be enough pheromones coming thru the excluders to prohibit the bees from...
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    Re: Queen present but no brood, what to do?

    is the hive bringing in pollen and acting normal? How many bee are in the hive? Do they have any reserves?
    You might need to feed, but you should should see a little brood no matter what.
    If all...
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    I've always pulled queens for splits, so I'm a rookie to the "do little" method of putting notched cells above the excluder described in the book.
    The thing that comes to mind is the larvae might...
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    Re: Did I mess up my split

    I second drlonzo, if at sixteen days that q cell has hatched ( the cap is off) let er go and then figure 30 days from your split and you should have eggs and/or at least a nice fat queen.
    Just...
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    Re: Think I Quit Feeding Too Soon

    It's all local, but by watching how much they take down in a day (aside from mounting the hive on a scale) will tell you how much nectar is coming in.
    This is where having local beeks knowledge is...
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    Re: Diseases of the honey bee

    I don't think that ACV has much of anything to do with it. If that was the case with Lauri's brick recipe you'd have to install a porta potty in the hives LOL. I tried her recipe, the bees went after...
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    Re: Diseases of the honey bee

    The only sugars that I can think of that would cause dysentery is organic or brown sugar. Organic has solids, brown has molasses.
    BUT, thanks for the link! The last two paragraphs described my...
  20. Thread: splitting

    by rwlaw
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    Re: splitting

    If your sure you've got the queen in the new split you should have q cells going. I usually wait for seven days for a insp, 4 days is a tad early, if they didn't start making cells till Sun you...
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    Re: Servicing neglected hives

    Nope, was talking about comb, just trying to figure out how much and where. You don't want the queen in a big mess of comb that's collapsed when you pull the box.
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    Re: My smoker smoke may be too hot

    Light the smoker after dark, learn at what stages of pumping the bellows the embers and flame start flying. The rolled up grass is very important, if/when your hive starts lighting you up and you...
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    Re: Yellow Jackets are out in the Pac NW

    Death to hornets and wasps! i know they're a part of the scheme of things, but till they learn to stay out beehives they're gonna die.
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    Re: Could someone explain "gap" please?

    All the speculation about why the queen has problems crossing "the gap" might come from the beeks that incessantly clean burr comb from between the boxes also.
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    Re: Servicing neglected hives

    You didn't mention if you've had the wonky comb box off. If you haven't your going to have to assume that it's attached to the bottom box.
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