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    Re: Weak colony in fall... posible causes

    that was my first thought and perhaps they failed to make a good queen. hard to tell if all the colonies are brood breaking at this time. tough call on what to do, i would probably let them play...
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    Re: Add space or not?

    welcome to beesource!

    i would tend to think it's a little late to get another box drawn and most likely let them overwinter in the single deep. what is your mentor advising?
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    Re: Should I feed?

    i'm about 100 miles due east of you so our weather should be about the same. so far i have not any problems with overwintering in just one deep and one medium of honey which is how almost everyone...
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    Re: Help with Diagnosis

    tough call pat. when was the last time you looked into this hive and what did you see?

    the suddenness implicates the spraying.

    the poor brood pattern suggests queen failure and/or heavy mite...
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    wdale,

    that's how the tf bees i have got started. they were swarms that ended up in trees and through natural selection those with resistant traits survived and propagated in the wild. that...
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    many thanks sd.

    i had a similar report from the chief bee inspector for north carolina recently. he takes calls from logging companies when they fell a bee tree. he said they used to get a lot...
  7. Re: This is as close to Robbing as I want to get.

    understood. that comb must still 'smell' good. :)
  8. Re: This is as close to Robbing as I want to get.

    dang! what set that off colino?
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    :applause:


    speaking from the position of one who made the absolute worst choice possible in the beginning with regard to doing business with a 'reputable' supplier all i can say is 'amen'.
    ...
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    hmm. i believe it's more likely that it's combination of management and genetics plus location and feeding practices. unfortunately most of the information on all of this is anecdotal and it seems...
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    very true steven. the other scenario that reportedly plays out for some is that they start with treatment free bees which do well off treatments for a year or two and then crash. the thinking is...
  12. Re: Have I screwed up? Troubles with new hive.

    don't feel bad dave. i did inspect the first hives i bought with the seller and we found them to be queenless and overrun with beetles and moths. i shouldn't have believed him when he said all they...
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    Re: Fall flow not happening in Midwest?

    seriously ts, it sounds like they are well on their way to being very well set for the winter.

    here's what i would consider based on some observations i made this spring with double deeps.

    i...
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    Re: Fall flow not happening in Midwest?

    trust the bees, they usually get it right.
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    :thumbsup:
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    Re: finally, fall flow!

    the later variety of gr is in full swing here with lots of nectar coming in and the new wax cappings having a yellow color.
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    Re: Late season swarm

    it's worth a try i guess even if only for the learning experience. i agree with andrew though, i would predict there's not enough time for them to draw enough comb and get it filled before it gets...
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    Re: Late season swarm

    i see a few small swarms at the end of the season around here. my belief is that these are from colonies that have superseded a failing queen and the small swarm is the old queen leaving with a some...
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    Re: uniting hives

    i usually remove any vestiges of the old hive and the old foragers give up after a day or so.
  20. Re: can i combine two weak hive and make a two queen hive?

    i overwintered a few nucs a couple of winters back that were less than 10 frames. what i did was push all the frames to the sunny side, and then placed a 'dummy board' to the inside of those. i...
  21. Re: How much honey should I leave for my bees for winter?

    wow! that could only happen with good bees and a good location. congrats newbe.
  22. Re: can i combine two weak hive and make a two queen hive?

    that would probably work. the only risk is that neither queen would survive the fighting and it's too late in the season to overcome queenlessness.

    i would try to overwinter them as is. we're...
  23. Thread: Hive Weights

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    Re: Hive Weights

    i should have added:

    if you don't want to try and save the hive go ahead and pinch the queen. in three weeks after all the brood has hatched you could drive them down the road and shake them out....
  24. Thread: Hive Weights

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    Re: Hive Weights

    in that is the case and with the target weight of 150 lbs i would feed syrup as long as it is warm enough, and prepare a rim for a mountain camp style emergency feed on top.

    the alternative would...
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    Re: Bees not storing honey!!

    about the only time the bees draw new comb here (assuming no feeding) is during the main spring flow , and that shuts down about the middle of july .
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