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    Re: High wire cutout

    That's great. I guess that means you didn't get the queen when you did the cutout.
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    Re: Maintaining Genetic Diversity

    I've wondered about that as well. I've always tried to keep a couple queens from different lines around my yard - even though I've been using the same breeder queen for grafting for a while. I...
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    Re: High wire cutout

    Very nice. Thanks for all the pics. I learned a lot. That looks like a shop vac. Did you just remove the filter?
  4. Re: Puzzled. Bees and Nectar, but No Honey. Sacramento, CA

    I had the same experience last year in September - October here in Southern CA. In a very dry year last year, they made a fair amount of honey in the fall. I got lots of honey this year in...
  5. Re: Puzzled. Bees and Nectar, but No Honey. Sacramento, CA

    If you're in an irrigated city the the drought shouldn't matter to much. Is this a new hive? Are they building comb? If they're busy making wax the then they won't make much honey until the wax is...
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    Re: Either my Bee Math sucks.. OR

    That is strange. Were there any queen cells in the other side of your split? Did you remove the second queen cell? If not, that virgin might kill off your mated queen. It's possible that you didn't...
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    Re: Best way to release queen to new nuc

    I like the push in cages because it allows the queen to move around and get started laying right away. I think it's better in general to minimize the amount of time that a mated queen cannot lay eggs.
  8. Re: How long after requeening do extremely aggressive behaviors go away?

    I requeened a really hot hive last year and it seemed like 6 weeks later I still had quite a few hot bees flying around and bothering me. If you have new eggs the day you kill the old queen, and...
  9. Re: Emergency queen cells and supercedure cells help!!

    My guess is that you rolled the queen the last you checked when you saw eggs. It happens.
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    Re: Novice Beekeeper here

    Good luck and have fun.
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    Re: Would you ask for compensation?

    Next time I would bring a contract get is signed. It would spell out the terms (i.e. your price and whether or not you will restore the structure) and have verbiage to release you from liability for...
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    Re: Newbie and excited to Bee here....

    Welcome. I'm sure that you will have a lot of fun and learn a lot.
  13. Re: Process for Separating honey from wax in Crush-n-Strain method

    I just extracted several foundationless frames last night in my hand-powered 2 frame extractor. I did have a 4 x 4 inch section that blew out on one frame, but the rest extracted without a problem.
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    Re: replacing the vicious queen

    I would suggest introducing the queen to a few frames of bees in a nuc or in a separate box. Using the candy method should work fine in that small hive. After a few days when she is released and...
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    Re: Juniper vs. Varroa Mites

    I usually use grass in my smoker, but the juniper needles smell much nicer.
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    Re: Juniper vs. Varroa Mites

    I have heard that Juniper helps with Varroa. I put Juniper needles and sticks in my smoker and it seems like I have less Varroa now, but I haven't done official counts.
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    Re: Raising my first batch of queens...

    I would definiteley re-introduce her. If you put her back along with a couple frames of the bees that she is with now - all the better. I'm always nervous about putting a queen I really like into...
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    Re: I think I have a laying worker...

    I wouldn't assume too quickly that you have laying workers. Queens can hide sometimes. Until you see 3-4 eggs in a cell, I wouldn't worry too much. Some of my hives are producing drones like mad...
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    Re: CA drought effect--April

    I would keep an eye on how much honey stores they have. Right now I couldn't feed my bees if I wanted to - they won't take it. They are getting all the real nectar they want. Every year in Ca is a...
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    Is that with only medium frames? Would I be corect to assume that there is more trouble getting the bottom attached with deep frames?
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    I have an awful lot of "brood cramping" and foundation. When they want to raise drones, I don't think anything will stop them.
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    I've got a lot of rite cell in my hives with drone cells all over the place. They have built tons of drone brood even on top of regular comb, which makes for very messy frames. It seems to me like...
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    Does it make sense to use foundation in the supers (mediums) and go foundationless in the broodnest? This would provide frames for honey extraction that are much less prone to blowouts, I would...
  24. Re: Starter hive not interested in raising a queen??

    Yes, after several days of the starter showing zero interest of raising queen, there are now 4 capped queen cells in the hive. So I know for sure now that there is no queen in the hive, as I...
  25. Re: Starter hive not interested in raising a queen??

    Yeah, I agree this certainly sounds like a queen must be in there. For that to be the case, that means that a wild queen wandering around out there would have had to have found my starter within...
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