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    Closing entrance for 3 days after splitting

    I was read that some beekeepers close the entrance of new nuc after splitting to avoid foragers from going to the parent hive
    Does this work?
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    Smoker Smoke Harmful?

    anyone knows if the smoke from the smoker, provided that is filled with natural woods and leaves, is it harmful to our health?
    any studies related to this? does it cause cancer?
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    Re: Feeding Syrup in Communal Feeders

    my beekeeping book says that this brings robbing
    never tried it myself
  4. Re: Need to transfer Bees from Langstroth to British Standard

    correct the time for splitting here will start soon

    I am planning to make the Langstroth queenless so they make a new queen
    and I shake the queen together with 5 frames of bees into the British...
  5. Re: Need to transfer Bees from Langstroth to British Standard

    the shaking approach would be the easiest for me
    anyone had tried shaking the bees including the queen into a new hive with drawn comb?
  6. Need to transfer Bees from Langstroth to British Standard

    I have an empty british standard hive with drawn comb and i wish to make a use of it
    so i am thinking of shaking bees from my langstorth hive into this hive - i cannot put the frames in as they do...
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    What Leaves to put in a Smoker?

    I have tried dry olive tree leaves and it works fine and they also release a nice smell
    anyone tried Pine Needle leaves or Eucalyptus leaves?
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    Swarm Prevention Management

    What do you do to prevent bees from swarming?
    anyone who doesn't have a prevention management and let it go the natural way?
    what percentage of colonies from your apiary swarm per year? with...
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    Bees removing queen cells

    I gave a frame with queen cells that are almost ready to emerge to a queenless nucleus with a small population but to my surprise they removed the queen cells
    Anyone knows why? And no there is no...
  10. Thread: Wax moths!

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    Re: Wax moths!

    if a wax moth infested frame is given to a strong colony will they clean it and kill all the larvae?
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    Honey Settling Time

    yes I have extracted few kilos of honey - for how many days after extraction do you leave it to settle, before you put it in bottles?
    thanks
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    Re: White spots on bees

    if i remember well yes, they left open and capped larva behind (this was almost 2 years ago) they just took all the honey
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    Re: White spots on bees

    yes! back then i was still a new beekeeper
    that was a new nucleus and i was feeding it sugar syrup .... the problem was the holes in the can were too big and thus it was dripping on the bees ......
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    is it ok not to paint hives?

    is it ok not to paint the hives from outside
    do they really last much less if not painted?

    I have painted my hives and in less than a year all the paint is cracked and peeling off - so i was...
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    Re: Bees closing entrance with propolis

    according to this article www.backyardhive.com/articles_on_beekeeping/articles_on_beekeeping/insulating_your_hive/
    this is a genetic ability and not all the bees can do that

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    Bees that...
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    Re: Bees closing entrance with propolis

    no apis mliffera rutneri but probably mixed with italian
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maltese_honey_bee

    so not common that bees do this?
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    Bees closing entrance with propolis

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    Re: Wire Grid for Propolis Collection

    thanks for your replies
    I will report back if they start depositing propolis
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    Re: Wire Grid for Propolis Collection

    someone elsewhere told me that the grids are too small
    seems only time will tell unless someone tried it successfully
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    Re: Wire Grid for Propolis Collection

    anyone tried grids similar to do the ones I am using? are the grids too small?
    they have been in the hive for 2 weeks already but still no propolis

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    Re: Wire Grid for Propolis Collection

    i am planning to use this as propolis trap

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/t1.0-9/10525908_620898444695443_6987304871026343992_n.jpg...
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    Re: Wire Grid for Propolis Collection

    thanks hehe that is exactly what i am planning to do
    the mesh size is smaller than the bee size right?
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    Wire Grid for Propolis Collection

    on top of the hive i am planning to place some wire grid (looking like the pic below) hoping that the bees will deposit propolis there
    has anyone ever tried this? does it work?

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    is this due to heat?

    today here in south europe had a temperature of 30C , so it was pretty warm and i noticed bees standing just outside the entrance
    is this due to the heat? see pics

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    Re: balling of the queen

    thanks - i was opening the hive once a week to see that all is ok and to provide syrup
    so i will open again in 3 days time to check if they accepted her :D
    i forgot to mention that they were also...
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