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    Re: Happy 4th of July!

    Cool
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    Re: Feral Honey bees?

    No way to tell the difference between bees that abide in our man made habitats and those in a natural home. No impact on bees you might keep in hives (just different drones to help with genetic...
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    Re: Inspection: no larvae, little brood

    Great news!

    You would probably get several answers to how to manipulate the boxes...none of which would be wrong. If it was me and the bottom is empty, that is where I'd want the queen to go find...
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    Re: Inspection: no larvae, little brood

    yes they will tear queen cups apart or mold them into something less recognizable. I would still try to network with a sympathetic beek for a frame of brood. It would help to supress a LW, give them...
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    Re: Inspection: no larvae, little brood

    it would be good to see those pictures from the previous inspection. unusual to see capped drone brood but not capped worker brood...unless you had a drone laying queen or laying worker. Because...
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    Re: My son gave me this last night.

    You'll never know the difference you made in their lives. Bless you.
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    Re: Inspection: no larvae, little brood

    Probably not taking a break. When was your last inspection when you saw larvae? Does the population seem to be the same as your last inspection?

    Google "Bee Math" to get to Michael Bush's site to...
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    Re: How many 16oz jars per frame?

    I get roughly 1 gallon of honey for every 3 mediums frames (I use 8-frames boxes with 7 frames for my honey supers). Pulled 33 frames yesterday, got 11.25 gallons.

    I only filter to get the bug...
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    Re: Help ... My queen left!

    Google "Bee Math" to get the re-queen timeline from Michael Bush's site. Also, listen carefully outside the hive to see if you can hear queen piping from the queen cells. It sounds like "ack, ack,...
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    Re: Bees Behavior at Night (Swarming?)

    Looks like normal bearding to regulate hive temp. Sounds like your bees are building well.
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    Re: swarming questions

    Definitely go get that swarm...if you don't have another hive (brood box/bottom board) use super box and some plywood (window screens, whatever), or if all else fails a card board box until you can...
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    Re: when to put on super

    How is your flow? You say the boxes are 80 and 70 percent drawn...how are they filled?
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    Re: Honey in 2nd brood box

    I agree with Roland. The key is to make sure you have an egg layer. The workers will dictate how much brood space is needed based on population and resources available. As long as the queen is...
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    Re: Correcting comb....how?

    I have a similar situation. Did a cut out in March an had two full mediums with comb attached to the frames with rubber bands. The timing was right and the queen was super prolific, they built very...
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    Re: Greetings from NE Florida

    Hello from NW FL. This is a great forum...enjoy the adventure, always something new to learn.
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    Re: where to buy bees

    For "free" bees (probably won't match all your genetics criteria) I would suggest one additional contact...local exterminators. Here in Florida they will not kill honey bees. A homeowner must find...
  17. Re: Hive inspection! Please come on in and offer advice if you got it. (photo heavy)

    Looks like they are doing good, some frames with good brood pattern, actively pulling out frames, some drone brood, and it's always great to see the queen...I would imagine there are some eggs in the...
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    Re: Swarm under trap

    Hard workers.
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    Re: WHEN WILL YOU SLING HONEY?

    I have been pulling and will pull until to mid-July for the main flow. There is generally enough of a fall flow to harvest some then leave a medium box of honey on top for the winter here in NW FL. ...
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    Re: On This Day in The History of Beekeeping

    Thanks. Always enjoy reading old bios.
  21. Re: Please, could you help me "read" my one month old hive for the first time?

    Soaring,

    Just want to clarify...the package at least had a good laying queen, and may still have (you need to find eggs to be sure). Because there is larvae, there was a queen at least 4 to 8...
  22. Re: Please, could you help me "read" my one month old hive for the first time?

    First, I would recommend not laying the frames on the ground during inspections...you don't want one of those bees on the ground to bee your queen.

    Depth perception is a problem on photos but I'll...
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    Re: 6th inspection with pics...

    That is a queen cup. Drone cells on foundation will look like bullet tops (not flat like worker), they are also common on burr comb along bottom of frames.
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    Re: Volume for pound of beeswax?

    Thanks all. The analytic side of me started to get all excited with the talk about specific gravity, conversions, etc....but the lazy engineer side of me took charge and settled for a "rule of...
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    Volume for pound of beeswax?

    I am going to use a solar melter for the first time and trying to decide on what to use for bricks of wax. What is the approximate volume of a pound of wax? Thanks.
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