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  1. Thread: Requeening

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    Re: Requeening

    I need to go out of town for a week starting Sunday. If things are going well (I understand how they should look when accepted,) is that a realistic timeline? As in, look on Sunday, if they are...
  2. Thread: Requeening

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    Re: Requeening

    :(

    Well, I think we're about to find out. She's on a plane as we speak. I'll look again tomorrow, but the odds are low here. Hopefully, the lack of eggs and larvae along with general agitation...
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    Re: Can Queen Bee Fly if their tree is on fire?

    TBH, if there is a forest fire, it wouldn't matter much if she could fly or not. The whole hive isn't going to be able to get out of the fire zone, unless they happen to be right on the edge of...
  4. Thread: Requeening

    by TokerM
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    Requeening

    Last year, I neglected my bees a lot for work, so things have been a bit messy this year. Of my 2 hives, I lost one, and didn't get to the second hive until later in the spring. About a month after...
  5. Thread: Laying worker

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    Re: Laying worker

    I haven't seen a queen since I installed the package a year and a half ago. I look, but I have never been able to see her, and I get worried keeping a frame out of the hive for a length of time. ...
  6. Thread: Laying worker

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    Re: Laying worker

    I think I understand.

    My "new" procedure:

    Take apart the bad hive, remove all the bees from the boxes. (Shake them out.)
    Open the good hive and remove any "bad" frames (not fully drawn out...
  7. Thread: Laying worker

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    Re: Laying worker

    Let's see if I have this correct.

    First, I have NO queen in the hive.
    There IS a worker that is placing shotgun brood drones on random frames.
    Queen loss was at least 3 weeks ago, maybe more...
  8. Thread: Laying worker

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    Re: Laying worker

    My understanding for shaking out a laying worker hive is that the worker that is now playing queen can't fly back to the hive for whatever reason. After you shake out the frames, only regular...
  9. Thread: Laying worker

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    Re: Laying worker

    There were no queen cups anywhere on any frames, and all of the capped female brood has already hatched, so I know this happened at least 3 weeks ago, and they didn't get a new queen made. Most of...
  10. Thread: Laying worker

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    Re: Laying worker

    Let me clarify....

    Drone brood.

    Most definitely, there is a laying worker. Shake out or no?
  11. Thread: Laying worker

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    Laying worker

    Well, it had to happen eventually. :(

    No female brood, eggs, or larvae in a good pattern, just shotgun drone brood. (.22 bullet caps) The queen must have gone down a while ago. I have two hives,...
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    Bees on Corkscrew Willow this time of year?

    My coworker was telling me that he has a Corkscrew (sometimes called Curly) Willow tree in his yard that has bees all over it, as in covering. I am assuming that this time of year they are pulling...
  13. Re: UF Featured Creature common name: European honey bee

    ^

    not this again.... :pinch:

    headslap.jpg
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    Re: Beekeeper, one word or two.

    Four pages of feeding the troll....

    I'm not old, but I'm also not young. Grade school in the 70s, and I learned this. I also learned to quit worrying about other peoples internet spelling. And...
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    Re: I hate to hear the crunch

    More than crushing them, I feel worst when I tear a leg or otherwise wound them while pushing and sliding boxes. Dead is dead, but wounded bees get tossed out to starve.
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    Re: Encouraging bees to cap frames of honey

    Honey is capped when it hits the correct water %, or better said, when the nectar is turned into honey. When it is uncapped, either the cell is not full, or the honey needs more exposure to air to...
  17. Thread: angry bees

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    Re: angry bees

    I have 2 hives of Carnis and they are VERY gentle. I only got hit once, and very few guards greet me at the hive.

    The research I did suggested that they are normally gentle, with small winter...
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    Re: second honey super above or below?

    What about with wired foundation? Always over, or might under encourage them to "fill the empty space?"
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    Re: Rolling Stones, Honey and Moss?

    Knee-jerk reaction would be that that might help speed the process up? More surface area being exposed? Then again, maybe not. I would think that whatever cost would be there to power a roller to...
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    Re: Old farmer wisdom about mesquite trees...

    "Old ranchers tale"

    Neither humans nor trees can predict what the future winter will bring.

    It doesn't make sense logically. If you knew the weather was going foul earlier than last year, why...
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    Re: Feeding in summer?

    You should only feed honey to the bees that made that honey. Do not take honey from hive A and feed it to hive B. That's a good was to transmit foulbrood. NEVER feed purchased honey to bees.
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    Re: Massive carpenter ant problem.

    I thought the cinnamon was working, but they finally got to liking cinnamon, is my thought.

    The scouts first started showing up when I installed the package in mid-May. Headed for the top feeder....
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    Massive carpenter ant problem.

    Opened the top cover to a horrific sight. THOUSANDS of carpenter ants had started nesting in the top cover. They had bored a channel through the inner cover just under the top cover, and had...
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    Re: Bees pulling others out of hive

    I'll take a nursing home over having my arm chewed off and tossed off the porch!

    Yup! Shady Rest for me with nary a complaint!
  25. Re: Compensation - Grower or Beekeeper (Pollinator)?

    +1 to this. Or.... If you want a specific percentage of honey, will you also contribute an equal percentage of costs of equipment, livestock, feed and medicine? Will you contribute an equal...
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