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    Re: Fireside chat with Walt

    I am not familiar with your area and the flow, but I am curious how all this is going to pan out. Keep this thread updated, please!
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    Re: First time split question

    All the foragers would return to the original hive unless you moved your split 2 miles away. It would take a while for some house bees to graduate to foragers.
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    Re: How cold hardy are red maple blooms

    They are hardy, the issue is that they bloom when the chances of great flying weather are iffy. This year, I was expecting another cold snap while they were blooming and added a pollen patty at the...
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    Re: Advice desperately needed

    You got great advice so far for dealing with the bees. Here are my 2 cents about dealing with the neighbor. Tell her her property is so awesome (try not to laugh) that the bees are picking her...
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    Re: Foundationless and Leveling

    I should have said: Your comb will look like this: ||||\||||| while the frames are tilted to the same pitch.
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    Re: Foundationless and Leveling

    If it is not level side to side, they may attach the comb at the bottom of the next frame. Your frames will look like this: ||||\|||||
  7. Re: how much to ask for placing 1-2 hives in a garden?

    You can also ask them what they would consider a reasonable price. You might be surprised.
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    Re: How many hives are "enough"?

    Well, if 6 is your max, you could always split them to control swarming and then re-combine in the fall or after the flow in order to have strong colonies to overwinter. There is always a demand for...
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    Re: Adding frame eggs to a Queenless hive

    Correct. This is a "hopelessly queenless hive". Also, a hive like this starts to dwindle fairly quickly, because time-wise, all the bees are at least a month old and they have graduated to foragers. ...
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    Re: Adding frame eggs to a Queenless hive

    The best queens come from strong hives. Even weaker hives will make decent queens. The hive will do they best they can with what they have. It helps to tip the odds in their favor, though.

    How...
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    Re: Adding frame eggs to a Queenless hive

    The finishing hive is a strong hive that is made queenless. It is usually strengthened by adding extra frames of nurse bees as you have mentioned.

    Once a hive becomes queenless, it does not...
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    Re: Cold Installation

    Keep them in the package and in the house/garage. Mist the net several times a day with sugar water. Cold bees are sluggish bees and it will take them a long time to reform the cluster at those...
  13. Thread: robbing?

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    Re: robbing?

    Love it, enj.! great job!
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    Re: Cooperation

    Neat to see and unusual!
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    Re: Feeding Honey Crazy robbing.

    The wet sheet traps everybody (robbers and defenders) into the hive and prevents additional robbers from invading. It is a temporary solution (until nighttime) that gives you time to install a...
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    Re: Feeding Honey Crazy robbing.

    Reduce the entrance to what the bees can successfully defend or use a robbing screen. The simplest robbing screen is window screen mesh folded up like a W with the two legs stapled to the box and...
  17. Thread: Clumsy queen

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    Re: Clumsy queen

    Yep, a laying queen is heavy with eggs and usually drops at the slightest jolt of the frame. You probably knocked her off by accident.
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    Re: Well, I blew it. Now what?

    Are you sure it was a smarm and not bearding? I am asking due to the timing (6pm) and location. It could be a feral swarm. Are you in an africanized county?

    You'll know for sure in couple of days
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    Re: Over wintered hives

    You don't really need a frame by frame inspection. You can check for swarm cells by peeking at the bottom of the frames (just lift the box). Observing traffic at the entrance and general population...
  20. Re: Old Brood Comb, with mold !? Can i use them for...? - (Photos attached)

    Yes, you can use them for swarm trap. You can also use them for a super/ for your bees. If you put those on a strong hive, they will get cleaned right up.
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    Re: Polar Vortex states

    WWW, thank you for the suggestion.

    I did insulate the nucs, 2 per pack with the same insulation that I put on the doubles and the singles. I will have nucs again - I'll be raising queens. Just not...
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    Re: Should I "bee" worried?

    You should be worried if the temps are in the high 40s and 50s (looks like it's going to be 52F for you today and 59F for you tomorrow) and knocking on the box doesn't rouse any guards. If the...
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    Re: New Packages - Too Much Honey?

    Just keep an eye on them to make sure the queen has enough place to lay. Remember, the package won't get any replacement workers/foragers until a good month plus after the install.
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    Just wanted to say that your hives are looking great Cristian!
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    Re: Wintering with honey (at north)

    The one thing that I vaguely remember about Finland beekeeping is that a lot of the honey is made on canola/rape which crystallizes very quickly. If this is the case, you'll probably be better off...
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