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  1. Re: Behaviour of Bees When Releasing the Queen?

    I have not but it sounds like they want her to get a move on it.

    Do bees care much if they are moved from southern hemisphere (summer/autumn) into the northern hemisphere((spring) in a matter of...
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    Re: New Package Installed ... Now What?

    Oh the excitement. The girls are likely just in the equivalent of a huddle mode. If you stay back after the queens are in there and allow them to work their magic, they'll continue to amaze. But...
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    Re: Question ...?remove this burr comb?

    Thanks for the input. Having replaced the final frame in that slot, one with a sheet of mostly drawn out foundation, i'm hoping to get out of their face for a bit.
    Wow, there were oodles of bees...
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    Re: Question ...?remove this burr comb?

    I have recently gotten in there and looked at a good number of frames. There were nice sections of brood as well as pollen and honey too. They came out of the cold weather and i was able to switch...
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    Re: Question ...?remove this burr comb?

    Thanks for the word. I will post a couple of pics of this other stuff that had me asking about queens
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    Question ...?remove this burr comb?

    ...as in immediately?
    Okay. I know...i know...bees do not like that space. It was a rookie move to remove the burr comb from the wild areas when the insulating box was removed, but then to put it...
  7. Re: Taking the fight to Varroa mites and SHB right away!

    Was getting thick SHB last summer and it was getting out of hand. Do some homework or ask around about a bottom board style oil trap ( e.g. Greenbeehivesdotcom). It worked well enough with minimal...
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    Re: Should I feed

    Roger that. I'll defer to more seasoned vets' opinions. Not trying to give you a rookie opinion before you can get some expert advice...
    Are you using top feeder, or one between the bars? It...
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    Re: Should I feed

    It's amazing how much syrup they can down, eh? Haven't they any stores at all?
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    Re: What I learned today

    Sounds like you are getting to enjoy it. Good luck and best wishes. Let us know how splits go for ya.
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    Re: Splitting soon?

    Looked a bit closer in the closing hour of this mild day-- the bottom two boxes are mostly empty of bees wih pollen and old capped stuff. The third box is newer pollen with girls building it in...
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    Splitting soon?

    Had a hive that overwintered. Took a peek inside and let me quickly explain before i solicit the question.

    There are five medium boxes. The bottom four were designated for bees. Two were drawn...
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    Re: hive problem I bought

    Have you seen the signs of activity? I mean lots of bees of working days? You may want to get a queen rplacement on speed dial and do your deeper work in time for expedited delivery. Of course,...
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    Re: Am I on the right track?

    And hive stands are something that you cwn consider...anything is possible from cinder blocks to manufactured plastic, to formed stainless tubing. Some manufactured models come with frame holders,...
  15. Thread: All dead

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    Re: All dead

    Sorry to hear that. Beat wishes to you when you get back up. Sleep it off and give yourself time to process this, and then..well, the future is yours.
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    Re: Smoker rules

    Upon opening hive, the amount of smoke produced by a smoker is inversely correlated to how far away one is from the lighter. The closer your fire source, the more smoke. The further from your fire...
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    Re: April bees arrive

    10 4 to that. In the context of harry homeowner i had the unfortunate experience of worrying about the shaking part and it just may have been the overall virgin expience combined with doing a small...
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    Re: April bees arrive

    when you attach queen cage to frame, or however you get her in there, be sure to face the screen portion of her queen cage facing laterally "out", rather than facing up against the foundation. Trust...
  19. Re: Mysterious death and recycling leftover stores

    Merry Christmas to you. Likely will be going with some different avenues come spring! that is different supplier for new bees. Hopefully get started sooner this time and we'll see. Good luck' and...
  20. Mysterious death and recycling leftover stores

    Last weekend we found that one hive had been consuming the fondant and yet had had massive die-off. The bb was covered in dead, and small groups of dead were at various places across the frames. ...
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    Re: Insulating around fondant ?

    Excellent idea, ps. I'll make that condenser box with a shallow or med box and screen, leaving enough clearance for access to the goods. Just tryin to keep their place in order. Thx
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    Insulating around fondant ?

    Had quite a number of dead bees in front of a hive over a period of a week or so, following a cold snap in the area. Didn't want to do any inspecting due to the temps, so made up my mind to ensure...
  23. Re: Greenpeace, and friends, urge pollinator protection language in Farm Bill.

    Last time I checked,the taxpayer is [B]already[B] being taken for the USDA's current beekeeping operations. Let me get this straight, they are proposing yet another group of job holders to absorb...
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    Re: Hive disaster

    A few weeks ago the hives all had a sugar shake. Maybe this one also had a bout of operator error, because at that time it was looking like one solid 10frame box with some venturing into a second...
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    Hive disaster

    The pics, if they aren't upside down, show the only hive that wasn't bottom-boarded with a beetle tray-style trap. It was the smallest of the three hives.
    Should all the foundation be replaced,...
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