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    Re: Entrance reducers and bearding

    I run hives with entrance reducers set to large opening all year long. If the have an upper entrance for ventilation they should be fine. My hives have both upper and lower entrances, they set in...
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    Re: Queen has disappeared

    DMR. Did you see any signs of the bees being queen less. I know not seeing any eggs, however that isn't the only sign of being queen less. Did they sound very loud roaring while opened up? Did...
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    Re: share my long lang thoughts

    I built out five long Lang hives for use this year. All was fine but just didn't seem to build out enough. I was constantly having to open the brood nest to keep the population where I wanted it. ...
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    Re: Surplus population after pulling supers.

    Did you confine the queen below the queen excluder on the foundation?
  5. Thread: Nurse Bees

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    Re: Nurse Bees

    Not to be confrontational here or anything but let's put the thought to a test. :) Have you ever had to deal with a laying worker hive? I've had to deal with many (unfortunantly). It takes...
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    Re: Surplus population after pulling supers.

    Vance, keep in mind that bees will take on what ever role they are needed for in a hive. If they are sitting around doing nothing, harvest them for NUC's and boost those weak hives. You could take...
  7. Thread: Nurse Bees

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    Re: Nurse Bees

    It is my understanding that the first few days of a worker bee's life is spent cleaning cells. It takes a few days of her eating large amounts of bee bread to kickstart her glands to produce royal...
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    Re: Hello from West Virginia

    Hello and welcome from the west side of WV
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    Re: Nicot System Question.

    I tried using mine this year as well with the same results as you. I waited a solid week with only one egg being lain in the cup. I believe it has to do with pheromones and needing to be in the...
  10. Thread: ABF President

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    Re: ABF President

    Very informative article. Thanks for the share Mark!
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    Re: Installing Queen cells

    Nope not really, just make sure you use cell protectors and try to make sure your splits are as "Hopelessly Queenless" as possible so they will accept the new queen with open arms for sure. Go in on...
  12. Re: Transferring from Long-langstroth to 8 frame hive.

    I had 5 of them. Key word being had. They were great in the first part of spring while the forage was good. They build like crazy and then didn't store much honey at all. Great for brood, but then...
  13. Re: I've got a real problem...no brood no sign of queen

    Did you ever give the hive more room to grow or just keep them in the single medium? If the latter is true your queen probably has swarmed from the sounds. Leave those cells that are capped give a...
  14. Thread: mating flights

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    Re: mating flights

    Sometime starting around 1 pm from what I've noticed. The drones usually leave around noon.
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    Re: Bad luck or what?

    Sounds like you are in a dearth just like lots of others, me included. Feed is needed if they have no honey in the hive. They have to have the carbs to rear new bees and to be able to fan the hive...
  16. Thread: Russian queens

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    Re: Russian queens

    The Russian strain can be a great bee to have in your apiary. As I said prior I have a few hives of them myself and they do great from what I can see. I bought my queens from Coy's in MS. I didn't...
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    Re: Graft Acceptance.

    For me it never changes. From one queen to the next, it always makes me happy to see that the queen has mated well and come home and started laying.
  18. Thread: Russian queens

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    Re: Russian queens

    Russian bees normally "shut down" during a dearth of any kind. They wait till both nectar and pollen sources are available and then kick it into high gear. Chances are those queens were doing just...
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    Re: Graft Acceptance.

    Queens while very young can be a challenge to find in the hive. The longer they have to lay, the larger they become. The more time they have prior to getting caged to lay, the better off they will...
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    Re: Screened Inner Cover Question

    As silly as this may sound... Does the screened inner covers have a ventilation notch above the screen that would allow the air to move out of the hive?

    If not, find a popsickle stick or two...
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    Re: 4 0ver 4 frame double nucs

    I know those that do and don't put in wider dividers at bottom. They will make burr comb if you don't give them room above fast enough with the thinner divider board.
  22. Thread: overheating

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    Re: overheating

    Is it melted wax, or wax cappings they cleaned out and melted? Have you inspected the hive to see if there are problems inside? Don't be hands off on this matter. Open up the hive, check it...
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    Re: Syrup Ratio suggested

    If you want to get more frames pulled in wax, you have to feed if there is no flow. Feeding will encourage them to pull out wax, however, if you don't give them more frames above the brood nest,...
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    Re: Swarm behavior?

    If you have them locked in, make sure they have adequate ventilation through #8 wire. Also did you leave at least one queen cell in the original box? They will need one to make their own queen as...
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    Re: Bearding all day and night

    Give them upper ventilation and another super. They need room to move so to speak. It gets hot in the hive and upper ventilation allows for the hot air to vent out and allows them to go in. I have...
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