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  1. timing of Queen hatching after a swarm??

    Hi,

    I was fortunate enough to witness one of my hives swarming as I was adding extra honey supers to my other hives - the one that swarmed already had two supers on it. - Anyway the bees first...
  2. Re: Are these just oversized drone cells or Supersedure cells?

    ok great - I've also been told that I could cage them with number 8 mesh so I might try that method instead - this will give me a few extra days for my strongest hive to keep producing so that I have...
  3. Re: Are these just oversized drone cells or Supersedure cells?

    sorry should have asked before - what would be the best way to take the cells off of the foundation to add to another split without damaging the queen?
  4. Re: Are these just oversized drone cells or Supersedure cells?

    ok thanks - I also have this frame from a split that I started 6 days ago ( today is the 6th day ) what could I do with the "extra" queen cells?

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  5. Are these just oversized drone cells or Supersedure cells?

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    Would some one tell me what these cells are? Not sure if they are over sized drone cells or supersedure cells. This is from a newly installed Nuc ( installed on May 27th ) - there was a Queen...
  6. Re: What would you charge? or how would you handle this?

    Hi LSBees

    I already have a similar agreement with a restaurant food prep company and the deal that I have set up is that they pay for their entire hive set up - they are buying two complete hives...
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    Re: splitting doubles...

    Vance -what is the advantage to putting them into a nuc box ( I assume a five frame box ) as opposed to a full size brood box?

    Or could it be put in a full size box if additional frames of capped...
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    Gradually going foundationless

    I was reading some of Mr. Bush's site on foundationless frames and small or natural cell size - all regards to fighting the mites. Would it be reasonable to gradually switch from plastic foundation...
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    Re: Spring management

    Vance ?? what would be your Essential oil to syrup ratio? I use Tea Tree Oil but have only done it with sugar patties but I would think tat the syrup would be a better method to ensure distribution....
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    Re: CCD, new Nucs and splits

    For mites - I was mite free up until one hive was infected in August - I lost that hive in late august - they were Russians - didnt actually mind loosing those too much.

    The other hives I added...
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    Re: CCD, new Nucs and splits

    Thanks for the input - if CCD was stopped at the border that would be perhaps the only thing we have stopped - that coming from a former border guard :D

    As for the environmental issue - I dont...
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    CCD, new Nucs and splits

    A few questions if everyone doesn't mind?

    I went into the fall with 4 hives and lost two early on to CCD :( - hives are completely empty of bees and the honey hasn't been touched - I will use it...
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    Re: Very late swarm or possible CCD???

    Thank you very much - this seems to be some great information, especially the essential oil sectional so I think I will explore my bees next week and set them up with some Greece patties and try and...
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    Re: Very late swarm or possible CCD???

    Ok will do that - I'll ask one more question before I start to study - if the mites need brood to survive as they don't harm or feed from live bees how do they survive over the winter when there is...
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    Re: Very late swarm or possible CCD???

    Thank you again

    Looks like I have lots to study this winter.
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    Re: Very late swarm or possible CCD???

    Thank you,

    Can you after over-load after one summer? Next season I plan to put bottom screens on all of my hives and dust with powered sugar more often. Are there any other "natural" deterrents...
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    Re: Very late swarm or possible CCD???

    It's been 14 days since I added the feeders and everything seemed fine, not that I did a deep exam. Now sorry but what is the difference between absconding and swarming? There were also no or very...
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    Very late swarm or possible CCD???

    I went to check on my hives yesterday to see if their feeders needed to be topped up. I have 3 Italian hives and 3 Russian hives. This years split which was a Russian had never really done well,...
  19. Possible CCD or a very late swarm???

    I went to check on my hives yesterday to see if their feeders needed to be topped up. I have 3 Italian hives and 3 Russian hives. This years split which was a Russian had never really done well,...
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    Re: What are these bees gathering

    Thank you - I didn't realize that they needed certain minerals.
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    What are these bees gathering

    I was wondering if these bees would be gathering anything other than water - I've seen my bees collecting water however these are a few feet from the water and seem very focused on the sandy areas...
  22. switching top and bottom brood boxes??

    I was wondering if there is any advantage or disavantage to switching the bottom brood box for the top brood box. I have russian bees and Italian bees - the russians seem to be taking their time...
  23. Timing of Installing a four frame nuc

    Would it be ok to install a 4 frame nuc at around 5 PM or would it be best to keep them over night and install them the next morning?

    Our sun is setting close to 8 PM.

    Thank you
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    Re: Swarm Traps

    Thanks everyone - will adjust the frame content and keep my fingers crossed although we just had close to two inches of snow :(
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    Swarm Traps

    Could someone please advise me how long after being successful with a swarm trap do you move the swarm to a new hive. My traps each have 3 brood frames and a previously harvested honey frame along...
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