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    Re: Best time of day for split

    Stuffing the entrance with grass and letting them work their way out helps.
  2. Can introducing virgin queen into packed nuc cause a swarm?

    A question for the experienced: I made up 5 nucs last Tuesday. These two in question were jam packed full of bees when I let a virgin walking into their midst on Thursday. I have done this a dozen...
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    Re: propolis tincture recipe

    Last year, I made it like Bear Creek Steve said. Lay out the newspaper, it stains everything! I've tried drinking it straight and it's awful. If I add it to a shot of water, it is tolerable (and it...
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    Re: Difference between two hives question

    If it were my hives, I'd suspect the hive not bringing in pollen is dead and the bees going in and out are robbing it (no bees living in it, so there is nothing defensive at the entrance). Bees...
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    Re: CNN Inside Man: Bees 3/5/15

    I echo all your frustrations and disappointment with CNN! Yes, HF was in an accident, but after reporting it for hours and there was no change, air the program, please!
  6. Re: Question's on mod's to Bonterra Swing View DW8

    jbest, How are your bees doing now? Knowing now what you do, would you change anything?
  7. Re: Best way to clean labels off glass Jars.

    Soak them in a big bucket of hot water with a little dish soap and more or less a 1/2 cup baking soda. I left mine a few days and most labels just fell right off. A couple bottles had a different...
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    Re: Frame question

    I started with this style frame too. I, too, do not like them. I ended up taking the slots from the venetian blinds (plastic) and cutting them so they fit down the slot and drop into position 1/4"...
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    Re: Grafting is easy!

    What I find to help identify the "right" age of larva is to look first for eggs, then expand to the cells around. When you get to the size larva that's easier to see, head back to the egg...
  10. Re: Virgin queen released into laying worker nuc...advice please

    Thank you all for advice. I poked the drone cells on 2 frames (they had the least) and saw a patch of eggs that looks "queen" laid. I will wait another day and do the other frame and also swap out a...
  11. Virgin queen released into laying worker nuc...advice please

    Hi! I've started my first year making queens. Small scale. I've done some grafting, helped out friends in need, done more grafting. So, my last batch has me a little puzzled. In this one nuc, I...
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    Queens not hatching

    This info generated from queen rearing calendar:

    Day # DOW Date Task/Status
    1 Tuesday 5/20 The egg is laid by the queen mother. -...
  13. Re: Will a small queen cell produce an inferior queen?

    Ok. That makes sense. I cut a hole clear thru the foundation and pressed the outer edges into the frame, which I had also pushed flat. Thanks!
  14. Will a small queen cell produce an inferior queen?

    I remember my swarm cells a few years back were closer to 2 inches. The cells I moved out of a split were just over an inch. Should I be concerned that these queens will under produce?
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    Re: unfotunate mistake by a newbee

    Colleen O. - Where'd you get the cloth for the covering on your hive top?
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    Re: drill holes in honey super?

    I drill a small hole (3/8 - 5/16", depending what I grab) angled upward to keep the rain out. I put one in most of the boxes, even brood. My bees like them. Some hives have used propolis and made the...
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    Re: 1st Bait Swarm of the Season

    I checked on a remote bait hive (used 8f deep mixed with 1 old comb and empty frames and LGO) to shoo out any wasps, and as I peeked under the lid, a honey bee greeted me! I told the landowner, maybe...
  18. Re: OB hive - larva seen through the glass

    Thanks for sharing! Very cool!
  19. Re: Harvesting leftover honey in spring, any suggestions?

    So to rather ask than reply, I have the small cell plastic frames that are loaded with spots of honey, not brood. I thought if putting a board over the top super and laid a frame over top and...
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    Re: First swarm. a little help please.

    Too cool! Thanks for sharing pictures, I enjoy seeing other peeps bees.
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    Re: 10 frame deep as swarm trap

    Looks good! I personally like to use a thicker wood as the top, as I noticed thinner stuff warps. Just as long as the lid covers to keep out both sunlight and rain and doesn't come off when you...
  22. Re: Installing package bees in observation hive

    That is on my to do list after the nectar flow slips away. I'm happy my husband agreed to having one in the house! Four years ago, he barely agreed to me getting bees. I'm flip flopping on putting it...
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    Re: swarm moved in this morning

    Yes! Nice pictures! When you take them away, how far away do you relocate?
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    Re: swarm moved in this morning

    Okay! It worked.I'm using Chrome and I resized the picture by opening it in Microsoft Office 2010. The menu has a button "Edit Pictures". Right menu pop up, select compress pictures, select...
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    Re: swarm moved in this morning

    I did the steps in this post by Rader Sidetrack. Finally, in the very left bottom of my screen, a...
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