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  1. Re: Advice Needed after installing new package

    Thanks TenBears. What a great guess, yes I did pick them up at Wilkes-Barre! So yesterday my plan was to remove the cork and stuff I marshmallow in the hole. Well as soon as I removed the cork the...
  2. Re: Advice Needed after installing new package

    Thank you for the advice. Another thought occurred to me. I put them in a full frame box, but I have a medium frame box filled mostly with honey from a dead-out. Should I put the medium on top or...
  3. Advice Needed after installing new package

    Hello there. Previously, I always ordered nucs or split. I installed a new package yesterday and when I inspected the queen cage, it's not what I expected. There is one hole on one end with a...
  4. Re: Re-Queening - - Let nature take it course?

    Hmm, maybe Tequilla so instead of a worm it's a queen bee? :D
  5. Re: Re-Queening - - Let nature take it course?

    Thanks Vance. Your comment about genetics might just be spot on. I started with two hives. Going into the first winter, one hive had huge stores and the other had nothing. That's right, they got...
  6. Re-Queening - - Let nature take it course?

    Spring of 2014 will be my third year with beekeeping. So one of my hives will have a three year old queen. I am curious as to any advice people can offer as to whether or not I should re-queen or...
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    Re: Increased Dead Workers are normal in Fall?

    I've not done the sugar roll because I never see mites on the sticky board. Maybe I am making false assumptions on that. I will do a sugar roll and see how it goes. Thanks.
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    Re: Increased Dead Workers are normal in Fall?

    I put them on yesterday as a precaution. I'll report back if things get better. Thanks.
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    Increased Dead Workers are normal in Fall?

    I am a newbee beekeeper and in September I noticed a lot of dead drones, which I expected since the workers throw them out. In the past 10 days though I am noticing a much greater number of dead...
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    Re: Diatomaceous Earth Circle around Hive?

    I found this:

    http://www.fao.org/ag/agn/jecfa-additives/specs/Monograph1/Additive-151.pdf

    which says it's insoluble in water. However, I think there is a difference between DE for pools and...
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    Re: Hive ventilation going into winter

    When I set up the hive I did do that, but I have not checked since to see if the hive has settled. I will put a level on the cover tonight. Thanks for the reminder.

    Thanks also to all the...
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    Re: Diatomaceous Earth Circle around Hive?

    Thanks for the reply. Well, my intention of applying the diatomaceous earth in the method I am proposing is to do exactly what you mentioned--break the life cycle. Are the larvae really going to...
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    Re: Hive ventilation going into winter

    Thank you you for the advice.
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    Re: Diatomaceous Earth Circle around Hive?

    LOL. Well, I heard that the larvae can crawl quite some ways away from the hive.
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    Diatomaceous Earth Circle around Hive?

    My two backyard hives have SHB. I use traps but the problem persists, although minor. So I am thinking that perhaps I can augment the traps by using Diatomaceous Earth around the hive, but use...
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    Re: Hive ventilation going into winter

    Mark, thanks, this is an interesting idea. If you are happy with it I would be thankful for pictures at some point.

    David, I have some styrofoam left over from a purchase, I will try that.
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    Hive ventilation going into winter

    Hi, I am new to the forum. I have two backyard hives and I live in SE PA where the weather is fairly humid. This is my first year with hives. The hives are 8 frame standard issue, with screened...
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