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    Re: Deeps or Mediums

    Justin,
    Nice pic. What's in the bottom box?
    Walt
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    Re: Move over Waggle Dance!

    Not to take any merriment out of your post, but that looks like a chilled bee. The pulsing of the abdomen is a warming mechanism. She's pumping warmer air into her thorax to warm her internal...
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    Re: Rain, dying bees

    If they get upside down on a wet surface, their wings flat on the wet surface, they have some problem with breaking free. They are not damaged by not being able to get free and most will shake...
  4. Thread: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Lb,
    You might not remember the "disappearing disease" of S. Ala. in '02. Whole outyards went away. A late freeze took out the tree sources in the buildup period. Our trees here were not developed to...
  5. Re: How to tell if I have a laying worker or a new queen?

    MP,
    Hard to tell in the straight-on photo about the cappings. If they are bullet shaped (drone) and there were some younger larvae scattered among them, that would be exactly what I was describing...
  6. Re: How to tell if I have a laying worker or a new queen?

    The difference is quite obvious. If queen-layed, a solid patch of brood of the same age - be it all larvae or capped. Laying workers will generate a solid patch of brood of all ages mixed in adjacent...
  7. Thread: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Sounds like classic abscond for lack of field forage.
    Walt
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    Re: Swarm cells in August (SW Ontario)

    The writer of that article failed to mention that the description of cells was for the established and overwintered colony. He had no starters at the time. Your nuc automatically reverts to 1st year...
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    Sounds like mild pesticide poisening. Severe, and they would all be dead. And I can't think of anything sudden-er.
    Walt
  10. Re: Timing of when to start feeding for winter stores of honey

    mmp,
    In the early season, buildup, I do no broodnest disruption. Any disturbance slows them down while they take corrective action to get the broodnest put back the way they want it. And I want the...
  11. Re: Timing of when to start feeding for winter stores of honey

    Can't circle a day on the calendar. Too many variables. Even too many to list.
    I'm fairly close, but you may be 2 weeks later than here.

    Am pleased with the results of my fall management...
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    Re: Am I messin this whole thing up???

    Probably.
    W
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    Re: Queen right hive and laying workers.

    beepro,
    Sorry I was so blunt, but couldn't let that stand, uncontested.
    The part about the virgin queen is an unlikely situation. You created it by accident, apparently. In the natural scheme of...
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    Re: Can't find my (marked) queen!

    Didn't resort to that but a couple times, but kept the queen screen on hand for years. No matter how good you are at spotting queens, and how many frames you inspect, you won't find the queen that...
  15. Re: What's the best wintering configuration for small hives

    I am not a fan of broodnest disturbance in any of its forms. But have simulated a winter broodnest for late swarms several times. We demonstrated that the ditty ending in "a swarm in July, let 'em...
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    Re: Queen right hive and laying workers.

    Ignore beepro's miscellaneous misinformation.
    W
  17. Re: What's the best wintering configuration for small hives

    I would go with the 5 over 5. In the single deep, they can sometimes get trapped on one side with honey on the other side and empty comb in the middle. Bad news in an extended cold period.
    In...
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    Re: Queen less hive all drone brood

    What we have done when we had several other hives in the area was to shake them out, frame at a time over the landing board of several other hives. This disperses the bad guys over several units that...
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    Re: Can't find my (marked) queen!

    If you have a queen excluder, tape it to an empty box and strain all the bees through it. Odds are good that she will be trapped above.
    W
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    Re: Bottom brood box full of honey.

    The oracle of Utica has spoken. Ace, we are talking about a deep of pollen, not as the title says. You can't push the brood into solid pollen. Nor is it readily moved. It typically must be consumed...
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    Re: Bottom brood box full of honey.

    What cjf 72 and pdave are both seeing is distortion of natural instincts caused by the Lang hive components. In the wild nest, on continuous comb, the bees put pollen below the broodnest as the...
  22. Thread: Queen Cells

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    Re: Queen Cells

    When building insurance cups, they are built in the warmed interior of the cluster, of necessity. They are there in case of a sudden need to rear a replacement queen. In mid season, they are...
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    Re: 2 supers still uncapped/partially filled

    I have not seen them cap short cells, but some here on beesource have reported that they do. I generally leave the unfinished frames on in the fall until broodnest close out. The open cell is...
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    Re: What I learned today

    MP -Also correct. It's the flat end that digs into the wood of a top bar, if it's not at the perfect angle of attack.

    AR B
    With 37 years, you win. I Yield.
    W
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    Re: What I learned today

    Right again, MB, (maybe still). I told Kim years ago, that his comment about keeping a hive tool sharp just showed he was an inexperienced beekeeper. He didn't keep bees at the time. Hired as a...
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