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  1. Thread: musty/moldy

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    Re: musty/moldy

    I'd just use them. The bees will decide. Seems we've gotten weird in the last few years about must, moldy, mildewy things. The bees haven't.
  2. Re: What happens when a swarm cluster meets really bad weather?

    Haha! I wouldn't count on that but I've certainly been impressed with how resilient they always are!
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    Re: Two colors of honey in one frame

    I love it when I get different kinds of honey on a single frame. It doesn't happen all the time but it's pretty neat when it does!
  4. Re: What happens when a swarm cluster meets really bad weather?

    I've seen swarms hang in there for quite a long time although working them after a few days can be interesting as they sometimes get testy. How do you know it's a virgin queen?
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    Re: Old wax quality question

    Probably both. I've done that before with lots of old frames and comb. I got some decent wax out of it and I was happy. If you have the time, go for it!
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    Re: Question on Harvested Frames

    As mentioned above. It's not at all uncommon for part(s) of a frame to have honey from different nectar sources. I always look for frames like that when I harvest and I scoop a little bit from the...
  7. Re: Built up swarm being agressive. Should I requeen?

    Except for one instance, each time I delayed re-queening a hot hive I regretted it. Not that it ultimately didn't work out but it's a literal pain to work with angry bees and it makes me want to cut...
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    Re: i dropped a frame of brood

    Sometimes eggs will get dislodged when you drop a frame but I find that generally, you can get away with a lot. I wouldn't worry too much but of course, be on the lookout for the queen or evidence...
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    Re: Split & Re-Queening

    Yes...definitely cage the queens during introduction...I didn't mean to imply that you should direct release them. Every colony is different and I'd be looking closely at how the bees were reacting...
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    Re: Mold on Inner Cover/Imrie Shims

    Anything that creates more ventilation will help. Prop the lid if you have to. A little mold though isn't something to worry much over. A LOT of mold is different.
  11. Re: Strange Hive... and I'm not really a newbee

    Taking a guess here but could your dead bees have been victims of pesticides? Maybe someone spraying or something like that? As far as the drones go, I sometimes see a lot of drones in booming hives....
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    Re: how to melt wax?????

    Old comb is hard to get wax out of. If I don't use the solar melter I put chunks of old comb in a paint strainer bag and boil it. I strain it again later. It can be a lot of work and I typically save...
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    Re: solar wax melter

    My solar melter gets hot enough to melt wax pretty quick. BUT, old comb is hard to get the wax out of. As mentioned, there is a lot of old cocoons, etc. You can try boiling it (I do it by putting...
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    Re: Split & Re-Queening

    Nope. Pinch your hot layer, give it a bit so that they know they're queenless (actually making the split might be enough), put your new queens in and go to town. I know.....it's not always that easy...
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    Re: A number of Questions

    I think first about weight as we go into winter. And I've had plenty of times (when I ran deeps) that my winter configuration was two deeps and one.....even two mediums if the deeps weren't back...
  16. Re: supersedure cell something to worry about?

    I'm never crazy about seeing a supersedure cell because there's like to be some interruption in the brood rearing process. That said, I never mess with the cells and I let the bees do their thing....
  17. Re: Too early to add a super - I think. (Seeking confirmation)

    I wouldn't put another box on yet. However, you're feeding and your bees are foraging. I've seen "light" colonies get stuffed up with syrup and nectar in a short period of time. A couple days of...
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    Re: Splitting first year nuc

    I'd sure split it if things were strong and food was available. I had a nuc that built up fast a few years back and it swarmed in July...effectively splitting themselves. Sure wish I had done it...
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    Re: A number of Questions

    You could pull the filled frames but I just move honey frames (not brood frames) around so that things even out. The bees will pull wax as they need it and where they want it so even if they have...
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    Re: Combining Nucs?

    I've combined nucs but never with both queens in there. I suppose they might work it out but I'd be concerned about losing both. I pinched one, waited overnight and then combined with newspaper. Both...
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    Re: Wax moth question

    If they're going on a strong hive....no need for freezing although it won't hurt!
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    Re: Best time to move?

    That's the way to do it!
  23. Re: When to stop feeding pollen and other newbie stuff

    I don't think feeding discourages them from taking real stuff to any extent. I just prefer to let them do it naturally as soon as they can. In my opinion, the availability of food sources is a...
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    Re: Bear Attack how to clean up

    I've always replaced / repaired damaged frames and scraped / replaced melted or damaged foundation. Frames that are just wet, I would shake the liquid out of them. Sometimes it's water and often it's...
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    Re: Strange colored bee

    Kind of neat.
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