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  1. Re: How fast should a (bad) 3 frame nuc grow?

    I would not call that as 3 frames nuc, I would call that a rip off. It's basically a 1 frame nuc with some honey and pollen.

    You need 2 deeps for winter where you live? It going to take non stop...
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    Re: 3rd year keeper lessons learned

    How many frames did you leave out for them to clean up? How close to the hive?

    So the robbing has continued since May 26 to recently?
    Was there piles of dead bees?

    What did your brood look...
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    Re: honey bee healthy

    EPA considers it a pesticide.
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    Re: Hive shrinking instead of growing?

    Any status on your new queen? How is her open brood pattern?
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    Re: Inspection: no larvae, little brood

    >I held it up to the light I saw larvae in some of the empty cells. No idea how I missed that the first time.
    It was probably just eggs a few days ago.
    What does the pattern look like, nice and...
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    Re: Stingless bees in Belize/Guatemala

    It might make a good mead. Maybe prized like goldenrod.
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    Re: What to do about the queen?

    If you have a queen and 5+ q cells at different stages they are going to swarm and have after swarms, you will have no bees when their done. If they have just a few q cells it could be a supersedure....
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    Re: Inspection: no larvae, little brood

    Post pictures of what brood you have.

    Is your capped brood in a nice pattern?

    If so I also think they swarmed and maybe after swarmed, your virgin has 70% chance to get mated and start laying,...
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    Re: Will my bees winter in Minnesota

    http://mainebeekeepers.org/the-bee-line/a-comparison-of-strength-and-survivability-of-honey-bee-colonies/
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    Re: Mite crash before Main Flow

    Sorry to hear about the hive.
    Thanks for the update, was following this tread.
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    Re: Stingless bees in Belize/Guatemala

    What does it taste like?
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    Re: Small bottles, how to use

    Free honey/creamed honey samples for potential customers.

    Bees wax lip balm containers, different flavors...

    Make a beetle trap with banana, sugar, vinegar, and oil out side the hive, or next...
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    Re: wax moths

    >tiny worms wiggling
    Wax moths larva crawl (most of the time they stay protected in silk), beetles larva wiggling.

    Go frame by frame cut them out and destroy them, any that get in to the soil...
  14. Re: New beek wanting to help with cutouts

    Set up swarm traps, take swarm calls, you will get your numbers up real quick.

    Cutouts take a lot of time, most beekeepers charge money, I don't think they would want to share it or the bees.
  15. Re: need advice on stored honey frames for last year.

    If the bees can get to them so can beetles.

    If you're not going to use them right away freeze them, then store them.
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    Re: Mountain Mint

    Bees love it around here, it blooms even during a drought, some times it's the last flow before the summer dearth.
    It takes two years to flower and mowing will reduce/eliminate it.
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    Re: Comprehensive list of treatments

    I think as a new beekeeper you might be better to learn the diseases and pests first and how to identify them. Some can be tricky. Sometimes there is a combination, and a few make you think it's the...
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    Re: Never seen this before

    Left bottom corner a slumped dead larva in it's cell, go up an inch and over 1/3 the frame looks like two dead off colored odd shaped larva in their cells.

    Your picture matches the picture on the...
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    Re: Never seen this before

    A new package usually does not have problems with mites right away, sugar roll, mite count, OAV would rule out mites and PMS.

    Spotty brood; EFB (number one cause of spotty here on beesource), PMS...
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    Re: One queen cell a swarm?

    >They were wax coated "plastic"

    Plastic is the hardest to get them to draw, extra wax, spraying with sugar helps. And there MUST be a flow.

    I had a few boxes of new medium plastic frames, the...
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    Re: Never seen this before

    When did you use OAV?
    OAV has not bee associated with any of the symptoms you described.

    >It is not foulbrood, I've seen that before, and it doesn't fit Nosema symptoms.
    Foul brood has many...
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    Re: One queen cell a swarm?

    One cell is supersedure or they have just started making cells.
    Sometimes I can find one capped cell, a bunch open and eggs in cells all in the same hive. As more brood hatches the urge to swarm get...
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    Re: slow hive, no queen?

    Does the weak hive have brood/eggs in a nice pattern?

    Did they make q cells from the frame of eggs you added?

    Both queens were marked when you got the nucs?

    You might have lost your queen...
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    Re: colony killing queen to fight efb?

    They know there is a problem. When it gets bad some will try to supersede their queen, most q cells fail. Then sometimes they swarm/abscond. Leaving the hive to be robbed.

    Sometime beetles will...
  25. Re: Treatment Free - European Foulbrood - Newbie could use advice...

    You need to send a sample in for testing (even the experts can be stumped) there may be new strains.

    Samples; http://www.ars.usda.gov/Main/docs.htm?docid=7472

    If it is EFB your comb and...
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