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    Re: Shipping one queen.

    I've done it in priority over night envelops. I put a strip of packing tape on one side in the inside of the envelop, in order to give a smooth surface to then tape the queen cages to. Just taping...
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    Re: New hive question

    I do better facing them towards the most nectar flow. In your case, away from the Walnut Orchards and towards residential or other good nectar flow foraging directions. I also do not like facing...
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    Re: Drone foundation for mites

    Yes, that is something I wonder about also myself.
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    Re: Combine hives or make two queen system

    I would combine them all into just 2 hives. That would give each enough strength to actually accomplish something. You could always make up some 4 frame splits in late summer or early fall after you...
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    Re: Drone foundation for mites

    Either way will work.

    Freeze for a couple days and just put back in hive. Bees will clean it out and reuse the comb.

    Scratch the cappings and leave outside a few days or week, then put back...
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    Re: New hive question

    Ha, walnuts. Like me here, it's mostly rice. Neither one is good for beehives. Hopefully you have other things close enough to keep the hives well fed.
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    Re: Who manages the almond bees and how?

    Almond bloom is mid February to mid March. That's early spring flow, and the hives use most of what they bring in to raise brood for early spring build-up. Not much extra left over, they come out of...
  8. Re: Banking Queens in a Cell Starter/Finisher

    I think it should work if the cells are already started, but I've never tried doing it so I may be wrong. I would place the queens to the outside away from the cells being built if I were to try.
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    Re: Drone foundation for mites

    I've used them in the past with good results. I'm getting ready to use drone comb removal again this year, but this time I'm going to just use a foundationless frame. I've always placed one just off...
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    Re: mated queen piping?

    Perhaps she is listening to replies from virgins not emerged yet, so she can go and destroy them herself. You know, just in-case you might have missed one.

    On the other hand... Perhaps she's...
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    Re: first swarm today

    I suggest changing your genetics in the hives.
    Use queens from a reputable breeder who uses less swarming impulse as one criteria of choosing queen mothers. Requeening is much easier when the hive...
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    Re: Bees Kinda Ignoring Mated Queen

    I am theorizing here...
    They are not fully rejecting the queen because they do not have a queen of their own... Yet.

    They have resources of their own to make their own queen, so they are not...
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    Re: New hive question

    Do not let varroa infestation get very high. Do not let them run out of stores.

    We have a long summer dearth in the area, starting in about a month. Your specific location will be a determining...
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    Re: Yuba City Prospect...

    Howdy Neighbor,
    I'm across the bridge in Marysville.
    Welcome to BeeSource,
    And welcome back home to Yuba City.
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    Re: Would you feed syrup in this scenario?

    If they are full of plastic foundation, then I'd re-coat them with beeswax, yes, this seems to help out very much. Coating them with sugar water has never worked for me.

    I never run 2 deeps on the...
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    Re: Would you feed syrup in this scenario?

    I think you did the right thing. The half gallon feed will help get them through the next few days of bad weather. I don't think you need to feed any more though as they were storing fresh nectar and...
  17. Re: Sold a Nuc of bees on Craigslist... That was an experience. yikes

    OH what memories this thread brings back. :)
    Back in the late 80's I was working as a auto mechanic and I popped up one day and said maybe I'd get a beehive and some bees. I forget what brought that...
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    Re: Adding queen to split

    What a nice happy ending to your little bee keeping adventure. Thanks for sharing I really enjoyed reading it as it developed.
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    Re: Mites Won't Stop! Using OAV.

    Very good Mike, I feel that good genetics are a must in the beeyard for the least amount of headaches and less management over all. Sounds like you are going to do great to me. The best of luck to...
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    Re: Mites Won't Stop! Using OAV.

    I'm probably going to get a lot of flack for this, but so be it...

    Once I have enough hives to make my beeyard sustainable, then not every bee is precious and not every hive is salvageable or...
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    Re: Getting mated queens accepted

    Over the years, I have come to the conclusion that It is not always the queen being introduced that causes the failure of a hive or split to accept her. Granted, an actively laying queen is best and...
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    Re: anyone tried this gadget for grafting?

    I use something similar to this......
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    Re: Hello! Newbe with first questions.

    If you still see the queen in there, then remove the cell. A package of bees do not have bees of all ages so sometimes they blame the queen for this or that and try to replace her. If you have other...
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    Re: chalkboard

    I have to agree with the other's here who've recommended to re-queen with different genetics. I've had chalk in the past, but no more once I got better genetics throughout the yard. Damp conditions...
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    Re: Mites Won't Stop! Using OAV.

    I think this is the key to your long term fix.

    I also agree with others that removal of all sealed brood and treating with both Apivar and also OAV every three days both until mite counts come...
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