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    Re: 6 frames of brood

    That's great that you looked at their honey reserves. I take it that is the brood in the top box, and honey in the top box, of a 2-box Langstroth Deep setup?

    Keep in mind those 6 frames of brood...
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    Re: African genetics

    Wow. pjigar's Defcon 2 is my Defcon 4. ;) Nice to be where winter weeds out a lot of Africanized genes.... My understanding is that Africanized queens in a swarm can actually enter a European...
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    Re: Drone comb

    I label my drone frames, because they can't be used for a nuc for laying space with a new queen. Those are not useful as worker cells! But... for a full sized hive, they are fine as 1) expendable...
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    Re: Too much winter feed left, what to do?

    I have found that the bees can't draw out comb until after swarm season starts - I'm not sure if it is their instinct or it is the cooler night temps. So bees do not see an undrawn frame as "space"...
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    Re: OK.....ísplain This to Me

    I actually bring out warm water and put into a dog dish with stones/sticks for them... they like the water at the edges of the rocks etc on top of their hives too. Sometimes they take the water tho.
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    Re: Too much winter feed left, what to do?

    What a blessing, to have too much honey this time of year, in an area that knows what WINTER looks like. And it's still winter here in NE OH too.

    But that honey can be a curse too. those frames...
  7. Re: Overwintered nuc - definition is vague - advice requested.

    As long as that queen made it through the winter, her capped brood is in the for-sale box, and her foragers are in there - it is fair. A buyer should be able to see the quality of the brood produced...
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    Re: Horizontal Hives

    For long hive with frames construction, 2 things to take care with: what kind of above-hive cover you will use, and how much clearance there is below the frames (and above the frames).

    I measured...
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    Re: Horizontal Hives

    I have used long hives with and without frames (so top bar, in that case) in Northeast Ohio. A few stories at chickabuzz.com if you like...

    They can survive fine if the varroa mites are...
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    Re: Hive swarmed

    So, the ultimate question - how often to get into the brood nest, especially when collecting honey? ;) those supers are a pain to lug off. And what are ya looking for in there anyways?!!

    I don't...
  11. Re: Fed water droplets/ landing board- they went nuts

    Here is an article from Randy Oliver that describes itself as being about Nosema, but clearly makes the case that the symptom we link to Nosema, dysentery, is due to _excess_ water in the bees'...
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    Re: A VERY hot hive - what next?

    I have found that a hot hive, even hopelessly queenless, is not keen to accept a new queen.

    It is ideal to get another base, take one box and move to that new base, and find where the queen is....
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    Re: Winter mite treatment results puzzling

    Oh I'm going to get that one soon. I've caught up with the rest of the bee podcasts I subscribe too. ;) My take on neighbor's hives being a source of mites: I plan for it. If they are willing, I...
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    Re: RIP little bees...

    It's so frustrating when we do things we think are working... and the bees die anyways. It's not much solace to say "you're not alone".

    Keep in mind, it is possible to answer for yourself whether...
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    Re: New England beekeeper's winter journal

    For those in the north, if you do find a deadout - First I should say that you ought to bring your veil out when you go to check out your "deadout". That's a good surprise to find you were wrong, but...
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    Re: New England beekeeper's winter journal

    +2 to the observation that some hives just wait awhile before going out.... First fly day, 20 hives (of 26) were out. Hi of 45 after cold enough temps that the ground was frozen (top). Don't forget...
  17. Re: How many OAV treatments in winter can they tolerate?

    When I do OAV in non-flying weather (so, below 45, and cloudy, or below 40 and sunny), I can hear a "roar" during the treatment, and for about 20 min after. Then they behave like a non-bothered...
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    Re: Is the Bee-Space necessary ?

    I really want to give the bees foundationless frames in a super (I do box hives now) just for the very purpose of letting bees do what they want - draw comb.

    But that raised an interesting...
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    Re: Trouble w/double deep horizontal

    Sounds like the space between the top level and bottom level is less than bee space - so less than 3/8". Bees propolize gaps like that.

    The bees will keep propolizing the frames together......
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    Re: Should I treat anyway?

    In my area, I found that when my hives started the spring with a high mite population, they did not build up in population enough to cover a double deep, and of course did not make honey. 50% died. ...
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    Re: Bottom Board Mite Counts

    To the OP: I have had mite drops of 500 in a 5 day period, multiple times this fall. Up to a week after an OAV treatment. I know my hives are broodless at the beginning of Nov, so those mites were...
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    Re: OAV overdose?

    Thanks Robert Holcombe for sharing your mite management experiences with recording mite drops post treatment, and tracking through the years.

    This is my second winter using the _prior_...
  23. Re: This is getting ridiculous (Varroa and OAV treatment)

    i have 16 colonies that are sisters and half sisters, all with midsummer brood breaks and new queens by july. Full sized hives. i started oav oct 10th or so - first drop ranged from 50 to 2000. Now...
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    Re: Planning for my first bee's come spring

    I would say the best bees are local bees, from a beekeeping buddy or from your bee club. By June, someone there will have too many bees, I promise. One day, you'll have that problem too. ...
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    Re: Think I messed up big time

    The boxes typically don't kill bees. ;) still there does seem like a lot to worry about!

    I would recommend sanding the tops/bottoms of the boxes. When they sit edge-to-edge, the dry/cured paint...
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