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  1. Can apiguard be used to treat a top bar hive?

    Can apiguard be used to treat a top bar hive? I used hopguard II last year but it comes in too big a package and it was too messy to want to use again.
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    Can strong odors flavor honey?

    How is it that using a fume board with robber bee or be go does not flavour the honey? I am afraid to try it! I also donít like to use a gasoline leaf blower because I am afraid it could flavor the...
  3. Re: I robbed some of my bees today. I have a few questions.

    I don’t know how I could have kept bees for this long and not known that you only pull off the capped frames. I thought you pulled off the whole box. Well I get a chance to try to do it right in a...
  4. I robbed some of my bees today. I have a few questions.

    I robbed some of my bees today. Some of my hives had five honey supers on them. There now seems to be not enough room in the hive for all the bees and they are bearding out the front of the hive....
  5. Is BT the biological agent that kills wax moth larvae now approved to use on frames i

    Is BT the biological agent that kills wax moth larvae now approved to use on frames in the US?
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    Re: I am trying to speed up my hive inspections.

    If you find a dry queen cup with an egg in it, how serious is the hive about swarming? When you find swarm cells in your hives, what do you generally do? Split the queen out? What if you canít find...
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    What am I seeing?

    What am I seeing when I look at a cell of pollen in the hive and I see what looks like coarse crystals of salt on top of the pollen?
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    I am trying to speed up my hive inspections.

    I am trying to speed up my hive inspections. When checking that a hive Has a laying queen, do you usually stop when you see capped worker brood, or do you usually keep going until you see young...
  9. Where can I buy brushy mountain bee supply items? Bee suit? Coffin hive?

    Where can I purchase brushy mountain inventory" I want to replace my brushy mountain bee suit. And I want one just like it, not similar to it.
    Also brushy mountain sold a coffin hive and I wonder...
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    When to put frames in the freezer

    When I pull frames off of a hive, I run them thru the freezer for 3 days and then seal them in plastic. I donít use para-moth. If the frames have only been on the hive a short time and the bees have...
  11. will the returning field bees find a home in another hive

    If I move a hive out of my apiary mid day, will the returning field bees find a home in another hive close by? My hives are positioned in a row with maybe 24 inches apart.
  12. Once the queen emerges how long does it take for her to reach her full adult size?

    Once the queen emerges how long does it take for her to reach her full adult size?
  13. How many days should it be rain free When pulling honey supers

    We have had a wet summer with lots of rain. The flow should be about over in our area and I would like to pull my honey supers. Does the wet weather affect the moisture content of the honey? Do I...
  14. Does the queen run from sunlight, wind etc when you open top of hive?

    Does opening the top of the hive, letting in sunlight, wind, etc... drive the queen into the bottom brood box?
  15. Is there a way to tell if a capped queen cell is viable in the hive?

    I have been in hives this summer that had capped queen cells which I knew were not viable because they had been in the colony for longer than 16 days but they appeared to be intact. Does a new queen...
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    Re: When adding a frame of brood

    I tried this technique today. I wanted to move 2 frames of eggs to a queen less colony. So I shook the bees off the 2 frames and placed them back on the original hive over a queen excluder. I came...
  17. Questions about nectar flow, harvesting, extraction, and honey

    When will the nectar flow be over in northeast TN? Once the flow is over I want to take my honey supers off fairly quickly so that I can go ahead and treat with Formic pro in my production hives and...
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    Sound of the queen in flight

    During hive inspections this summer I lost 2 different queens that flew away. What I noticed was that they made a much louder noise in flight than a worker bee in flight. Is this due to larger...
  19. Thread: Drone genetics

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    Drone genetics

    I am curious. It is my understanding that drones do not necessarily stay in the hive that they came from. So when doing A.I. how can the breeder be sure of the genetics of the offspring?
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    Re: When adding a frame of brood

    How long do you have to leave the frame over the queen excluder? 1 hour, a few hours, or overnight?
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    Laying Worker Drones

    So, are drones produced by laying workers as good as drones produced by a queen? Will they have the same mating behavior? Will their offspring be as good? Or are drones produced by a queen superior? ...
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    Thank you for the link to the discussion about Snelgrove boards. Is this the technique where you split the queen out and place her on top of the hive over a double screen board, letting the bottom...
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    Commercial foundation

    I notice that commercial foundation that I buy varies in color. Some being white and some being deep yellow. Has a different process been used to render the wax? Has the white wax been bleached?
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    Can you explain your technique for using a double screen board to prevent swarming?
  25. How much time do you have to transfer a frame of eggs from one hive to another?

    When moving a frame with eggs to another hive either to test for queen less ness or to raise a new queen, how much time do you have to make the transfer? Say the hives are in different apiaries. I...
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