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  1. Thread: Laying worker?

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    Re: Laying worker?

    If you’ve found eggs in pollen cells, most likely it’s a LW hive.
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    Re: Helping small winter cluster

    Don’t jeopardize your other hives to prop up one that might be a dead man walking. Keep the sugar on em and wait for decent flying/inspectable weather to see if they’ve made it.
  3. Thread: Painting Supers

    by rwlaw
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    Re: Painting Supers

    Ya, i second JW’s method. I use the zinsser stain block primer for the base coat and two coats of satin exterior paint too. Some of my boxes are ten years old and they’re starting to get to point of...
  4. Re: The interesting way this Russian man builds his bee boxes.

    I would’ve liked to see a hive in use as I see no provision for frames. Top bar maybe?
  5. Thread: Sierra Nevada

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    Re: Sierra Nevada

    Welcome! It’s quite possible that you have colonies in the area they are very adaptive, see if you can find a beekeeper that will help you out putting up a swarm box.
  6. Thread: New to bees

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    Re: New to bees

    Welcome!
  7. Thread: Newbee here!

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    Re: Newbee here!

    Welcome!
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    Re: Too Cool Outside For a Cutout?

    Capped brood is pretty tough and probably can survive being exposed to lower temps, open larvae and eggs not so much. I’d wait if I were you, mistakes happen when your in a hurry.
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    Re: Hello from Lutz, Florida

    Welcome and good luck swarm fishing!
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    Re: Lesson learned the hard way

    Ya, give them space and warmer weather and they will build in it! I’ve forgotten to take the shims off and gotten into some interesting situations too.
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    Re: Asian Giant Hornet

    Methinks it wouldn’t be a stretch of the imagination if a queen survived the trip overseas to the west coast on a ship, she could survive getting thru the Panama Canal to the SE coast.
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    Re: Help needed with Bee's

    Yup, I’m betting on them being mostly YJ’s too, I would suggest a exterminator or a beekeeper come and identify the actors and what is going on. If it is bees, maybe there’s a feral hive nearby that...
  13. Thread: light hive fix?

    by rwlaw
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    Re: light hive fix?

    Adding frames of brood would mean one would have to add bees to cover them also, my mentor always cautioned against that as it’s upsetting the balance of the donor hive when they’re building up in...
  14. Re: When to remove entrance reducer with variable temps

    I wouldn’t worry about the temps, the bees’ll be above the entrance and be fairly out of the cold air. The main thing is, is the hive strong enough to defend it on full open. Maybe can you adjust it...
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    Re: Hello from way south

    Welcome and good luck!
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    Re: New Beekeeper from Calgary

    Welcome and good luck with your bees!
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    Re: Hello Beekeepers, from Central Vermont

    Welcome and good luck Eric!
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    Re: Hi from Minnesota

    Welcome Ali!
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    Sticky: Re: Going to use OTS

    The artificial swarm in the spring won’t get the brood break, Mel always said to use them for honey production and count of them being a possible loss in the fall. I shied away from that because of...
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    Re: Nice to meet you!

    Welcome!
  21. Thread: Hello from Dixie

    by rwlaw
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    Re: Hello from Dixie

    Welcome!
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    Sticky: Re: Going to use OTS

    This wil be my 8th season using OTS. Great for increases, honey production and as far as I’m concerned far simpler than grafting as long as you don’t want to mass produce queens. The only thing that...
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    Re: Hello from Auburntown, TN

    Welcome and good luck with your new endeavors
  24. Thread: Hello from Wales

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    Re: Hello from Wales

    Welcomed and good luck!
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    Re: What do do with chalk brood frames

    I had a case of CB some years ago, with requeening it went away and I disposed of no equipment. It bounced back briefly in the next spring only to disappear for good.
    I would guess if one were to...
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