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  1. Re: Random queen appears in nuc made on created on Saturday.

    what did they do with the QC? tear it down? leave it alone? if they tore it down, I'm guessing you transferred her yourself when you made the Nuc. Colonies can have more than one Queen
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    Re: Suspected brood disease - help identify

    Not AFB if larva pull out easily. They'll rope early but then turn into ear wax like scale after a while from dehydration. could it be just dead larva because there were not enough resources to feed...
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    Re: Beekeeping and chiggers

    We got them in MN too! my ankles got nailed last weekend...still suffering. I'll chose bee stings over chiggers any day.
  4. Re: What to do with crystalized honey in comb ?

    I've had this issue on a dead out that I didn't want to refeed anything too for fear of disease spreading. I scraped it down into a big pot and gently melted (not boiled) the whole works, wax and...
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    Re: Length of time before extracting

    You're fine if you'll be extracting within a few days, 3-7. Yes, store inside house or in the car. I want the honey fairly warm when I extract so it flows nice out of the cells. I put the honey...
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    Re: Emergency and Swarm Cells

    I rolled the Q on a hive mid May not realizing they were in swarm prep. They swarmed early June with a virgin. The parent hive remained queenless (lost on a mating flight???) I gave them a frame of...
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    Re: All Honey Supers Half Filled AAARRRR

    I had 1 hive do this this year also, I don't know why. Had 5 supers on and all frames were only 1/2 capped. Nothing dripped so I extracted. The flow is still on here and I was completely out of...
  8. Thread: Broodnest

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    Re: Broodnest

    I think the important thing is check/watch your hive weight going into fall. I've had some pretty tall hives in September when I go to extract there is NOTHING in the bottom box....empty, they put...
  9. Re: After extracting, supers above or below inner cover

    We have a long, steady flow in MN, spring to frost, something is always blooming, never not big heavy flow. When I extract mid summer (because I'm running of equipment in this year's case), hoping...
  10. Thread: Is this AFB?

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    Re: Is this AFB?

    I don't think AFB. The roping is classic ( been there, done that...not fun) you'll see it if you have it. On your first photo, I see a dead larva, uncapped. Reminds me of Sacbrood especially if...
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    Swapping QC for a Nuc's laying queen

    Question: Can I just take the young laying Q out of my Nuc and put her in this hive after removing that Hive's capped QC? Can I literally just swap frame she is currently on for the frame with the...
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    Re: Start Nuc From Frame with Queen Cell

    I'd leave them alone, if you see QC, they are likely superceding her and doing so for their own reason and they know what is best. If there are plenty of eggs however and still an active laying queen...
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    Re: Splitting before the main flow

    Yes, in your big hive, if you can find and remove the Q (or Qs...must be sure there aren't 2 and this can be a challenge because the summer population is pretty big) and make a nuc with them and the...
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    Re: Making splits after the spring flow

    One huge advantage to a post flow let-them-make-their-own-queen in the break in brood cycle. It can go a long way in mite control is you time it around late june/early july, post summer solstice...
  15. Re: Moving down to the bottom box - Why or why not?

    I literally lost this post... have not figured out the working of this site and just came upon it.

    My brood nest configuration is the result of a desire to be in all mediums but the need to use...
  16. Moving down to the bottom box - Why or why not?

    What triggers result in bees moving back down to the bottom box late spring/early summer? blooms, flow, bee numbers, space, day length etc... ?

    I have 10 hives, most still in a 1 deep and 2...
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    Re: How Much Time Do I Have?

    Any queen cells? they would have detected her gone long before you and would have attempted an emergency queen, especially is she's been laying a while. Could they have just run out of resources and...
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    Re: double deep to single?

    I've done exactly that when weather cooperates and should have done it this past weekend...Pulled the bottom box out on a warm day in early spring and then give it back to them a few weeks later or...
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    Bees gathering distillers grain

    It's been freakishly warm here in SW MN and the bees have been flying for a week and will continue with warm weather this coming week. The hives are impressively strong right now. They are going...
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    Re: Splitting a Single box

    Do you want more bees or do you want more honey? I'm no expert but I don't think you're gonna know/decide about a split until you see what you have for strength come spring. If you want to split...
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    Re: Used stuff... okay or not (afb?)

    Look for scales in bottom of cells...may be just a few here or there. Can also use a black light to ID scales. I have pictures, I'llt ry to find them. I did end up with AFB the year before last from...
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    Re: Black Hive Wrap and Suicide Flights

    I wondered the same thing today...we hit 30, minimal wind and I had dead bees 50 yards out and quite a few just in front. I also saw many returning so maybe those other were leaving to die anyway? I...
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    Re: first winter question about mice

    THis winter, I had mice coming and going out of 4 different hives. UGG. I had mouse guards on early down low but they apparently were getting in through my upper entrances, in shims just below my...
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    Re: another winter death question

    If you have und used screened boards with varroa trays, you can always "check the trash." I check mine frequently and year round - you learn a lot about what is going on in a hive by examining the...
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    Re: Tips for first year beekeeper

    if you don't have a mentor there are some good YouTube videos but beware and use common sense, like anything, consider the source. Brushy Mountain Bee Farms's webinars on You tube were invaluable to...
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