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  1. Re: How to tell if returning foragers have full crop?

    As was mentioned earlier they come in big, slow, and heavy. They remind me of watching WW2 bombers. I would guess they are bringing in water if you have no nectar going on yet.

    Light on honey is...
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    Re: Queen Not Laying Coming Out of Winter

    Just a quick half update on the non-laying queen...that hive seems to be bringing in pollen. Small amounts as they have a reduced workforce but still something. I am hoping it is a good sign but...
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    Yes she was. I had not thought of the attack...

    Yes she was. I had not thought of the attack shutting her down. It was 2 weeks ago so that is a possibility.

    Just looking to keep the cluster going until I see drones. If she won't lay but is...
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    No flow yet, we are about 2-3 weeks away from...

    No flow yet, we are about 2-3 weeks away from Apples. This colony is just dwindling fast with no brood while the others around it are building quickly.

    I refuse to rob a good hive to nurse a dink....
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    Queen Not Laying Coming Out of Winter

    I had some pretty significant losses due to animal attacks in outyards in Fall and a few weeks ago or I wouldn't even be giving this a second thought.

    All of my overwintered hives are coming along...
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    Re: Good source for #10 hardware cloth?

    Good thing amazon returns are easy
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    My camo hives are painted with a green base and...

    My camo hives are painted with a green base and then a few swipes or spots of black and brown spray paint.

    I use these boxes for swarm traps or in locations I want to keep inconspicuous.
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    Normally yes, but since these were resource hives...

    Normally yes, but since these were resource hives the bottom box is stuck in place.
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    Re: Forcing them down to the bottom box?

    I did exactly that today. I pulled one of the middle bottom deep frames. I took the top 4 mediums off as a box then found the frame the queen was on with some brood. I placed that in the bottom...
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    Forcing them down to the bottom box?

    Last fall I decided to try out some resource hives. Most of them were deep over deep but a few were medium over deep. All of my deep over deep nucs are now spoken for. I am just going to squeeze...
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    Re: Good source for #10 hardware cloth?

    I found it at a locally owned hardware store. Several clerks had no idea what I was talking about but asked the 'old guy' that every real hardware store has. Him and I went to their outbuilding and...
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    Are you certain you aren't seeing drones coming &...

    Are you certain you aren't seeing drones coming & going?
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    Re: Weak Hive Coming out of Winter

    Personally at this time I would do nothing but wait. Some strains are known for small winter clusters that quickly blow up when conditions are right while others winter with comparatively larger...
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    Re: Making Deeps or Mediums for sale?

    I'm still trying to think how I would make medium nucs. My nucs up until this year have been for personal consumption. I can easily overwinter a simple 5 frame deep. I don't think a 5 frame medium...
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    Yes we do and they do a great job with inspections.
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    Making Deeps or Mediums for sale?

    This year I made enough extra overwintered nucs that I had a decent amount to sell. Without advertising I have them all sold. One of the potential buyers was interested in all I had but when they...
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    Re: Formic and meat pad

    Scroll down to Experiment #2
  18. Re: Overwintered nuc - definition is vague - advice requested.

    I have never lost a colony that wintered in a single 5 frame nuc. Next winter I will be doing more of them to sell as well. I have given up on selling honey with Uncle and the lawyers demanding too...
  19. Re: Foundationless Brood boxes - Positives and Negatives

    Small upper entrance and doing a mite treatment between Thanksgiving and Christmas should take care of your problems if everything else is good. I used Oxalic Dribble last year and am sold on it now...
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    Re: Simplest Way to Build Frames

    Why not just use the old boxes for swarm traps? That's what I did last year with some gifted boxes that sat in a friend's barn since the '70s. I caught 2 swarms with them as well. Catching swarms...
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    Re: Creamed honey question

    That was the piece I have been missing, thank you! My creamed honey comes out just fine but has the consistency of cold butter. Spreads fine after you "scrape"some off with a knife.I could never...
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    Re: Painting Supers

    I use oil based paint and primer mostly. I paint way more metal than wood for various projects so I just use what I have.
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    Re: Is it genetic variance or variety?

    Probably variance. These are sisters from the same hive. Clearly they have different fathers.

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    This paper is a wealth of information about the...

    This paper is a wealth of information about the product. I found section 6.1 very interesting in light of the ingredients I had found for HiveClean and posted previously.
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  25. Re: When to remove entrance reducer with variable temps

    My approach is better 2 weeks late than 2 weeks too early. Wait until you see serious traffic jams at the entrance most of the time before removing it.*


    *Texas beekeeping has little to do with...
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