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  1. Is there a problem in giving bees a bit of fermented honey?

    I had taken some frames off a hive we were combining. The frames were mostly uncapped honey. I wrapped the frames in plastic and placed in freezer to kill the stages of wax moth and hive beetles....
  2. Thread: Brood break

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    Brood break

    I live in Northeast Tennessee. I have just inspected a few of my hives and there was a consistent pattern in all. There was older capped worker brood, eggs, queen, but no larvae. So I am wondering...
  3. Do I need to worry about moving a swarm with a lot of hive beetles into my apiary?

    I caught a swarm this summer in a swarm trap. I took the swarm trap down and put the bees in a Lang hive and left it under the tree in total shade. I wanted to make sure it was disease free before...
  4. Will bees accept wax moth damages frames and clean them up?

    I have a dead out with moderately damaged comb from wax moths. I froze the frames for 3 days and then used tweezers to remove the wax moth larvae and as much of the webbing and cocoons as I could....
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    Do queens decrease in size in the fall?

    I inspected 3 different hives yesterday. All 3 hives were strong. I do not think that they have recently swarmed. They all had eggs, larvae, and capped worker brood, so I felt they were queen right....
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    Body shape of drone laying queen

    I have had 2 queens this summer that the colonies built back after the hive swarmed, that seemed to be drone layers or at least poorly mated. They were both similar in appearance, in that they were...
  7. Will wax and propolis separate in a solar oven?

    If beeswax and propolis are together in a wad and I put it in a solar oven in a pan of water, will the wax separate from the propolis?
  8. Will bees pull out wax in NE Tennessee in August if I feed them?

    Will bees pull out wax in NE Tennessee in August if I feed them? Or do they need a natural nectar flow to stimulate wax building? So can I add another brood box to a hive now or should they go...
  9. Re: Can laying workers build capped queen cells from drone eggs...

    If I shake them out will they find their way into another hive? If so will they be aggressive toward the queen? So how close or how far from other hives should I shake them out?
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    How quickly do robbers kill the queen?

    I saw that one of my weaker nuc boxes was being robbed today. I put a robber screen on the hive. How quickly do robbers kill the queen?
  11. Can laying workers build capped queen cells from drone eggs...

    I went thru one of my top bar hives today. It looked like classic laying worker except there were a few capped queen cells. Can the bees mistakenly cap drone larvae in a queen cup? I saw queen cups...
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    Cleaning extracted combs

    I extracted frames and put them back on the hives over an inner cover for the bees to clean. I went back 16 hours later and the bees were filling and capping. So I just put them back on the hives and...
  13. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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....
  17. 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...
  21. 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...
  23. 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.
  24. 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?
  25. 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...
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