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    Re: Testing a hive for defensiveness

    You could screen-plug all three hives and test them individually, but you'll have to note the fist hive open only, close the hive up, wait an hour or so, then open the second colony and work it,...
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    Re: What is an ideal beehive?

    Not to oppose Gray Goose's point, but from the view of, "What is ideal for the bees?" it is clear that hive boxes larger than the standard U.S. "Langstroth" hive have distinct advantages when...
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    Re: Queen Cage acceptance ????

    Just curious, do you have drones flying in your area? Your VQ may be flying out hoping to meet some drones, and coming home "empty".

    So you've introduced a fresh queen, I do not use candy hole...
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    Re: Laying worker help

    Arky is on the right track, although I'd not use a candy holed queen cage. A push-in queen cage placed over hatching brood has proven to be the best strategy. I use the largest version of the late...
  5. Re: Bringing in Apis cerana to the US (Solve varroa problem)

    The people who have dealt with the little bastards hate them. They are some mean bees, maybe not as bad as A. M. Scutellata crosses known as AHB or "killer bees", but meaner than A. M. Mellifera...
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    Re: Testing a hive for defensiveness

    As a breeder, I'd go to the trouble of moving them each a mile or more apart at night, give them 2 days to a week, then work them.

    Colonies parked close together - up to several yards apart - may...
  7. Re: Retired veterinarian bees have no nectar sourcears

    If you have a truck, it is usually cheaper to move bees than to feed them, depending on the number of colonies you run. It's your personal math problem involving miles to nearest nectar flow, miles...
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    Re: Moonshine jugs?

    Recommended procedure is to boil the mix long enough to kill any native yeasts, allow it to cool to the preferred temp for the yeast, siphon it into the bucket, add the yeast, cover the bucket with...
  9. Re: Does AFB deadout comb always have scales?

    Use of old combs depends on your level of experience. Old timers use them all the time because they know how to deal with the problems. A new beekeeper with a good mentor might get away with it, A...
  10. Re: How many bees in a swarm the size of a softball/football/soccer ball/basketball?

    A full standard 9-11/16ths inch brood box with 10 frames packed with bees should be about 30,000 bees, so 3,000 to a frame, 1,500 to a side, but this is often an over-estimate because the are more...
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    Re: Tiny afterswarm captured - now what?

    Don't add a frame yet - they cannot cover it for night time. Newspaper combine some bees that are kept queenless for 2 hours first. A 64-oz cup of bees is about right. After she is laying a medium...
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    Re: instant waxed frame

    I've done similar with clean, new wax. I then just barely melted it in place with a propane torch. Don't go too much, or you might warp the plastic foundation. If I had a nice, even heating chamber...
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    Re: Queenless splits

    At 3 weeks, definitely newspaper combine! You're very close to having laying workers.
  14. Re: How long before new queen is full size?

    Arky's post is right on, and you might want to add a pollen substitute patty as well. I use Megabee, available from Dadant & Sons. It is the original and still the best. It is not yet perfect, but it...
  15. Re: Honey producer keeps making swarm cells--looking a for a better solution.

    Once they are building swarm cells, it is too late to stop "swarm mentality" - they're just going to keep on trying. Don't waste time with a Snelgrove board - that was a good idea a few weeks ago.
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    Re: Queen cells

    If you can get an experienced eye to help inspect for the queen, invite him / her over for lunch and an inspection. If she is still there after you've split them, you'll want to get those queen cells...
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    Re: screen board or no screen board

    Yes, as well as a slatted rack in the heat. Lots of beekeepers say the the slatted rack is obsolete with IPM screened bottom boards, but in extreme heat, both are perfectly acceptable, and probably a...
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    Re: best medium for an SHB trap?

    Mine is a screened bottom board made just an inch deeper than most. The dry board goes in while I powder sugar the bees. It comes out immediately after, and the sticky board goes in for 24 hours. The...
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    Re: How long to wait until releasing?

    If they are indeed queenless, and she is laying, she'll be fine. Do not leave her in a cage for more than a day, as her pheromone levels will begin to drop. If she has been in a cage for several...
  20. Re: Splitting and keeping them strong for honey....

    Hack- read Ormond Aebi's book - he and his father set a single hive record many years back - their entire focus was making ideal conditions for a colony to really pack on the honey. From not delaying...
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    Re: Bananas

    Did you remember to add skunk perfume?:D
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    Re: Bananas

    I've had a bad reaction once before - my bees went a bit nuts when I worked them with banana on my breath. I went back to the truck for 15 minutes, drank a soda and brushed my teeth. I went back up...
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    Re: Cant Find Oxalic Acid In Stores

    It's also known as wood bleach - available at all marine dealers.
  24. Re: Splitting and keeping them strong for honey....

    Missing a month means not enough honey to share with the humans. Splitting is poor management. Adding a queen or a nuc' is far better.

    Making LOTS of honey means moving bees from one nectar crop...
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    Re: my bees are being jerks

    Excellent move - but you will lose some of the main Spring nectar flow. I'd have put the QC's into mating 4- or 5-framers until they showed a good laying pattern, then cull and combine with the...
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