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  1. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    I also agree - that if you are starting from a position where there are 400+ mites in the colony to begin with, then it is like pushing a boulder uphill to get the mite levels down. But what if you...
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    Re: Why did my bees die - summer edition

    Well, dwindling - my first thought is queen issues. But that brood was looking acceptable - the poor bees tried. So, we can rule out queen issues at the end, anyways - though if they swarmed or...
  3. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    I'm using OAV exclusively, and I call it the "clean slate" approach. In Sept, Oct, Nov, and Dec, the bees get an OAV every 2-4 weeks, depending on how many fly days. More fly days, more like every...
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    Re: Laying worker help

    hmmm, what about a change in tack - put that queen in her own nuc, with maybe 2 frames, maybe 3. Her frame, pollen and nectar too - she won't have foragers at this point. It doesn't have to be in a...
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    Re: Cloudy Honey

    Hmmm.... when I have gotten cloudy honey, it was when I crushed and strained honey that had pollen in the cells. Any chance that when you were uncapping, you uncapped some cells with pollen? In...
  6. Re: I just killed both my queens, am I crazy?

    Great luck that you saw it and caught it! I worked so hard to catch a swarm, headed by a breeder queen who was faltering (but they decided to swarm instead of supercede, there were lots of bees in...
  7. Re: Beeproof top bar hive screened bottom, not so much

    I would avoid a hive that has bees with free movement in and out of the hive. It means yellowjackets and robber bees will have free movement too. It is worth fixing - either with a second mesh...
  8. Re: How to do a Direct Introduction of a Laying Queen

    Here is my thinking on the subject - be warned I haven't tested it yet, tho I will soon - remember that a swarm can try to usurp an existing hive. A strong swarm, with a queen, can try to strong-arm...
  9. Re: I just put 5x5 nuc into double 10-frame deeps: observations; the right thing to d

    I ran into the problem the OP is describing - starting nucs too early, so you have to keep robbing them of brood! I am aiming for no more than 3-4 frames of brood (including eggs) in a 4 x 4, or 5-6...
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    Re: Bees staying home

    If you place a queen in a hive that has a virgin, the bees will kill the "interloper".

    I would suggest making a nuc for each queen, with 3 frames, where you can shake the bees off and be sure...
  11. Re: looking for a well tested procedure to dry honey in the comb

    I had honey at 19%, one shallow super. In about 8 hrs, got it down to 18% or less.

    I put the super and a space heater in a small room (OK, it was my bathroom, don't judge), thermostat set to 90...
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    Re: Nature vs nurture

    I had literally sister queens next to each other last year. Both in long hives. TB3 was started as a 5 frame nuc with a queen cell at the same time as TB5. TB3 got more drawn comb... but...By...
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    Re: Born to Swarm?

    I have heard from a beek who occasionally posts here that he has successfully bred for lower swarming bees. Sure, any bee will swarm if given a single or double deep, and the chance to fill it with...
  14. Re: Laying worker and queen in the same hive

    Bees want 10% + of the hive to be drones. So... that's at least 2 frames in a 20 frame. When you give 20 frames of worker-only sized, they get creative. Drone brood that is laid in continuous...
  15. Re: I found a queen cell in my hive today

    If you found more than 5 queen cells, that usually means the bees swarmed. No eggs definitely means no queen! If you found fewer, then the bees may have superceded this queen. Happens even with a...
  16. Re: process for selling honey locally (sall-scale) ....?

    the label is the easy part. One of the hard parts is the connection with a store; sweet that you have gotten past that hurdle!

    Please take care that your honey is low enough in moisture that it...
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    Re: Drone vs Worker comb

    Here is an interesting tip... In Dadant's book, "the dadant system of beekeeping", he mentions that a colony without a queen NEEDING space RIGHT NOW to lay eggs will draw drone-sized comb.

  18. Re: Transitioning from Lang nuc to top bar hive...

    I am also an alternative beekeeper. THose dang deeps are damaging for me, so I started with Horizontal Top bar/Frame hives. Now I have Dadant deep hives for honey production (12.75" deep frames,...
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    Re: Help saving hive

    Whenever you make a split, one of the hives will have a virgin queen, and one will have the original queen. Sometimes the virgin doesn't make it back and then there are no more options for the hive....
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    Re: Comb not pulled on supers

    I have also seen that unless your 2 deeps are really filled with bees, like you can barely see the frame on every frame, they are not inclined to draw out comb. You will want to see at least 8...
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    Re: Time before E Cell construction?

    Ray Marler had mentioned that when grafting, if you put a frame of eggs/larvae in the cell builder, 5 days PRIOR to adding the graft, the bees will draw out the grafts nicely. Like the young larvae...
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    Re: shaker box what am i doing wrong?

    thanks for posting this. I am currently finding shaker boxes sort of traumatic! All those confused teen bees flying around - don't know where home is, and aren't staying in the box!

    I had...
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    Re: Have graphed what?

    Congratulations on grafting and cell building so that it WORKS!

    I am of the opinion that the grafting is the easy part. The hard part is the planning. Both planning pre-grafting to get the...
  24. moving queen cells out of cell builder - add 9 to date, not 10!!!

    Turns out when people say to move cells out of the cell builder 10 days after the grafting day, this means add 9 - not 10 - to the current date. As in, day 1 is graft day. And Day 10 is 9 days...
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    Re: Help saving hive

    I would say 3 bars capped brood - ideally really dark cappings meaning they are just about to emerge - and only a few young larvae/eggs. Larvae/eggs are expensive to feed, and if they need to make a...
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