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    Re: cut out survival

    When I hive my cutouts, I always include a frame of fresh eggs from a donor hive. That way, if I did not get the queen in the cutout or she was injured/killed, they will start a new queen from the...
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    Hive slow to exit

    So I’ve done several trapouts from homes with much success for people. Currently I have one going on a 12” square porch column about 15’ up. Pretty much every trapout I’ve done has taken 3 weeks at...
  3. Thread: Queenlees hive

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    Re: Queenlees hive

    Are you very sure you are queenless? The reason I ask is that as a general rule, if there is pollen being carried in, there is brood being reared. No brood, no pollen. Seeing pollen coming in from...
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    Wow, I like most of these. I did see a couple I...

    Wow, I like most of these. I did see a couple I think I could argue, but that isnít my intent. I do have to agree with 99% of them. They are very good bits of advice for newbies. I may have to...
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    Very good ones so far!

    Very good ones so far!
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    This should get interesting

    OK, I want to preface this by saying I think this is going to spark some debate, but hopefully it stays civil.

    I've been keeping bees for about 16 years now. Over the past few years I have helped...
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    Re: Mystery material on sticky board

    I think it looks more like parts of an invader which was killed and torn apart.
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    Re: Newspaper combine

    A question to ask is why the weak hive is weak. Does it have a good queen, still laying well? If so, you can attemp boosting it with a combine like you say. At this time of the year, it will not...
  9. Re: Empty frames - Is feeding a viable option?

    They will never convert sugar water to honey. Only nectar can be converted to honey. They will fill the cells with the sugar water and dry it down, then cap it.
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    Re: When to remove supers

    I think most in our area have already pulled for the summer. In general, unless people are trying to get some goldenrod honey, most have pulled and treated prior to the goldenrod starting, counting...
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    Re: SBB single deep, excluder, top only entrace

    So, in summary, you experimented with something you thought might be a good idea. IMO, much of where we are in beekeeping today came from people experimenting with something they thought might be a...
  12. Re: I had a systemic reaction to a beesting - What now?

    I had a negative reaction to stings once (not anaphylactic) after having been keeping bees for several years and getting several stings each year with no reaction. I talked to my doctor afterward...
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    Re: Laying worker bee

    I spoke to someone who had good experience with placing the LW hive on top of a queen right hive separated by a double screen. The queen's pheromones will suppress the LWs. After a couple of weeks,...
  14. Re: How soon to add another deep after an even split?

    Generally, add another deep when the current one has 7/10 frames covered with bees.
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    Re: Adding package to mostly dead hive?

    Are you absolutely positive there is no brood of any kind? As a general rule, if you have no brood, no pollen will be brought in as that's what they use to feed the brood. If you have pollen coming...
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    Re: How long until hopelessly queenless?

    I would say yes since you're now past the 4 day window for them to have fresh enough eggs to begin rearing any other queens.
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    Re: Problem with a hive- New bee keeper

    No rush, they will clean it up pretty quickly.
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    Re: Trapout on brick and concrete

    Now there's a thought...I have never used it but I'm certainly willing to try. Thank you.
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    Re: Trapout on brick and concrete

    I'm familiar with his technique. Unfortunately I don't think I have the equipment or time for it. I would love to, but I think I need to stick to a basic trapout.
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    Trapout on brick and concrete

    Looking for suggestions from anybody with experience with trapouts on brick and concrete. I have a friend who has honey bees in a brick column on his porch. I went out today and put the screen...
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    Re: assessing for queenright "feral" colony

    That's the basics of my plan. We trimmed down the tree from the top to where the comb started. I ended up with about a 4" hole at the top of the trunk where the cavity in the tree is. I capped the...
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    assessing for queenright "feral" colony

    A couple of weeks ago a friend called who had taken down a tree which had bees living in it. He wanted to know if I wanted to try to save them. Of course I do! So the plan I carried out was to cut...
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    Re: overwintering ideas

    I use 10-frame.
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    Re: overwintering ideas

    That's an interesting idea. I'm going to be cutting some foam for top insulation. Could continue right on cutting for side insulation as well. So you're essentially taking the interior space down...
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    overwintering ideas

    It's been quite a while since I've posted but I want to gather some ideas from all of you:

    Going into the winter now, I have 7 hives: 4 strong ones and 2 which I think are strong enough to do...
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