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    Re: Multiple Swarms - Single Hive - Re-Swarm?

    If multiple queens emerge at the same time there will be a lot of squabbling going on and the virgins will flee the hive taking some bees with her. A hive can swarm itself into oblivion.
    After the...
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    Re: New to Beekeeping - Wilmington , NC

    Welcome! Good luck with your bees!
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    Re: Beekeeper to be from South Africa

    Welcome!
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    Re: Wax moth 'nests'.

    There’s been plenty of posts that guys will store supers on end in barns or shed overhangs and not have a problem. Never had the occasion to do it as I’ve got access to a huge chest freezer nor run...
  5. Re: What are these black granules on my bottom board?

    Check for chew marks in the comb. Bees’ll chew on it if they’re chasing pests around.
  6. Thread: Dirty Sugar

    by rwlaw
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    Re: Dirty Sugar

    I picked up 4 drums of the stuff a couple years ago, most definitely headaches in a barrel lol.
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    Re: Beginner from Gerald, Missouri.

    Sounds like your going down the right path, welcome!
  8. Thread: barn cut out

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    Re: barn cut out

    Yup, what hoot owl says. Plus when you have temps in 50/70 f range, the nectar will really be kicking in, that’ll give the colony the voltage to repair and start to build instead of when the temps...
  9. Thread: yellow diarrhea

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    Re: yellow diarrhea

    Feeding sub and bees being confined because of weather (I’ve seen major cleansing flights after 5/6 days in the spring) would lead to conditions such as your description. I see no indication of where...
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    Re: How much is too much drone brood?

    I wouldn’t worry about it too much. Given that we’ve had such a mild winter, it’s their way of getting the quota of the colony’s genes out into the country side. IMO, it would be best to cull the...
  11. Re: when swarm moves in, how long to relocate to permanent home?!?

    I usually wait for a week or so, that way it’s a pretty good assumption that they’ve set up shop, the queen is laying and they’re anchored to brood. That said, there’s a lot of guys that’ll move em...
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    Re: Lifting hives into a truck

    I used to do just fine with a two wheeled cart and a ramped trailer by myself. Fast forward 10 years the spirit is strong and the body just hurts too much anymore, so I had to implement a beer based...
  13. Thread: Wall Beekeeping

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    Re: Wall Beekeeping

    Cool article, thx!
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    Re: Need to move hives; how bad is that? advice?

    With them being agitated like they are (IMO, that’s normal). I would be concerned about hydration, maybe keep the screen at the entrance well spritzed for a water source.
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    Re: last year's pulled out frames

    As long as your comfortable that the deadouts are disease free (there are plenty pics and info on it and don’t be afraid to post them), get as much debris off em wipe down with a bleach solution,...
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    Re: Ron Hoskins place vandalized

    I’ve seen the BBC programs about him, he’s such a gentleman. Karma’ll get em, hopefully sooner than later.
  17. Thread: barn cut out

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    Re: barn cut out

    You might want to wait till the lows are a little warmer. They’ll be disorganized for a bit, those lows would be leading to clustering which might be difficult for em. The highs are a little towards...
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    Re: Hello newbee here from Manitoba

    Welcome! Good luck with your bees this year.
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    Re: Hello from Saudi Arabia

    Welcome! I’ll look forward to seeing pics also.
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    Re: Quick question about candy board reserves

    You should be alright, even at 30 or so they shouldn’t be clustered too badly from the accumulated warmth during the day The long term forecast for the midwest is above average for at least two weeks...
  21. Thread: Strange activity

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    Re: Strange activity

    I’d stopper up most of it and set a few boxes, if it is scouts that’s squabbling they’ll be attracted to them and not risk having unknown bees contaminating your equipment (I always quarantine swarms...
  22. Thread: Strange activity

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    Re: Strange activity

    Just comb will call them if they’re desperate. You must be in a dearth.
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    Re: Can I extract from a bear-toppled deadout

    Honey has such low ph and moisture that bugs can’t survive in it. Throw the cappings away when you extract if your daughter’s watching lol.
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    Re: Good source for #10 hardware cloth?

    Tru value hardware stores has it on the shelf around here.
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    Re: Varroa Mitigation Entrance using Nail Brushes

    Several yrs ago there was a brush setup at the entrance aimed at getting the same results. Quite pricy and I’m sure quite useless as it never got past the “ooo has anybody tried this“? stage.
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