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    Re: Black Dotted abdomen queens

    one of mine ...
  2. Re: Cross comb on foundationless frames -- what do I do??!

    Agree, Honey frames they will continue building out until they hit the foundation so it wont work.

    She is in FL so i'd say scrap all of the comb that isn't straight, crush/strain the honey and...
  3. Thread: OUCH

    by JakeDatc
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    Re: OUCH

    wearing gear? the amount of people that talk about working their hives with just a veil makes me wonder sometimes..

    agree with re-queen unless it was a fluke thing and they were pissy because...
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    Re: should i extract now?

    +1 go for it. I have been weeding out my foundationless honey frames and replacing them with plastic (access to my gf's dad's extractor now) I crush/strained 3 frames last month.. 4 frames today. ...
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    Re: 2 4-frame nuc box on 10 frame for honey

    Yep, what he said. just take the frames out and put them into a nuc box to carry. heck use a cardboard nuc to be even lighter
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    Re: Chicken feeder for bees

    I use the same kind on my langs... i put the feeder right on the frames in the top box.. throw a hive body over the top of it to cover and no problem.
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    Re: Chicken feeder for bees

    Gskip and Gww.... bar forum guys... you can place them in the back of the hive inside
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    Re: Bee documentaries

    Michael palmers talk from the National honey show a few years ago is really good. he has a few other talks too about queen rearing and comb honey. or if you want a laugh and learn about...
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    Re: Chicken feeder for bees

    ^^ I have the same one. I put small rocks in the channel to keep them from drowning. a single piece of porous foam would be more convenient but didnt feed much this year so i didnt bother
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    Re: New swrm in a top bar

    never understood the idea of locking a queen in. if it is a virgin then you're not letting her out to do a mating flight.
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    Re: Full hive, some problems.. where to begin?

    Run it full open.. they will use what they want and ignore the rest until needed. That is how they do any other cavity they use.. trees, walls, ceilings. etc

    Definitely harvest some honey.....
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    Re: Edging a robbery

    hive should be able to defend it's entrance against robbers. When i need to feed i use a chicken feeder with rocks in the trough inside a hive body to cover it up. i put it right onto the frames...
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    Re: Edging a robbery

    why are you feeding so late? are you not taking anything this year? it will likely be all syrup and not really honey.

    also, feed directly in your hives and not feed everyone else. way...
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    Re: Cost of Medium Hive Body

    ive built mine from 1x8x16 for 9.50 per board rough cut pine/spruce whatever sometimes have to look through a few to find a straight cleaner one but have been happy so far. did my first batch...
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    Re: virgin queen "practice laying" ?

    update: came back from over a week away and checked them out today. no signs of brood. couldn't find the small queen i saw last time. either she got lost on a mating flight or whatever. but i...
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    Re: Combining for Honey Production

    you could just take the smaller hives queen and make a nuc with 2-3 frames and use it to split the hive later on. Maybe since i only have a few hives queens aren't as easy to come by.
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    Re: virgin queen "practice laying" ?

    that is what i was thinking.. then i was looking and she was acting like she was laying.. maybe they go through the motions even though they aren't mated yet.
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    Re: virgin queen "practice laying" ?

    Hoping that is what happens. I'll be gone for the week but will check in on them when i get back. Nice thing about having other hives is the ability to re-try if this one isn't working out. (I did...
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    Re: virgin queen "practice laying" ?

    Could be.. maybe i shouldn't risk it and throw in another frame of eggs from my other hive and have them try again.

    If she was running around with a few queen cells capped would that an...
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    virgin queen "practice laying" ?

    I did a split and found a very small queen in the old hive that was left to make their new queen. Really small like i'd imagine a virgin would look like but was at least going through the act of...
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    Re: Why so many bad queens

    not to mention people come here for help.. not usually to report everything is doing A-OK
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    Re: HELP! Wrong frames in brood box.

    wait the 9 days for them to hatch out and hopefully get to it before the queen lays in there again and scrape it off..
  23. Thread: Rhode Island

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    Re: Rhode Island

    guess i should add this here..

    Bristol,RI
    5/10 swarm that landed in a tree near my hives.

    Not from one of my hives. queen is much darker. really pretty and hoping to requeen one of my...
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    Re: Should I leave Nuc Entrance Screened?

    yea open it. they won't fly anywhere but at least they can beard on the front if they need to
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    Re: How would you inspect this hive

    +1 i think slatted racks do more for ventilation than screens. gives them extra space but lets them control the air flow. I stick my head over my hives and then sound like an AC unit humming.
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