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    Re: Temperament of Russian bees

    My experience with Russians is all bad. I find that they will staple your socks to your ankles, to steal a phrase, seven out of five days working them. I really hate seeing novices get bees that...
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    Re: New smaller bees?

    I agree with the theory that some were raised in smaller cells and are smaller. I tried the small cell thing to control mites, which it doesn't, and most of my brood comb is still 4.9mm. Some...
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    Re: Why the 39 f Cutoff For Sublimated OA?

    Lee, I believe the temperature is not about the oxalic but about the bees not being tightly clustered so the crystals can't get inside of the cluster. Can't he just treat in the afternoon? I would...
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    Re: Do worker bee's "pipe"?

    I have never heard of workers piping. But when I hear piping, how do I know who is doing it. I believe that it is queens piping though.
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    Re: Queen Cell in Honey Super

    If there is nothing in the cells, no action is required. Queen cups get built randomly. If you see an egg or larvae or white royal jelly, action is required.
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    Re: Bottom Board Debris and Entrance Crowding

    I can only assume that black residue comes from old black brood comb the bees are renovating/chewing down and rebuilding. If you got a nuc to start your beekeeping that explains that. If you got...
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    Re: Forest Fire Smoke

    Grozzie at least your CRAZIES haven't prevented you from harvesting the beetle killed and fire killed trees. We just get to breathe the smoke down here, and yours too.
  8. Re: Does a queen stop laying eggs completely at end of life?

    On occasion when a queen is caged, she never starts laying again. I have seen it happen and continue for some time, as I allowed it out of curiosity. She wandered around not laying in a failing nuc...
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    Re: Simple Harmony Farms Uncapper

    I have a friend who is using one and loves it. For those with no real wax capping handling system, it is a real advantage as there is very little capping and honey to process.
  10. Re: Installing a new Queen with some questions?

    She will not have room to lay and since I do not know where geographically you are located, I cannot guess if you have a honey crop still to gather. It is also impossible for me to know if your...
  11. Thread: Honey Fakery

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    Re: Honey Fakery

    I agree people committing fraud should be given a fair trial and shot. It is called killing the golden goose!

    Devils advocate here. How do you tell the difference between sucrose of vegetable...
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    Re: New Keep Question

    If your smoker went out a third of the way thru your inspection, you were in the hive tooo long. I know you paid for the privilege but long inspections are useful class time but not all that good...
  13. Thread: honey supers

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    Re: honey supers

    Two medium supers of foundation with one rank on both in the middle empty for a frame of eggs and larvae will get the bees working in your supers above the excluder. Jiggle shake the bees off first...
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    Re: Forest Fire Smoke

    You Canadians need to work on putting out those million acre fires! It is really smoky here in North Central Montana. Many beekeepers think it hurts the crop. My feelings are mixed on the subject....
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    Re: Koi fish and bee carcasses

    My Labrador eats bees on a regular basis and no longer swells up. I have Koi up to 8 pounds and he has never eaten a bee in front of me. But in the pond the bees usually get water on the margins...
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    Re: The perils of giving advice

    He ordered ten queens to split hives that are going to swarm and cold wet weather happened. When you only have weekend daylight as he does, that can happen easily. People have to make a living and...
  17. Thread: Requeening

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    Re: Requeening

    The queen gets raised and mated successfully about 80% of the time. Good luck
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    Re: Ugh. The Mann Lake Monopoly

    Companies run sales and it pays to follow the market and buy at the best price. The plastic foundation is all much the same with the premium varieties having more wax and better molding. I use bars...
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    Re: Queen Excluder Timing

    So now you have a choice. Destroy the queen cells or provide an entrance so your queen above can be mated and be a valuable extra queen. Did the bees start working the foundation above the excluder?
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    Re: The perils of giving advice

    Worried stiff about my 2 1/2 year old working labrador with no fear of autos! Your points are well taken.
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    Re: Queen Excluder Timing

    It is wet and cold here too with out getting a whole lot of rain. If this was simple it would be boring AND painful! Who would do it?
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    Re: Introducing new queen question

    No, I assume they are eating thru the candy as we speak. Just do as little to disturb as possible. When she is released after three full days, stay out for ten more days to two weeks. That is what...
  23. Re: Testing for queenright/queenless hive with frame of eggs

    The lack of cells means you have a queen. Leave the brood to help the colony until your new queen is laying.
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    Re: Introducing new queen question

    Your continued presence will get your caged queen killed! They blame her for the disturbance. She is after all a stranger and not to be trusted. If the candy is exposed, stay out for three days...
  25. Re: Does pollen coming in indicate queenright?

    It is an indicator only. That said, queenless hives often can be seen collecting pollen. Light the smoker, suit up and go inside and look! When you see eggs or brood, leave a developing colony...
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