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    Re: Ventilation on Nuc hive?

    I have humidity problems in my area so ventilation is a must for me. All hives, including nucs get ventilation (vent boards/boxes) in my yard, keeps the mold and winter losses way down.
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    Re: Feisty bees are more hygienic?

    Africanized bees are the feistiest of the bunch and they don't have any varroa problems. But I think that has more to do with their swarm habit than hygenic behavior. Russians are some of the most...
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    Re: Bumble Bees in raised bed

    BB are notoriously difficult to move and manage due to their ultimately temporary nature. The colony you found will not overwinter. They really like burrowing, so the usual recommendation is an...
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    Re: Whelp, I now have 3 hives :waiting:

    You always think you're done with woodenware until a hive raises a bunch of queen cells on half a dozen frames.....
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    Re: Entrance reducer

    Many beekeepers use the smallest entrance all year and never remove it. The bees somehow stay coordinated! If you are just starting a colony, then they are getting most of their energy from the...
  6. Re: Harvesting - Hoping to get some bees capping and some moving...

    If the flow is over, then they probably won't cap it. About all you could do is leave the nectar frames in the hives and hope that maybe some last minute rain will bump the flow enough for them to...
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    Re: Bee with Red thorax???

    Totally looks like humming bird feed to me. I can't even have my humming bird feeder anymore since the bees just eat it all and fight the birds.
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    Re: First bee removal

    Hopefully you won't encounter any surprise electrical wires when doing a cut out! Best of luck, I hope you get them all
  9. Re: "Extractor Dancing" - FYI, a solution - maybe

    I find that once the majority of the honey is out, I can max out the extractor with relative stability to really dry them out.
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    Re: Hardware cloth and hive beetles

    The SHBs can't go up the screen on a screened bottom board (unless you made it yourself with 1/8+ inch wire), but the larva can squeeze through it, drop on the ground, and pupate. If you are worried...
  11. Re: How many queens can be in a single swarm?

    So would this be considered an afterswarm? Those queen would be virgins right?
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    Re: How long before hive goes laying worker?

    I just had a hive with TONS of laying workers 28 days after they went queenless and the queen did not return on her mating flight. Seemed a bit fast to me.
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    Re: Flooded Hive - Honey Question

    As someone who experienced many Florida floods, you do not want to take any chances with flood waters, there is some real nasty, disgusting stuff that can be in there, some of it can permeate wax. I...
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    Re: candy board question

    I can usually break the old candy out and soak it is a bucket of water to turn it into syrup the next day. Helps to put a lid on it to keep the ants out!
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    Re: Cut Comb

    You can get a lot for local comb honey. I mean, they sell 5.6 oz. comb honey at Whole Foods for $20.
  16. Re: Most efficient way to make large amounts of nucleus colonies

    Resource hives are always nice. Michael Palmer uses resource nucs to great success, he has a lot of talks on youtube about queen breeding and his method of getting swarm cells whenever he wants.
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    Re: New design of a honey extractor.

    It would be interesting to see if the taste between traditional extracted honey tastes different than crush and strain (doesn't make the honey into droplets).
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    Re: rosemary

    Some varieties of Rosemary can get invasive and can take over areas, best to research and avoid those ones.
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    Re: My 2020 low interference experiment

    What do you guys do for Africanized honey bees in Texas? I used to be from Florida and their state BMPs say that you should requeen twice (!!!) per year. to prevent AHB Does your state follow...
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    Re: To extract from brood frames?

    Some people would be nervous about that, I wouldn't be, especially if it was OA over a year ago. OA is naturally present in almost every green leafy vegetable at higher concentrations than it would...
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    Re: Queen laying patern

    While they were almost certainly not laid on the same day, if that was the case, then yes, they would all emerge at almost the same time, probably down to the hour. The reason behind this is that...
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    Re: Even Split Question

    You can check on them in 4 days and see which one has eggs in them.
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    Re: Aggression after mite treatment

    I like the idea of the split dose for formic. I have had a lot of queen loss with formic, but it is one of the best treatments out there IMO. I also have bad luck with requeening in my area so a...
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    Re: Entrance reducer

    If you are using the equipment as a swarm trap, bees typically like to see and entrance that is about 2 square inches or something like that, any larger and they don't like it very much as it is hard...
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    Re: Caught a swarm 30' high

    You're a brave soul, my maximum height is about 15 feet for me!
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