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    Immature SHB? Fumigate combs?

    I've seen adult SHB and their larva, but today, while examining comb from a deadout, I spotted what might best be described as a Mini-SHB. About 1/3 the size of an adult. Are these indeed SHB?
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    Getting follower board to fit

    Normally small gaps between the edges of the follower board and the hive walls isn't a problem, but I"ve cut out the center of my follower and replaced it with plastic queen excluder material. since...
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    Re: Will this approach work?

    Do you think the Queen Cells I introduced this morning are sufficient to draw some nurse bees away from whatever open cells are on the initial side of the excluder? - Mike
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    Re: Will this approach work?

    Also, I notice you say nothing about moving uncapped brood to keep the QC company.
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    Re: Will this approach work?

    The problem I'm trying to avoid is that I THINK I may have insufficient workers to build out the QC, so I was hoping workers would cross the QE.
    As I was looking for a definition of Cloake board, I...
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    Re: Will this approach work?

    I'm running a TBH and 8 of the 30 bars are going gangbusters. There is currently a Follower Board at bar 10.

    So if I understand the preceding discussion.... . I can place a Queen Excluder (QE) at...
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    Re: Summer Solstice and swarm??

    JW - you pose an interest logistics question. For each queen to be raised, you need supporting resources at least temporarily. To keep her going, she needs to have a hive. As I understand your...
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    Re: Summer Solstice and swarm??

    Oh, thanks! - Mike
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    Re: Larva from a friend

    Terrence - Good idea; I'd have to solve the TBH/Lang transfer problem.
    Nope, still bringing in nectar. My tool for measuring that is to set out some syrup, and if no one visits, I assume they have a...
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    Larva from a friend

    Assume my two hives have no brood. From that I figure either no queen, or she's not functioning.
    So I go to a friend and with her help, remove several larva to cups and cover with a damp cloth.
    How...
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    Re: Will this approach work?

    Wow. everyone has an opinion. I'll just have to see for myself. Nothing to lose. Thanks all for the comments - Mike
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    Re: Will this approach work?

    Ah yes. That must be why they say to start a nuc without a queen, let them go 24 hours, so they realize they are queenless, then introduce the queen cell. thanks, Mike
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    Will this approach work?

    I have yet to try grafting, and am asking the question to see if my understanding is correct.
    Assume I have 4 day old larva in my hive and I move several larva to queen cups.
    - Is there a reason I...
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    Re: Summer Solstice and swarm??

    Thanks all - Mike
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    Summer Solstice and swarm??

    Is there a relationship between the summer solstice and swarms, like that's when they peak? - Mike
  16. Thread: SHB Larva?

    by mhorowit
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    Re: SHB Larva?

    Thanks . Fortunately, I seem to be catching a bunch. - Mike
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    Re: SHB Larva?

    No. Those are fat, juicey larva. What I have are very thin, like a piece of sewing thread.
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    SHB Larva?

    I have a Top Bar Hive with a screened bottom. I cut a hole in the flap ( which is below the screen) and mounted a small mason jar facing upward. In the jar I put some apple cider vinegar( in a...
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    Re: best type of feeder for top bar hive?

    [QUOTE=AvatarDad;1602404]I just have to say: I'm about done with feeding in TBH.

    Mike - I assume you have been liberally dusting the legs of the hive with ground cinnamon. That seems to be...
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    Re: best type of feeder for top bar hive?

    stuff the bucket full of pine straw, then add syrup - Mike
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    Brood comb as guide for honey comb

    In Dr. Mangum's book, he mentions using old comb as a guide for new comb; he cuts a horizontal 1" strip of old comb and attaches it to the guide strip on a bar.
    It's not clear however, if one can...
  22. What do you do with remaining stores in early spring?

    Assume you began feeding in late August until they stopped taking syrup. They make it thru the winter and have enough stores remaining to survive past the time of the first nectar flow. What do you...
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    Re: weak hive, what do to?

    Just my .02, but for HONEY comb, it is very heavy, hot(so the comb structure is weak) and messy, so simply remove the HONEY comb and place it close to the hive and they will recover it all during the...
  24. Re: THB: Gathering enough bees for an alcohol wash

    Guy from a university addressed our bee group and said he preferred alcohol to sugar as more effective; he also mentioned clumping in the DC area during summer.- Mike
  25. THB: Gathering enough bees for an alcohol wash

    Can't shake the comb; how do you gather enough(1/2 C.) for an alcohol wash? - Mike
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