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  1. Re: hypothetical: can a beek split a large/full hive w/o knowing where the queen goes

    I was just giving a hypothetical alternative to what had already been suggested for a hypothetical situation of a beek that can't see well to make splits. If you don't want four then just check back...
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    Re: Varroa in drone brood

    Yeah, I would be worried. I suspect you are too since you made this post about it. Removing full frames of capped drone pupae can be effective this time of year for reducing varroa mite loads....
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    Re: Virgin queen. How long should I wait?

    7 days is not quite long enough time to wait. Give her another 7-10 days.
  4. Re: hypothetical: can a beek split a large/full hive w/o knowing where the queen goes

    Throw all four boxes onto bottom boards of their own in a new location several or 10 feet away, leaving nothing in the original place. now you have 4 splits. The one with the queen will attract most...
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    Re: Early Inspection - no brood - no queen?

    You've seen drones, so it's most likely not to early to raise a queen. I would throw in a frame with eggs from one of my other strongest hives if it was me. If there is not a queen they'll make one....
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    Re: Helping small winter cluster

    I'd get a squeezer of honey and fill some cells on the combs near the brood and cluster area, and squeeze some out on the top bars of the two frames. You'll need feed close to the mini cluster. Sugar...
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    Re: Easy cell builder help

    LakeTrout...
    There are many methods to raise queen cells, and I think it depends on your goals and location and management style to determine which one works best for you. Just be sure to have fun...
  8. Re: Queen confinement cage for varroa controlling brood break

    I made that cage over 15 years ago and used it as a timing cage for grafting back then. I never did use it for broodless creation or treating varroa. Back then, I was doing Drone brood removal with...
  9. Re: Queen confinement cage for varroa controlling brood break

    OK, here is some pics of a cage I've made up in the past, for helping to control varroa.
    This cage will confine a queen to one entire frame. I saw it at Sue Cobey's yard at UCD many years ago. It...
  10. Re: Queen confinement cage for varroa controlling brood break

    This is something I've posted in the past, with link to that thread below...

    I've heard people say that brood breaks helps to control varroa. I've heard people doing brood breaks for varroa...
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    Re: Easy cell builder help

    A way I have done several times is simple and works well.
    A two box hive, move frames of eggs/youngest larva with frames of pollen and nectar into the top box after shaking all the bees off into the...
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    Re: Queen Bee dead in Winter

    It appears to be working out, glad to hear it. Good luck with your hives this year.
  13. Re: We had it figured out until we didn't have it figured out

    I'm going to suggest a different plan of action.
    I run 8 frame mediums throughout, and would not want to have deeps any more.
    If I was in your situation, I'd put the nucs on top of 2 stacked 8...
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    Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    Last year started with one small hive.
    Grew them into 5 hives, purchasing queens for the splits made.
    Fed sugar syrup and got 100 combs drawn.
    (I'm running all 8 frame medium boxes throughout)...
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    Re: Bees starving

    You can put a full box on top, yes.
    You can also put it over the inner cover.
    I've put a box on top without having inner covers myself.
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    Re: Filtering / Cleaning dull coloured beeswax

    I've never found a material to filter wax through that actually worked for me. I do filter it through a nylon paint strainer bag to get the larger debris out but as far a brightening or clarity or...
  17. Thread: Carni queens

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    Re: Carni queens

    Well, they do evaluate and judge queens and I'm assuming drones for creating breeder queens using Instrumental Insemination. Those breeder queens are then used to produce daughters that are then open...
  18. Thread: Carni queens

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    Re: Carni queens

    Yep, me too, Strachan

    https://strachanbees.com/
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    Re: Stolen hives in N cal

    or maybe a John Ross fan?
  20. Re: What, if anything, does it mean to spot the queen here?

    Does not mean anything in particular. She was probably running ahead of you as you pulled frames for inspection. You just happened to find her on that frame of honey, she probably slowed down running...
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    Re: Queen Bee dead in Winter

    If you decide you do need a queen, then try
    https://www.ohbees.com/products/ohb-italian-queens

    as I think they will be able to fix you up. They are a major breeder here in Northern CA and also...
  22. Re: Stimulative Feeding With Drivert vs Syrup

    Feeding pollen substitute helps to get bees brooding.
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    Re: Small winter cluster

    Sugar is a desiccant, meaning it will absorb moisture from the air. So putting it on top bars will have it absorb any heavy moisture that might be in the air inside the hive. As the sugar gets wet...
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    Re: Best Queen rearing books

    As well as the other books already mentioned,
    I really do like Michael Bush's Classic Queen Rearing Compendium.


    https://www.amazon.com/Classic-Queen-Rearing-Compendium-Michael/dp/1614760594
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    Re: Small winter cluster

    I agree with AR1
    Put them in a nuc with feeder shim under the lid, and damp sugar the consistency of wet snow on the top bars of the frames.
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