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  1. Re: Bees not cleaning out honey frames left outside of the hives

    I never leave anything out, after mid June I'm almost certain to start robbing, and will lose my small hives and splits.

    I would suggest getting a small extractor rather than crush and strain, you...
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    Re: Obnoxious guard bee

    Carry a fly swatter and get rid of her. It is usually really a single bee, maybe a couple, unless you have a hive that gets riled up easily (I've had one of those too, requeened itself three times...
  3. Re: returning wet supers after extracting; how to avoid robbing frenzy?

    I just stack them back on the hives above the inner cover. Outer cover seals the boxes, if I remember I put the access slot in the inner cover down.

    Never had an issue with robbing by putting wet...
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    Re: Color of Capped Brood

    Cappings will be darker in large busy hives as the bees walk on them more traveling up and down the hive and the cappings trap dirt.

    Not a big deal so long as the brood is healthy!
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    Re: Paint on interior surfaces of hive

    I paint solid bottom boards because any condensation dripping down or rainwater leaking in will collect down there and encourage rot. Also nice if you use the old "reversible" board with a 3/8" gap...
  6. Re: Laying Workers-They don't read the same books we do!

    A single screen will allow the passing of queen pheromones to the laying worker hive, which should go a long way to suppressing ovarian development, plus allow the volatile open brood pheromones to...
  7. Thread: Lost Queens

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    Re: Lost Queens

    I was lucky, so far all my re-queening events went well except for my first successful mini-nuc queen. The mini-nuc made a couple queen cells each since I made two. One seems to have lost the queen...
  8. Re: Effective to simply keep cutting out swarm cells?

    Cutting out queen cells is a good way to end up with a hopelessly queenless hive to my mind. Far better to head off the swarming urge than to try to get them to stop once they are at it.

    I do a...
  9. Thread: Swarm returns

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    Re: Swarm returns

    This also happens on queen mating flights in late spring. Occasionally in the summer too.

    Clue is that there will be a lot of bees on the front of the hive fanning Nasanov pheremone calling the...
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    Re: Laying Worker(s) and Queen Cells

    How crowded are they? Might be getting ready to swarm!

    Otherwise, probably you have a poorly mated queen and they want a better one. Had a really mean hive last year, seemed to have a queen cell...
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    Re: Shellac and bees

    Shellac will absorb water -- that's the cause of white rings on older furniture finished with shellac when someone puts a wet or cold beverage container on it. Should be OK if water does not pool on...
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    Re: Frustrating and Rewarding 1st Year

    We all learned about the same way, I think. I've done all of that, I think.

    Next year will be a little easier.
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    Re: Caught my first swarm

    If they had not found a new hive location I've found that early swarms, especially prime swarms, tend to stay put. Only ones I've had take off were swams on the ground or sides of cars, and even...
  14. Thread: Splitting Hives

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    Re: Splitting Hives

    Look for a black "scale" in the bottom of those capped but perforated brood cells. If it's hard and impossible to remove, or soft and gummy and will pull out into a string over an inch long when you...
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    Re: Laying Worker(s) and Queen Cells

    Miniature drones in worker cells is a dead give-away for laying workers. Also, the brood will usually be in discrete areas, not even across the frame, and variable in age.

    If you have a drone...
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    Re: My hive wants to be queenless

    This is why I don't recommend treating small hives with formic acid. Way too likely to kill the queen, or worse, weaken her so she can't lay but isn't dead. Hive will NOT take a new queen with a...
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    Re: Swarm management questions

    Lol, you will find that you NEED lots of boxes....

    Follow Dan's advice this year, it's about the only choice you have if you don't have boxes to make splits.

    Look around, there is probably a...
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    Re: Foundationless comb advice needed please.

    I'm not thrilled with foundationless beekeeping. Works OK if you have plenty of time to open hives every few days while they are drawing comb and getting it properly aligned, but if you don't stay...
  19. Thread: Bee club blues

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    Re: Bee club blues

    It can be an issue. We started one here, then one of the members got cheesed off at the rest of us and decided we needed to be involved in HAS meetings and buy an extractor and so forth.

    That...
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    Re: And so, it has begun..... Swarm season.

    We've been collecting swarms for a few weeks now, mid May. Usually starts in mid April, but it was cold and wet and slowed them down.

    Four easy ones this weekend -- my buddy called me and said he...
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    Re: when is swarming NOT swarming?

    Once they've made up their mind to swarm there isn't much you can do to stop them. Cutting out queen cells, the old fashioned method, can result in a queenless hive if the original queens heads out...
  22. Sticky: Re: Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    This is the first year I've had zero losses. Quite nice, but I don't really expect that every year. Back in the day, before varroa and hive beetles, 10 to 20 percent was normal, and that's what I...
  23. Sticky: Re: Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    If you don't treat, you can expect around 50% hive loss every winter. Ditto if your treatment isn't effective. We tried oxalic acid/glycerol on paper towels, didn't work. The bees promptly...
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    Re: Comb drawn perpendicular to foundation?

    The brown comb is re-cycled wax, they are chewing it out from somewhere else most likely. When the flow picks up it will be pure white, all fresh direct from nectar. Might be some really dark honey...
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    Re: A lot of drone brood

    I'll second the foundationless frame. I try to have two in each hive, and the bees usually draw them out as all drone. Raise a crop in the spring, then fill the space with honey, maybe some in late...
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