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    Re: Purchased Queen Never Laid An Egg

    That's one of the big problems with buying queens. You can never tell which ones are going to be a dud. I think part of it has to do with them pulling the queens to fast out of the mating nucs....
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    Re: Why did my bees die - summer edition

    Blk a couple oav treatments mid summer is not enough to get a high crashing from mites under control. You may delay the inevitable but if you don't hammer those mites to NOTHING it's doubtful that...
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    Re: Bees remove drawn out comb to foundation

    Just an FYI bees don't build swarm and supersede cells. Position of the cells is basically a nonsense guide imo. They're swarm cells if they have swarm conditions, they usually have lots of cells...
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    Sticky: Re: Shrinking population - what do I do?

    A healthy nuc doesn't go from 0 to collapsing from EFB in 6 weeks!!! If it tests positive for EFB it is most certainly the sellers fault. How populated was this thing when you got it? Also queen...
  5. Re: Not building on plastic frames, what to do?

    don't move the frames around. If you want to encourage comb drawing try adding an extra layer of wax to the plastic frames. It makes a big difference in getting them to draw them out without doing...
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    Re: Queenless and honey bound

    I see my bees fill the brood combs with nectar all the time when they are waiting for the queen to mate. It's filling the cupboards for when she starts laying and they don't have the extra bee force...
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    question about emerging queen

    I have some queens hatching out in a day or 2. I put the grafted cells into mating nucs today. They are inside some nicot style cell protectors. The ones that are big enough for the queen to emerge...
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    Re: Early summer low-pollen issue

    I would as starting from 2.5 frames of bees they have a lot of growing to do and not many bees currently to do it. Pollen sub as well as syrup to draw out frames just keep an eye out they don't plug...
  9. Re: Question: Will a hive eject virgin queens?

    Swarms can many times have more than one queen in them. Lots of times with after swarms more than one virgin will take flight with the swarm. So it's possible they picked the one they wanted and that...
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    Re: Holy Laying Worker, Batman!!

    Imo there is only 1 way to attempt to handle a lw colony. Put it on top of a queen right colony using a snelgroove board or something similar. After a couple weeks there should be no more laying and...
  11. Re: about 12 queen cells in one hive. Harvest some? or let them bee?

    designate a couple hives as your "learning hives". Get into them often and do your learning and mistakes there. Get into the other hives only for real reasons or when you have something to actually...
  12. Thread: Eating Eggs

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    Re: Eating Eggs

    So there is only 1 queen cell? That's not a swarm cell in that case most likely a superceder cell.
  13. Re: Most of my Bees are Gone 1 Month After Package Install

    When you saw there was a problem you should've gone through the whole hive. For all you know there is a bunch of capped brood in the bottom deep, or NOTHING. Honestly if the queen is dead than the...
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    Re: bees flying later in the day

    I wouldn't get a screened one. Like Rod said bees are great at keeping their hive at the correct temp. They use air movement and evaporation. Too much air flow and they can't control the exchange of...
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    Re: bees flying later in the day

    Most likely mid day the flowers are not putting out any nectar because of the heat forcing the bees to forage earlier and later in the day when it's cooler out. I could be wrong but that's what I...
  16. Thread: what say you?

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    Re: what say you?

    I'll have to disagree with you I'llbeedan although mated queens "usually" don't pipe I have had mated queens in cages next to eachother piping. Not disagreeing with the overall of what you said at...
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    Re: Introducing new queen question

    I have had mated queens in queen cages next to each other and they were piping back and forth. So maybe it's something they can do when young but not once they get older or something. The longer you...
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    Re: research on pheromones

    I imagine no one did the research to "prove" that cause I'm pretty sure it's hogwash. Many "truths" in beekeeping are total b.s. such as "smoke tricking bees into thinking there is a fire so they...
  19. Re: What to do with brood from shook out hive

    First and most important thing to know is what's the mite count? Or at minimum what have you done for treatments and when. Hive not building up with no signs of foulbrood most like varroosis. It's...
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    Re: What The Heck?...

    20 feet ain't much. It definitely is a lot of effort to watch them just fly away. There are no neighborhood kids that could toss a ball with a string over the branch for you? Then just set up a sheet...
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    Re: What The Heck?...

    you can't tie a string to a rock and throw it over the branch?
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    Re: SC flow over :(

    Wow that sucks but I got a question. Is it a hard stop or is there still small amounts of nectar around at some points throughout the summer but not enough for them to store extra? You must have to...
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    Re: Bee Health Guru

    I think i'll stick to determining the health of my own hive but still interesting stuff.
  24. Thread: Queen cells

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    Re: Queen cells

    I wouldn't be moving colonies around when you have virgin queens in the hives. They're going to go on multiple mating flights. You might move it, she goes for her second mating flight and flies back...
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    Re: Queenless splits

    In my limited experience I found that newspaper combining of colonies that failed to requeen was the best solution. They can still be requeened but I found they required the addition of capped brood...
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