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  1. Thread: drones

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    Re: drones

    Could not find a queen so I guess you'r right.
  2. Thread: drones

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    drones

    One of my hives is about 50% drones. That hive swarmed this spring so I'am assuming this is the new queen. Who determines how many drones, the workers or the queen?
  3. Thread: swarm

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    swarm

    How do they decide who goes and who stays?
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    Three supers

    Is there anything wrong with leaving 1 deep and 2 med. supers on for the winter?
  5. Thread: swarm box

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    Re: swarm box

    Every time but one they came out of the hive and filled up my yard like they were swarming but went back in. Not the everyday between 2 and 4 o'clock fire drill they usually have. The next day they...
  6. Thread: swarm box

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    Re: swarm box

    I am a contractor and usually home for lunch. I can tell the day before they swarm and that helps. They usually go around noon and don't leave until the next day I'am guessing because I catch them...
  7. Thread: swarm box

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    Re: swarm box

    I am a hands off kind of guy. They seem to know what to do without my help. This hive is in my backyard. They always swarm to one of my fruit trees or blueberry bush, low thank God, I have never lost...
  8. Thread: swarm box

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    Re: swarm box

    I don't think I am good enough to divide them. If it gets robbed out by my bees won't the scouts think it's a good place for them to live? They are doing some bearding and for me that's a good sign...
  9. Thread: swarm box

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    Re: swarm box

    I know what a queen cell is and looks like but what does a queen swarm cell look like?
  10. Thread: swarm box

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    swarm box

    It looks like one of my hives is going to swarm. I want to put one of my empty deep boxes with drawn out frames and some honey in them close by. How close can I put it to their hive? And will they...
  11. Thread: no queen

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    Re: no queen

    Thank You beegirl
  12. Thread: no queen

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    no queen

    I just checked one of my 3 hives. It has 3 med supers, the top 2 are full of bees and honey no eggs or queen. The bees are working hard bringing in a lot of pollen and guarding the hive. The bottom...
  13. Thread: MITES

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    Re: MITES

    I meant mite eggs but you answered my questions so THANKS
  14. Thread: MITES

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    MITES

    I only have 3 hives. I just checked them last week and lost one to mites. There are little white dots all over the hive, are these eggs? Also the 3 med suppers I left on the hive are half full. If I...
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    9 frame spacers

    I have been reading about 9 fr. spacers. Seems everyone likes them. The only thing I don't like in the directions is it says you have to wait till they draw out the comb on 10 frames then take one...
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    Re: How many supers

    2 are in my garage on the second floor, have their own entrance, out of the wind and weather, no heat in garage. The other is under my gazebo, out of the weather. My yard is all flowers and clover...
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    How many supers

    I usually have a deep on the bottom and all the rest mediums and I leave the one deep and a med on for the winter. This year I went to all med and was wandering if I should leave on 3 med to get them...
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    Re: The "Branch" method of harvesting honey

    I use the 5 gal. shop vac method. I reverse the hose so it blows out. Take the super and stand it on it's side and just blow the bees out. It takes about 10 min. to get them all out and it doesn't...
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    Re: My first experience with Russian bees

    I have the same problem with my russian bees, they love to close up every hole they can. About every two weeks I take a knife and cut out the propolis so they get more air moving in this hot...
  20. Thread: seporator

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    Re: seporator

    That sounds like something a bee would do, Thanks
  21. Thread: seporator

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    Re: seporator

    Thanks, but eat it or store it?
  22. Thread: seporator

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    seporator

    I am a hobby bee keeper. have 5 hives for about 6 years. Started to use queen sep. this year. Do I take them off this winter so the queen can move over all the frames to eat. Also I always give the...
  23. Thread: grey dust

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    Re: grey dust

    Checked it for foulbrood and did not see any signs of it. Thanks
  24. Thread: grey dust

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    grey dust

    On most of the frames in 2 supers is something that looks like grey dust but does not rub off. I took these supers from a hive that did not survive the winter for reasons I do not know. There is...
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    package or nuc

    Looking for a russian bee package or a nuc if it is close enough to drive. This is for spring 2014.
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