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    If the larvae are scattered it may be early...

    If the larvae are scattered it may be early stages of laying workers.
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    White sweet clover. Melilotus albus

    White sweet clover. Melilotus albus
  3. Re: looking for a well tested procedure to dry honey in the comb

    See the chapter on the topic in Carl Killion’s Honey in the Comb.
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    Re: Extracting honey for comb

    If would just crush and strain.
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    Re: Laying Worker?

    Since they are currently trying to raise a queen, I would give them a frame of open brood and let them.
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    Re: Odd Comb on Plastic Foundation

    It would be nice to have a succinct and unambigious name for such comb. The best I can come up with is “a paralell half comb” since it is a half comb (cells on only one side) and it is paralell to...
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    Re: 1: 1 sugar syrup recipe?

    >Mike, what's your dosage?

    I’m using a heaping tablespoon in five gallons of 5:3. The right way would probably be to measure the pH of the water and then experiment to try to get ithe pH to about...
  8. Re: I just killed both my queens, am I crazy?

    It’s good to have some nucs around. Then if you want to make a hive queenless you just pull the frame of brood with the queen and another frame of honey and put them in the nuc. Then if they don’t...
  9. Re: What have you found to be the best way to

    “Abandonment” is taking the supers off (in a flow) just before dark and set the on their end and wait for all the bees to fly home.
  10. Re: Supercedure cells in first year package

    Completely normal.
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    Re: 2 queen colonies

    The amount of brood isn’t entirely up to the queens. The workers can only care for so much brood. I would leave them both.
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    Re: Queen replacing Queen

    The qualty of purchased queens has steadily delined for many years now. The bees know and so they replaced those queens
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    Re: 1: 1 sugar syrup recipe?

    My experience is that anything with scent sets off robbing. I’ve tried vinegar. I’ve tried bleach. I have ended up with ascorbic acid with good results.
  14. Re: will the returning field bees find a home in another hive

    When a hive is left open it sets off a Nasanov reaction where everyone stays home while they regroup.
  15. Re: I am trying to speed up my hive inspections.

    Eggs
  16. Re: Laying worker and queen in the same hive

    >What does the hive do with the cells with multiple eggs when it is Queen right?

    Multiple eggs are a result of half of the workers in a colony laying at once. When here are only a few laying...
  17. Re: Laying worker and queen in the same hive

    If you have a layig queen and open brood you won’t have a layng worker problem but every colony has a few laying workers.

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beeslayingworkers.htm#multiple
  18. She is constantly changing. First she will...

    She is constantly changing. First she will harden for several days and grow a little. Then she will mate and filling her spermatheca makes her significantly larger. Then she starts laying and this...
  19. If you want to minimize the loss of field bees to...

    If you want to minimize the loss of field bees to other hives, take the cover off before for 20 or 30 minutes before you close it up. Returning field bees will stay home.
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    I would use it for one season. Next year I would...

    I would use it for one season. Next year I would start with fresh pheromones.
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    You can leave it in.

    You can leave it in.
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    Re: Wax Moths and wood ash

    Wax moths go through their entire life cycle in the hive, so ashes on the ground will make no difference. Small hive beetles pupate in the ground, so it might, though I doubt it. They are VERY...
  23. Re: Relocating a new Split back next to parent hive

    Any bees that were going to drift back to the original already have. You were less than 2 miles...

    How to move a hive 100 yds or less:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesmoving.htm#between
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    Re: Ever tried bergamot or bee balm

    Bee Balm has a lot of the constituents of Nasonov pheromone.
  25. Re: Has anyone heard of adding foos coloring/dye to sugar water?

    I've never done it, but I think it is an interesting experiment to see where the bees put the syrup and if it gets moved around and to where.
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