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    Re: mixing different foundation cell sizes

    I would not worry about the different cell sizes in your hives. Ultimately, using small cell will not make enough of a difference combating mites to be noticable. I recommend all new beekeepers start...
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    Re: Summer Inspections

    Gbell, you do not change the Apivar strips every six weeks, you remove them after 42 days and do not put new ones in. Read the instructions carefully and make sure you understand them before putting...
  3. Thread: Lost Queens

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    Re: Lost Queens

    I was talking with my regional apiary inspector yesterday about the unusually high percentage of drone laying queens. He brought it up. The weather has apparently delayed many mating flights and in...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    I recently posted about how one of my hives was refusing to draw on some brand new Acorn plastic frames I was given. Well, last week I needed to add another super to one of my hives and I was out of...
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    Re: Swarm now no queen...now what?

    Lots of empty cells does not mean a thing. They must be in the center of one or more of the frames to indicate the bees know they have a queen getting ready to start laying.
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    Re: Hive Identification (People and Bees)

    :lpf: You're killing me! Velcro of course is the trademarked name of a hook and loop fastening system. The hooks would be the grippy stuff while the loop is the fuzzy stuff that sticks to the grippy...
  7. Re: Any reason to actually use "box joints" other than aesthetics?

    Frank, like you, I cut the rabbet on the end boards with intesecting saw cuts and find that with a set of gauging blocks it only takes a minute or two to get it perfect.

    Unlike you, I still buy...
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    Re: Bees not expanding to new frames

    Just as a follow up to the plastic issue, I have a nuc that was recently placed in a 10 frame hive. I gave them five Acorn plastic frames that were new and to which I did not add additional wax. Bees...
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    Re: Virgin queen ? / swarm catch

    Give her two weeks. That is usually enough time for a virgin swarm queen to get mated and start laying. Wait another week if you have trouble seeing eggs.
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    I think that was the point.
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    Re: Native bee in my honey bee hive

    If all else fails, email Rusty Burlew www.honeybeesuite.com She is THE bee indentification expert.
  12. Re: Single or Double Brood Box for beginners in all Season climates? (Mid West)

    The general consensus is to not experiment with alternative beekeeping styles until you have learned how to keep bees. The double deep or triple medium brood chamber almost always works. Confining...
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    Re: Hive Identification (People and Bees)

    It is possible that they could differentiate the hives based on that small spot of color. I hear they are better with shapes and number of shapes, up to four. I like what Brian at BackyardbeesNC...
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    Re: Hive swarmed what to do with super

    I would still leave it on. The bees in your hive are about to have a four week break from raising brood. Guess what they will be doing instead.
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    Re: HELP! Very Lethargic Package

    Don't feel bad about not spotting her. Queens seem to be remarkably adept at hiding. Sometimes they are right there big as day on the frame you are holding. Look down to grab the queen clip and she...
  16. Re: Need some guidance...Bee Hive B...Good...Bee Hive A...not so well...

    Nothing jumps out at me as being a problem with location. If you want, you could move BHA closer to BHB, my hives are practically touching each other so moving them closer won't cause any additional...
  17. Re: Any reason to actually use "box joints" other than aesthetics?

    Finger joints are by their nature a stronger joint. I make my equipment with rabbeted joints and plenty of glue and nails. They are holding up just as well as the purchased boxes.
  18. Re: Did I catch a swarm? or is it just massive robbing?

    Robbing is usually a pretty destructive process as far as comb. If there are wax flakes on the bottom of the hive and the edges of the comb are ragged, it is robbing. If new comb is being built, you...
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    Re: Bees not expanding to new frames

    Right side of frame. From the top, um, bottom of the frame, count down five bees and over three. Cannot see abdomen so can't say for sure. Thorax is darker and more pronounced than other bees on the...
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    Re: When to transfer a swarm box into a hive

    After three weeks, the queen should have been laying and there should have been brood in the comb. Something else is in play here. Maybe you had a virgin queen, or there is something about the box...
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    Re: Bees not expanding to new frames

    Good eye. I believe you may be right. I looked earlier but did not pick her out. The thorax sure LOOKS like a queen's.
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    Re: Bees not expanding to new frames

    What did the nuc look like? Number of frames of capped brood, honey and pollen stores etc. You have plenty of capped brood so the queen is laying, but at five weeks in, they should have just about...
  23. Re: how to requeen production colony during the flow?

    Doing the same thing myself right now. Tried a frame of eggs two weeks ago but got nothing. Installed an about to emerge queen cell center frame top brood chamber. Put the supers back on cause the...
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    Re: Caught Swarm - Nuc or Full box?

    You need to buy a longer ladder, or a chainsaw.
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    Re: Bees not expanding to new frames

    Couple of problems. Foremost, you have too much space in the hive. Remove the top box (super) and leave only the lower box (brood chamber). The hive does not appear to be packed with bees. That will...
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