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    Single brood box?

    I talked with a beekeeper today who manages 1000 colonies. He says anything more than one deep is too much room , and then puts an excluder on this single brood box. My experience is that the bees...
  2. Re: dead and dying bees piled at entrance to hive

    Update: I did not fully inspect the hive today but looked at a few frames in the top and middle boxes. Will look at the bottom box tomorrow. The dieoff did not recur today. There is plenty of food in...
  3. dead and dying bees piled at entrance to hive

    In Southwest Ohio. I found a very active hive today with a pile of bees at the entrance. Not all dead - many were moving but not crawling- just wiggling a bit. A few crawling slowly. I estimate about...
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    wet and gooey beebread?

    Some of the frames from one of my hives that had too much space have glistening pollen, as if it's wet. Some of it is in fact wet and a bit gooey. Some just looks very wet. I don't know what to make...
  5. Re: Warm spell for the next week, liquid sugar water or candy board?

    Thanks for that info, JW. Italian bees, in my understanding, have a tendency to early brood buildup. I don't want to help mine along in that direction! There sure are a lot of bees looking for nectar...
  6. Re: Warm spell for the next week, liquid sugar water or candy board?

    I was just wondering whether feeding now might spark early brood buildup. We're sure to have some brutal cold before the end of this season.
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    Re: Winter Patties

    I don't have a recipe but I know that unrefined sugars are not digestible, so it wouldn't be molasses. The brown is probably from soy or whatever is added for protein to simulate pollen.
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    Re: How do I relax w/bees?

    I'll add two cents to the abundant pile of dimes and nickels. DO work right over the hive - you don't want a queen dropping off a frame and into the grass at your feet (has happened to me once....
  9. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    This has been a very helpful thread! Next year I will try caging the queen in late summer for a broodless period. On the bright side, I've seen virtually no SHB this year!
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    Re: Should I remove a box full of pollen?

    I don't think I want to go to the trouble of changing to a top entrance. So maybe pollen collecting is not worthwhile. This stuff's GOT to be good for something - bird food? dog /cat food? (as bee...
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    Should I remove a box full of pollen?

    Some of my hives are extra enthusiastic about bringing in pollen. I discovered that the entire bottom box - all 10 frames - are full of pollen in one hive. I know they've got some more modest amounts...
  12. looking for opinions on placement of Mite Away Quick Strip

    okay, now I have a question. I need to treat a rather large hive for mites. There's brood in all but the top box. It's a large colony that I just pulled honey from yesterday. I'm going to use MAQS on...
  13. seeking opinions about returning wet supers to hives after extracting

    I'm about to extract and am questioning my usual practice of returning wet frames to the hive. While there's still some flow (mainly white clover) we could be getting close to robbing season. The...
  14. Re: Testing for queenright/queenless hive with frame of eggs

    Nice article. Thank you.
  15. Does pollen coming in indicate queenright?

    Just curious if anyone has a good resource that I can read to learn more about behavior of queenless (both fully queenless and with unmated queen) hives. I'm observing pollen coming into a couple of...
  16. Testing for queenright/queenless hive with frame of eggs

    If I want to test for presence/absence of queen by placing a frame of eggs in a hive, will the bees make emergency cells with the new eggs if a virgin queen is in the hive? I don't want the bees to...
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    Re: Anyone seen swarm return to hive?

    It's hard when you don't have enough equipment to keep adding boxes! Or anymore bottom boards and covers to make splits (or space for more hives, for that matter!) I do feel I'm wasting a valuable...
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    Anyone seen swarm return to hive?

    Watched a swarm emerge from a hive today, and migrate to a fence post about 25 yards away. A half hour later it returned to the hive. That hive is just jam packed with bees - I let it get away from...
  19. Re: diseased bees, but what do they have??

    Interesting JW. I did an OAV treatment then put them on top of a new and small but still vigorous hive, newspaper combine. No deformed wing. I don't know if this might be some virus associated with...
  20. diseased bees, but what do they have??

    While observing the entrance to a hive today I watched three crawlers, then looked closely. Hind legs seemingly paralyzed, only front legs working. Abdomen curled up and hind sections with stingers...
  21. Re: anyone in Ft. Lauderdale Florida who would want to come take a colony out of a t

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    Here's another photo. Looks like a small colony, but hard to tell without knowing how big the tree limb is. Could it have been a recent swarm that couldn't find a good covered place and just...
  22. anyone in Ft. Lauderdale Florida who would want to come take a colony out of a tree?

    Just posting this in the off chance that there's someone on this forum from Ft. Lauderdale who is interested in snagging a colony that's in a low tree limb. It's east Ft. Lauderdale, near A1A. I got...
  23. Re: preferred ways to return wet frames to the hive so as to avoid robbing frenzy

    Flow's mostly over. Good thoughts.
  24. preferred ways to return wet frames to the hive so as to avoid robbing frenzy

    I am curious to know what strategies people have for returning extracted frames to the hives, that don't set off a robbing frenzy. The bees can smell molecules of honey. Just walking wet frames to...
  25. Re: What is the best way to test my honey for fermentation

    Fermentation produces carbon dioxide. It can sometimes cause honey to get bubbly and ooze out of cells. There is now a specialty market for fermented honey - it's a delicacy in some circles and...
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