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    Re: Swarm or mating flight?

    Most likely a mating flight. I see them each season when i make nuc's up with cells. They will return late in the day normally.
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    Re: How mean do they have to get

    For me I do the "wave test". After smoking, opening and getting started, I do a slow wave across the tops of the bars. If the bees boil up and start banging into me, it's time to requeen. I like...
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    Re: Queen got thru excluder

    I've heard stories about different queen excluders measuring slightly larger between the bars. When I look at the plastic ones they all look like they're too wide and I've had a queen slip through...
  4. Thread: Drones

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    Re: Drones

    Here in WV today while in hives I found capped drone brood. Bees are bringing pollen in left and right and hive clusters have nearly doubled in the last 3 weeks. All weather seems to point to early...
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    Re: treated lumber for bottom board

    All I use now are treated lumber bottom boards. Make them myself and have no problems with them.
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    Re: What are these for?

    Looks just like what is called a Candy Board. You put thin paper on the inside and pile up a mix of barely wet sugar. Let stand and dry. In DEC in most areas put that on top of the hive wire side...
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    Re: Question on Queen Castle

    Without a photo of the gaps you speak of i'm afraid i'm not going to be much help on that question. However the rest I can give some advice. Bees don't need landing strips, landing strips just make...
  8. Re: 7 Packets of Api-Life Var...just pay flat rate shipping.

    If these are still available please send me a PM with payment info. I will send you a PM with my address info.
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    Re: Queen switched hives!!

    I'd just give them a few days with the queen caged in the hive, then do a direct release into the hive as long as the bees were calm with her.
  10. Thread: Carniolan bees

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    Re: Carniolan bees

    Quickly figured out that they don't brood up quick enough to take advantage of the flows here. It was mid spring before they ever kicked into gear and got busy. By then the flow was nearly over. ...
  11. Thread: Carniolan bees

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    Re: Carniolan bees

    I have mainly NWC bees in my apiary now. They do just fine with the production of comb. As long as there is a decent flow or simulated flow they will pull wax right up till time to shut down for...
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    Re: Ventilation and insulation for the winter?

    In a heavy snow area upper entrances are heavily viewed as a necessity. In other areas where snow doesn't get too deep or stick around for long the upper entrance is more so for ventilation only. ...
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    Re: Has anyone deal with the Japanese hornet?

    Are you sure it's the Japanese Hornet? We have a European Hornet here that is very similar but not quite as big. They are known pests to hives here but i've not seen them decimate a hive as of yet....
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    Re: New package and OAV

    If you think about this for a moment and about the way that OAV works, It would be more beneficial to OAV the package prior to ever hiving them. They are broodless so ALL mites are phoretic while...
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    Re: Entrance reducers

    I've been running my reducer at this 4"wide x 3/8 tall for a couple years now, year round. The bees don't have problems and keeps the number of hive beetles down when they beard too. For extra...
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    Re: A question about Bees' behavior

    First thought in my mind is "Does the old queen have any area for storage of the syrup?" "Does the old queen have room for more brood" "Did you find a supercedure cell in the old hive" There are...
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    Re: Keeping Packages alive

    razoo,

    I myself have been in your shoes more than once with this situation you speak about. Although, it is honestly better to get any localized NUC with a good localized queen as others have...
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    Re: Top brood box was slow..

    It is a common problem Logan. Bees tend not to see foundation above them as expansion room. By breaking up the brood nest as you have done, it actually makes them aware of the upper brood box. Now...
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    Re: ? week #3: when should I add the 2nd super?

    If the temps there are above 50 at night constantly, move one frame in to the center from the outside edge each week till they draw them out and fill with brood. After this is done and all frames...
  20. Thread: Late nucs

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    Re: Late nucs

    I split mine in half on July 1 each year now to double up for winter. Give the new split a laying queen or a ripe cell, which ever I have on hand. Then feed if needed to get them built back up to a...
  21. Re: KY Beeks: warm enough for splits or checkerboarding?

    Clay - Make sure you have good adequate amounts of drone brood before doing a split. Even though your queens likely will not mate with the drones in your hives, it is one of the major factors that...
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    Re: Drawn Comb In The Freezer and Package Bees

    Pull the frames from the freezer the night before the packages arrive. Don't put them outside till you get ready to use them. The frames will have time to thaw out and the bees won't get cold when...
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    Re: Installing a package in a NUC?

    I've done it before, as many others have as well. It's a valid way to get them started. The bees have a smaller area to tend to and keep up with. However, as the days move forward, you will want...
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    Re: Not Italian. What?

    Carniolan/Italian cross from the looks of them. I have several here in my yard producing those. Russians are somewhat like those though as they are a mix of the two as well. lol So really could...
  25. Re: Which Cap & Ladder Division Board Feeder Do You Use?

    I use the ML pro feeders with 8 frame equipment. I get 7 frames plus the feeder and have about 5/8 of an inch area to move frames. Keeping the frames cleaned is the key to keeping the area for...
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