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  1. Re: Combining queenless packages into existing hives?

    Sure, joining them over newspaper should work. The only word of caution is how long your newly arriving queenless package would be quennless. Longer it is w/o queen harder it will be for bees to...
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    Re: A question for Thyme oil users.

    I have good experience with Api Life Var. But it's temperature dependent and you should use it while temp is still in 60 at least.
  3. Thread: Sweet Clover.

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    Re: Sweet Clover.

    Look at it from a different prospective. Considering how heavy and long sweet clover producer is your Sourwood honey may be tainting you clover honey ;-)
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    Re: Hairy vetch for honney bees

    What kind of bees do you have?
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    Re: Hairy vetch for honney bees

    Exactly.
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    Hairy vetch for honney bees

    I wander what experience others have with hairy vetch. It grows very well where I have my bees, but bees simply ignore it. I'm happy to provide pasture for bumblebees, but why honey bees don't use...
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    Re: Disappointing Fall Inspection

    I think you need to get more details and figure in numbers what heavy and pathetic are. That will put things in to prospective.
    For simplicity use some luggage scale like...
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    Re: What flowers leave this mark on the thorax

    Interesting, I see that in Sammamish (little more east of Kirklan) and I though those were some sort of wild bee mongrels...
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    Re: Applying mites treatment to double nuc box

    Well, I'm newbie myself. And my thinking is that any sort of treatment is a stress to the colony. If colony can make it on it's own - you better to let them.
    In double nuc colonies are pretty well...
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    Applying mites treatment to double nuc box

    In one of my double nuc boxes (Michael Palmer style) one part needs to be treated for varoa (12 mites per 300 according to alcohol wash). I was going to use Api Life Var for now. But should I apply...
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    Re: Helping a hive that re-queened itself

    There is no point adding patties when you have plenty of pollen coming. Put your leftovers in a plastic bag and store in a freezer till later this year or next spring.
    As for testing - if there are...
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    Bee grooming at the hive entrance

    Over and over I see at my hives one or a couple bees grooming another. Some times they groom a drone. Some times there could be some resistance from the groomed bee, but more often that bee just...
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    Re: laying worker, 3 weeks later - a dilemma

    Not in my experience. In my (limited) experience LW will never accept new queen or Q-cell. Even if you add brood which will suppress LW laying abilities still they won't accept or try to make a new...
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    Re: Nature vs nurture

    No, I weighted them, C hive has at least 20lb advantage (weighed back side of the hive and diff was 10lb). But I see your point, cause indeed I had undrawn comb in the upper medium super. I'll give...
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    Re: Nature vs nurture

    Well, I as a new beekeeper I'll take it as a learning experience. As an engineer if you have same input you would expect similar output. Looks like I was wrong about same input on one major component...
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    Nature vs nurture

    I have sort of of interesting situation.
    Two hives, standing one right next to another. Both were splits, one from survivor bees (call them hive S) and another from carniolians (C). Split at the...
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    Re: Slatted Rack Difference

    Very true.
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    Re: Slatted Rack Difference

    My carniolians built drone comb all over slatted rack, also queen had a place to run to during inspection. Did not use them this year.
    Glad I read this thread, will put them next no-rack hive and...
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    Re: Merging nuc and a box

    Limited. But this is a possibility. I thought foragers would get reoriented after a couple days not able to get out of the hive while sitting behind the newspaper, wouldn't they?
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    Re: Merging nuc and a box

    She was alive on arrival, I had a box of queens sitting a couple days before packages came in. So she was alive when I installed it, but I decided to keep the candy closed for a day to give them some...
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    Re: Merging nuc and a box

    I did not think about that, thank you for a good suggestion!
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    Re: Merging nuc and a box

    The nuc is within few feet from the queenless box and there are a few other boxes and nucs close by. The box will be queenless for one week when I plan to do the merge.
    Last weekend I installed...
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    Merging nuc and a box

    I may have to merge queenless colony in a box with a queenright nuc. Normally I would put a box with a queen on the bottom, then newspaper and queenless box on top. In this case I want new hive to...
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    New queens piping

    I just got a cage with 10 new queens I'm going to use for my splits and new packages arriving in a couple days. So the cage is sitting on my desk and these queens are piping like crazy from top of...
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    Keeping bees in somebodies else backyard

    Hi, my question is for beeks who keep their bees on somebodie's else properties, people you don't know. There are a few places where I live where I think would be an excellent foraging area, but...
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