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    Re: Laying worker help

    I usually just join a laying worker colony with another colony using the newspaper method, but given what you have done so far, I would add 1 or 3 frames of open brood, place the caged queen between...
  2. Re: Backfilling brood nest during requeening

    When a queen has mated and is about ready to begin to lay the workers will empty cells of nectar and relocate that nectar to other areas of the hive. This is commonly called "drying" the cells and...
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    Re: Queen on landing board?

    When a queen emerges she is about the size she will be after she matures, then her abdomen shrinks in size until she is hardly 1/8 to 3/16 inches longer than a worker. After she mates and just...
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    Re: Queen on landing board?

    A queen cell is capped for 8 days and then the queen emerges and matures for 3 to 5 days (average) and goes on her mating flight. She probably was exploring before she goes on her flight. The...
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    Re: Sugar source

    I know of no test a consumer can use to tell if cane or beet sugar is being sold. It makes no difference which is made into syrup, both work for feeding bees.
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    Re: Bee Hive Equip Evaluation Question

    For years many beekeepers have used plastic foundations without extra wax coatings with few problems.

    Bees will use plastic foundations and draw them properly if the following conditions are met. ...
  7. Re: What will the bees do with dead drone larva (after freezing)?

    They will remove the pupa and dump it just outside the entrance.
  8. Re: temporary and inexpensive solutions for coloring hive bodies?

    I have done the colors and shapes thing with poor results. What I found to work best is placing colonies in pairs with the entrances facing in different directions.
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    Re: 1: 1 sugar syrup recipe?

    LJ; over here the stores sell bleach with perfume added to mask the odor of the chlorine, so it is usually stated that it is best to use the "unscented" bleach.
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    Re: Inner cover screen?

    The hole in the top of the inner cover was to use the inner cover with a Porter Bee Escape to clear bees from the supers. The hole can be closed with no damage to the bees or their ability to vent...
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    Re: Number of days from egg to cell?

    If the colony is queenless they will start to select larvae on the frame of brood given them as soon as the brood is placed in the colony. They start feeding the larvae and will begin to extend the...
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    Re: 1: 1 sugar syrup recipe?

    You add one pint of water for each pound of sugar.
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    Re: Newspaper combine

    Before combining a queen-right colony with a queen-less colony always destroy and queen cells in the queen-less colony.
  14. Re: How to do a Direct Introduction of a Laying Queen

    Br. Adam described how he re-queened full sized colonies in his book "Beekeeping at Buckfast Abby."

    The morning of the re-queening operation the young queens in the nucs were caught and caged,...
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    Re: Laying worker in a queenright nuc?

    It is possible the eggs are being laid by the queen. If she needs more cells than the nuc provides, she just lays several eggs in the cells available. This is not unusual with young queens. Give...
  16. Re: Queen rearing idea: graft, wait until jellied, remove, and then regraft.

    It is called double grafting, but I have read that it provides no benefit over the standard method of grafting.
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    Re: padres kill bees

    They are in an Africanized Honey Bee area, they did the safe thing.
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    Re: Should I add a box?

    If you begin feeding you may keep them drawing wax, and perhaps they will complete the comb in the top box.
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    Re: Single Brood Box

    The above posts are correct, the excluder is removed and then replaced to confine the queen to the desired brood chamber the following spring. This is usually done when the first surplus honey...
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    Re: Grafting from a distant yard

    You could remove the queen and a 5 frame nuc, replace her with another queen and 5 frames, take the choice queen home and use her only as a queen mother to graft from. She won't fail as fast when...
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    Re: Slatted Rack Difference

    So far as I know, there has only been 1 controlled study in the last 20 years. That study found no improvement in honey production, which was what they were trying to determine.
  22. Re: looking for opinions on placement of Mite Away Quick Strip

    Consolidate all the brood in the lower boxes, then split the brood nest with the MAQS. Lost brood is quickly replaced, the greatest danger is to the queen. If she is weakening the MAQS may put her...
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    Re: 2 swarms? Or 1?

    When you find a swarm that has several clusters of bees there will be a queen with each cluster. The larger cluster will have the queen that is most attractive to the bees, usually the mated queen...
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    Re: 4 week old hive - No change in last week

    The nectar flow is tapering off, and if it falls below the amount necessary to trigger the wax glans and you do not feed, wax production/comb building will stop. Once comb building stops often it is...
  25. Re: For the Michael Palmer cell builders, crazy scenario!

    I once had a marked queen fly about 6 to 8 feet back to her colony from a 5 frame nuc I had placed her in.

    I had found 1 or 2 day old larvae in swarm cells so I was splitting the colony into 3...
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