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    Re: Still Enough Time

    You can always combine later if needed, so why not give it a go.
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    Re: What to do with frames after extraction

    If they need the room for brood, just place them directly above the brood chamber and they will clean them and the queen will lay in the available space. It sounds like they may need room for honey,...
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    Re: Queen Excluder and the bees

    They will move uncapped honey up if the supper is drawn in most cases, but they see the excluder as a ceiling and don't go past it. As Rod said, they will just keep backfilling any cells when they...
  4. Thread: deep box

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    Re: deep box

    In your area most people overwinter in at least a double deep. If you don't already have that, I would put it on now. My bees are still drawing comb and our area still has our summer flow going...
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    Re: Split gone awry!

    I have a few question. what resources do you have available? Drawn comb, boxes, how many queen cells? How strong is the hive? You could make multiple splits for added insurance and more hives...
  6. Re: To split or not and how to find the queen

    If I was to do a split, I would try to buy a queen to do it with. The hive sounds strong enough, but I'm not sure what you are trying to do since it sounds like you have been feeding them all along....
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    Re: Few bees in hive- what do I do

    I'm guessing they swarmed and the new queen didn't make it back or isn't laying yet. This is only one possibility, but I would give it a little time. Virgins can be hard to see and I'm not that good...
  8. Thread: Flower ID

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    Re: Flower ID

    +1 trefoil
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    Re: honey harvest

    Generally, color is not a indication of source. Flavor can be a bigger indicator but since nectar is generally collected from various sources it is usually called wild flower honey. If one nectar...
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    Re: When to give up on virgin queen mating?

    You could place a frame of OPEN brood in the hive and this should stem off any laying workers. If the queen is back, no harm. If she is not, and there are eggs in the replaced comb, they may start...
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    Re: OAV Propane Gaget

    I bought mine from Kelly. I think the one they sell now is about the same thing. Item no. 9030........$114.95 It works foe me.
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    Re: Clearing sopers/frames for harvest

    I will try to post when I can. I'm off to do things that I need to do yesterday.
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    BONE HEAD MOVE

    Three weeks ago I was getting ready to leave for Alaska for a couple of weeks. I needed to add suppers with new foundation to my hives to be sure they had room while I was gone. In my haste to get...
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    Re: Clearing sopers/frames for harvest

    I build my own V board and the two exits dropping the bees to the far outside edge of the hive frames below. This keeps more bees from re entering the suppers. Some designs don't extend that far. I...
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    Re: Uncapped honey when dearth hits

    Don.t leave the new foundation next to the brood very long or the queen may start to lay in it. Or just put it above the honey super you have and they will still draw it out. In fact that is what I...
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    Re: OAV Propane Gaget

    When I got back into bees a few years ago I started to treat using just a 1/2" copper pipe about a foot long and a copper cap on the end. The cap held the correct amount of acid to treat a double...
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    Re: Before I Release the new Queen

    God save the Queen. My simple time line for a new queen from scratch is one month. This keeps it simple for me and gives the different stages of getting a laying queen a day or so on either side of...
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    Re: Before I Release the new Queen

    I would check for eggs before you releasing her. It may take a bit for a virgin to mate and start laying. I there are none, or you can't find her then I would shake. What do you have to loose. If...
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    Re: Uncapped honey when dearth hits

    OK! now there's something to work with. If it was me, I would move the medium supper above the brood boxes, AFTER removing the queen excluder. The queen will normally not cross a honey barrier to...
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    Re: Uncapped honey when dearth hits

    This doesn't seem right to me. But before I can make a judgment I have a few questions. Is this a new hive or 2nd year or? How strong is the hive? What is your hive configuration? Are you feeding in...
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    Re: Before I Release the new Queen

    How much time has lapsed since you made the split? For me this would help determine what I might do. There could be a virgin in there. They could have a laying worker. For me, If a queen less hive...
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    Re: Caught my own bees today

    I'm thinking it's another swarm with a virgin in it. I'm also thinking these are "after swarms" and that the hive they came from has already swarmed with the old queen. After swarms are generally...
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    Re: bored, with thumb twiddling

    I retired two years ago and have been thinking of going back to work just to get some time off.
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    Re: Kill/save old queen when requeening?

    I agree with all the above. Take this opportunity to try some things. You could just do a split, or start a nuc as has been suggested. With a couple a frames of brood and some stores or feed, you can...
  25. Re: 2nd Honey Harvest on Overwintered Hive? Do it or don't?

    Its doesn't matter how much you take, only what they have for winter in your area. where I am (MN) my standard hive set up is 2 double deeps. this equals about 3 med suppers. To this I add my honey...
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