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    Re: HELP! Guidance please

    Mating nucs can contain as few as 600 bees, so I think around 1000 bees, two cups, should be able to survive and reproduce. It will take some effort on your part. You may want to bring some bees over...
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    Re: How to inspect with less protective gear

    That is funny, in a somewhat twisted way. Good thing she is an ex whatever. Hope you got a photo with the eye all swollen to remember her by. I have heard of dogs not approving of a person, but bees?
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    Re: Should I split? Will it work?

    Sounds like you did the right things under the circumstances. You can check back in on both hives in two weeks. You are going to look for at least one properly oprned queen cell in each hive and do...
  4. Thread: Missouri

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    Re: Missouri

    Glenn, all we have here in VA is the vine variety that I am aware of. The flowers are too deep for the bees and they don't touch them. Other pollenators do though so I Ieave them alone.
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    Sticky: Re: staple gun for supers

    When assembling the hive bodies or supers, have a framing square handy. Tap the long diagonal against a hard surface until it is square, then hit the nails again. Out of square boxes will cause...
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    Re: HELP! Guidance please

    I assume you have already contacted the shipper. If not, that is your first step, along with taking lots of photos. I would dump all three packages into a single hive and leave both queens in their...
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    Re: How to inspect with less protective gear

    Jimbo, as far as veils go, the Clear-Vu can't be beat. Not sure I could ever use a fencing style veil or anything flimsy. I wear the Brushy Mountain Inspector jacket which is a fairly heavy cotton,...
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    Sticky: Re: Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Greg, hoping that you are able to build upon your success with ARAA line you have cultivated.
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    Re: Wax moth 'nests'.

    LJ, just for you.

    https://www.bugs4beginners.com/blog/recipe-waxworm-ramen/

    I'll, um, take a rain check.
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    Re: Whats going on here???

    A mated swarm queen will take at least three days to start laying again. A virgin swarm queen will take about 7 or 8 days before the first egg is laid. I would give the trap at least a week, then...
  11. Re: Will the coronavirus negatively affect the beekeeping industry?

    When I took statistics, we used the concept of an equally weighted coin being used in a coin toss. It will either land on heads, or will land on tails. Because it is equally weighted, the chances of...
  12. Re: Two hives has queen laying in honey super.

    You can't. Well, actually you can if you kill her. That kinda defeats the purpose though. The bees do not recognize that box as as having a different purpose. If you put the super below the brood...
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    Sticky: Re: staple gun for supers

    I bought my jig from Brushy Mountain, but it looks just like this one from Mann Lake. Best $30 you will spend.

    https://www.mannlakeltd.com/10-frame-assembly-jig
  14. Re: Backside OAV entrance Bottom Board experiment

    I think you will like doing oav from the rear of the hive. That is how the Provap and other band heater vaporizers are used.
  15. Thread: Virginia

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    Re: Virginia

    Cool. Use what you have, the bees don't care.
  16. Re: virgin queens quality: size, length, popularity?

    Frank, your advice is right inline with my thinking. Huge variation in quality with a walk away split. Common practice is to cull the first cell capped since it was the oldest larva and let the rest...
  17. Thread: Split Timing

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    Re: Split Timing

    Alan, I agree with coal reaper, there is no need to be feeding the parent hive. The split should get a feeder and some patty for the first two weeks and then monitor need from there. You can keep the...
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    Sticky: Re: staple gun for supers

    Linda, did you get a frame jig too? Makes doing frames in groups of ten a breeze and keeps them square. I still glue and hand nail all my frames and have close to 1000 now. Figure I will only need...
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    Re: Bees dead all wet

    The bees are really metabolizing the sugar/honey and the by product of that is water, lots of it. I have been going through my hives here in the sunny South and am finding inner covers and...
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    Re: How to inspect with less protective gear

    It may be a bungee for a quick escape. Those hives are on a rooftop.
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    Re: Did I lose a swarm?

    Not in my opinion. In fact the comb will help a little. With the queen gone, any remaining bees will join the new swarm or die off.
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    Re: Did I lose a swarm?

    Yes, you lost whatever swarm had moved in, although i suspect it was very small. On the side showing, eggs are clearly visible. The black spots are dead larvae that had already hatched on the...
  23. Re: Mass of dead bees, some honey, zero brood -- what happened, what now?

    I could not get the photos to load. But, anytime I hear about piles of dead bees inside the hive, I consider CBPV as one of the causes. High moisture in the hive could have done the girls in too. The...
  24. Re: could I have saved the brood in the comb I cut from a bait hive?!

    So, I guess you figured out pretty quick that new comb not on foundation is VERY soft. How warm was it when you tried to cut it out. This is a case where colder is better. I doubt you had much of a...
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    Re: Entrance feeder vs. top feeder

    Dandilions, redbuds, henbit, wisteria, apple and cherry trees, all are blooming in my yard right now. I am sure there are several other sources. I can't imagine that Fairfax Co. is much different...
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