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  1. Re: Effective to simply keep cutting out swarm cells?

    A fundamental problem with social media.....a lack of tone and body language.
  2. Re: Effective to simply keep cutting out swarm cells?

    Easy does it. I was simply pointing out that in my hives the queens need to be NEW to add any noticeable swarm inhibition. It wasn't an accusation or criticism or in any way intended as a slighting...
  3. Re: Effective to simply keep cutting out swarm cells?

    Empty and capped? Not anything I've seen.
    Last year's queen doesn't cut it with regard to inhibiting the swarm impulse in my hives.
  4. Re: Effective to simply keep cutting out swarm cells?

    Check it out. In all truth....their management would be insufficient for my bees.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GD0oKQSB-c&t

    In my yards the most effective things are replacing queens in the...
  5. Re: Effective to simply keep cutting out swarm cells?

    I watched a UoG YouTube video on swarm management. They overwinter in single deeps. When the fellow opened the hives in spring they were packed....I mean bees hanging out the front loaded with bees....
  6. Re: This is giving me a splitting headache....pardon the pun....photo

    Indeed. Occam's Razor in practice.
  7. Re: This is giving me a splitting headache....pardon the pun....photo

    Yes…and as I replied:
  8. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    Pinestraw is the fuel of choice around here. it is readily available and works well. Well packed it will smolder for hours.
    About once a year you need to get a propane torch and burn off the...
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    Re: Mann Lake DC-799 Apivar

    This got my attention. I just went and checked my packs. They have a manufacturing date but no expiration marked. I was under the impression that they were good until the package is unsealed and then...
  10. Re: Any reason to actually use "box joints" other than aesthetics?

    All of my hives have rabbet joints. I didn’t intentionally choose this. It just happened to be the way my preferred equipment supplier cut them.
    My only point in this thread is in regard to...
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    Re: Workers removing markings from queens

    I see it sometimes but often can find a small amount of remaining paint.
    How long ago did you did you introduce the new queen?
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    Re: brood disease

    What sort of varroa management do you do?
    PS It appears that Oldtimer and I posted at about the same time....with basically the same question.
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    Re: Package re-queening question

    Another alternative, if in doubt about the possibility of a virgin arriving with the package.
    Take the whole thing across the yard and shake all of the bees out. The only bees that are likely to...
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    Re: No new comb in the fall???

    I can’t speak to Indiana but here I cannot get comb drawn after mid June.
    There seems to be something stimulative about a natural nectar flow. I can supplementally feed them with sugar syrup and...
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    Re: why do my bees become ever more gentle?

    I work my bees without gloves, wearing a short sleeved shirt much of the spring.
    In the fall....long sleeves and gloves.
    Mine are always MUCH less aggressive during a nectar flow.
  16. Re: This is giving me a splitting headache....pardon the pun....photo

    No doubt but I placed that queen cage 48 hours before that photo was taken......and 9 days after a queen last had access.
    Thanks for giving me an out....but I think this is another time for me to...
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    Re: The Disposition Of Scout Bees

    My observation as well.
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    Re: The Disposition Of Scout Bees

    On occasion I have seen a couple of dozen bees appear to take up residence in a trap and then try to defend it. If a swarm didn’t move in, I always believed that these were scout bees that were on a...
  19. Re: This is giving me a splitting headache....pardon the pun....photo

    I’ve thought about this. As hard as it is for me to accept, the only rational conclusion that I can draw is that those cells were already started when I originally placed that cage….and I simply...
  20. Re: This is giving me a splitting headache....pardon the pun....photo

    I know that there is a logical explanation but I have no idea what that explanation is. For the time being....divine intervention sounds as plausible as anything else. :)
  21. Re: This is giving me a splitting headache....pardon the pun....photo

    These are nuc queen excluders…metal mesh in a wooden frame. No way a queen could shove her abdomen far enough into them to lay an egg on the frame above.
    No second queen.
    The whole idea that...
  22. Re: This is giving me a splitting headache....pardon the pun....photo

    Just those two. None in the bottom box.
  23. Re: This is giving me a splitting headache....pardon the pun....photo

    Not likely. The old queen was definitely in the lower box...I checked. I can't imagine her passing through a qe fault, laying two eggs and returning to the bottom through the fault.
  24. Re: This is giving me a splitting headache....pardon the pun....photo

    Cut the queen cells, uncapped the cage.
    I'll check this afternoon or tomorrow to see if she's accepted.
  25. This is giving me a splitting headache....pardon the pun....photo

    Very surprising. I got 16 mated queens last week. A week before I did a semi split of the hives. I divided the resources between the top and bottom deeps, placed the original queens in the bottom and...
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