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  1. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Thread: Virginia

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    Re: Virginia

    Cool. Use what you have, the bees don't care.
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  15. Re: Help getting listed to swarm removal list

    Kevin, it is not just editing that needs to be done, although I am sure many of the listings are no longer valid. We need to be able to get folks listed. I have tried myself numerous times to no...
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    Re: How soon can I introduce new queen

    BurleyBee, you should probably post a few pictures of what you think is wrong. Let some experienced folks take a look. No point in pinching a queen if you don't need to.
  17. Re: What to do with super full of winter feed and drone brood.

    Comb that has been subjected to Oxalic Acid is safe to use for honey. The OA is not absorbed into the wax the way Amitraz (Apivar) is. If you open feed the sugar and have supers on any of your hives,...
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    Re: How to inspect with less protective gear

    Hey shinbone, you got bees in those boxes, or did you stack up all your extra supers to make the rest of us jealous?
  19. Re: Removing and then returning queen to stop swarm....

    With the queen gone, and no virgin queens in the works, the hive will not swarm. I would keep the queen and her entourage in a nuc for about two weeks, then do a newspaper recombine. Make sure the...
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    Re: Langstroth 8-Frame space question

    The math says an 8 frame box should be 13-1/2" wide, not 13-3/4". But that is the standard.
  21. Thread: New York

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    Re: New York

    Sickdog, I see no downside to early swarm trap placement, do you?
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    The cool beverges came later while watching the wife fire up the riding mower and cut the grass. And I smoked another cigar in the process.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    After a cloudy and generally yucky day yesterday, today was almost picture perfect. Finished swaping around my supers, shaking bees off the ones with brood, and got the last three queen excluders...
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    Re: Wax moth 'nests'.

    LJ, I thought I read somewhere that those little maggots could digest plastic too. They seem to do a pretty good job of eating my wood frames.
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    Re: Bee of the Day

    Steve, I did not see a link, but it would be great if one could subscribe and have the photo sent directly to their inbox everyday.
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