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  1. Re: In need of advice on failed requeen for aggressive bees

    Boomers are like that. The cover cloth is exactly what you need. After you drape the cloth over your box you won't have to smoke them again if it's a super. You just set it aside with the cloth on...
  2. Re: In need of advice on failed requeen for aggressive bees

    Scott Hendricks on YouTube gets full credit for the idea. He has a video on how to build a quiet box. I have very rudimentary carpentry skills and managed to build one out of a nuc box. It's also...
  3. Re: In need of advice on failed requeen for aggressive bees

    An idea for working a big hive-
    consider using cover cloths (large flour sack cloth dish towels) to drape over boxes. It keeps the bees in the box and calm instead of smoking them non stop. I...
  4. Thread: Feeding

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    Re: Feeding

    Keep feeding 1:1 until all of their brood boxes have built out comb. You will want to shift frames on the outside in to get them drawn. Consider watching “Comb Building” from University of Geulph...
  5. Re: Walkaway splitting double deeps...keep the queens? Throw on honey supers?

    3rd year 6a- Boy, I wouldn't want to kill a queen if she had a great laying pattern. She could be the future of your apiary. I might move her to a resource hive and allow the original hive to make...
  6. Thread: What to do?

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    Re: What to do?

    I'm with Radar- Until this year I was sold on QE's. I'm being flexible in a cold weak flow. Took QE's off a couple of weeks ago and may leave them off this year. They need every advantage to build...
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    Re: Oxalic acid with Glycerin dribble

    Those are the articles I read when I decided to try it. As much as I like and respect Randy Oliver, I think he's dead wrong on this one.
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    Re: Oxalic acid with Glycerin dribble

    I don't recommend an OAD series with brood. Ever. I didn't want to spend the money on a wand and the OAD series led to the death of my first two colonies. There was a big population decline.

    I...
  9. Thread: hive issues

    by LAlldredge
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    Re: hive issues

    3rd year 6a- I'm not aware of a temp requirement for OAV except for 37 minimum F. Young queens can take some time to get going. The multiple eggs should level off as long as she's properly mated. ...
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    Re: Entrance reducer

    As mentioned I love the BeeSmart design for robbing screens (eBay). The other added benefit is- the design seems to confound wasps. The reason I'm urging you to add them is trying to spare you from...
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    Re: Entrance reducer

    I had a robbing situation and wasp invasion in my first year so I have zero tolerance for it. I use BeeSmart robbing screens (Ebay) from early spring until late fall after robbing season. After...
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    Re: Dwindling hive post Apivar

    I have never known Apivar to be that harsh on a colony. I would have used the same treatment. The queen will only lay according to her population so if her colony is small she has cut back on...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Well hello my dear. New queen has made it back and started laying. I didn't even need to look. The bees were as mellow as could be which told me everything. There are days in the bee yard when...
  14. Re: Losing honey and dead drone brood in the cells? Starvation...?

    Yes. The good news is- if they are raising brood with it your colony is growing. You want that.

    That's why starvation is more common in March for over wintered colonies. It's when colonies...
  15. Re: Losing honey and dead drone brood in the cells? Starvation...?

    3rd year 6a- If honey is gone and you're not seeing any signs of robbing then they did indeed eat it. Still no problem there. When you have baby hives they are consuming a lot and building their...
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    Re: extreme heat question

    It's a good thing we're talking. I killed my first two colonies doing oxallic acid dribble treatments. I didn't want to spend the money and instead read enough that I felt it was safe to do. It...
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    Re: extreme heat question

    The only thing to really worry about in my mind are mites and nutrition (starvation). They are the #1 and #2 causes of death. As long as you're aggressively getting after each of those the rest...
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    Re: extreme heat question

    https://www.beesource.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=56809&stc=1That is super cute. I have coroplast awnings cut bigger then the telescopic top weighed down with a concrete block. Home...
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    Re: feeding during dearth - survey

    I will feed some (quart) then stop for days just because it created a late swarm from over feeding last year. So enough to take the edge off before goldenrod starts.
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    Re: extreme heat question

    I have 4 water sources in the gardens within 10/15 feet of all hives. One is a bird bath, two are rubber horse feeders and the last is a plate with sponges. The bird bath has rocks in it and the...
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    Re: Cold storage of bees

    Water is a vastly underrated but important topic. My colonies pounced on water in December during the cold gray stretches of days. GG suggested sponges at the entrance which has become a staple in...
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    Re: What to Plant in 1/4 Acre

    Trees as mentioned will be the best bang for the buck. Phacelia is a bee magnet.
  23. Re: Question for Northern, High Desert Bee Keepers

    6a high desert Sisters Oregon- I successfully over wintered a August 15th swarm in 1/2 of a resource hive (about 1.5 pounds of bees). Dropped 3 full deep frames of honey over their heads, fed...
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    Re: Reducing bee stings

    I get that you don’t always want to suit up to do the most simple task. There are closed feeding systems that allow you to open it up but there is protection between you and the bees. I use rapid...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Now we’re cook-in with gas... Opened four of six to find nectar coming in and some swarm ambition. Gave queens space. Pleased that hives look healthy and balanced. Removed QE’s last week because...
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