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    Re: Bees staying home

    Bees can see farther into the ultraviolet range than we can. They have UV receptors on their head that let them see where the sun is even on a cloudy day for navigation. It also gives them the...
  2. Re: Tried-and-true tactics for helping a tiny hived swarm survive?

    In addition to giving it a brood bomb another thing you can do once you are sure the queen is mated (esp if it might be a virgin swarm) is to trade places with another hive during the mid afternoon. ...
  3. Re: After Extracting, what to do with the frames?

    I understand now. Yes, you can put them back on the hives as is. You'll be surprised how fast they will repair the uncapping and extraction damage. They will have most of the damage repaired by...
  4. Re: New HowTo Video Posted to our youtube channel: screened inner covers

    Now you're starting to get there. That cross section is the only one that matters. But your first claim was patently inaccurate, the cross section of the hive body is not your ventilation area, no...
  5. Re: New HowTo Video Posted to our youtube channel: screened inner covers

    There is a problem with your thinking which led to a problem with your math. You didn't get the penny shim ventilation cross section right and you grossly overstated the actual ventilation cross...
  6. Re: After Extracting, what to do with the frames?

    See this post on storing frames. https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?345627-Storing-Frames&p=1633441#post1633441 I've had good results with these Home Depot tubs and they are...
  7. Re: New HowTo Video Posted to our youtube channel: screened inner covers

    What exactly does this do over just putting thin shims under the cover? Shims furnish the same ventilation cross section and the area is small enough that most insects can't get through. I put...
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    Re: Storing Drawn Comb & Supers in Summer

    See this post on storing frames. https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?345627-Storing-Frames&p=1633441#post1633441 I've had good results with these Home Depot tubs and they are...
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    Re: What have you found to be the best way to

    Jim, I made up a batch of frames three years ago without glue and dated and marked them NG. I also did a batch that I glued and dated for comparison. I used 1-1/2" staples, two staples in the...
  10. Re: Persistent supersedure attempt against a great queen.

    I moved the queen (Callie) to a nuc on the 21st. On the 23rd I added a graft frame to the first hive. I made 14 grafts. Only two of them were accepted. (Did I say I still suck at grafting?) The...
  11. Re: temporary and inexpensive solutions for coloring hive bodies?

    Stick colored masking tape to the landing board.
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    Re: Queen replacing Queen

    Thanks to the crazy spring we didn't even have significant numbers of drones until the end of May. Is it possible that the first round of queens were poorly mated?
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    Re: When does grafting season end?

    You are a wizard. I've been grafting four years now and I still suck at it. Last week I grafted 14 cells. To graft 14 I killed at least another 14. Such carnage! Two cells were accepted. That is...
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    Re: What have you found to be the best way to

    Triangle escape boards are very easy to make. Since they are in use only a short time use 1/2" plywood cut to the exterior dimensions of your hive boxes and let it be the structure. Apply 3/4 x...
  15. Thread: Cold summer

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    Re: Cold summer

    Vance, I'm seeing the same problem down here. Our last snow storm was just four weeks ago. There is still snow on the peaks. We are ten degrees behind normal. Instead of adding boxes in May I...
  16. Re: will the returning field bees find a home in another hive

    A forager coming back with pollen and nectar isn't a robber and is usually let into the hive. If a guard bee greets it the guard is easily bribed by any bee carrying nectar to offer.
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    Re: 1: 1 sugar syrup recipe?

    Just like screened bottom boards. :rolleyes:

    I put only sugar and water in my syrup. 2:1 keeps better than 1:1. I don't put more syrup on the hive that they can put away in two to three days. ...
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    Re: 2 frame mini nuc split

    That seems so odd now to see that guy all suited up now.
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    Re: 2 frame mini nuc split

    And how long is that? I'm going on my fourth year of sucking at it. I have resigned myself to grafting twice as many cups as I wanted and ending up with less than I wanted.
  20. Thread: No Beetles

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    Re: No Beetles

    We don't have hive beetles here, but could the absence of beetles be because your present stock is all from a swarm? If you get a package or a nuc it could already have a beetle in it. But I doubt...
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    Re: Any beekeepers in northern Utah?

    I've had good luck overwintering. Last fall I had five Langstroth hives going into winter. I also had a Warre that I had been experimenting with for a while. By November a hive from a swarm I...
  22. Re: Feeding back Nectar/Honey from an odd cuttout

    When I reclaim wax with nectar and honey in it I put a few inches of very hot water in the catch bucket. The melted wax floats on water. Any water, nectar, honey that is in the melted honey sinks...
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    Re: Any beekeepers in northern Utah?

    I am near the border between Salt Lake County and Utah county. There are about a dozen or so Utah beeks here I think. I started beekeeping in another state, then career brought me here, and for a...
  24. Re: Has anyone heard of adding foos coloring/dye to sugar water?

    I've heard of it. Never done it. There are boxes for the bees and there are boxes for me. Syrup is never on a hive when boxes for me are on a hive. Food coloring is non-toxic, it shouldn't hurt...
  25. Re: Finishing capped cells after day 5 without a mechanical incubator

    If I am following you, you have a bar of cells in a finisher and you want to add a new bar of grafts to that finisher.

    The guys at the Honeybee Research Center at University of Guelph have a...
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