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  1. Re: This is getting ridiculous (Varroa and OAV treatment)

    Because the count will never go down without a starting point:scratch: So you know how many mites are actually dropping pre & post (if the treatment was effective)? So no one can blame someone else,...
  2. Re: This is getting ridiculous (Varroa and OAV treatment)

    Agreed, and most beekeepers who treat or who are TF, doesn't just watch a hive get robbed & definitely doesn't let it go to the brink of death or getting robbed out:scratch:
  3. Re: Confusing in treatment free vs mis-treating bees

    Don't all beekeepers get another hive or propagate from their survivors, should a hive die:scratch: I have to go now because I am a day late on my scheduled prophylactic treatments :D And no, I...
  4. Re: Honey-b-gone for hive removal

    I Doubt that it will work, and trap out & quickly should not be used in the same sentence:D
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    Re: What are they doing???

    Perhaps.., sap or other insects to eat:scratch:
  6. Re: Feeding with Deep Boxes in the Northwest

    There’s always logic;) But what if the bottom deep is not empty of stores or brood? Why not just take less honey, if feeding sugar water is a concern?
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    Re: Foul Brood Disaster?

    "Last treated last fall with 3 bouts of OA vapor." For treated bees this is an eternity:eek:
  8. Re: Undrawn super between honeybound brood boxes?

    I don't know if it was a mistake or not, father time will let you know:D, but if your brood boxes were 90 percent capped honey, they back filled the broods nest=why they swarmed, and may swarm again....
  9. Re: Purchased Queen Never Laid An Egg

    Been there, done that:eek: I had three purchased queens this season lay not a single egg (same supplier). Ultimately, removed them & gave them a bath. As vtbeeguy said, its the risk usually the buyer...
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    Re: Where to buy bulk sugar?

    Do Not use brown sugar or powdered sugar:eek: Not sure if it would totally kill them, but it will not be a pretty sight.
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    Re: Capturing Wild Bees Question

    Lets start with permission :eek:, I know its a park, but someone may already have plans for the bees, and why don't you have your boxes prepared, it's getting close to the end of the season? (maybe...
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    Re: Cleaning Up Burr Comb

    Why give yourself more work? Notice how it reappears? As it gets closer to winter, I would suggest that you stop removing from the bottom of the frames. In my experience, this are your “ladders” for...
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    Re: Angry Bees

    Bees temperament can change at any given time, for all kinds of reasons, so go into your management prepared as if it is going to be war:D Maybe they “knew” you were about to rob them;)
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    Re: Bees in the trash

    It has been my experience that they are most likely after the "sugar" from soda cans or fountain drinks left behind.
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    Re: new queen, when do I inspect

    I would wait anywhere from 7-10 days personally.
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    Re: New one for me... thoughts?

    Agree, with you & JWPalmer, it is unlikely there is an open cavity next to them, or they would be in it:eek:
    Check this one out, although rare in CO, I have been coming across at least one a year...
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    Re: Captured Swarm: What Next?

    If the goal is to get them ready for Winter, don’t set them back by trying to fix the bottom box. I would leave the bridge comb/box as it is (as you did), & just keep feeding them so they draw & fill...
  18. Re: well, they left....then came home

    Yes, it’s alone a matter of time/weather permitting before they leave again. I would make multiple splits with the q cells in there & if you find her that’s a bonus;), Still May not prevent them from...
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    Re: Bees staying home

    Not due to heat, because it would make them fly, ventilate hive, etc. Possibility of rain, barometric pressure? Something doesn’t read right:p
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    Re: swarm

    Uhhh., go capture them & they won’t move? More importantly, you don’t want them to move into your neighbors structure, or yours for that matter:D Once a hive swarms there are multiple Q cells left...
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    Re: Why am I losing my Queens?

    How frequently did you have your head in the box after transfer?
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    Re: Locking up a hive

    I would perhaps be more worried about parts of the tree falling on the boxes (10 ft is close for large trees coming down) & am not a fan of locking up bees on a hot day. With Lots of ventilation,...
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    Re: Set It and Forget It?

    No attack here, but one difference is the probability of unmanaged bees swarming, contaminating, dying, mite bombing, etc. (okay that was more than one), are high. A lot happens when you are gone in...
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    Re: bee removal help needed

    Looks like it was a great observation hive;)
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    Re: bee removal help needed

    Yes, lights off. Is the box sealed? Are you trying to attract the stragglers in the box? As soon as sun comes in that window, if the box is not sealed, your going to have flying bees in that...
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