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    Re: Time before E Cell construction?

    A week later I find that the first two cells capped have been torn down. Three other cells with well developed peanuts are being thinned down on the ends. The first cells started may have made a...
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    Re: Supers top or bottom?

    It sounds like you are using deeps for supers; that isnt going to happen here at cornercroft farm!
    I have never tried deliberately moving supers to the bottom to get them capped. Will have to see...
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    Re: Supercedure or Swarm After Bear Attack

    Bad weather can cause the queen to shut down especially Carni (Russian?) Queens. The workers think she has gone bad and even when she starts relaying they may start supercedure cells with the first...
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    Re: Supers top or bottom?

    I dont have a link to it, but remember reading that there is a difference between strains of bees in there preference or tolerance of space between top of brood and bottom of a honey ceiling. The way...
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    Re: Set It and Forget It?

    I think post #s 19 and 20 are pointing to a very possible scenario. I was to an information meeting about the new protocols for legally obtaining and using antibiotics. It was mentioned that due to...
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    Re: Very wet cool spring split hive issue

    The queens wont lay eggs for more brood than there are bees to cover and keep the brood warm. It takes three weeks for a brood cycle and the first batches are small so it takes a while before you see...
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    Re: Laying worker question

    If there are enough other colonies in the area where the laying worker hive was removed then returning laying workers will probably disperse enough to not overwhelm and possibly kill existing queens....
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    Re: Making a Queen Catcher

    Somewhere I have seen a very similar frame setup but the screen is a form of elasticized thread that would be a bit more forgiving to press the queen against. The plastic bars of many cheap plunger...
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    Re: New wax foundation issue?

    I see there is nectar in many surrounding cells as well. All the makings of bee bread! Nothing to do with the reinforcing wire.
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    Alram; you have asked questions that are well explained in Snelgroves booklet. It is out of print but available used if you must have the copy in your hands. It is available in PDF. format
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    Re: Laying worker question

    A single screen rather than a double would allow more exchange of queen pheremones (feeding through the single screen)

    Because of reduced worker brood production, a LW colony will have a...
  12. Re: Changing the box of a new colony due to a defect

    Just dont lose the queen in the grass! If your bees are runny or drippy putting a blanket down under where the frames are swung over to the other box is good insurance.
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    The word of many experts can be taken at face value, others not so much. If you default to disbelieving everything associated with "the establishment" you can easily handicap yourself. Stereotyping...
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    Re: Comb honey pollen cells

    Label it Cookies 'N Cream Comb Honey Price it a dollar higher; seriously! I bet it moves. Certainly freeze it at least overnight to kill any shb or wax moth larvae. My son found this the hard way...
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?320339-Snelgrove-boards-anybody-using-them

    Here is a thread that will give you some info. One of the posts gives a link to a downloadable file of...
  16. Thread: Dead Drones

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    Re: Dead Drones

    I think Western has it nailed!
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    I think it is quite possible that making choices favoring swarminess is merely selecting for Carniolan type genetics. If there is a mixture of italian and carni in the surrounding bees, then I think...
  18. Thread: Help Identify

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    Re: Help Identify

    The hair in the bands on abdomen are in patches. Is that not a bit of pollen on the left rear leg? The tip of the abdomen may be drooped down out of the view of the camera. The grey stain on the wood...
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    I really don't know how long it would take if you were to set about deliberately to increase swarming tendency by using nothing but swarm cells. I guess it would depend on the drone pool in your...
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    A little bit of genetic tinkering or selective breeding can do wonders for the bottom line in many cases. If I was in the dairy business I wouldnt be encouraging any hereford bulls to hang around...
  21. Thread: Dead Drones

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    Re: Dead Drones

    I had a colony whose queen became a drone layer; after I got things straightened out the workers culled thousands of drone pupae.

    I would give that colony a close inspection on brood pattern and...
  22. Re: What to do with last winter's 5 deadout hives honey frames?

    The value is in the drawn comb; it hurts to lose that. As far as the feed value simple sugar syrup is an easy proposition to give them. I tried warming up boxes of overwintered honey but still had...
  23. Re: What to do with last winter's 5 deadout hives honey frames?

    I uncapped some and used hot water and fine spray nozzle to flush the thick honey out. It really is too slow. Did you uncap the frames you placed out to have the bees clean them up? Plastic or wax...
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    Re: Towel Treatment

    I didn't have any guilt trip at all over having made up a small batch.:rolleyes: I agree with not making any more than you can use right away. In a zip lock bag at room temp. and exposed to some...
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    Re: Deformed Wing Virus question

    Apho;

    When bees are heavy into brood rearing a very low percentage of mites will be on the adult bees. Probably 90% under cappings so the alcohol wash and mite fall are not indicative of total...
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