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    Re: White milky substance

    Ya know, if you blow that picture up, you can make out the lavae swimming in that huge pool of royal jelly.
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    Re: How Much honey?

    Unless you break the reporting data down, there is no point to your request. Averages are meaningless. Compare my data with that of I'llbeedan. In a good year with a strong hive, I can harvest...
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    Re: White milky substance

    I am not seeing much of anything in those cells. Maybe it is my phone and the little screen. Try using a toothpick and see if you can pull any of the stuff out.
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    Re: 1: 1 sugar syrup recipe?

    This is a real easy calculation, and it does not need to be precise. Add one pint of water for every pound of sugar. I mix 1-1/4 gallons of water to a 10# bag of Wal-Mart's finest pure cane. Makes 2...
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    Re: Crystallized Honey

    I have not had to deal with crystalization yet. Tulip poplar honey from two years ago is still liquid, but I do need to dehydrate honey sometimes. I have a small refrigerator turned incubator with a...
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    Re: Set It and Forget It?

    They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. A 3-1/2 hour drive is simply too far away to have bees that you are supposed to be caring for. Life has a funny habit of getting in the way....
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    Re: Very wet cool spring split hive issue

    How are your pollen stores and are you feeding pollen sub patties? Bees need protein to make more bees and a wet spring does little to help in that regard.
  8. Re: Persistent supersedure attempt against a great queen.

    Shouldn't you wait a week after setting up the cell starter colony to allow all the capped brood to emerge (nurse bees) and any unseen eggs on the frames to become too old for the bees to make a...
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    Re: White milky substance

    Sickdog, I have seen pools of royal jelly so deep the larva was not visible. Good pollen supply? I have also seen the larvae very dry to where I wondered if they would even develop. So mark the...
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    Re: squaring box corners

    Jadeguppy, go back and look at some of Scott Hendriks' videos. I recall he uses a squaring jig like what you describe.
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    Re: Black Foundation For Honey Supers

    :thumbsup:
  12. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    I have 25 hives. Do I really need to kill nearly 2-1/2 # of bees to establish a baseline? I think, um, no. Since I treat with OAV, using the number of mites that I kill establishes a different...
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    Re: squaring box corners

    Heather, I use a 48" drywall square, although a framing square would work just as well. After I assemble the box, I lay the square on it and smack the acute angle on the counter until the box is...
  14. Re: Back yard BEEK,managing NUCS to maximize options

    Hard to get a summer nuc to draw comb, even with heavy feeding. Bees won't even think about new comb until they have a mated queen and a steady source of "nectar" coming in. If you still have a flow...
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    Re: Multiple Queens

    You need to give her at least two weeks before not seeing eggs could be a cause for concern. I like to give them three weeks and then look for larvae which are much easier to see.
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    Johno, you might want to consider April 1st as your artificial swarm date. My bees are almost exclusively carni/caucasian mutts. All the strong hives had swarmed or were in swarm prep by mid April....
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    Re: Multiple Queens

    She has been caged in the same hive, direct release. If she has been out of the hive, or you are using a different hive, smoke them and then direct release. Virgins have very weak pheromones until...
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    Re: Black Foundation For Honey Supers

    I agree with vectorjet that if you are harvesting varietal honey, you should use the white foundation. I do not get that variation here in our 8 weeks of flow. All 200 of my honey frames use black...
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    Re: Multiple Queens

    Too soon for the queens to be mated and laying eggs. The one in the cage is probably still a virgin and you caught her while she was doing an orientation flight. You could try making a split with her...
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    Re: 3 week old package no eggs or larvae.....

    TG, contract a local bee club and see what they can do for you. Expect to pay $35-40 for a frame of emerging brood. You might consider updating your profile to include your city and state. There may...
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    One of the things that keeps the honey bee gene pool so fliud is the inability to control breeding. Short of II, one can not reasonably dictate which queen is going to mate with which drones. Even...
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    Re: Drone vs Worker comb

    I found this to be true as well. No more than two of the foundationless frames got drawn out as all drone comb. The rest were worker cells with maybe a scattering of drone cells. It had me worried...
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    Re: Ceracel Hive Top Feeder: My review.

    I have posted about these before but Betterbee sells a styrofoam hive top feeder that has resulted in almost 0 drowned bees. Same priciple as the Ceracell feeders, and they can hold up to 4 gals. of...
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    Re: Simple Harmony Farms uncapper

    It is still on my wish list, waiting on the wallet. Spoke to someone yesterday that had one. His opinion echoed those already expressed here, easy to use, fast, leaves shallow cells still capped....
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Deb, it was great. Weather was overcast and she went through a couple of the host's hives, only one was hot and that was because they were queenless. Did a demo on catching queens and attendants and...
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