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  1. Re: Need some guidance...Bee Hive B...Good...Bee Hive A...not so well...

    Nothing jumps out at me as being a problem with location. If you want, you could move BHA closer to BHB, my hives are practically touching each other so moving them closer won't cause any additional...
  2. Re: Any reason to actually use "box joints" other than aesthetics?

    Finger joints are by their nature a stronger joint. I make my equipment with rabbeted joints and plenty of glue and nails. They are holding up just as well as the purchased boxes.
  3. Re: Did I catch a swarm? or is it just massive robbing?

    Robbing is usually a pretty destructive process as far as comb. If there are wax flakes on the bottom of the hive and the edges of the comb are ragged, it is robbing. If new comb is being built, you...
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    Re: Bees not expanding to new frames

    Right side of frame. From the top, um, bottom of the frame, count down five bees and over three. Cannot see abdomen so can't say for sure. Thorax is darker and more pronounced than other bees on the...
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    Re: When to transfer a swarm box into a hive

    After three weeks, the queen should have been laying and there should have been brood in the comb. Something else is in play here. Maybe you had a virgin queen, or there is something about the box...
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    Re: Bees not expanding to new frames

    Good eye. I believe you may be right. I looked earlier but did not pick her out. The thorax sure LOOKS like a queen's.
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    Re: Bees not expanding to new frames

    What did the nuc look like? Number of frames of capped brood, honey and pollen stores etc. You have plenty of capped brood so the queen is laying, but at five weeks in, they should have just about...
  8. Re: how to requeen production colony during the flow?

    Doing the same thing myself right now. Tried a frame of eggs two weeks ago but got nothing. Installed an about to emerge queen cell center frame top brood chamber. Put the supers back on cause the...
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    Re: Caught Swarm - Nuc or Full box?

    You need to buy a longer ladder, or a chainsaw.
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    Re: Bees not expanding to new frames

    Couple of problems. Foremost, you have too much space in the hive. Remove the top box (super) and leave only the lower box (brood chamber). The hive does not appear to be packed with bees. That will...
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    Re: Swarm now no queen...now what?

    If the second swarm was two weeks ago, you should be seeing eggs any day now. One of my mentees just went through this very same senario. She missed seeing the primary swarm and called me when she...
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    Re: Caught my first swarm

    Grozzie, and if it turns out the queen was a virgin? I have used a qe under the hive body to keep a queen locked inside, but only for three days. This was on one of my swarms that I shook into a box,...
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    Re: 18 month plan - is it realistic?

    I don't think the plan is all that aggressive, if you can overwinter your bees. Forego any idea of honey for this year and concentrate solely on hive (bee) growth. This means feed sugar and pollen...
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    Re: When to use entrance reducer

    Bees cool the hive through evaporative cooling. In order for that to work, the moisture from evaporation has to have somewhere to go. Extra ventilation provides that avenue of escape. There have been...
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    Re: Apiary Layout/Location?

    The hive stands are 8' 4x4s on concrete blocks. Each side of the square is composed of two sets of stands, each containing up to 5 10-frame hives. Space is left between the stands to drive the mower...
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    Re: Trapping 2020 - success rate?

    Congratulations on your first swarm.
  17. Thread: What is this?

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    Re: What is this?

    Deb, I have found flower petals on my screened bottom boards. The bees bring back some crazy things.
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    Re: Apiary Layout/Location?

    I currently have 30 hives sitting on a spot that is 50'x50' square. Of course it helps that there are thousands of acres of crops and woodland surrounding me. Bees forage a 3 mile radius if necesssry...
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    Re: When to use entrance reducer

    If you have a screened bottom board without the insert, there is no need to open the entrance reducer beyond the 4" opening. Assuming this is a fairly new hive as an established colony does not need...
  20. Re: 2, 3, 5, or 35 What are the least practical to get out of buying bees every year?

    I was asked this question by someone to whom I was selling bees. Talk about a conflict of interests! She wanted three, and I agreed that three was the best number for a new beekeeper to start off...
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    Re: Swarm now no queen...now what?

    Nbstl68, can you provide the dates of the swarms? Check the brood nest and see if any of the combs have a section of empty cells in the center of all the nectar. Since there is no brood remaining,...
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    Re: Foundation-less frames

    Linda, use the size #64 rubber bands, available at your local office supply store, to secure the comb to the foundation. It does not take long for the bees to attach it properly. You will know it is...
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    Re: Easy cell builder help

    Isn't that the truth!
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    Re: Foundation-less frames

    I have not seen a wire used as a bottom bar before. Makes good sense as the bees readily incorporate it into the comb, much like the bamboo skewers that some use. Is that a common way of doing it...
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    Re: Failed split/Captured Swarm

    Hi Jerry,
    1. No
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    If anything, give the newly caught swarm a frame of the bees from one of the other colonies. Do not give them the frame with the queen cells on it! In another...
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