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    Re: How many honey supers do I need?

    Local flows vary a lot. But, I like to put 3 mediums on each hive at the beginning of the flow. Nectar takes a lot more room than honey and I have had them fill 3 mediums with nectar before drying...
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    Re: OH design reality check, please

    You’re welcome. I used to use wax foundation years ago, but my bees are all on Permacomb and Honey Super Cell and they all use it just fine. I did an experiment in my OH once where I coated some...
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    Re: OH design reality check, please

    Where are you located at? The temperatures in winter could be an issue if you are located where it gets cold. The bees will only be able to form a thin cluster which will not provide the necessary...
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    Re: My 21 deep frame observation hive

    You are welcome and thank you.
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    Re: My 21 deep frame observation hive

    Both, once the queen starts laying she moves up and down in the column she is in and stays in that column. The workers place most of the stores in the same column as the queen, but also utilize the...
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    Re: How to save a queen?

    Put them in an observation hive. You could also put them in a nuc and put the nuc in your house. Put a screened area on the nuc or observation hive before the entrance tube to stop the wind tunnel...
  7. Re: Has anyone put Royal Jelly in with egg to raise Queens?

    Thanks for the clarification. I don’t think that will improve acceptance. The bees clean out cells they don’t want to raise even if they have royal jelly in them. Also, when a larva hatches out,...
  8. Re: Has anyone put Royal Jelly in with egg to raise Queens?

    1st, adding royal jelly to a cell with an egg can drown the egg. 2nd, the eggs are ďgluedĒ to the bottom of the cells, which is why they donít fall off even if you take a frame out and shake it. ...
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    Re: My 21 deep frame observation hive

    I was asked to consider doing a breakout session at the state field day which I think is in March. But, I was told I would only have 20 minutes. So, I wouldn't be able to cover a lot. I'm still...
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    Re: My 21 deep frame observation hive

    Each frame is in its own box, so I slide dividers between them and take one box out at a time.
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    Re: My 21 deep frame observation hive

    I have maintained it as a single colony. They have plenty of space and havenít gotten overly crowded. So, I normally donít need to swap out frames. But, they did go through the usual reproductive...
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    Re: Bees gathering chicken feed

    I keep dry pollen substitute out for mine. If it is warm enough to fly, they will find something somewhere even if it causes problems for other people. Some other beekeepers here in Missouri have...
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    Re: Is Acrylic paint okay to use?

    I have acrylic paint on all of mine that aren't wax dipped. I haven't had any issues.
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    Re: Winter feeding and excess stores

    The issue you can have with continued feeding is that they back fill the brood area and the queen has no where to lay. As long as that is not an issue, it doesn't hurt to feed if you want but it's...
  15. Re: Iowa USA - How many deep boxes for brood chamber?

    A lot of it boils down to your own personal preferences. Most beekeepers here in Missouri use 2 deeps. Some use 1 deep, but usually have to feed them in the winter because they donít have all the...
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    Re: Winter mite treatment results puzzling

    The only reasons I have seen OAV treatments with results like that are: 1. not broodless (happens more often than most people think this time of year) 2. vapor did not rise up into the cluster (with...
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    Re: Sting kills H Bees?

    The stinger usually gets stuck when they sting a mammal and the bee dies. When they sting other insects like other bees, the stinger may or may not get stuck depending on where they sting and how...
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    Re: Cherry Blossom Honey

    It depends on what else is growing and blooming around you. You would probably need at least several acres of them to even taste a difference in the honey and many acres to get mostly cherry blossom...
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    Re: Extending Shelf Life of 2:1 Sugar Syrup

    Just feed it to them as 2:1. All I feed anymore regardless of the time of year is 2:1 or extra heavy 2.5:1. bees do great on it.
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    Re: Small winter cluster

    Is this your only hive? If you have another one, use a double screen board and put them over a strong hive. If not and you really want to save them, I'd put them in an observation hive inside or put...
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    Re: Treat Package Before Installation?

    Treating bees while still in the package is sometimes done, but mostly in other countries. No, there are no issues with absconding or with queen acceptance that I am aware of. I have done it and...
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    Re: Observation Hive Help/Opinions Needed

    There are a lot of variables with observation hives. If possible, post pictures of the hive, air vents (possible too much ventilation), entrance, etc. Also, if you have an infrared thermometer,...
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    Re: Lowest observed foraging temperature

    I've seen them foraging in the Spring on sunny days when it was 38 degrees.
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    Re: Varroa 12%

    Treat all your hives ASAP! If there isn't much sealed brood, pull the sealed brood and freeze it. Treating the hive with OAV after you pull the brood will decimate the mites. Then, feed them...
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    Re: ap23 and candyboards

    Adding dry pollen sub to the candy boards will accomplish 2 things: 1. help bees raise brood. 2. Give small hive beetles a place to reproduce. I don't add it because there are lots of small hive...
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