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    Re: Add resource queen now?

    No. Earlier in the summer the hive was crowded and I removed 3 frames and bees from the brood boxes and put them in a resource hive. (To try and prevent a swarm). That bunch created a queen. The...
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    Add resource queen now?

    My biggest hive swarmed 2 days ago. I caught and rehived the swarm. A couple of weeks ago I made a split to reduce congestion in the hive and they made an emergency queen. The queen is now mated...
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    Re: Splitting a Top-bar hive

    I am interested in how this is handled eventually turns out. Post or PM me with what you tried etc. Thanks
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    Re: Basswood/linden - ID and bloom ???

    15 miles south of Albany our American Basswood buds are still pretty tight, but the more mature trees are loaded.
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    Re: Basswood/linden - ID and bloom ???

    I'm pretty sure the leaves in the 1st photo are Poplar. Basswood leaves have unsymmetrical sides on the base of the leaf.
  6. Increase swarm population for best chance of honey

    I caught a small swarm and a good sized swarm with mated queens. I have a strong new nuc this year. I am more interested in honey production than increasing hives. Is it better to donate a frame of...
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    Re: Moving/rehiving HEAVY swarm trap

    Update. I switched bees to permanent hive this morning. I lucked out with the honey being in the frames and not below. One frame was drawn all the way to the bottom of the trap but was easily...
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    Moving/rehiving HEAVY swarm trap

    I caught a large swarm that I couldn't get to for several days. When I picked it up at dark tonight I was surprised at the weight. It is much heavier than one I caught and let sit at hive site for...
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    Re: How long does a banana smell last?

    ARBeekeeper In the interest of myth/science could you repeat that test with a sliced onion? The two quickest multiple sting episodes I have experienced occurred during barehanded replacement of a...
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    TBH drawing new comb

    I have only one top bar hive. It overwintered as a small 8 bar colony and has started expanding and drawing new comb. I have been moving the backer one bar at a time and shifting the last comb to...
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    Re: Lot’s of Drone Cells. Why?

    Is this on new drawn bars or did they rework combs of worker sized cells? Do they commonly rework a bar or frame to change cell size? In a Langstroth hive I once saw a new frame fully drawn in open...
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    Re: Uh oh im gonna try ditch the full bee suit...

    Sounds like you may be tying this incorrectly. Mine starts with strings in back, under each arm to loops in front, crisscross down across chest, and around waist from front to back to front and tie.
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    Re: Honeybees vs. rooftop solar

    So if you spent the same amount of money on hives, bees etc. as you would in a 6 kW roof top unit how do the results work out?
  14. Thread: Wavy brood comb

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    Wavy brood comb

    Last year was my second year with bees and I started to use foundationless frames in the brood boxes. Compared to frames with foundation some of the comb faces were quite wavy with varying depths. ...
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    Re: Why bees build in hexagons

    LOL You seem to want to belabor a point that you may or may not have an explanation for, and disregard other intriguing portions of the comb, such as the point of the Y and the slope of the "tubes"...
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    Re: Swarm in February??????

    Shoulda coulda woulda gone to talk with her and assessed the situation. A show of concern goes a long way in keeping neighbors happy.
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    Winter search for bee tree

    With decent snow pack and predicted warm spell I am wondering if anyone has found a bee tree in winter by spotting telltale signs of a cleansing flight. I'd like to check out a nearby area that I...
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    Re: Aren’t they overreacting a bit?

    NICE SAVE YOU GUYS!!
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    Re: Upper vs Lower Ventilation (again).

    Deleting my post, probably not add anything or relevant.
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    Re: Upper vs Lower Ventilation (again).

    Bees move air where they want it in warm weather anyone check to see if there is (bee supplied) air movement around a cluster?
  21. Re: De-crystallizing honey - I still have crystals after 5 days @ 105F

    ° Windows 10 pc with number pad on right. Place cursor where you want symbol. Hold alt and type 0176 ° should appear.
    I think you can copy/paste the symbol after that instead of retyping the...
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    Re: Deep frames into Medium frames

    Tough to use an extractor without bottom bar.
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    Re: what to do with a feral colony?

    I like the idea of swarm traps. If the bees are leaving anyway you could raise queens from them and perhaps expand the line without wiping out the original hive.
  24. Any Benefit Returning Propolis To The Hive?

    I will be cleaning the supers I removed from my hives and wondered if the bees will redistribute the propolis if I put some of it back in the hive.
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    What are they doing with the syrup?

    I have a topbar hive I've been feeding with an internal feeder for comb expansion. Do foragers transfer syrup to wax builders, is the syrup stored in comb and then used as needed or do the wax...
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