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    Re: nuc abscond question

    Thanks Michael I usually move a frame of honey up but I will be sure to put brood up.
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    Re: nuc abscond question

    I have never had it as bad as this year out of 20 nucs 6 absconded. They were mostly started from swarm cells. I had an unusual amount of swarms this summer. I caught 3 of them, entered the hive they...
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    Re: Queen cell failures?

    I can't imagine they chilled it has been pretty warm and there were a lot of bees in the finisher. I moved open 3 frames brood up above a queen excluder to get nurse bees up into the finisher. Wish I...
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    Re: Queen cell failures?

    The larvae were pupated.
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    Re: Queen cell failures?

    Yes the larvae were white. I put the larvae in two different queen right hive finishers. Queens that were left in the starter until capped emerged.
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    Queen cell failures?

    This is my third year raising a few queens. I started with nicot system but have grafted a few into nicot cups also. Never more than 6 cells completed out of 20. I ended up with 6 good cells out of...
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    Nicot queen releases

    Do you remove the queen excluder screen in front or just the plug when queen is released
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    Double nuc transfer to 10 frame box.

    I have double nuc that I would like to transfer one side to 10 frame box. Is there any methods that work best as in past a lot of bees want to stay behind on the sides of double nuc and can't just...
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    Re: Dirty B......

    The police department said Wednesday two boys, ages 12 and 13, have been arrested in connection with the incident, which drew ire from people across the country and garnered national and...
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    Re: Dirty B......

    Rumor is Primary suspects are Dirt Bikers and four wheelers that used this property as their own playground b4 beekeepers bought it. I watch these idiots all the time they think any property no
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    Dirty B......

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  12. 1st attempt at Nicot queen rearing questions?

    I put Nicot plastic grid in an old frame of comb. Placed it in queen right hive for bees to polish cups. Placed queen in grid she laid eggs in cups. 1st 2nd and 3rd day I kept looking for hatched...
  13. 1st attempt at queen rearing with Nicot questions.

    I put Nicot plastic grid in an old frame of comb. Placed it in queen right hive for bees to polish cups. Placed queen in grid she laid eggs in cups. 1st 2nd and 3rd day I kept looking for hatched...
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    larva on pollen sub?

    I open hives yesterday and some of the pollen sub had larva of some sort on pollen sub. would that be small hive beetle? I though of sprinkling, or spraying BT on top of hive or combs as some do to...
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    Re: putting mountain camp sugar on the hive

    generally about five #
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    Re: putting mountain camp sugar on the hive

    No they closed up the vents last spring on the feeder rims. I was in them the other day and I could see too much moisture. Building up which was why I wanted to get sugar in there also. Two fold move...
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    Re: putting mountain camp sugar on the hive

    The last reply was to Mr Beeman's comment.
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    Re: putting mountain camp sugar on the hive

    That is what was making me nervous I feed and feed this hive in the fall. Probably 4 or maybe 5 gal so 2 to 1 and robbers just kept at the hive. I had robber screen on but the just kept it up. Other...
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    Re: putting mountain camp sugar on the hive

    Thanks everyone, 12 degrees today so I will just concentrate on drilling a few more vent holes. looks like they filled a few with propolis
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    putting mountain camp sugar on the hive

    I have been adding some dry sugar on top the hives in a feeder rim at the first of the winter, but this year I have one hive where all the bees are up on top of the hive and I don't know why. I would...
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    Hogg Half Comb Cassettes

    I have Hogg cassettes full but not capped. Should I add another super to the bees have somewhere to work? I am afraid if I leave as is they will build a lot of burr comb. anyone with experience with...
  22. What are the bees collecting off Norway spruce

    I notice for the last couple days the bees are working the Norway Spruce candles. What could they be collecting?
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    Re: What Beekeeping Goodies did Santa Drop Off?

    You lucky "Son of a Guns" all I got was my in-laws or "outlaws" which ever you would call them exiting my place with last summers crop LOL. But then again I am happy they enjoy it, I did sit it out...
  24. Is there a problem feeding honey back to the bees.

    I have about two quarts of honey that I left in my bottling bucket and ants got in it. I also have some crystalized honey in plastic bears that the mice got into and chewed holes in the tops to get...
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    Re: Are SHB a Problem in Your Area?

    Western Iowa Farmland
    Zone 4
    Loess soil (Loess is an aeolian sediment formed by the accumulation of wind-blown silt)

    Temperature reaches -10 frequently in winter for maybe two week period. Hot...
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