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    Re: Queen Cage acceptance ????

    It took my bees 4 days to chew through the candy on the cage like you have, and I push a nail whole through it. They may be friends by now. I have release a lot of queens with attendants but it...
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    Re: Queen Cage acceptance ????

    This will tell you why.

    https://www.ohbees.com/pages/tutorials/#introduce-new-queen
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    Re: Queen Cage acceptance ????

    The attendants are strange bees to the hive and are protecting their queen. They fight.
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    Re: Queen Cage acceptance ????

    If there are attendants in the cage with her they may be reacting to them. When I introduce a queen to a new hive I release all the attendants and only put the queen in the hive.
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    Re: Mouse in my hive

    I probably would not eat it myself but I would feed it to the bees. I have noticed for years now in my cement floor dog kennel, the dogs urinate all over it, and the bees are there by the hundreds...
  6. Re: low honey production in northern Illinois.

    The cool wet weather has left the bees sitting in their hive consuming the feed and raising their brood. We have had few days the bees can forage in force and when they have the blooming plants have...
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    Re: XXXL nitrile gloves?

    These are tough gloves. I get 4 or 5 uses out of each pair. Extra long cuffs. The largest I see is XL but they really stretch. Amazon carries them.
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    Re: Laying worker in a queenright nuc?

    You sure that's a queen or did you paint a worker bee. Not going to find much room to lay on a frame of nectar.
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    Re: Laying worker in a queenright nuc?

    If it is laying workers they may very well end up killing that queen. I would cage her then figure out what you have. It may take a newly mated queen a few days to figure out her equipment but you...
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    Re: Laying worker photo

    Laying worker


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    Re: Slow and Cold Start to Spring Flows Here

    Seems to be the same here in Michigan. Hopefully when it does warm up the queens will start laying like mad so we can a least get a couple weeks of the July flow. Things are blooming every where here...
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    Re: splitting hive myth

    For me, my best split is where I leave the queen and a frame or 2 of open brood, the rest is drawn comb, at the original location with a queen excluder on top. Take all the rest of the brood and...
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    Found Queen Cells Incubate them?

    I was going though a couple of hives a few days back and found what appear to be a queen cell. It was a little different that one would normally see. It was sticking straight out from the comb about...
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    Re: How to split with cold/wet weather

    I am planning to split this Saturday. The weather is suppose to clear and turn warmer. I don't see a real good reason to wait. I have drones flying now and many more in the cells (yes 45 days to...
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    Re: How to split with cold/wet weather

    On mediums you don't need to find the queen or tear the hives apart especially if you are doing a walk away split. Left up and look a the bottom of boxes. If the hive is as big as you say it is just...
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    Re: OTS queens and medium frames?

    Michael…………how would you arraign a 16 frame split or does it matter? Honey to the outside and brood/eggs toward the middle in both boxes with 2 or 3 frames of open comb?
  17. Re: Will bees except a laying queen over the virgin queen in a hive

    Thats what I will do. I will pull the frame with the queen cage and add a frame of eggs and brood.
  18. Re: Will bees except a laying queen over the virgin queen in a hive

    Roland please explain. How can you be sure if there is still a virgin queen in the hive? Would not the cage queen test confirm this?
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    I guess I would agree with that but why do they seem to except the laying queen? Anytime I have ever laid a queen on the top bars with a strange queen to the hive in it, the bees would try and kill...
  20. Will bees except a laying queen over the virgin queen in a hive

    March 31 I open my over winter hive. Nice day, sunny 70*. I found the queen and decided to mark her. Not the best decision i've made. Things went well so I thought. April 14 I went back in the hive...
  21. Thread: AFB Testing

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    Re: AFB Testing

    Out of my 11 hives I only had 3 survive the winter. I did treat with formic pro July 30 last year. The brood that I found was kind of snotty looking or rotted. After looking at each hive though I...
  22. Thread: AFB Testing

    by billdean
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    Re: AFB Testing

    Out of my 11 hives I only had 3 survive the winter. I did treat with formic pro July 30 last year. The brood that I found was kind of snotty looking or rotted. After looking at each hive though I...
  23. Thread: AFB Testing

    by billdean
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    Re: AFB Testing

    Out of my 11 hives I only had 3 survive the winter. I did treat with formic pro July 30 last year. The brood that I found was kind of snotty looking or rotted. After looking at each hive though I...
  24. Thread: AFB Testing

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    AFB Testing

    When testing for American foul brood is it necessary to test every hive? I tested 1 hive, out of 11 that had negative results.
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    50/50 Split Help Please

    I had a huge hive this year that just got to big, 8 medium boxes high, 6 to 8 frames of bees in each box. I did an inspection today and found 3 queen cells. I did a 50/50 split on the hive and kept...
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