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    Re: Should this worry me?

    Sorry, I had assumed these were healthy and robust hives. JSneed, listen to Rich. He has had eyes on your hives and can provide you with the best advice.
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    Re: Should this worry me?

    Open the entrances and put a paint stir stick under the backside of the telescoping top to lift it up an 1/8th of an inch. See if you have as much bearding then. This is one of the reasons I use...
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    Re: Hives with 2 queens

    It may not have been far enough along for the first queen to have paid it any mind. Saw that recently where I had a few emerged cells, a lot of torn down cells, and two that had not been touched all...
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    Re: Hives with 2 queens

    Frame in hand, newly emerged virgin, hive already has one virgin out getting mated. I would put that frame and all the bees on it in a nuc and see if she gets mated also. Maybe throw in a few more...
  5. Re: Need advice on starting a couple of small nucs to hold queen cells

    Karen, I run all my nucs in the same apiary as the parent hives. The nucs all have robbing screens and I usually do not have a problem. I say usually because a nuc that is accustomed to a robbing...
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    Re: Queen not allowed into her own hive

    Good call. I was going to suggest a queen clip on top of the frames and a shim to provide space. They should take her back. Keep in mind she may yet not be mated. I would not leave her in the cage...
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    Re: A stumper: errant queen

    Karen, like OT, I have found queens on my leg on at least two occasions. Something to be mindful of when inspecting multiple hives and when you feel a bee crawling on you. Shame that this one died,...
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    Re: Queen not allowed into her own hive

    Never a good idea to mark a virgin queen. The paint made her smell different and her pheromones were not strong enough yet to overcome the smell of the paint. Had a newly laying queen that I marked...
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    Re: What size jars of honey sell most?

    Honey is sold by weight, not volume. A 16 fluid oz. jar (pint mason jar) holds 22 oz. by weight of the honey my bees produce. Some honey is denser, lower moisture content, and may weigh more in the...
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    Re: Introduce Queen Before Or After Move?

    Yikes, J, I meant pop the cork on the candy end. The temp queen should keep them from starting e cells before the queen is introduced, but the new queen still needs to be accepted. I am too chicken...
  11. Re: Neighbor contesting our beekeeping permit - advice for the upcoming hearing?

    Jesse, that is fantastic! Set some swarm traps. It is still swarm season where you live. Reach out to some of the local beekeeping associations and ask about available bees. Most sucsessful...
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    Re: Caught my first swarm! When to move it?

    I think a public flogging is in order. :D

    Not really a double post, similar information presented in two different narratives.
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    Re: Adding Queen to split

    Please post your findings on Sunday. I had made a hive queenless on a Sunday and came back on Wednesday to find several queen cells started and three already capped. I had meant to go back the...
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    Re: Introduce Queen Before Or After Move?

    So, make the split, pop in the temp queen and drive to the new location on Saturday. Remove the temp queen strip and set the cage in place with cork removed. Cross your fingers and drive back home....
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    Re: Microscope advice sought

    For bee work, a 400x works fine, or so I was told. Have not forked over the money to see tracheal mites and such tiny things as of yet. Might as well get one that you can take pictures from too.
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    Re: LaunchAmerica

    I sm very pleased with private industry leading the way this time around. I am not sure complacency was the cause of the Challenger tragedy, leaning more towards the low bidder on the oring contract,...
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    Re: Adding Queen to split

    One way to do it is go back into the hive on day four post split. Look for any queens cells that are capped or appear much further along than any others. Destroy those and allow the younger queen...
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    Re: Adding Queen to split

    Good chance of it. Takes them about a day to start queen cells. As long as they have not started making a queen, your added queen should be accepted.
  19. Re: Why is a Langstroth # body the width that it is?

    I am sure that in Langstroth's day, a 10" wide board was actually 10" and one needed the extra 3/8", 3/16" on each side, to true it up.
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    Re: Stupid bee math, and size of a bait hive

    When I frequent a business, I look at the posting on the door. If they are asking me to please wear a mask, I will. If they demand that I do, I either take my business elsewhere or enter without,...
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    Re: If bees were paid the minimum wage

    Y'all are nuts. I pay my girls piece work, one penny per 1/4 teaspoon. Most do not live long enough to cash the check. Some never show up to collect it. Cuts down on expenses, but all those 1099's...
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    Re: Adding Queen to split

    No, but placing a mated queen in a split you made several days prior will probably result in a dead queen. Either put the queen in tomorow or wait at least a week and tear down any queen cells the...
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    Re: Moldy honey supers

    I think a dunk in a strong bleach solution and a good rinsing afterwards would take care of the mold. Drawn supers are too valuable to scrape down over a little mold.
  24. Re: Recently Installed Nuc into my 1st Long Lang.... No Drawn Comb after 2 Weeks!!!

    Welcome to Beesource Brittany. Are you feeding them? You say the flow has not started and it is a new nuc.
  25. Re: Hive Inspection - Questions about burr comb and bottom board (Screened)

    My hives are arranged in a square pattern, generally aligned magnetic east/west, north/south. Magnetic deviation is 10 degrees W. I have never noticed more burr comb in the north/south facing hives....
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