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    Re: Orienting question

    This is from a study on orientation flights done by Capaldi using marked bees in 2000: "The number of orientation flights taken by bees before foraging was highly variable, ranging from one to 18...
  2. Re: Will lack of early morning sun negatively affect an apiary?

    It has a huge impact on when they will fly in the winter and in cooler temperatures. It doesn't make that much of a difference when it gets warm out except for the time of day that the orientation...
  3. Re: Old queen about to swarm vs virgin queen

    The old queen lays fewer and fewer eggs until swarming and often lays a few the day she swarms. If she is running really fast and bees look like they are attacking her, she is a virgin. If she is...
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    Re: OAV virgin TBH B4 introducing bees

    Absolutely none.



    If any OA crystals are left in the hive when you open it and you do not have protective gear on, you could inhale some which is not a fun experience at all or get some in your...
  5. Re: Transparent PVC boards instead of Wood for Bee Hive

    I have a couple of hive bodies that have plexiglass windows in the sides that are normally covered with wood unless I take them off for viewing. I have had them for years and know exactly what you...
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    Re: Requeening above an excluder

    I think the percentage of queen cells that make it into a laying queen is going to vary a lot depending on everything else that is going on. Doolittle had tremendous success for a while, then it...
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    Re: Requeening above an excluder

    I tried it last year and got a laying queen in both boxes, but they killed the queen in the top box within a couple of weeks of her starting to lay. From what I've read and seen, it is one of those...
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    Re: Flash Player Fake Update

    That's why I only view this site while running Adblock software. The viruses in the ads are nuts.
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    Re: My 21 deep frame observation hive

    Yes, they are still on artificial comb and I do like using it enough that I no longer use wax comb. If you decide to try it, I recommend running it through the dishwasher before you use it. I got...
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    Re: My 21 deep frame observation hive

    Here's a close-up video I took of the queen laying in this observation hive on February 13th. https://www.facebook.com/groups/msbainfo/permalink/1593783377444980/
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    Re: bees in the supers

    "The number of orientation flights taken by bees before foraging was highly variable, ranging from one to 18 (mean 5.6 ± 0.29 flights). Equally variable was the age at which these flights began,...
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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...
  18. 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,...
  19. 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 “glued” to the bottom of the cells, which is why they don’t 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 haven’t gotten overly crowded. So, I normally don’t 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...
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