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    Re: Workers removing markings from queens

    I've watched it happen in my observation hive when they are trying to kill a new queen but end up accepting her. They balled her for 6 days. During that time they bit her and removed the paint.
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    Re: Too low moisture content?

    I never worry about it being too low in moisture. I extracted some last year that was 13.5% moisture and it is still liquid.
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    Re: Help! Bad at seeing eggs

    The cells would be dry. Anymore, I have to wear reading glasses or a pair of safety glasses with magnification on the bottom portion to be able to see eggs or get a clear picture of much of anything.
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    Re: Harvest Lane at Tractor Supply

    I bought some frames and a hive body for a swarm trap a couple of years ago. The frames were alright. The hive body was knotty, cracked, and had a really cheap paint job that should be considered...
  5. Re: Could you use screen to seperate nucs in a single box?

    You would need a double screen or they will fight through the screen. Ideally, you would also need to keep the queens at least 3 inches apart.
  6. Thread: HONEY SUPERS

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    Re: HONEY SUPERS

    If you leave them in, bees will be killed. So, it's just a choice you have to make on how many is too many to leave in.
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    Re: Double Eggs in hives

    Double and occasionally triple eggs in cells are typically laid by a queen. There are a number of different conditions that cause it. As long as she is not laying a whole lot of them like that and...
  8. Thread: Queen Issues

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    Re: Queen Issues

    What write up are referring to?
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    Re: How many honey extractions?

    It varies for me. I extract multiple times. When possible, I extract after the orchard blooms and then extract one or two more times in the Spring and once in the Fall. I like to keep the...
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    Re: Just another queen question....

    Yes, that's what I'd do.
  11. Re: Cloake board set up now with a virgin up top (maybe)

    Also, the virgins don't care about honey barriers. They will go anywhere and everywhere they can.
  12. Re: Cloake board set up now with a virgin up top (maybe)

    If you want the virgin out, shake them through a queen excluder box to find the virgin. If you want her to mate and start laying, just leave a top entrance for her on the opposite side as the other...
  13. Re: cover observation hives to keep out light?

    It sounds like the light triggered orientation flights which is normal. Covering it helps them maintain proper brood rearing temperature. If it is in a window getting direct sunlight, then you would...
  14. Re: why doesn't a hive with poor queen supercede?

    If it is a young queen, her pheromones can still be strong enough to override the supersedure instinct.
  15. Re: daytime temperatures for queens to take mating fllight

    I think there are too many variables for an exact answer that is always correct to the lowest temperature a queen will take a mating flight since the temperature at which bees fly varies depending on...
  16. Re: Loud, low-pitched stuttering buzz in hive

    The shaking signal that bees use to encourage each other to work doesn't typically make a sound that we can hear. The shaking and pushing of the queens doesn't make a noise we can hear either. They...
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    Re: Need help identifying this behavior

    Did it get overcast? This happens a lot when bees fly in the 50's. They come back to the hive and fall short of the landing board or slide off of it and then can't get their temperature up high...
  18. Re: how much sugar solution to give a new package?

    Yes, feed, feed, feed. The frame feeders don't hold enough for my taste. I like to only refill the feeders once a week. When I was starting packages they would take 3 or more gallons of heavy 2:1...
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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...
  20. 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...
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    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...
  23. 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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