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    Re: Check out this nuc

    That was one of the problems with my two frame nucs. Bees could not defend them and they would get robbed to pieces. Going to plug the openings and install disc entrances with a much, much smaller...
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    Re: Intro as well as being treatment free

    If there is going to be a little one on one education with the opportunity to work along side him, I would say it is worth it. I recently learned that Kirsten Traynor has a queen grafting workshop at...
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    Re: Distance between hives

    Ideally, hives are spaced at fairly wide intervals to help avoid drifting and disease transmission. Unfortunantly, for the vast majority of us, that is simply not practical. Space your hives as you...
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    Re: How to not care for bees:

    I thought about suggesting he was giving the bees what I call "the white glove treatment". Total newb. We all start somewhere similar, but most do not take video of our ineptitude. Can't even begin...
  5. Re: Subspecies identification by color pattern

    I'll try to get some better pictures. But the bees are getting yellower in color in some of the hives. All my bees originated from just two queen lines and most are from a swarm colony I caught three...
  6. Re: I think I fed my bees too much sugar water...

    As someone who actually uses mason jars in their nucs, I can tell you that a strong 5 frame nuc will put away a pint to a pint and a half in 24 hours. Most of the nucs will not take it that fast. I...
  7. Re: Subspecies identification by color pattern

    Have not noticed any obvious issues with the 20 some hives here, and I am in each hive about every two weeks. A few more often as I am making nucs. I will keep an eye out for other signs, but mite...
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    Re: How to not care for bees:

    I suffered through this just to see how someone could not have a clue as to how to use a hot knife, thanks Alex. I truly feel sorry for his bees. Starting with its 45 outside, lets rip open the hive...
  9. Subspecies identification by color pattern

    This color pattern showed up in my yard this year. My bees have for the past two years been clearly identifiable as predominantly A.m.Carnica. Is this what A.m.Ligustica can look like? The pictures...
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    Re: Brood Pattern: Spotty vs. Hygienic

    Keep on feeding. You need them to draw comb and that is a huge drain on resources. The Wal-Mart here sells 10# bags for $3.20. I am buying it 100# at a time (weekly) for my hives and I don't have...
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    Re: New split robbing?

    Suprised the candy had not been eaten and the queen released, but hey, no robbing and the splits are still alive. Works for me.
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    Greg, thanks for the link on the dragonfly swarms. I grew up in South Florida where dragonflys were quite common. I don't remember seeing so many here in my yard in Virginia until I started keeping...
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    Re: Add resource queen now?

    So, you made a split with the original queen. The hive made an emergency queen which was mated and then promptly swarmed, and you hived the swarm. The original hive is queenless but has cells...
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    Re: Brood Pattern: Spotty vs. Hygienic

    Wendy, it looks like your little colony is growing nicely. The comb on the foundationless frames you showed looks great. You won't get those solid frames of capped brood until you have a lot more...
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    Sticky: Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    Glenn, your thread is certainly entertaining. While I have not sat down and read them straight through like Russ, even if he spent a week, I have followed the thread since you started it. By design,...
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    Perhaps this is because you do not have 50-100 dragonflys swoopoing through your beeyard, helping themselves to a free meal? Last year I was using my 2 x 4 deep queen castles. Opposite sides of the...
  17. Thread: Cloudy Honey

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    Re: Cloudy Honey

    Try heating one jar and see if the cloudiness goes away. Could be micro sugar crystals. Assuming it is not pollen and the honey is not fermented.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Another sweltering day in the apiary. Made another two walk away splits, one each from hives 1A1 and 1A2. I realized that Hive 1A1 is capable of supporting another three frame split next week as it...
  19. Thread: Hello

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    Re: Hello

    Hi there jammoates. We are practically neighbors. I am up at the Southern States OMC store on US15 in Orange around once per month. Feel free to ask away in the Beekeeping 101 forum. Folks here will...
  20. Re: Combining a nuc with a strong queenless hive.

    If you do not locate and kill the original queen first, how do you plan on making sure your new queen is the one that survives? You absolutely have to do it, or just run with the split and do not...
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    Re: Queen Cage acceptance ????

    It is in the written instructions. Queen and attendants create a micro colony with it's own smell, according to OHB.
  22. Thread: Hive smell

    by JWPalmer
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    Re: Hive smell

    Thanks for the added input Ruth. I was out in the bee yard today inhaling the aroma of a couple of healthy hives, right before I pulled splits from them. If somebody could put hive air in a can,...
  23. Re: Queen is gone ! 16 queen cups - what is the best course of action?

    Those are what is known as orientation flights. It is the nurse bees that are being graduated early to foragers learning where the hive is in relation to the sun and nearby objects. Often occurs in...
  24. Thread: Failing split

    by JWPalmer
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    Re: Failing split

    Could be she was attacked while on her mating flight but escaped and was able to return home. I would try option B. I think there is still time to make a queen from a frame of brood if you don't...
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    Re: Todays Honey Prices!

    Four dollars per pound (1 quart for $12) seems awfully cheap for any honey, locally produced or not. That is even less than my local supermaket sells the raw honey.
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