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Ok, I will. I read somewhere that you are supposed to destroy them but your hint sounds better.
Thanks!

Whoever wrote that knows nothing.  I also know experienced beekeepers who smash every drone they see.  They are there for a purpose, too.  Learn from the bees.  They know more about being bees than we can ever understand.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Supersedure cells or swarming?
« Last post by cao on May 30, 2016, 11:52:17 PM »
If entrance reducers aren't causing traffic jams even on nice days during a flow, the hives aren't very busy.

I took them off two years ago and I noticed that the majority of the bees still used the 3-4 inches where the reducer was.  The rest of the entrance was left empty.  Yes we are in the middle of our flow now and there can be a little bit of a traffic jam but the bees figure it out.  This is on my bigger hives that are 5 boxes tall right now(may need to add another box this week).  The main advantage of leaving it on is that I don't have to worry about robbing except on some of my weaker nucs.  I think it also helps keep the SHB out of weaker hives.

Gunny-T its in the mid 80's here now and they are bearding now.  A larger entrance does allow them to circulate the air a little better to cool the hive.  In your neck of the woods you may want the reducer off.  I think the bees will do fine either way.

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Seems natural to me to let them live. What do I know...I don't even know what they look like yet! *Grin*
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Nosema help
« Last post by Gunny-T on May 30, 2016, 11:40:46 PM »
"Complete Bee" is a combo supplement.  It's supposed to help in many areas especially digestion and overall health.  It's a bit pricey but came highly recommended from several large commercial operators.  We put a teaspoon in their sugar water.  It can also be drenched or sprayed. 
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Supersedure cells or swarming?
« Last post by Gunny-T on May 30, 2016, 11:36:34 PM »
I was thinking with enough bees to add a second deep they would surely need a bigger entrance.  Making assumptions....  It's already breaking 100 f. Here in Central Cali-fruity. 
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Nosema help
« Last post by Oblio13 on May 30, 2016, 11:27:43 PM »
Nosema isn't the only type of "bee diarrhea", and Nosema doesn't cause "K wing".

Maybe you're seeing "Deformed Wing Virus".

Have you done a mite count? That's where I'd start.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Supersedure cells or swarming?
« Last post by cao on May 30, 2016, 11:27:18 PM »
>Am I correct in that if the hive was going to swarm it would have done so when they capped the queen cells?

Yes, usually they will swarm within a few days of capping the queen cells. 

If the queen cells were recently capped there might still be some not hatched yet on saturday.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Supersedure cells or swarming?
« Last post by Oblio13 on May 30, 2016, 11:20:39 PM »
If your hive has capped queen cells, they have likely already swarmed. On the bright side, a broodless period will reduce your mite count.

... I am inclined to let them do their thing...
Bingo. If you don't know what to do, don't do it.
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Thanks for your thoughtful comments, Gunny.  Thought you might have something useful to contribute and I wasn't disappointed.

BTW, the notification that came to me of your post was blank.  I wonder if others experienced that.  I found it because of the title, but it showed nothing of the body of the post.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Supersedure cells or swarming?
« Last post by Oblio13 on May 30, 2016, 11:16:25 PM »
Why are your entrance reducers still in?   

Why not?  I left mine on all of last year and they are still on this year.  I haven't had any issues with leaving them on.
If entrance reducers aren't causing traffic jams even on nice days during a flow, the hives aren't very busy.
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