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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Honey super soon?
« Last post by Nyleve on June 25, 2016, 02:12:39 PM »
Another question about timing. I installed a nuc at the end of May and just put a second brood box on a week ago with fully drawn comb (from last year's honey super). Just checked the hive and the bees are all over the frames in the second box. There are lots of eggs and the girls seem very busy repairing the comb. How soon do you think I can add a honey super? The daisies are just starting here, milkweed will be starting soon and lots of trees are in bloom. I'm in central Ontario.

Am I rushing things? I don't care if I get any honey this year, I just want to make sure they have enough room and keep busy.

Oh one more question. I saw several bees dragging dead bodies out. Is this just normal housecleaning? I saw at least half a dozen either being pulled out or bodies just dumped on the grass in front of the hive.



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Just saw an aside mention about this issue and had been wondering about it myself. I am a 5th year beek and have always had SSB's, and I have often noticed a tendency for the bottom-most brood box to never get fully utilized. I was wondering if either a) too much ventilation or b) too much light could cause the bees to avoid the bottom box and move up.
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I had begun to suspect this year that an open screen bottom might have something to do with the bottom box being lightly used, as has been my experience in past years, but I hadn't read anything about it. I think I'll post a question.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: In Need of Advice Please
« Last post by MT Bee Girl on June 25, 2016, 01:18:43 PM »
Lol not quite sure. Just came back to update actually. I just called the new owner again and got him on the phone and will pick up a queen. Thank you iddee.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: In Need of Advice Please
« Last post by iddee on June 25, 2016, 01:16:27 PM »
Is N.C. northern or southern? We have a few queens available.

www.beezneedz.com
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: In Need of Advice Please
« Last post by MT Bee Girl on June 25, 2016, 12:58:20 PM »
Nice Jim. I've always liked that picture.

Btw Jeff. Yesterday this guy came into our store where I work and said he is from the
FL Keys and needed some hikers and long underwear. lol I was all, "Hey! I know a beekeeper down in the Keys! Jeff. You know him?" LOL! We had a good laugh. hehehe

A little disappointed. The new store owner never called me back. lol I'd say that's not a very good new business practice on his part. Can I get a new queen shipped to me this time of year? A northern Queen? Any ideas on where to look?
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: oils for treating hives
« Last post by CrazyTalk on June 25, 2016, 12:57:57 PM »
Essential Oils are no less chemicals than any other miticide/pesticide - and many of our modern pesticides are essentially isolates of the chemicals in essential oils, or analogues to them. If you're worried about side effects with modern 'chemicals' - you should be worried about the side effects of putting essential oils in your hives.

The big difference with natural remedies like this is that they're way less targeted than many of the commercial products - which isn't a good thing.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Paramoth
« Last post by mikecva on June 25, 2016, 12:14:39 PM »
It says 1 week. I let air dry for 2 weeks and I have never had any problems with the bees in those hives.   Just my 2 cents.  -Mike
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Paramoth
« Last post by 2Sox on June 25, 2016, 12:00:46 PM »
Just curious.  After storage with Paramoth, how long do you guys let the combs air out before you use then inside the hives?
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Must make more boxes this weekend.     

I've said that a time or two myself. :cheesy:
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