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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Entrance Reducer
« Last post by Dallasbeek on May 26, 2015, 03:33:02 PM »
"Some people have 40 years of experience, while others have 1 year's experience 40 times"

I'm stealing that line!

Fair enough.  I did :cool:
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Look at my Photos? 1st Inspection
« Last post by GSF on May 26, 2015, 03:30:24 PM »
"I put my frames back in all sorts of ways to get them shaped like I want them. Don't worry about keeping them in order."

That's interesting. It conflicts with the internet teachings which says "Don't move the furniture around." I'll keep that in mind, thanks iddee.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Entrance Reducer
« Last post by GSF on May 26, 2015, 03:25:53 PM »
"Some people have 40 years of experience, while others have 1 year's experience 40 times"

I'm stealing that line!
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: mildew inside the cover...
« Last post by drjeseuss on May 26, 2015, 02:52:19 PM »
I cleaned the inside of the telescoping cover, then replaced my inner cover with a fully screened inner.  We've had several very humid and rainy days here, though the mildew did not return on this one as it did on another.  It appears the larger area for moisture to escape, rather than concentrating it through the smaller hole seems to have solved the issue, or at least helped dramatically.  I'll be keeping the telescoping covers, but swapping to the screen inners on all the hives, at least during the warm season.  Will this went off too much heat to overwinter in the midwest?  I've heard 'cold doesn't kill bees, moisture does'... but there must be a line there somewhere I'd think.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Entrance Reducer
« Last post by Dallasbeek on May 26, 2015, 02:42:29 PM »
Some people have 40 years of experience, while others have 1 year's experience 40 times.  It's attitude that makes the difference, I guess.  I have an experienced beekeeper friend that kills every drone he sees, since they serve no purpose in the hive, he says. 
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Entrance Reducer
« Last post by iddee on May 26, 2015, 02:34:46 PM »
I also had an experienced beek tell me to destroy queen cells to prevent swarming. I found later it will only leave the hive queenless when they swarm. It will not prevent them from going. Experience isn't always perfection. I've got 40 years experience and still make mistakes and learn where I am wrong nearly every day.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Look at my Photos? 1st Inspection
« Last post by iddee on May 26, 2015, 02:31:22 PM »
1.. When you shake them off the frames, be sure you are suited up. They get downright mean when bounced like that.

2.. I put my frames back in all sorts of ways to get them shaped like I want them. Don't worry about keeping them in order.

3.. If you really want to know how they were, number them 1-10, or 8 if that's the case. Put all the numbers to the front.
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REQUEENING & RAISING NEW QUEENS / Re: Grafting to a laying worker nuc
« Last post by drjeseuss on May 26, 2015, 02:17:38 PM »
I made sure each frame only got one cell each. They are all in 2-frame compartments of a queen castle. Wednesday the cells should be safe to handle a bit. Hating to see any go to waste, I've considered splitting the compartments that have 2 cells on Wednesday. Would this be spreading them too thin? I've considered I could pull emerging brood from another hive to boost each new split, though I also don't want to overtax my donor.  My goal this year is increase so I want to keep every queen I can. Would cutting them back to one frame weaken them to much to make it, even with feeding?

My queens will be emerging Thursday.  I'm still at odds about what would be best to do?  Keep 4 and certainly lose the extra 2, or split the frames down to singles and hope for all 6.  I don't want to weaken things so much that robbing wipes them all out, but I'd really like to keep all 6 queens if possible.  I'm also thinking maybe I can cut out just the QC and move into 2 new nucs I make ready today.  Any suggestions on how I can get the most out of these without too much risk?
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HONEYBEE REMOVAL / Re: Hive building on eave
« Last post by Dallasbeek on May 26, 2015, 01:21:27 PM »
I'd say they are anchored there at this point.  Good job.
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HONEYBEE REMOVAL / Re: Hive building on eave
« Last post by swflcpl on May 26, 2015, 12:41:51 PM »
Tonight will be 4 full days out here. So far they have stayed. I've watched them on my pond shore gathering water, about 4 feet from where the other hives bees gather their water. Cabbage palm hopefully to start blooming here soon, hundreds of acres surrounding with that.
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