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Re: [TopHive] Re: drone cells

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  • Carolyn Chaney
    Thanks for the help. Carolyn ... Carolyn Chaney cchaney@sfsu.edu ... [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    Message 1 of 3 , Mar 29 9:38 AM
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      Thanks for the help.

      Carolyn

      On Mar 29, 2008, at 4:51 AM, Gary wrote:

      > Yes, the bees know best it is the season for mating. If you have a
      > healthy productive hive don't attempt to fix that which is not broken
      > you will just add a stressor to the colony! Monitor your mite fall. If
      > you want to head off the swarm impulse NOW is the time to move a
      > couple
      > of the drone bars to the outside of the brood nest and add empty bars
      > in their place. (DO NOT leave more than a one bar space between any
      > combs)!!! This will open up the brood nest, should head off swarming
      > and if they sense there is enough drones they should draw out nice
      > brood comb. Later in the season being the good beek you are you see
      > the
      > mite fall rising and can pull the capped drone brood freeze it and
      > return it to the colony and treat each bar with powdered sugar dusting
      > and set your colony up for successful over wintering. If the mite fall
      > does not show a rise going into the fall season and you have an
      > abundance of empty drone comb you can put it in another colony and
      > trap
      > mites there!
      >
      > You are in a very good position right now.
      >
      >
      >

      Carolyn Chaney
      cchaney@...

      > "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious
      > life?"
      > --Mary Oliver
      >




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