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    The bees can't get underneath the screen to...

    The bees can't get underneath the screen to police the wax moths. At any rate, if your are going to use screened boards, do not leave the cordite in unless you are mite counting or prepping for...
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    This is a pretty humble board-- none of us "know"...

    This is a pretty humble board-- none of us "know" what we are doing, we've just made more mistakes that don't have to be repeated every year for every person.

    I am 180 miles east of you, but the...
  3. Just looks like wax cappings from the brood nest....

    Just looks like wax cappings from the brood nest. And since you have closed up the space and it doesn't vent-- and the housekeeping bees can't clean-- the green stuff could very well be mildew.
    ...
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    I hate robbers. Grrrr. IMO... I'd leave the...

    I hate robbers. Grrrr.

    IMO... I'd leave the screens on and give the bees 2 or 3 more days to figure it out. The idea is to give the guard bees a smaller space to defend, but your opening seems...
  5. ditto: feed, feed, feed. and look for eggs.

    ditto: feed, feed, feed.

    and look for eggs.
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    Losses up 8% last year

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/14/us/honeybees-mysterious-die-off-appears-to-worsen.html?&moduleDetail=section-news-5&action=click&contentCollection=U.S.&region=Footer&module=MoreInSection&version=Wha...
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    Welcome! :hi:

    Welcome! :hi:
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    Welcome!:hi:

    Welcome!:hi:
  9. No need to experiment too much. Camero7 is...

    No need to experiment too much. Camero7 is following and interrupting the known drone cycle (24 days).
  10. Many folks don't use excluders. IMO, if there is...

    Many folks don't use excluders. IMO, if there is brood or excess pollen on the frame, it isn't mine to take, anyway.
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    It's early in the year. I would just let them...

    It's early in the year. I would just let them be(e) and work it out for themselves.
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    Everybody is usually gentle and well mannered on...

    Everybody is usually gentle and well mannered on the first few dates. Enjoy.

    I truly don't know anyone who does not use smoke... though many do over-use it.
    And, welcome.:hi:
  13. If the queen is around in the original box, you...

    If the queen is around in the original box, you should find eggs, and all should be well. If not, I might put one of your queen cells in there.

    You didn't mention whether the queen cells where...
  14. Agree... sounds good. And your observation...

    Agree... sounds good. And your observation skills are admirable!

    The university will give you good solid information for your area, and so it is best to follow their lead... as M Bush says,...
  15. Welcome! :hi: You will find many different...

    Welcome! :hi:

    You will find many different perspectives here; all good.

    Plus, Ohio has great beekeeping organizations, e.g., http://www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org/beekeeping_class/ and Ohio State...
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    Cinnamon is frequently used as an ant repellant. ...

    Cinnamon is frequently used as an ant repellant. The bees don't seem to mind it.
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    Welcome! :hi: You will get lots of answers...

    Welcome! :hi:

    You will get lots of answers here. And, they are all informed and reasonable.

    IMO, 2 weeks out, about 3" opening would be fine; the girls should be settled in and feeling at...
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    Sticky: Welcome! :hi:

    Welcome! :hi:
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    I agree with those who think they are seeing...

    I agree with those who think they are seeing capped brood. If you can't produce a frame of eggs, I would close it up and wait a week before bothering them again.
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    Agree. One is plenty.

    Agree. One is plenty.
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    I picked up 4 packages from the same Mann Lake...

    I picked up 4 packages from the same Mann Lake load in Wilkes-Barrie and transported them to my home in Alabama (I work in NW Jersey). I am very, very happy with them. Plus, the p/u was about 3...
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    :hi:Welcome!
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    You will get as many answers as there are...

    You will get as many answers as there are beekeepers.

    I have each full sun, dappled sun, and woods. They all have pluses and minuses. Biggest problem I have in the woods in moisture... a killer...
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    You can download the pdf at...

    You can download the pdf at https://www.pigeonmountaintrading.com/
    Go to the bottom of the page to "Extras" and click the "Bee Calendar." Adjust from North Georgia to your region.
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    I was not aware that USDA was involved, either. ...

    I was not aware that USDA was involved, either. The documentary "More Than Honey" depicts efforts in Australia.
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