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    Re: young newbee

    We were too late with nadiring/supering. They swarmed this morning. Skipped the bait hive and clustered under the eaves of an outbuilding. We moved the bait hive directly under them, as they are out...
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    Re: young newbee

    Oldtimer, they are carniolans (I had to ask the person who gifted them to us). They re-queened themselves sometime early last year, as we found two supersedure cups in the top box towards the end of...
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    Re: young newbee

    Second year update:

    It overwintered with just three boxes - two of honey and one empty one, which we thought might work as a cold sink (like we have in the greenhouse). We are wondering if a...
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    She had a great first season, and is planning on splitting her hive next summer (if it survives winter). She completed a workbook for kids, which was a fantastic resource:
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    Re: My full size warre style observation hive

    Oh. My. Think I know what we'll be building this winter.
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    Re: young newbee

    We had so much feedback and fantastic advice, that I want to keep this thread updated when something happens. The bees have filled two warre boxes and started on a third. There are only four in the...
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    Re: young newbee

    Dd9 put some cedar chips down below the hive bodies, and the ants are virtually gone.

    And, it finally happened :) They moved down into the Warre box sometime this week, and it is almost 1/2 full!...
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    Re: young newbee

    Thanks for the ant info!

    Re the brood, I would call us bee-observers or bee-giners at this point, not full-fledged beekeepers. It appears (to us) that there is brood on all five frames. Again,...
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    Thanks, Oldtimer. It looks like there may be brood on each of the five frames. I'm not totally confident, as the comb all looks so dark. We are going to shuffle the boxes, putting the nuc between two...
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    Re: young newbee

    Almost one month in. They are numerous, busy, friendly little bees that will not do what we want them to do - move down. Do we stick with patience here, or is it time to rig a box above the nuc box?...
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    Re: young newbee

    Day 15. We finally got a break in the weather yesterday. Daughter has been following the bees, to observe where/what they are foraging. She's also been following them to the lake beach, and watching...
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    Day 12, and the weather is just awful. They are foraging at every break in the rain, and coming back heavy with pollen. There was a huge spike in the number of bees coming/going around Day 9....
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    Re: young newbee

    It continues to be cold, windy and wet. The colony is active during breaks in weather, foraging on alder catkins and dandelions. We hung both a wax strip and a strip of birch bark from the middle...
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    Re: young newbee

    Oy vay :) Having fun, fellas?

    Update: My daughter (who is fully vaccinated) installed her first Warre hive this weekend past. She dubbed it "Cinnamon". We installed the bees on a lovely, warm...
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    Wow, thanks Bernhard! There appears to be a shallower box, below your two upper observation boxes - what is the purpose of this? Is this where your excluder is located? And, no quilt? Due to...
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    Re: young newbee

    Bernhard, apparently a picture is worth a thousand words. Daughter was chanting, "Win.Dow.Win.Dow", as we scrolled through. Here we are:

    Warre. Windows. Top bars and half-frames, adjusted to...
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    Re: young newbee

    Yes, we are still waffling on our final design. Some of the other biologists that come out have been chiming in as well; it is becoming a large community collaboration. The recommendation to put it...
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    Re: young newbee

    Graham, we are at Canadian Zone 3 (there are differences in American vs. Canadian hardiness zones) , we are closer to a Canadian Zone 2, due to elevation. NOT Vancouver Island :)

    Cutting down the...
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    Re: young newbee

    We are going with the 8 frame Lang. Medium depth, and possibly shallow later on. As everyone suggested, this meets most of our needs, and keeps it simple for the beginner. We are going to have a...
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    Re: young newbee

    Thank you for all the encouragement, the details are a bit overwhelming. I'm trying to crash course on this, so I can guide my daughter in her choices. Ultimately, it's her show. Great practical...
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    Wow - great input, thank you! The biobees warre modification page was a fantastic resource, "Bubbles". No way I can put a hive in the backyard though. Bears are everywhere, and it would be...
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    Re: young newbee

    Scott - Phew! I got a little nervous there :) Yes, we will definitely get Seeley's book, and we have access to a publications database as well.

    Andrew - We will be putting in electric fencing,...
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    Re: young newbee

    Hi Scott. No, I've never read it. You are talking with a woman who has been googling beekeeping for all of 1 week - since our last 4H meeting. I'll order it in at the library, which may take some...
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    Re: young newbee

    We have a woman about 1.5 hours away. She has 10 colonies, and she may be able to "shake off" some bees for us (assume that means exactly what it sounds like). They have been acclimating to her...
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    Thanks, Graham! So, we would truck this thing out via motorboat at the beginning of the season, and it could stay there? When harvesting honey, it is a little vague about what is appropriate to...
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