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    Re: Happy holidays from NY !!

    Welcome!

    I recently returned to the Pacific Northwest after spending 12 years in Elmira.

    When I lived in NY and was looking for aadvice on Beesource, I learned a couple of things:

    There are...
  2. Thread: Swarm Queens

    by Beregondo
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    Re: Swarm Queems

    Personally, I think second year queens are much better than first year ones.

    My preference is late summer mated overwintered ones.
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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    In winter and very early spring, I had dry sugar (mountain camp method) on.

    If you leave the cans exposed on top of your hivein early spring, sun was all heat it and cause expansion that can force...
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    Re: things looking bad

    Hey Josh... What if instead of being concerned about if they can evaporate the nectar during the winter, you got excited that they were finding nectar to put up?
  5. Re: Brood nest on the edges of the hive not in the middle? Should I do anything?

    I have seen is do things that aren't supposed to happen according to conventional wisdom.

    I have also found that when I leave them alone it usually turns out well.

    My first winter of be keeping...
  6. Re: are you wondering if they are still alive inside?

    I moved last spring, and so started a new colony with 5 frames of bees donated by a fellow beekeeper.

    While living on the East Coast I had good luck selecting bees in order to get a strain that...
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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    If I had to use feeders, I look for ones that are cheap, effective, and result in a good population of bees in the spring.

    What I have found works well and meet these requirements are 1 gallon...
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    Re: Palmerized hive

    I used stock 10 frame boxes to make double nucs with 4 frames to a side by cutting a dado on the inside of the ends down the middle for a piece of 1/2" plywood.
    Using a piece of 1/8 ply or 1/16"...
  9. Re: Please clarify a statement about feeding in the late fall and winter

    Feeding dry sugar as bricks is solely for for the convenience in handling for.the beekeeper.
    Laying a light sheet of paler (like a paper towel, newspaper, or the tissue they put between wax...
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    Re: Mike Palmer nuc versus 5 or 4 frame nucs

    I used the 2 4 frame nucs in a 10 frame box setup in New York and overwintered very successfully without putting them on top of 10 framers.
    I did put a second set of 2 4 frame boxes over them (2 4fr...
  11. Re: Live throws a curve ball...will the bees be OK

    Janne, I brought a couple hives that were much lighter than I waa comfortable with thru upstate New York winter by mountain camping them.

    I'm a western Washington native, and no w returned to...
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    Re: Do bees prefer moving vertical?

    The "natural" home of a wild hive isn't just standing trees.
    It is often a log or fallen tree as well.
    And the chosen home is often the horizontal space between the floor or ceiling joists of a...
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    Re: Are You In The Closet?

    Privacy in the electronic age is why I use a pseudonym online instead of my given name.

    Face to face, I get to choose to with whom I share my name and city with, and i reserve the right to do the...
  14. Re: making up fall nucs for overwintering (TBH)

    July and August is when I made up Ow nucs in upstate New York.

    You need to make them up by mid August in order to get enough bees and to get comb drawn.

    Even then, you'll have to feed right up...
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    Re: Suggestions for feeding Double Nuc boxes?

    If you use an excluder and a deep box, DO NOT use a wood bound one, and don't neglect making sure it is tight to the divider. I often screw it ot the divider even if I don't see a problem.

    The...
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    Re: supersedure cell?

    It's a queen cup hanging form a clump of drone cells.
    It doesn"t necessarily mean that they are superceding.. or even that they are making a queen, unless there is a larva in it.

    Some colonies...
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    Re: Suggestions for feeding Double Nuc boxes?

    I've never had an issue using gallon can inside of 4 frame nuc supers.

    If you make each super out of 1x10 lumber, and the nucs 8 1/8" wide, two 1 gallon paint cans can fit inside easily. I buy...
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    Re: Inspection / Possible Queen Problem

    With some strains of bees, the queen will slow or stop laying when there is little nectar available.

    That happens in July / August in parts of the country.

    If it's getting dry where you live,...
  19. Re: 7D nails for supers and hive bodies (Galvanized vs hot dipped, vs electro-galvani

    If you use a good glue (Llike Titebond II or III) the glut joint will be stronger than the wood it joins.

    That means nails serve little purpose other than holding the joint until the glue sets.
    ...
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    Re: how do you do it ?

    After noticing that stings decreased the pain I had form a chronic knee injury, I began to make sure I got stung once a week.

    If that amount of time passed w/o an accidental sting, I just pick up...
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    Re: Looking for bees in upstate NY area

    I just moved to te west coast from Elmira this spring.
    I had good success buying nucs form Kale Luce in Cattaraugus (near Salamanca).
    The bees i go from him were treatment free, and on small cell...
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    Re: I need advice

    Queen cells point down.

    Are you sure you are not looking at a drone cell?
    From the pic, it looks as though this cell is pointing straight ot nearly straight out (horizontally)from the face of the...
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    Re: Nuc raising own queen

    As long as the nuc has eggs and/or larva less than a couple days old, they can raise a quality queen with no problem.
    I have split nucs from 8 or 10 frame hives this way many times.

    Just don't...
  24. Thread: drone cell?

    by Beregondo
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    Re: drone cell?

    That's exactly what they are.
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    Re: Should I be worried about these?

    when the sides are open, the queen pupa that was insode was killed usually by the hive queen.
    when ther eis a nice clean circle goneatt he very tip of a cell, a queen has emerged.

    Empty cells...
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