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    Re: First Time to Try OTS

    Good info.

    A question or 2 ..

    Were the original hives 'normal' or double-brood boxes whenever you pulled the queen from them? I presume so and believe that this left the original hive as a...
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    Re: nuc combining

    Ok.
    Any idea how long I should let the current queen lay - before I combine them so that there's enough eggs/larva/brood scent in that hive?
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    nuc combining

    I think I have the answer, but wanted to gather some other advice.

    situation - 2 nucs --

    1 is a 4-frame on top of 5-frame box. has been queenless for 2 weeks. 4+ frames of nectar/pollen
    2nd...
  4. Re: piping of an already mated/laying queen ...???

    I'd removed the cork but not done anything to the candy (hole punched/etc) and released the 2 queens yesterday. It was strange that in both cases there was a dead bee blocking the inner side of the...
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    Re: Confirmed bee plants

    want to hear what sounds like a swarm - plant some burning bushes. the bees really love the small flowers and in the fall - you have a nice vibrant color to your yard. For seeding in the small area...
  6. Poll: Re: If you could start again, what size would you standardise on?

    I've standardized in double deeps for brood boxes and mediums for everything else. Had a brain fart and built some shallows..what a pain now and am fazing them out. Have a local guy who will trade...
  7. Re: How many bees should I be seeing in front of the hive?

    Just anxious I'd expect.

    Workers hatch at about 21 days and usually spend about a week before they do their orientation flights and then start searching for more pollen and nectar. With packages...
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    Re: Expanding into 2nd deep - timing/method

    I'd wait until 8+ frames are drawn up and she is laying good before adding the 2nd box also. I sometimes move a frame or 2 up to encourage them to move up - but you must respect the brood nest by...
  9. Re: piping of an already mated/laying queen ...???

    Thanks for the helpful info. As I hadn't heard this, I was kind of concerned. Now, to be patient a week and see how things go.

    I've combined, with the newspaper method - hives that were...
  10. Re: Any problem with adding brood to a finisher with cells?

    As mentioned earlier, be sure to check for rogue queen cells during your inspections to be sure you don't have/know what's in the boxes while you work. I've had some issues also - about day 11-12...
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    Re: New to bee keeping

    Hello.

    I'd look up your local beekeeper group and get with some of those seasoned people to help you. Not knowing your location, other than "US" makes it hard to suggest a 'local' group - but...
  12. piping of an already mated/laying queen ...???

    Hello.
    I've had bees for several years and heard, but never actually heard the piping noise that queens make. From what I've always heard, this is a process whenever a 'new' or non-hatched queen is...
  13. split by accident- known date of new queen arrival.

    Yesterday while I was going through a couple of hives, just maintenance mode to see about their build up status, I noticed that in 1 of my hives I'd recently rotated the boxes on (double deep boxes) ...
  14. Re: Boosting population by giving brood questions??

    I'm in the same situation and have gotten some good responses. If you search for 'moving brood around" or my ID, you'll see the responses that I've gotten. So far I've moved some young nurse bees...
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    Re: moving brood around

    I shook some bees into the nuc last sunday - probably about 400 to 500. I inspected the nuc yesterday to confirm that all was still ok and was expecting to find a larger brood pattern. Although I...
  16. Re: walkaway split more successful during a nectar flow?

    Ditto -

    Also, as there are plenty of 'natural' supplements (fresh pollen, natural nectar, etc) then this is the 'best' time to split and have them succeed. Also, good for breaking a mite problem...
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    Re: moving brood around

    Thanks Dan, I'd forgotten about the shake method. As I have a top entrance, i'll use the 'top' feeder hole in this nuc and shake them on top. they should get into the nuc, via the feeder hole w/o...
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    moving brood around

    I know I've done this process later in the year, but not this 'early' in the game. I have a new VSH queen I got last year and she has managed to over winter - Yea !!!
    I was in that nuc yesterday...
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    Re: 'comando' screened bottom board

    Yeah, after I posted and thought about it some more - not to mention some of the other posts - I realized that it probably wouldn't work. What might work though is this ..

    build a 'sandwich'...
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    'comando' screened bottom board

    I have a thought - please let me know your thoughts ..

    Since I run SBB on all my hives, can I save a few more $$ by just tacking the wire directly to the bottom of the hive? As I've been using...
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    Re: upper entrance?

    I run top entrances on my 5-frame nucs and they do well. I've been considering the same process for all my hives by making the top just a little longer, maybe 2 inches as a roof for them.
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    Re: win tergreen in hbh mix

    The use of the EO is 2 fold, this time of the year ..

    1. to 'attract' the bees to it to thereby stimulating/encouraging a nectar flow, and
    2. to help with control of mites. It's too cold for any...
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    Re: How To Go Fulltime?

    the fat-bee-man offers a week long training session - I believe for around $500 and offers some additional help whenever you return home. You can search "fat bee man" on youtube and should get all...
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    Re: 8 frame deeps and supers

    Wow ! Great info, and thanks.

    If I can do some migration or commercial - understanding that 'more' boxes (due to size/# of bees and brood) is typically harder to determine than 'normal' 10-frame...
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    Re: win tergreen in hbh mix

    Thanks for all the responses.
    I decided to do a testing to see how it went, before I decided it might be a long term item used. So, here's what happened.

    1 existing yellow top feeder was already...
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