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    Re: Is Swarming a Goal?

    @squarepeg,

    I would recommend doing nothing to the honey at the tops of the deep frames. Once forage becomes available in the late winter or early spring, I would recommend checkerboarding the...
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    Re: Is Swarming a Goal?

    @rharlow:

    The colony plan to swarm would potentially be interrupted by implementing unlimited brood nest. This is one of many techniques that beekeepers use to delay, interrupt, or halt the swarm...
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    Re: Is Swarming a Goal?

    Hello all,

    An article written by me that is found in the Walt Wright section of the POV details my views on this subject.

    As stated in the article, I'll repeat here again that I'm not a...
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    Re: Checkerboarding

    Hey SC - apparently I worried for nothing. The maples are blooming nicely! I put some honey out just to see if the bees would be interested - they ignored it. Must be a pretty good flow going on!
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    Re: Slatted rack question

    A shallow super with comb or foundation is an easy alternative to a slatted rack.
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    Re: Checkerboarding

    I have begun my checkerboarding for this season! Nice to get back in and see the bees. Looks like they are a little behind this year, I assume due to the cold snap. I am waiting anxiously to see if...
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    Re: Checkboarding

    I would encourage all who have not actually TRIED Walt's methods to give Nectar Management a try. I have been working with Walt for much of the last decade and have not only enjoyed his friendship...
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    Beewhisperer, I highly recommend you give...

    Beewhisperer,

    I highly recommend you give Nectar Management / Checkerboarding as described by Walt Wright a try. I have experienced dramatically larger brood volumes during the buildup and much...
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    Hello dbest, Walt's system is actually a low...

    Hello dbest,

    Walt's system is actually a low effort way to manage the spring buildup. After the initial checkerboarding manipulation, it's just a matter of adding empty boxes of comb on top. Not...
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    I usually checkerboard the top box and let it go...

    I usually checkerboard the top box and let it go at that. If there is a place I could use one of those boxes of honey, like a weaker colony or a split, then I'll take that super away. Either way, in...
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    Hello Waya, With Walt's system you need to...

    Hello Waya,

    With Walt's system you need to checkerboard only once early in the buildup. As you mentioned, you CB the top box of honey, which creates two CB'd boxes. After that you are just adding...
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    WG Bee Farm

    I have ordered queens from WG Bee Farm in the past and can recommend them if he's still selling them. He was selling a MH x SMR/VSH, not sure if this is still the case. Nice guy to deal with as well.
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    I agree with swarmtrapper - the one piece Pierco...

    I agree with swarmtrapper - the one piece Pierco frames seem to get glued together between top and bottom bars much more than wood frames.
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    So far I have had good luck with the pre made...

    So far I have had good luck with the pre made frames from Brushy Mountain.
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    Reversing and nectar management

    Michael is correct in that Walt's Nectar Management principles do not include reversing hive bodies in the late Winter / Spring. Nectar Management involves breaking up OVERHEAD honey (capped honey...
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    Bolling Bee was mentioned above as a possible...

    Bolling Bee was mentioned above as a possible source of Caucasian bees - I recommend perusing these two threads to anyone that is considering buying bees from them.
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    Michael, The differences that I've seen...

    Michael,

    The differences that I've seen between checkerboarding and simply adding supers is rather dramatic. The primary difference is in the adult bee population as the honey flow begins....
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    I've been working with Walt and using his methods...

    I've been working with Walt and using his methods for at least 6 years now - it works great for me. The key to learning to apply Walt's Nectar Management techniques is to thoroughly read and...
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    Great picture, Harry!

    Great picture, Harry!
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    Dave Cushman's site has an interesting technique...

    Dave Cushman's site has an interesting technique for making increase.

    http://website.lineone.net/~dave.cushman/method1.html

    I've not tried this method exactly as portrayed, but begin making my...
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    Bumped

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    In this context Walt is talking about...

    In this context Walt is talking about checkerboarding overhead honey with empty frames - he does not recommend this practice in the Fall.
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    I've used electric knives and an uncapping plane,...

    I've used electric knives and an uncapping plane, but for several years I've been using serrated bread knives with no heat. I thought the plane worked well, but like odfrank I found that the element...
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    Walt,

    I appreciate you sharing your thinking on CCD with the rest of us. Having worked with you for the last six years or so, I’ve learned that your intuitive approach to problem solving often...
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    It works

    My experience with Walt's nectar management methods is that it works and works well. I have been working with Walt for several years, and I have benefitted greatly from his techniques.
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