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    Re: Beekeeper creates coat of living bees

    an interesting little detail .............
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    Re: Need newly emerged bees

    whats your plan to keep the brood warm?
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    Re: russian bees for a new beekeeper

    I have one colony of Russians and 3 colonies of Carnis. My Russian colony built faster , put up more stores and was just a very slight bit more aggressive . My Russians also depleted most all their...
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    Re: How much suger syrup ?

    When I got mine , and the weather was nice they would go through a quart a day per package . How long you will have to feed is going to depend on your specific conditions . Once the flow starts they...
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    Re: How To Build the Ideal Beeyard?

    I would also consider putting it somewhere with a natural windbreak if available . Cold winter winds can hurt the hives .
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    Re: What I learned today

    what I did for a quilt box was to cut a piece of 1/2 " plywood to match the hive dimensions ( 19 7/8 X 14 ) then drilled 6 2/34 inch holes in the plywood for ventilation holes and 1 2 3/4 inch...
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    What I learned today

    Well today was my first overwinter inspection . I had been putting it off , waiting for warmer weather and a shot of courage :) What I found was that although my Russian hive was my most active and...
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    Re: What kind of sugar

    you should also consider adding some cider vinegar or ascorbic acid to your mix to adjust the pH .
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    Re: reversing boxes

    So if you don't manipulate the boxes , how often , or do you even open up the bottom boxes ? or the brood nest? Does this leave you with a scenario that you can just manipulate those frames that you...
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    Re: reversing boxes

    I guess it does not really make any difference that I run a 3 medium brood chamber instead of a double deep would it? I would guess the bees don't really care the configuration they just move to...
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    reversing boxes

    How many of you reverse your boxes each year ? By that I mean to put the top box on the bottom . Does this help to keep the brood chamber full ? I have been told the queen doesnt like to move down to...
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    Saturday is going to be a good day.....

    Because I get to go and listen to Michael Bush speak to our club . I am looking forward to it !!!!!!!!!
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    Re: Quilt Box - Top Entrance Failure

    This just seems like another good reason to use sugar " blocks " if feeding is necessary. They are easy to make ( no cooking required ) very fast to install ( helpful in freezing weather) and because...
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    Question on M Palmer double nuc set-ups

    I am going to try to copy Mike Palmers 2 story double nuc set-ups this year . While I am positive I wont be any where near as successful I hope to start learning the ins and outs of a sustainable...
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    Re: Experiments You want to try this year?

    This winter I have made some 5 frame double nucs to try and grow my apiary . I have never made a split so it should be fun . I want to raise my own queens for them from my existing hives . hopefully...
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    So what is the procedure now......

    I took 4 colonies into my first winter last fall and it looks like I will be bringing 3 colonies out of winter this spring. My question though is how do I do that? At the present time I am feeding...
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    Re: Nuc entrance locations.

    That's a good question , I have issues very similar except my issue is facing the sun or not . Look forward to reading your responses.
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    A swarm swarms with their queen . I would think scent from an old cage would be a deterrent .
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    Re: Nucs and package bee size?

    the size you need is really going to be determined more by how big of a colony do you need to make it through the winter . Best way to determine that is see what other beeks in your area are...
  20. Re: Opened the tops to check sugar supplies....

    This is an anxious time of year isn't it?
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    Re: Why not horizontal?

    I built 2 to try out this year . It should work fairly well I think . TBH 's around here seem to do well . I like the fact that I will be able to swap resources between all my hives , should the...
  22. Poll: Re: Are nails/staples enough for frames or do they also need glue as well.

    Ace , in this neck of the woods , they are called piranha blades and are available at most of the big box and chain hardware stores.
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    Re: Treatment Free and Foundationless Questions

    I too follow a lot of MB's advice . All my hives have top entrances and SBB. My bottom boards have a slide out tray but when the tray is pushed all the way in it seals the bottom off tight . I also...
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    Re: Question for those who feed sugar

    Interesting read Rader , thank you. I guess all the different info all goes back to the same thing . Don't feed sugar , unless you absolutely have too.
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    Re: Question for those who feed sugar

    That's basically my point . I don't believe that the modification is in itself the problem , but that modified seed is modified to be drown in pesticide and that has to make its way into the finish...
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