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  1. 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) ...
  2. 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...
  4. 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...
  14. Re: Making Pollen Substitute today. (Thought I would share)

    I've found that SHB really like pollen patties so be careful what you are feeding - instead of what you 'want' to feed. I've had to resort to using the BeePro mixed in sugar water instead of the...
  15. Thread: OA and brood

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    Re: OA and brood

    I've heard that due to the oxidation process (smoking up the hive) that sometimes the queens stop laying for a while? I've been thinking about starting the OA process, and this is one of the 'keys'...
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    wintergreen in hbh mix

    hello all..

    here's my normal hbh mix - open feed only

    2.4lbs sugar
    1 quart of hot water
    2-4 tsp lecithin as the emulsifier
    2 tsp lemongrass
    2 tsp spiramint oil
    all blended up to make a...
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    Re: 8 frame deeps and supers

    Thanks for the info and your responses Michael.

    I guess I hadn't thought of the 'amount' of equipment that I'd need, if I went to all 8-mediums. It sounds like many more boxes, but for a...
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    Re: 8 frame deeps and supers

    Thanks for the info so far.
    I've followed MB's info and am actually reading his book now. I'm not thinking of doing this 'because' of his book - but as I'm only 2.5 years into this and...
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    8 frame deeps and supers

    I'm considering switching from 10 frame to 8 frame equipment. I currently utilize double deeps and run mediums or illonois supers on them. As my short term goal (5 year plan) is to have up to 30...
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    Re: Nematodes control SHB

    I purchased my nematodes from southeastern apiaries. If you Google that name, in Georgia I'm sure it will come up. As far as replenishing them, I do this once a season, which usually is towards the...
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    Re: Hive location choice for newb

    As much sun as you can give them, is the best. I started off with something similar by placing my hive in a similar location like site 1. I've since moved them to a location similar to site 2 - do...
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    Sticky: Re: diy oxalic acid vaporizer

    I agree with both sides ..

    A one time cost then it's $.10 per treatment, but with about $20 in parts - that's a whole lot of treatments at $.10 each hive. Other treatments aside, as we all...
  23. Thread: Freezers

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    Re: Freezers

    Do you think a block of dry ice in a cooler for a couple of days would freeze everything up? Of course, dry ice is bad on your fingers too.

    If so, maybe I don't have to pay electric bill for long...
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    Re: Do you reverse hive bodies?

    I'm also located in SC and follow a lot of the principals describes above by sqkcrk.

    Basically, I'm trying to judge the weather against the hive status (brood/cluster pattern, # of bees in the...
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    Re: Opening hives this weekend, feed sugar?

    a follow up note -

    checked all hives today and they were doing well. 1/2 or possibly more of the pollen/sugar patties that i'd placed in the hives that needed it were gone and the clusters...
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