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    Re: when to re-queen

    I have a dink hive and I have absorbed some good info off Beesource that seems to be helping. Are you feeding them? I would. They should be willing to eat now that the temps are warmer. They need...
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    Re: Queen cups and swarming

    I got honey last year when I split but my goal was to increase. If your goal is honey you should avoid splitting. Depends on what you want.
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    Re: Queen cups and swarming

    To avoid splitting, adding another super to the broodnest is good. Taking out frames of brood and donating them and replacing with drawn comb if you have it, foundation if you don't is your other...
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    Re: Installed package. Pain ensued! Help

    Where is the breeder located? It sounds like you already talked to the package supplier. I would let them settle in and take precautions when inspecting until you can determine if you need to...
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    Re: LOADS of drone brood

    Signs that a hive is about to swarm are backfilling the broodnest, lack of space for the qeen to lay, and very few eggs. I have have never heard that they will make extra drones. Drones are a sign...
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    Re: Installed package. Pain ensued! Help

    It does not seem normal to me. Where did the package come from?
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    Re: think i found EFB in one hive.

    Agreed...mine never smelled.
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    Re: think i found EFB in one hive.

    I only had to deal with EFB once (knock on wood) and feeding cleared it up. I bought the antibiotic but never used it. It is a disease that appears when bees are stressed so you want to change...
  9. Re: Saving a really weak hive / Ordered a New Queen

    I just went into my sad little hive and found maybe even fewer bees then you. But there was a queen and a couple eggs. I asked myself the same question because I don't really like the queen anyway....
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    Re: Record your surroundings

    Keeping a blog has been a good way to do this. I find I go back to things I wrote a lot to check dates or compare. I have been having fun with instagram lately. I have been amazed by how early...
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    What would you do....

    if you had a nuc that had EFB European foul brood last fall, no signs of it this spring and you wanted to put it in a hive in your main yard. Would you shake it into a weak queen less hive to avoid...
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    Re: Spring manipulations too early?

    Thanks...it does.
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    Re: Spring manipulations too early?

    @clyderoad...should you wait for dandelions to move nucs off a hive or can I do it this weekend? We are still in the 50s for highs.
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    Re: Spring manipulations too early?

    Makes sense. I'm too anxious to get things started. I gave them syrup and they are not touching it. I think I was going on what Michael Bush recommended for reversing boxes and checkerboarding,...
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    Spring manipulations too early?

    Well, I rotated the boxes in mid to early March like I had in the past. I moved the brood to the bottom of three mediums. We have had a cold spring. Went in today and the brood nest is back at the...
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    Re: When to start Spring Feeding

    I live in NYC and I started today. Mostly because I am concerned about them running out of stores as they brood up. The issue that has held me off is concern about whether its too cold for them to...
  17. Re: Just when i thought my bees had made it through the winter..... UGH

    Bucket rather top feeder? I was planning to move nucs off a hive next week. They are starting to build up. Do you think its too early. Forecast is 50's with a few 60 degree days.
  18. Re: Just when i thought my bees had made it through the winter..... UGH

    Who is feeding syrup in Northern East right now? I have been thinking about putting on feeders but it's been so cold. Do people think they will take it as it warms up to 50s next week?
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    Re: Funniest bee question ever asked

    On the gardening topic.....I had a middle schooler ask me why the tomato seedlings were so small. I asked her what she meant and she said that tomato's are a lot bigger then that. The most...
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    I played around with lots of queen cells from swarm attempts last year and that was great but I want to try grafting and getting some fatty queens. I think the 10 frame is the way to go for my...
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    I think I will try this method. The Micheal Palmer/Brother Adams method intimidates me because you are setting up a swarm and looking for stray queens/queen cells in a huge hive does not sound fun...
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    This is very helpful, thanks!



    Interesting, I thought they thought they weren't queen right but your saying they know that they have a queen and will continue building the cells anyway.


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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    I have seen info about the nuc box with ventilation below and the Michael Palmer's method but not much about the 10 frame starter. Do you have any links to more info? Do they need ventilate like...
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    Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    I have bee studying up on Michael Palmer/Brother Adams cell builder and I am trying to visualize myself doing all of the steps. I want to try grafting when my eyes are still good. I am wondering if...
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    Sticky: Re: My Cell Building Methods

    Forgive me if this was asked.
    What modifications, if any, would you make for an all medium set-up? Would a set-up with a three medium brood nest below an excluder, two honey supers and a brood box...
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