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    Re: 1 frame nuc start ?

    It depends on what you want to do. Let's say you have 2 overwintered hives and you want to go into next winter with 12 - 15. You could go ahead and buy queens make up a bunch of small hives now and...
  2. Re: Any problem with adding brood to a finisher with cells?

    I just do one bar - 15 grafts - at a time. That's about all the mating nucs I want to make up at a time. They usually build me about a dozen good cells.
  3. Re: How many nurse bees does it take to make a queen cell?

    They have to make enough for more than one in their career - not necessarily at one time though.

    Also - just to point out - those queens that are emerging from those dinky cells... The cells are...
  4. Re: Idiopathic Brood Disease Syndrome Treatment Options

    If you don't know the cause of a disease, but you do observe known causes of stress - why would you not address those issues even if they might be unrelated?

    If you...
    Reduce or eliminate robbing...
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    Re: Help! overrun with queen cells!

    You did the right thing. A big strong swarmy hive will often issue multiple virgin swarms even if you remove the queen.
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    Re: Definition of a nuc?

    True, but I think most people see a nuc as being an investment in future production more than as a source of an immediate honey crop - most of my customers don't have extractors.

    On the other...
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    Re: Very simple IPM for hive beetles

    Yes oil traps are effective - but they require a good bit of maintenance or they get so nasty they can actually make a hive abscond. They work, but personally I don't like them. Too lazy I guess.
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  8. Re: how long after split to install mated queen?

    Queen installed immediately
    Queenless hive
    Healthy bees
    Cage between 2 frames of brood
    Don't make holes in the candy or anything else to speed up the release
    Leave them alone for a week
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    Re: Very simple IPM for hive beetles

    That would be one of the embellishments and improvements to which I referred.
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    Re: Warning to the wise

    Kinda the same here even though we are far far apart. The unusually heavy maple flow made it look like there was going to be so much early nectar that swarming would be awful, but 2+ weeks of cool...
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    Re: Definition of a nuc?

    Jim - I have the utmost respect for your opinion, but I disagree slightly with you on this.

    I start my nucs as early as it is possible for me to do, and I keep them until they are like what I...
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    Very simple IPM for hive beetles

    Anyone who has ever found a wriggling mass of SHB larva in the bottom of a hive is sure to have a strong hatred of the little buggers. But if you have screened bottom boards you might never see this...
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    Re: Queen cups and swarming

    I'm the wrong person to ask about that - our climates are too different. You should join a local beekeepers club if you haven't already - they can tell you about your local patterns.
  14. Re: Any problem with adding brood to a finisher with cells?

    Oh yeah - they Always build wild cells on brood frames. So, as predicted - this manipulation caused no problems whatsoever. Thanks for the input.
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    Re: Queen cups and swarming

    If you don't have plenty of extracted honey comb to give to a strong overwintered hive it is very difficult to keep it from swarming. There are all kinds of tips to try - opening the brood nest,...
  16. Re: Are you really losing money if you let your bees swarm?

    Actually I know a couple who have been at it for several years and their main beekeeping activity is selling their own swarms. They stand up what amounts to Christmas trees in and around their...
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    Re: Queen cups and swarming

    Yes.



    If your goal is honey you should avoid swarming. A split hive is more likely to produce surplus honey than a swarmed hive in my experience.

    If this is your first year with...
  18. Re: I have a dark queen...what does that mean?

    It really doesn't mean anything by itself - as far as I have been able tell anyway. Actual carni queens - which that one could be - do tend to have the carni characteristics - gentle, smaller winter...
  19. Re: Are you really losing money if you let your bees swarm?

    Last year (and this year - fingers crossed) I split out and sold nucs - then rebuilt comb and made a honey crop with the same hives. A few I pillaged too hard and they didn't make a surplus. A few I...
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    Re: No eggs yet

    It's not time to worry yet. Eggs are pretty hard to see on new comb.
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    Re: SHB's aka Small Hive Beetles

    SHB ruined your split because it didn't have enough bees to cover all of the brood and pollen resources. I guarantee it.

    Traps and chemicals and IPM are good, but here in the south a...
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    Re: Thwarting a Swarm

    In another thread Oldtimer said that you can head off a swarm by harvesting bulk bees - smoke them up through an excluder into a super with a few frames in it. I've been keeping the kit handy to try...
  23. Re: first time grafting results good or bad?, questions

    I mist room temp cells with room temp water and get about 80% take. That's not the problem. It just takes practice.
  24. Re: first time grafting results good or bad?, questions

    Two things that will probably help you...

    1) Make your cell builder stronger.
    2) When you are grafting use a sharp knife to cut down the comb on the frame you are taking your grafts from - it...
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    Re: New split not foraging

    I know you are an experienced commercial beekeeper so when you say it's really early are you taking into account that the OP is in Arkansas? If so, when do you consider the time to be right for...
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