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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    Not at all, it's always great to see things from a different perspective. But the practices of a commercial beekeeper are selecting for different bee traits than that of a TF hobbyist. If I could...
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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    So then what killed them all, weather? pests?
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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    If you are a commercial beekeeper trying to make money, I can understand using chemicals and treatments to keep the bees alive long enough to make money. I doubt that the poultry farm chickens at...
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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    Or because you treated them for so long you ended up with a population that couldn't survive on it's own...Kind of like what we are seeing now in the US
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    Re: New Hives, dead queen, dead bees

    Did you give them drawn comb or do they need to make their own? Is there a flow going on?

    If the answer is no to both I would feed them 1:1 sugar syrup to try and help them get going.
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    Re: What's a swarm good for?

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    A week later they have are still pretty calm. Opened up just the top box and saw that they have drawn the 4 foundationless frames I put in to 60% (didn't check the other 4 in the bottom...
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    Re: What's a swarm good for?

    I went ahead and moved them into two 8 frame deeps with 7 foundationless frames. I didn't see any eggs or look for the queen but there was a lot of activity and some nectar already in.


    -bk79
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    Re: What's a swarm good for?

    Given that it currently has 9 of 10 frames drawn in a 2 story Nuc, how many empty (foundationless) frames can I swap in for them to draw? 5 checkerboarded? More?

    -bk79
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    Re: What's a swarm good for?

    Here is how big the swarm was.

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    Re: I think I caught a swarm today!

    I'm pretty sure JRG meant the swarm size not the image size. That clump of bees looks small for a swarm.
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    What's a swarm good for?

    Was INSANELY lucky today as one of my hives swarmed while I was home. What's more is that they landed on a branch in the middle of the yard 5ft off the ground. Took me 1hr from start to new home for...
  12. Re: This has got to be laying workers...now what?

    No brood, larvae, eggs, or sign of the queen, and it's been 2 weeks. The number of bees seems to be decreasing but is still likely close to 1000. I hesitate to shake them out yet because at least...
  13. Re: This has got to be laying workers...now what?

    In the late fall I did use powdered sugar to dust each of the hives, but never gave granulated sugar. There are still quite a few bees left in that hive. I'll check it again later this week and see...
  14. This has got to be laying workers...now what?

    We finally had some warm weather here in the Piedmont and I was able to get into a few of the hives. During the inspection of my Cordovan hive, I did not see the queen, larvae, or capped brood. What...
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    Re: Wind Chill - Cover or not?

    I never ended up putting blankets on them and left them as they were in the original image. 55 degrees out today and they are just fine, thanks!

    -bk79
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    Wind Chill - Cover or not?

    I have 3 hives and we are getting hit in Piedmont NC by some winds and will soon be in single digits (maybe negatives) this evening. I realize condensation is a problem in hives and that you need...
  17. Overwinter in a doublestack Nuc or 10 Frame deep?

    I made a split from my Carnie hive in mid-July and they seem to be doing great. Since we are nearly in September, I was wondering if I should move them into a 10 frame deep body or leave them as two...
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    Re: Robbing sucks....

    Here is what I made based on what I saw online.
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    Do I need to make some sort of entrance reducer on the top? or leave it wide open?

    -bk79
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    Re: hive bein robbed

    Make a robbing screen. I had the same thing happen to a new Nuc I made. I closed up the hive (even the small hole in inner cover) and reduced entrance to 1/2" or whatever the smallest size is. They...
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    Re: Robbing sucks....

    Should I put them on all of the hives? Or just the Nuc that is getting robbed.

    When you guys feed, do you put screens on all the hives?

    -bk79
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    HopGuard in GA

    Anyone know of a beekeeping place that sells HopGuard in or close to Atlanta GA? I'm heading down there this weekend and would like to buy some to bring home!!!


    -bk79
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    Robbing sucks....

    Made a new Nuc about 4 days ago and everything seemed fine.

    I noticed today that there was some fighting going on in front and that there were several bees hovering around the sides, top, and...
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    Re: Nuc made....now what?

    What is the best way to feed a nuc? Boardman? or inverted jar/chick waterer over frames with Nuc box around it?
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    Re: Nuc made....now what?

    They seem crowded...

    after opening it up this morning 20 or so bees flew out and all seemed fine. Now I have two basball size clusters at the entrance and the inner cover hole. I have an entrance...
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    Nuc made....now what?

    I decided to make a Nuc from my carniolan hive today (about 4:30pm) so they can raise a new queen and to break the mite cycle.

    I pulled 5 deep frames from the hive:
    1 - 80% capped honey
    3 - well...
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