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    Hauling 5 frame nucs south for wintering

    I have been thinking about hauling some 5 frame nucs to northern florida to overwinter. What is the minimum number of frames of bees I need in each hive to safely get them there. Would 2 frames of...
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    Re: locust and poplar bloom

    Black locust started blooming here 2 days ago (Cincinnati). Bees are really drawing foundation out almost overnight. Nucs are getting heavy. Has been in the mid 80's here for the last 2 weeks. Hives...
  3. Thread: 4 queen system?

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    Re: 4 queen system?

    lharder, there's a video on youtube of a guy running a 3 queen system where he pushes 3 double deep 5 or 6 frame hives together then adds queen excluders then 4 deep 10 frame honey supers on top and...
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    Re: When to get bees this year

    If you can wait till late May I will have plenty of 5 frame nucs for sale. If you need them early you can get packages from several Ohio suppliers. Check the for sale section.
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    Re: Pics of some builds

    I was thinking the same thing about the medium box. Thanks
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    Re: Pics of some builds

    On that bottom board base do you put a sponge in there for water for the bees? Is there a drawer that opens for that? I've seen a few youtube videos of guys doing that and I've thought about building...
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    Re: Why does one hive beard and other not

    I have one that beards alot too. So today I built a shim to add ventilation. I basically cut the bottom 2 inches of an old box and cut two little notches on the top of it kind of like what you see on...
  8. Re: Questions from new beekeeper- Comments welcome! (Pics included)

    Are you sure you're queenright? IF you have queen cells and that many drones this late in the year you might have a queen laying bullets or laying workers. On hive 1 if you are queenright I'd take...
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    Re: What's this Northern Virginia weed bees love?

    We have a lot of that plant starting to pop up everywhere around here. Never seen it before till this year. I wondered where it came from. It 's growing along the ditches on the side of the road all...
  10. Re: Is it too late to make a split this year (SW Ohio)?

    I just made up 15 deep nucs with 3 frames of bees and brood with mated queens last week. This late in the year I wouldn't do it without adding a mated queen. By the time you let them raise their own...
  11. Thread: Fall comb honey

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    Fall comb honey

    Is anyone making comb honey from the fall flow? Mostly from goldenrod, asters, etc. Just a couple of questions. Do you have problems with it granulating in the cassettes, and does it sell as well as...
  12. Re: Is the last week of June too early to start nucs in NE Ohio?

    I am still starting some nucs with 2 to 3 frames of brood and a mated queen. I will keep doing this until around July 1st. I also winter them in 5 frame hives but 3 deep. I will have to feed all...
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    Re: Queen cells Please analyse my pics

    Those are drone cells on the bottom of the frame in pic 2. Take your hive tool and scrape those off as that's where most of your mites will be.
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    Re: Black Locust/ Linden Tree honeyflow

    I've seen a few of the smaller trees bloom the last couple of days but none of the old large ones. Hope they do, but you have to go a little farther north for basswood. Not sure how far north maybe...
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    Re: Round black feeders

    I ended up going with half gallon mason jars. Since I'm running almost all 5 frame hives these days I figured out I can put 3 half gallon jars inside an empty 5 frame hive body on top of the hive....
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    Re: Eastern Kentucky honey season

    thanks I appreciate it.
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    Eastern Kentucky honey season

    I was wondering when the main honey season starts in Eastern Kentucky. I have a friend who has some land I think around Whitesburg and he says the bees would do good down there. Is this area pretty...
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    Re: Round black feeders

    Yep, that's it. Thank you. I was going to start some nucs in the spring and was thinking I could drill a hole in the migratory lid and put this feeder in and that would keep it from blowing away....
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    Round black feeders

    Is anyone still selling the feeders that look like little black barrel shaped jugs? I think you invert them from the top of the hive.
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    Re: Has anyone ordered from beebaby's?

    FWIW, I just bought 50 migratory covers and bottom boards from Justin and I know he was up till 4am finishing my order. Seems like an honest hard working young man to me. Good quality, and good...
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    Re: Spitting overwintered nucs

    Good advice there, I will start feeding mine in a few weeks and add a third box with foundation in April. Once they draw out the foundation the queen will go up and lay eggs in it and I will take...
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    Re: Why different color of honey?

    I am seeing the same thing here. There wasn't much of a black locust flow, I think that might be part of it. I pulled a little honey from 3 different counties and all the honey was the same color. It...
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    Re: A busy weekend in the back yard!

    Yep, me too. Checked two dd hives both full of swarm cells and ready to swarm any time. I ended up splitting two hives into ten nucs, each with a queen cell. Hope they all get mated. Picked up my...
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    Re: too early to reverse in Ohio?

    Reversed a few today, seeing some drones too. Peaches will be blooming in a week or less. Calling for 80+ degrees this weekend. Hoping for no more cold snaps.
  25. Re: Aggressive Splitting -- How many splits can I get?

    Why not keep one for honey production and split the other three as soon as they're strong enough to split them four ways. Then after you've taken some honey you can go back and split the other one....
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