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    Re: Replenishment of starter/finisher box

    I checked on the queen cells earlier, and still have 9 really nice cups - all averaging about 1.5" or slightly larger and a 'runt' which is only about 3/4 of an inch and will probably be culled out. ...
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    Re: SHB: that didn't take long!

    I've found and believe that its the pollen and the brood smell is what attracts them and not the humidity. Leave the traps in.
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    Re: Replenishment of starter/finisher box

    Ok. ok..

    I'll make the change - or, have already done it I should correctly say. I moved the box this am and converted it into a 'finisher' box by moving all the frames from that box, into...
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    Re: Replenishment of starter/finisher box

    I put about 3lbs of been in the 5frame nuc starter up whenever I made it up, which doesn't include the 2 frames of capped brood that will/should be coming out within the next week. This should be...
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    Replenishment of starter/finisher box

    Hello -

    I'm planning something different this year as a test and hope/think it should work. It's a small scale project, but should work if I continue to provide the resources and should get...
  6. Re: doing what they do...and...are they in cohert's with each other ??

    I was able to capture the swarm on the 2nd try the following day, and found the queen 3 days later. They are building out those frames I gave them well, and she's already laying. Sadly, if the...
  7. Thread: Breeder Nuc

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    Re: Breeder Nuc

    I usually don't check for a week due to 'my' thoughts that she needs a couple of days to orient to the hive, start laying and sufficient brood visible to get a better understanding of her pattern. ...
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    Re: I HATE Foundationless!

    Started with foundation everywhere. I started check boarding my boxes with foundationless frames and frames with 1-2" starters. It does take more care in handling as mentioned above until they...
  9. doing what they do...and...are they in cohert's with each other ??

    Got home yesterday and as I have a hive close to the end of the road, I always give them a quick look to see how they are doing. It looked pretty active, like they might have been thinking of...
  10. Thread: Bee Color

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    Bee Color

    Hello all,

    I've got a pretty good mutt mix of Italians/carni and some VSH/Italian hives and all are doing well. It seems that 95% of my bees are dark, or really dark in color and although this...
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    Re: Question on Queen Release

    If the hive has been queenless then releasing the queen directly onto the frames should be fine. One method of determining the acceptability of the/a new queen to the hive is how the other bees act...
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    Re: Package installation

    Hello.

    Whenever I hived packages I just 'sandwiched' the queen between the frames making sure that I removed the candy-cork end - not both - and that it was perpicudicular to the frames so that...
  13. Thread: complete bee

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    Re: complete bee

    Is this what you are referring to - http://www.completebee.com/html/Complete.html

    It might be ok to try if you need to (late winter/early spring) but I personally don't like to always feed...
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    Re: Thought I moved them the right way!

    I've successfully moved hives about 100' apart, and the end of the day. I always leave something in front of the hive once moved so that I forces them to 'learn' a new exit from the hive, which...
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    Re: nuc combining

    Update -

    I wanted to update on what I did, and how it's worked out.
    I decided to just combine with newspaper, the QR nuc on top of the QL nuc and all has been fine. I'll be moving the frames...
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    Re: First Time to Try OTS

    Good info.

    A question or 2 ..

    Were the original hives 'normal' or double-brood boxes whenever you pulled the queen from them? I presume so and believe that this left the original hive as a...
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    Re: nuc combining

    Ok.
    Any idea how long I should let the current queen lay - before I combine them so that there's enough eggs/larva/brood scent in that hive?
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    nuc combining

    I think I have the answer, but wanted to gather some other advice.

    situation - 2 nucs --

    1 is a 4-frame on top of 5-frame box. has been queenless for 2 weeks. 4+ frames of nectar/pollen
    2nd...
  19. Re: piping of an already mated/laying queen ...???

    I'd removed the cork but not done anything to the candy (hole punched/etc) and released the 2 queens yesterday. It was strange that in both cases there was a dead bee blocking the inner side of the...
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    Re: Confirmed bee plants

    want to hear what sounds like a swarm - plant some burning bushes. the bees really love the small flowers and in the fall - you have a nice vibrant color to your yard. For seeding in the small area...
  21. Poll: Re: If you could start again, what size would you standardise on?

    I've standardized in double deeps for brood boxes and mediums for everything else. Had a brain fart and built some shallows..what a pain now and am fazing them out. Have a local guy who will trade...
  22. Re: How many bees should I be seeing in front of the hive?

    Just anxious I'd expect.

    Workers hatch at about 21 days and usually spend about a week before they do their orientation flights and then start searching for more pollen and nectar. With packages...
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    Re: Expanding into 2nd deep - timing/method

    I'd wait until 8+ frames are drawn up and she is laying good before adding the 2nd box also. I sometimes move a frame or 2 up to encourage them to move up - but you must respect the brood nest by...
  24. Re: piping of an already mated/laying queen ...???

    Thanks for the helpful info. As I hadn't heard this, I was kind of concerned. Now, to be patient a week and see how things go.

    I've combined, with the newspaper method - hives that were...
  25. Re: Any problem with adding brood to a finisher with cells?

    As mentioned earlier, be sure to check for rogue queen cells during your inspections to be sure you don't have/know what's in the boxes while you work. I've had some issues also - about day 11-12...
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