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  1. Thread: Wintering Nucs

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    Re: Wintering Nucs

    Where do you find the canvas or whatever you use for the tops of the double nucs? I am also using more of a migratory type of cover. Does the canvas "wick" moisture in like newspaper does? I used...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    If you have access to a bee vac you can use that to get them. You'll need to get some PVC pipe from Home Depot or Lowes or something to get you to the height you need. Then simply vaccume them...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I'm in SE Pa. It all depends upon the yard as to the fall flow. Here at my house there's a good flow. At a farm in Malvern just about 20 minutes away there's very little. Perhaps enough to...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    This is in my opinion where "supply and demand" comes into play. Why are all those farms raising those crops? There's a great demand for them. If the demand comes to be other things then farmers...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    The "problem". . . "be fruitful and multiply". Our bees do it very well as long as they're healthy. So does every other living thing. One corn seed becomes how many? If it only had one or two...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    Mac. . . :applause: Some good thoughts "out of the box". I do have a problem with them using the GMO stuff for animals, but at least I'm not eating them as best I can tell. I buy directly from the...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    Am I missing something here? ND = “Not detected” however they have a number after it. If this isn’t the number of what they detected then what is it? It’s under the
    “Maximum Contaminant Level...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    If you put peppers in your eggs then you are probably eating not only round up, but many other chemicals. Unless you are using organic peppers. According to Nurishing Traditions it's one of the...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    This is sad in my mind. (I'm not trying to fight, but I'm being serious) Everyone of us has a bias of some sort. What we need to do is look at facts and seek to discifer them for ourself. ...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    I'm sorry I used the wrong term. Not GMO, but according to this article Genetically manipulated. Sorry for the mis statement. Check out this article. I have no idea who the author is, but it's...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    GMO isn't just "roundup ready". They're modifying things for all sorts of reasons. Roundup ready is only one. (Corn has pesticide for that worm that eats them, I've also read of them putting...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    I know of one of my hives that I had at a farm in strawberries 2 years ago where they sprayed roundup inbetween the rows to kill the weeds there and I could smell it the next day. The bees wern't...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    If you have a bee vac (or if you can borrow one) you can use it. Attach some PVC pipe to the end of the hose. To go 30' you'll probably need at least 2 lengths of PVC pipe. Get the lengths and a...
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    Re: swarm takes over nuc?

    sounds like robbing to me. If they're fighting and they're balling your queen those could be the robber bees. That's my first thought. Just before dark see how many bees are in the hive. That...
  15. Re: Bigger IS better for mating nucs - or so the numbers seem to indicate...

    Check out this method. I used it 2 years ago . (I hope to use it again this year) using a top bar only. This year I hope to make special frames to build 3 rows of queen cells, but I think it would...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I'd at least give them a frame of open brood before combining. It'll go much better. Give them the open brood (including eggs) wait a week or at least 4 or so days, then combine. in my experience...
  17. Re: Bigger IS better for mating nucs - or so the numbers seem to indicate...

    I agree with the concern here as well. However I can see the wisdom of moving them so that the foragers don't all leave. Perhaps a remedy. . . Move whatever hive / hives you're going to be using to...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    John I have no idea what it comes from, but mine has always tasted that way. I've chalked it up to being "raw" and not pasturized which kills and removes all of that flavor that is actually good for...
  19. Re: Bigger IS better for mating nucs - or so the numbers seem to indicate...

    "more chances" presupposes that there are multiple queen cells in the larger hives. Is this the case? I had one hive where I found several queen cells (2 were bad / drawn on old comb) but the...
  20. Re: Should I give new swarm a full super to eat?

    Justin, I assume that you still have a flow on there right? If so there's no need to feed. They're bringing in plenty. I would get in there and check things out though. They may be making a mess...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Nice eye!!! Congrats on your first for the year. Any idea where it came from?
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    One of my larger hives had queen cells a few weeks back. I took the queen and split off the cells into mini nucs and left one with the large hive. I still wanted to get honey from this hive. Well I...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    caught a tough swarm tonight. It took 3 times catching the queen in a clip before I finally just gave up and left her in there in the bottom of the box. They're now nicely at home. Swarmed this...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Last Thursday there was a swarm in Oxford. I only was told about it yesterday because the home owner wants them removed.
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Thursday 5/15 Oxford, Pa. a swarm took up residence in a house. Could be a job!!!
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