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  1. Thread: splits

    by gunter62
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    Re: splits

    If you have mated queens you probably will be alright. I've overwintered 4 medium frame nucs at my location just fine, although they did not build up all that well in spring. I now prefer at least an...
  2. Thread: Your opinion

    by gunter62
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    Re: Your opinion

    I believe what you are seeing is just normal bearding. No real way to check for swarm prep without opening the hive.
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    Re: Walk away split

    I believe you are being a bit impatient. Usually it's a month from the time of the split until you see eggs. Give them a frame of eggs as insurance. If they need a queen, they will make one.:)
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    Re: what is this tree?

    Chinese chestnut is blooming here. That's what it looks like to me.
  5. Re: splits, do I feed the original hive also?

    Feeding won't hurt, but if you are leaving the queen in the original location and have a flow, it should be unnecessary. The current batch of foragers will keep the hive supplied.
  6. Thread: A few pics.

    by gunter62
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    Re: A few pics.

    Looking good!
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    Re: Clean off of burr comb?

    To scrape burr comb off the bottom bar I stand the frame on end with most of the pressure on the ear and use the hive tool to remove the wax. It only takes a minute.
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    Re: Adding honey supers...above or below

    It works either way. But if I'm using a box of foundation (which I often am), I put that directly above the brood nest because I think they draw it faster that way. I may be wrong, but that's what...
  9. Re: When do I have enough boxes on for brood?

    I find 3 8 frame mediums work fine for a brood nest. Anything above that I take as surplus honey. Where I am, 8 frame singles can be overwintered with a little help, but doubles build-up quicker in...
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    Re: Beekeeper from SC

    Welcome to the forum Connie!:)
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    Re: I know you guys are used to it but..

    Congratulations! Looks great!:thumbsup:
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    Re: Laying pattern for newly mated queen

    It can take a week or two for the queen to produce a normal pattern. I wouldn't worry just yet. Give them a couple more weeks.
  13. Thread: Breeder Nuc

    by gunter62
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    Re: Breeder Nuc

    I usually check after 7 days because I tend to work my hives on a weekly schedule. 7 days isn't usually long enough, but 14 seems to be.:)
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    Re: Unsure of how to help cold bees

    The cold will not kill your bees! Relax! Check on them Saturday and enjoy your new hobby.:)
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    Re: Robbing screens during nectar flow??

    I haven't used robbing screens at all yet, however I would think they wouldn't be needed during a flow when plenty of nectar is available. When the flow ends, robbing can be a real problem,...
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    Re: Question about swapping hive placement

    I believe foragers returning with pollen or nectar are welcomed into most any hive. If I move boxes on to another hive and know it doesn't contain a queen, I don't use newspaper. Never have seen a...
  17. Re: Filtering Extracted Honey: Does It Require Special Filters?

    I have used cheese cloth, nylon hose, and purchased strainers from bee suppliers. They all work, although some folks say cheese cloth can leave some cloth fibers in the honey. I haven't noticed that....
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    Re: Moth damaged frames

    I've reused frames that were worse than that and the bees patched them right up. I was amazed! You may be as well!
  19. Re: Question: Small cell wax foundation vs. foundationless for bees raised on small c

    If it were me, I would buy enough pf-style frames from Mann Lake for the brood nest, and do whatever you feel like in the supers.
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    Re: Did I screw up ?

    Bees will move up, down, or sideways if they need comb and their cavity isn't full. Take the medium off. If you want the frames emptied, stand the box on its end several feet from the hive. They'll...
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    Re: Hello from western NY

    Welcome wannabee! You've found a great resource for answers to many of your beekeeping questions. Good luck and have fun!
  22. Thread: bee space

    by gunter62
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    Re: bee space

    Not all setups are the same. My frames are basically a 1/4" from the bottom of my box. My bottom boards have a 3/4" rim. Therefore it is an inch from the bottom of my frames to the "deck" of my...
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    Re: Chemical free Beekeeping ?

    if I ever got AFB or EFB I would burn the hive.

    I know you probably just meant to show your serious about dealing with these diseases, but only AFB requires burning of the hive and components....
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    Re: Ring shank Nails or Staples?

    I generally use good quality deck screws with water resistant glue, but the screws can be quite expensive. So, I have considered switching to ring shank nails. Their holding power is great, and they...
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    Re: Thinking of making my own hives

    For building boxes, a dado blade is not necessary. Rabbats can be cut cleanly by doing 1 cut horizontally and 1 cut vertically. That's how I do all of mine. I also use the table saw and a jig to cut...
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