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    Re: Spring Nucs

    @WBVC...

    Well, July and August 2013 is when I put these nucs together.

    I like them strong, so each had at least 3 frames of capped brood, all the adhering bees and another frame or two of...
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    Re: Spring Nucs

    @Jeyster...yes, I put them together later in the year. But also, like you say you can put them together anytime during the year, and keep them under control by using them as extra resources( build...
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    Re: Spring Nucs

    I would...:)
    But now a lot of folks don't know, and don't care to know the difference...to them, a nuc is a nuc and how much they pay for it vs. a package is all that matters.

    A true,...
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    Re: Results back from Beltsville

    They do not do pesticide residue analysis. I also wondered why not...
    From their site:
    "We do not analyze samples (bees, wax comb, pollen, etc.) for the presence of viruses or pesticide residue."...
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    Re: Mini Mating Nuc

    OK Dominic, lots of questions...I'll try to keep it as short as possible...:)

    "What are the acceptance rate for virgins? Are they considerably different than with royal cells? “


    Well…again it...
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    Re: Mini Mating Nuc

    I guess it depends...I like to have the virgins emerged in my incubator. I like to see them, evaluate them, reject the ones that do not look OK to me...then mark them.
    I am also doing II, so I like...
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    Re: Mini Mating Nuc

    I used them for the last 2 years...among other types/configurations. I've got mine ( 10 of them) from EH Thorne, shipped from UK. But just like your link, they are identical,Mini Bivo brand...made in...
  8. Re: Catch them today, and they leave the next day.

    Both...This year I had about 10-15 traps up at any given time. On those, this year I caught 1-3 swarms per trap in the height of the swarming season, for this area. Those that moved into the...
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    Marla Spivak- TED 2013

    Not sure if this was posted already...
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  10. Re: Catch them today, and they leave the next day.

    I think this is the ticket...moving them to another location, away from where you found them.

    Old comb, frames of open brood, feeding...all tilt the balance towards the swarm staying. Placing a...
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    Re: Backfilling the broodnest in fall

    Manly in his book does not say that.

    Here in his own words, from page 126: " I had better say at once, to avoid misunderstanding, that the purpose of regular examinations is not to prevent the...
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    Re: setting up a mini hive

    I've been making and working with quite a few of these mini nucs all year long. I also like replacing the mated queen I take out with another virgin, not a cell. These mini nucs at times, might not...
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    Re: Queen intro

    Yes you did.
    If you do get the frame of brood from another hive, might as well get one with emerging bees, and get that queen under an introduction cage, placed right above the emerging brood....
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    Re: Requeening with cells

    From what I've done and seen happening, if you place a cell in a queen right colony, the virgin will kill the resident laying queen. Virgins are little killing machines.
    If you look in front of the...
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    Re: Shb

    The beetles will zero in on the hives from long distances. Then, just like you noticed, they just fly in...They are an added stress to the hive no doubt, and some hives/bees are handling it better...
  16. Re: Hives doing really well but suddenly feeling unprepared for what's next

    From my point of view, it depends if you still have some flow in your area. If you do, and the bees are still making brood, then yes, they will run out of room, back-fill with honey and they might...
  17. Re: NC beekeepers- questions! /overwintering

    Well, if last year is of any guidance...hardly ever is nowadays, but, I have not lost any nucs. Out of 20, all have made it great through the winter and have become monster hives by April. Had one...
  18. Re: NC beekeepers- questions! /overwintering

    I'm in Eastern NC, and I do overwinter 20-30 nucs. I am still making nucs as we speak.

    Had a lot of honey this year, and saved a lot of frames with honey, to add to these nucs. Starting with a...
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    Re: How long after afterswarm?

    Not stupid at all.
    No need to wait.
    Just give the hive in question a frame of eggs/uncapped brood from one of the queen right swarms. As a diagnostic that is. If the hive has a queen, laying or...
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    Re: My first split {Help)

    If you split 2 weeks ago, probably the queen you noticed is a freshly emerged one. Might be or might not be mated yet. Have you noticed more than one queen cell? Is it fully capped and intact? Have...
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    Re: Producing drones/mating?

    Thanks Dean, for getting into the nuts and bolts of haploidy and diploidy in honey bees. :)
    That spotty brood pattern, as an "effect" of a certain level of inbreeding, leading to those diploid...
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    Re: Producing drones/mating?

    Lets give it a try...:)
    There will be drones in the area for the new queen to get mated. Even if you are the only beekeeper there...and do not see other bees.
    But even if theoretically, you would...
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    Re: Another dumb question

    Not a bad idea to have it clean...it could turn bad, starting a robbing frenzy if the action is too close to your hives. Not always, but as dearth is moving in, the chances go up fast.
    I do this all...
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    Re: Hive is without a queen.

    It is doable..but it is also risky. If you let them raise a queen from another brood frame, it will be up to a month before she'll start laying. Lots of things could go right...or wrong.
    Personally,...
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    Re: USPS dang IT!

    This might as well be just my opinion....but I always wondered...I did use USPS once...got the queens in 5 days...lucky I guess. Express indeed...

    Have used UPS ever since. Next Day Air Early...
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