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  1. Re: How young were you when you first raised queens?

    This will be my 2nd year, I'm 26. this will be my 6th year beekeeping. last year the effort turned into about 30 double nucs. Its definetly worth the effort, especially seeing the ones that made it...
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    shipping container honey room?

    Has anyone ever used one for building there honey room as they grow there buisness then could use it for storage when they get one built? just a thought
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    Re: How far away from your apiary to you live?

    about 1/4 mile, 3 miles 15 miles an 30 miles. do a lot my queen and Nuc work at the close yards.
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    Re: Easy bee feeder

    Coffee cans work too, both metal and plastic ones.
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    Re: Date you measure overwintering weight

    I have both Italians and carnolians, and muts that I've raised from a carnolian queen openly mated,it seems that all the Italians lost lots of weight we're the carnolians and muts we're more steady...
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    Re: Date you measure overwintering weight

    So if you weighed them probably mid September or after honey harvest would they have weighed more say around 140 150.
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    Re: Date you measure overwintering weight

    This hive was Italian I believe, and I believe I gave it shallow of honey cause I thought it was light,
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    Date you measure overwintering weight

    I pulled honey off mid September and some hives after honey was pulled off weighed 140 to 150 2 deeps and a shallow, I was just wondering what date people determine there overwintering weight, cause...
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    Re: 4 over 4 Nuc dilemma

    I would estimate about 2 to 2.5 frames on the bottom, about 30 lbs total on the hives right now, it's looking like I might be able to get another 5 to 10lbs in them yet, I plan to feed through next...
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    Re: 4 over 4 Nuc dilemma

    I took a closer look and the ones that weigh about sixty have capped honey or close to capped in the three frames closest to inner wall next to other Nuc, the outer edges of the frame towards the...
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    Re: 4 over 4 Nuc dilemma

    I've seen in a lot of your videos that you have a medium or shallow on the bottom of your brood chamber on your production colonies, do you rotate that to the top for the fall flow too?
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    4 over 4 Nuc dilemma

    So this winter past winter and spring I've done much reading on overwintering double stacked nucleus colonies as Michael Palmer does his. Over the course of summer I managed to make about thirty 4...
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    Entrance reducer question?

    Right now I have entrance reducers on all my hives for robbing prevention, Ive read that its better to leave them full open for winter with mouseguard. Do you think it would be okay to leave them on...
  14. Re: Any tips for trimming comb from q-cells

    I used a utility knife it worked, just make consecutive cuts not to tear the wax and don't let wax build up on blade
  15. Mating nuc with virgin queen and queen cells in it

    Alright I setup mating nucs on friday I let them sit queenless overnight, then I installed queen cells on saturday,the next morning. This particular one had some eggs in it, I checked it today...
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    Re: how do you prevent this

    Thanks for the info, I will have to fix my frames. I would imagine you would put the foundation a frame over and not right next to the grafts. This was my 3rd time grafting so it was a bit nerve...
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    how do you prevent this

    So my graft seems to be a good take, but the bees drawed comb all over so it makes if much harder to seperate the cells. the cells we're started In a queenless Nuc started from there finisher hive...
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    how do you prevent this

    So my graft seems to be a good take, but the bees drawed comb all over so it makes if much harder to seperate the cells. the cells we're started In a queenless Nuc started from there finisher hive...
  19. Setting up mating nucs with drone laying hive

    I have about 29 queen cells ready to emerge sunday, Could I take the bees from a drone laying queen hive, and use them to setup up some of my mating nucs? I was planing on shaking the bees into an...
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    4 over 4 nuc design question

    Im building 4 frame nucs and the bottom box I cant decide if I want to incorporate the bottom board depth into the bottom box and just staple a flat board on the bottom and drill a hole for entrance...
  21. Re: Whats your average date for the start of queenrearing

    BigBlackBirds,

    Yes I am thinking when I do my splits they will be 2 brood frame splits with 4 frames total, then later they will get a nuc super with another 4 frames, so they will be...
  22. Re: Whats your average date for the start of queenrearing

    Thanks all for the info,
    Im going to be watching for drone eggs, and plan to have queens mating about 39 days after (so the drones are mature). hopefully the weather is good by then, its a...
  23. Whats your average date for the start of queenrearing

    Will be rearing queens this year and was wondering when is your typical first day of grafting? I tried it last year for the first time later in the year and only a couple grafts didn't take, I am...
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    Re: Palmer Double Nuc

    I have 15 hives that overwintered thus far, and have not had much success with italian queens raised in the south. Got some carnolian nucs last year that overwintered much better than the italians. ...
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    Re: Moving Bees this Weekend in the heat

    No definitely not in a closed trailer they will be covered with mesh netting.

    Thanks for the advice.
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