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    Re: How many hives should I keep???

    Don't start with 7 like I did. I would say 3-4 would be a better number for the first year. Allows you to see differences in colonies right from the start. But 7 was an overkill for one person just...
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    2x8 frame brood boxes

    I've been using 10 deep frames for brood and honey, but they were too heavy to lift especially around August :no:

    So this year I've made 8 deep frame insulated boxes that I plan to use as honey...
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    Re: Hurricane Preparedness

    Weld hooks to Rail Road rails, use chimney anchors (or custom made 3/4" steel rods) to tie the
    hives. 10' RR rails should stay on the ground even in 300-400 mph winds.
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    Re: How much honey do you leave for winter?

    Konrad,

    I like the idea of an empty box with insulation boards.

    You used 4" styrofoam on walls and 9.5" in the ceiling (empty box), right?

    I already have 3/4" entrance in the top box (the...
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    Re: How much honey do you leave for winter?

    How do you protect them?
    I'm thinking of 1.5" styrofoam boards on the outside tied with string and drywall outside corner for the corners. Then wrap the styrofoam with double aluminum bubble wrap. ...
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    Re: How much honey do you leave for winter?

    So where do you place pollen frames? What is the structure of your deeps?

    Do you set this up in early September and give them at least 1 month of head start before the really cold weather starts?...
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    How much honey do you leave for winter?

    I was wondering how much honey do you leave bees for winter?

    Do you overwinter in 2 deeps or 3 deeps?

    I don't plan to feed them anything but honey and was just wondering what would be a good...
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    Re: Queen balled and killed after marking her

    How long was she out? I marked my queens but I only let them out for 2-3 minutes, just enough to dry the marking pen.
    Maybe she smelled foreign to them.
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    Re: Fall flow in Maine

    You are lucky. In Canada, we have two: Winter and "Construction Season".
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    Re: new-lazy queen

    Move a frame with eggs to an empty box above your top most super. Put it with honey and pollen frames. Add some empty drawn frames.
    Add entrance in that box. They will raise their own, even if your...
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    Re: new-lazy queen

    I've learned by accident that the queen in split should be from your strongest hive.

    Just raise a queen from a strongest hive and introduce her to the split. The weak queen should be eliminated. ...
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    Re: Wintering Nuc. Help!

    I guess you have to put this one as a learning experience.

    You have to stay on top of it. Prepare lots of frames, boxes during winter and "bee" ready next spring. You have to check on them every...
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    Re: Wintering Nuc. Help!

    When did you start with a nuc? I started on May 21, immediately put them in deep brood box for a week and placed 2 empty foundations between brood frames, put division board to separate the rest of...
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    Re: Thymol Crystals

    I would. Do you know of any place that would ship to Canada?

    Thanks,
    Peter
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    Re: how many supers?

    How do you build your supers? I hope you have drawn foundations for that super.

    If you use the same brood frames as supers, you can move capped brood to supers and interleave them with empty...
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    Re: Thymol Crystals

    Can I vaporize Thymol crystals by heating them in a pipe. Do the vapors go up or down? i.e. are they heavier than warm air? I can probably whip something from a 3/4" copper pipe.

    Thanks,
    Peter
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    Thymol Crystals

    Hi there,

    I was wondering if any of you guys tried Thymol Crystals for Varroa management.
    How do you deliver them? In cages? On top of frames, built in cages in special frames?

    Any...
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    Re: HSC / Honey Super Cell

    56 is not much. I started five hives this year, added two splits, all together 230 of
    5.4 mm foundations were drawn by my bees. I'm sure there are people here who converted 1000s of frames.
    ...
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    Re: Splitting hives

    1 mile long. No bears ( at least I don't think). Lots of deer but they did not cause problems yet.
    My yard is fenced, 5-6 ft of wood fence.
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    Re: Splitting hives

    Kazzandra,

    My two splits had queens in cages. I moved them about 1 mile away from the old hives location for a week. After a week, I moved them back and left one empty brood box in each of the...
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    Re: Ants and my hives

    Put salt around the hive.
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    Re: Getting stung.

    Psisk
    You have to respect the bees. I worked without smoke with my Buckfasts until last week when I got a "full" sting on a forehead through my suit and took 5 "secondary" stingers through the...
  23. Re: How to stimulate comb development in new super. Honey bound question

    I only run on 1 brood box. Every time I get capped brood frame completed I move it up.
    Queen excluder stays above 1st brood box. Once the second box is getting filled up, I move it up and place an...
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    Re: Normal sting reaction?

    Normal to mild reaction. Just don't get it on your forehead. I got one and the swelling of about 3/4" "traveled" down to my eyes and nose. I looked like a heavyweight boxer after a lost fight. ...
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    Re: c) Hive placement

    Leave at least 4-6 ft so that you can work on them from the back. Face the front entrances of the hives to East-South direction.
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