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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Checked for queen cells in two hives that I added eggs and larvae to on June 18. Both hives were apparently queen less. Both had capped queen cells! Wahoo! Check back in 2 weeks for eggs...!
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Added a frame of eggs and open larvae to two queenless hives today. Both had new virgin queens on or around June 4, not sure what happened. Here is hoping they raise a couple good queens if they are...
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    Re: Sucsessful Queen Introduction tips.

    Welp, I must have done something wrong. Had a laying worker nuc and added two frames of mixed brood (some open, some capped) and placed a new caged queen between the frames and came back 10 days...
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    Re: over 30 days and no eggs yet

    Yes, good idea Harley...makes plenty sense to add the newspaper as well...!
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    Re: over 30 days and no eggs yet

    Thanks Dan,

    That's what I thought...may give it a try.

    Here is another method described to me today that I will consider. Put the laying worker colony over a strong queen right colony...
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    Re: over 30 days and no eggs yet

    In this scenario, if the hive was queen less and did have laying workers and was given a frame of eggs and open brood, would the colony build a queen cell or would they assume they were queen right...
  7. Re: Is it safe to combine a very weak queen right nuc

    Robbin,

    Here is another thing you could try. Do the newspaper combine but place a queen excluder under the newspaper to confine the queen for a few days while the colony gets used to her...
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    Re: Redbud in bloom...

    I noticed a few bees working the Redbud in my yard on Sunday...thought I might see more though...Good luck UTVolshype with your splits this week...I was planning the same thing this week but with...
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    Re: overwinter nuc question

    Sure, give it a try. You probably will not need the inner cover until you button them up for winter. Keep a close eye on your nucs as they can grow pretty fast and be a threat to swarm. You can...
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    Re: overwinter nuc question

    Pathfinder,
    I am just north of you in Knoxville and successfully overwintered a 5 over 5 frame nuc this year. You shouldn't have any problem down in Chattanooga...I do use solid bottom boards on my...
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    Re: Reversing hive bodies and PM temps

    Thanks Vance. It's been cooler than average this season and was wondering others are doing. Yes, the location of the cluster makes a lot of sense. We are going to have warmer temps for a few days...
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    Re: Did you lose any hives this winter

    6/6 still alive...! 1st year over-wintering a double 5 frame nuc...she has made so far...!
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    Reversing hive bodies and PM temps

    For those of you who reverse hive bodies in spring as a form of swam control, what consistent night time temps do prefer before conducting this maneuver?

    My daytime temps are now in the mid to...
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    Re: So Far So Good this Winter

    Checked mine yesterday...all 6 are still alive...bracing for winter storm #4 in ten days...ice, snow, sleet, freezing rain...I have never seen anything like this in East Tenn...! Bring on...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    I am going to give this a go on a couple of my hives this year. Sounds like fun. Matt, are you seeing increased honey production with 3 deep brood nests and a significant population of bees since you...
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    Re: Do you reverse hive bodies?

    I did not reverse last spring, but I will this year. I had 2 swarms even after swarm control splits and attempts to open the brood nest. Thinking about a late Feb or early March reversal...
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    Re: Screen Bottom Boards

    I bought 3 Freeman screen bottom boards this winter and will give them a try this spring. I like Rusty's idea using aluminum foil pans for the rest of my hives...duplicating SBB's with Freeman type...
  18. Thread: 2015 plans

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    Re: 2015 plans

    Grow from 6 hives to 8 hives. Start 3 or 4 nucs. Double honey output from last year! Do a better job on swarm control this year...!
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    Re: Worst mistake of 2014.

    Hey Oldtimer,

    I just reviewed my notes on the nuc combine. The laying worker colony was a new package (3 lb) installed early April. The queen was released in 4 or 5 days, and I noted a spotty egg...
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    Re: Worst mistake of 2014.

    Tried to combine a nuc with a laying worker colony. Yes, the laying worker colony killed the queen from the nuc.
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    Re: How many hives did you start out with?

    Started with 2 packages in spring of 2013. Both made it through first winter. Expanded to 6 hives last spring summer via splits off the 2 hives. Goal is to get to 8 to 10 this...
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    Re: Palleted double nucs

    Well done Stuart...nice pics...! Nice brood pattern...is that recent? My one nuc is has palm size patches of brood on 4 frames or so...slowed way down...
    Thanks for sharing...looking forward to ECD...
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    Re: Queenless roar vs fanning

    It was hot yesterday here in East Tn and all of my hives had a rather loud roar…I suspect they are fanning to cool the hive…if you are concerned you might want to go in and look for eggs or...
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    Re: Nervous about robbing

    Yes, lots of hovering bees all around the hive, wrestling at entrance and on ground in front of entrance. Lots of bees trying to find alternative ways to get in i.e. bottom, sides, around outer...
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    Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

    Here are a couple photos of my apiary…

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