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    Re: Cold weather buildup

    I actually started out last year with 4 hives. I caught four swarms and made 4 Nucs from the first main four. I've learned the value of nuc combining back into weak hives and combining other hives...
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    Re: Cold weather buildup

    And they wonder why us semi- newbies quit. :ws: Going into my third year and I was kinda hoping to see the "normal" year all those wonderful books keep talking about. :scratch:
    Darned if it's not...
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    Re: Cold weather buildup

    I'm located in a fairly suburban area. But except for daffodils (which just started) there isn't much out there. No field crops, just lawns, oak trees, basic suburban yards. Can't count on any one...
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    Re: Cold weather buildup

    I've got daffodils blooming now! It's just figuring out the buildup timing. James Spann is talking about bad roads tommorow night and something else coming in next weekend. Flow usually hits...
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    Cold weather buildup

    Alright, I know cold is relative to those in the north, nut I still have some questions. 2 weeks ago, Alabama was in the 60's and I was feeding my hives like crazy for the spring flow. Nice brood...
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    Building up single deeps

    For those of you that run single deeps, how do you build up the population/feed them in prep for the main flow? Do you put on a medium or shallow for them to store pollen/ stores before the main...
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    Re: Inspections question

    Our main flow hits around 4/15. I'd like to start brooding them up, but it's still to cold at night to feed the 1:1. They just won't take it. I'm open feeding them when I can, but I need some...
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    Re: Inspections question

    I'm in Birmingham Alabama and I did a quick inspection last weekend when the weather was so nice. I have Italians and while my queens were alive, there wasn't any eggs or brood right now. Nothing...
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    Re: Noobie looking for cheapest hive kit

    My 2 year old advice for whatever it's worth. Don't go the cheap route. The boards will warp or be full of knot holes. Joints will be " off" and not fit. Either build it yourself or go to a...
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    Re: Second deep backfilling

    I should say also that I'm really not interested in splits to control the swarming. I'm after the impossible, I know. Strong hives at their peak that will actually work on drawing out the shallows....
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    Re: Second deep backfilling

    My problem last year was that I did open the brood nest. I couldn't officially checkerboard for lack of drawn frames. In doing this, I didn't have a swarming problem, but I seemed every empty frame...
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    Second deep backfilling

    Part of my problem last year (1st overwinter year) is that I reversed my deeps several times to give laying room to the queen. I also had two supers (undrawn foundation) on each hive. Inevitably...
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    Re: Outdoor chest freezer?

    The black bag is a good idea, but I still require a freezer that can hold a deep frame. :(
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    Outdoor chest freezer?

    Does anyone have any recommendations for any outdoor chest freezer? I only have a side by side fridge that can't hold frames. There's no room inside for a freezer and no garage/ outbuilding/...
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    Re: When to do whAt with over wintered nucs?

    I'm sure there may be stories out there, but has anyone found that building up a 5 frame Nuc by just adding boxes more efficient then 10 frame deep? Do bees tend to want to go out or up better?
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    Re: When to do whAt with over wintered nucs?

    Thanks for the replies. These are all new late summer queens so this should be their first big season. Each are currently 5 frame deep nucs with 2 of the frames in each as honey and pollen.
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    When to do whAt with over wintered nucs?

    I've got four overwintered nucs. Keeping my fingers crossed they all make it and/or I don't need an early queen for my production hives, when's the time to move them to a single deep? I would like...
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    Honey vs 2:1 sugar feed

    Quick question. I've read a lot how bees won't take syrup if outside temps drop below 55. But what about feeding back honey? Wouldn't the bees reject that as well due to low liquid temps? Is...
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    Re: FGMO fogger for varroa

    Yes I am a newbie. No I'm not promoting my treatment above anyone else's. Yes I have read Glock's thread, Randy Oliver's site, and researched fogging with FGMO ( the Missouri trial). I also read...
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    Re: Nuc robbing ongoing. Need advice

    I only wish I could move it! Unfortunately, I am one of those "suburban backyard beekeeping hobbiest" with the production hives on one side of the property and the nucs on the other. The good thing...
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    Re: Nuc robbing ongoing. Need advice

    I'm in a quandary then. I slipped out to look tonight and there are still about 30-40 bees just hanging on the outdid screen. Not really going to be able to open the hive to remove the paper until...
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    Nuc robbing ongoing. Need advice

    In checking my nucs yesterday, one of my nucs that was struggling queenless failed to make a queen in time before drone season was over. Hopelessly queenless, no brood, some stores, I newspaper...
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    Some possibly stupid questions

    Now that it's down to the first of October, when do those of you who do regular (weekly) inspections stop for the year? Last year, being a newbie, I think I was in them every time the temps were >...
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    Nuc questions

    Right now this is hypothetical, but I'm trying to improve my knowledge of nucs. I have six production (double deep) hives and four 5 frame nucs heading into the winter. I had a bad run of queen...
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    Re: Third queen this season

    I would add my inexperienced second year advice for you. *Don't panic*. In my first year I went through 4 queens from a new packaged hive. After the fourth, I threw up my hands and said fine, let...
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