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    Re: colonies absconding from nucs

    Danial Y,

    What kind of population pressure do you have in that yard? Do you have full colonies as well as the nucs there? Are you feeding your nucs or is there still a flow on when they...
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    Re: Old Man Grafting

    I don't think you offended any one. You just made us think of younger days!
  3. Thread: 4 frame nucs

    by jbraun
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    Re: 4 frame nucs

    I'm building double divided 10 frame nucs. The bottoms just have a 3/4" divider with an extra 3/8" piece on the tops to fill in the gap at the top. The tops are deep boxes at 8 1/8" wide. They sit...
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    Re: Comb in between frames

    You can rubber band it to the inside of an empty frame, no foundation. Masking tape works well also. Secure it in at lest 3 places. If it doesn't reach from the top to the bottom, use the bottom...
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    Re: what kind of flower is this?

    This is Liatris spicata or Blazing Star. It's a North American native to eastern and central states. The bees seem to like it as much as we do.
  6. Thread: Mating Nuc

    by jbraun
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    Mating Nuc

    I'm planning on starting grafting and queen rearing next season. I've a couple of questions regarding personal preference and filling in gaps in my understanding. I'm located in Mid Missouri.

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    Game Plan Change

    This year I started out with 4 hives. I split them in May and ended with 8. I thought that with splitting that early I would be able to harvest honey in July. No luck there. I think my problem...
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    Re: need to move and requeen a hot hive

    doug
    Like beepro said splitting to nucs now may be your best bet. Our bee club is having it's talk Monday on splitting your hives now before the fall. I helped a fellow beek split a HUGE colony 2...
  9. Thread: All mean now

    by jbraun
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    Re: All mean now

    shannon,
    Oops, I meant to say I've been splitting from the same 2 hives I bought as nucs in 2012. What do people who have English as a second language do?
  10. Thread: All mean now

    by jbraun
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    All mean now

    I'm up to 8 hives this year. I've been letting them split themselves for the last 2 years. This year I kept the splits at my home. I just took them away and moved them to a friends 3 miles away.
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    Re: Maintaining Genetic Diversity

    I live in a town of 400 in Mid Missouri. Only 1 other bee keeper in town. But I know of 4 feral hives here in town. I went after a hive that was damaged in our last big wind storm 4 miles south of...
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    Re: Carniolan in North Carolina

    Lex,
    Swarming is not a problem. Swarming is something the colony does to reproduce.

    The problem is bee keepers don't like bees to swarm as it reduces the work force to bring in honey. As a...
  13. Re: I definitely understand now why the hive stands work side to side, not front to b

    I use 2 blocks with 2 4x4x8 set on top. That gives me space for 4 hives on each stand. The bottom of the hives is about 10" off the ground. The blocks may need to be shimmed to level the 4x4's. I...
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    Re: Bee Tree Disaster

    I haven't looked at them this morning. I was just at the yard early and I didn't see any activity. It was about 6am and the other hives nearby had barely gotten out to fly. I'll check them out...
  15. Re: Frustrated, did you all go this slow on the learning curve???

    I'm at the same stage as you. I was thinking along the same lines as you today. I was going to start a post asking some of the things that you asked.

    Thanks for starting this post.

    Good...
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    Bee Tree Disaster

    We had a pretty strong storm come through Mid-Missouri last night. I got a call from someone close who had major damage to a big oak close to his house. The top of the tree broke at the cavity...
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    Re: 10 frame hive split

    I just posted a question to see if I could split a 7 frame hive. I'm glad that I saw this last reply from MB. Now I've got a better idea of the strength of the hives I should split.
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    Timing for Summer Splits

    I've got one more hive I'd like to do a summer split on. Our main flow is done here and I'm wondering if it's to late to do my split? I did splits on 2 others 2 weeks ago. This one is only 7...
  19. Re: dealing with bees who want to go honeybound

    I had the same problem this year. The suggestion that I got was to insert a frame or two of pulled comb or foundation in the middle of the brood nest. If you move those frames you removed up to the...
  20. Thread: Epi-Pen

    by jbraun
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    Re: Epi-Pen

    Would you really want to take a chance with your life?
  21. Re: I can't put it off...I need to purchase jars

    challenger, Daniel Y posted the conversion chart for WBVC in metric. He lives in Canada which uses the metric system as opposed to the Standard system the US uses.
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    Re: June Nuc Swarmed

    Your hive became honey bound. As a result the queen had no space to lay eggs and the hive swarmed.

    Honey bound refers to all edges of the brood nest having honey surrounding it. The queen will...
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    Re: Using deep frames in 2 medium boxes?

    This year I ran out of deep frames and used mediums in between the deeps. The bees pulled the whole medium and then built on the bottom of the frame to the same size as the deeps next to it. No...
  24. Thread: Borage

    by jbraun
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    Re: Borage

    I have some borage that I planted from seed about 5 or 6 weeks ago. They are just about ready to put in the ground. I don't expect them to bloom this fall but you never can tell. It's been my...
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    Re: Honey vs Bee Production

    I must be slow on the uptake. I thought that if you didn't have drawn comb you couldn't open up the brood chamber. I finally get that you can insert foundation or foundationless frames and they...
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