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  1. Re: Is there an alternative to buying a nuc box?

    Thank you! (I spent 4 yrs. in Lakeland, I should be able to figure this out.)
  2. Re: Is there an alternative to buying a nuc box?

    Oh. Well, I guess I could try a saw, but it would have to be manual. It won't look pretty, but it can't be that hard.
  3. Re: Is there an alternative to buying a nuc box?

    Oh, good. I always wondered about that.

    So for a dummy/partition board, probably 1/4"? Does it matter?

    Just one nuc in a partitioned medium super, you probably don't have to be overworried...
  4. Is there an alternative to buying a nuc box?

    Thinking ahead here, wondering if there are any alternatives to having to shell out for a nuc box. Is using a whole medium super definitely not possible? Can you partition a medium super?
  5. Re: "17 billion honey bees injured, killed...", Article featuring Kim Flottum.

    beehonest - could you have had that honey tested? Maybe it could have told you exactly what the substance was.
  6. Re: "17 billion honey bees injured, killed...", Article featuring Kim Flottum.

    One of the things I was surprised about when this article came out, was that I googled to try to find any additional information about it, and could find nothing about it at all. Why hasn't anyone...
  7. Re: Put in first 2 foundationless frames today

    Oh. Well, live and learn. I also was out and didn't get to re-wrap the hives before dark, and it's supposed to be down in the high 20s tonight. Crossing fingers they'll be okay.
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    Wiring? I'm not wiring my foundationless. I'm not chopsticking them either. They're going au naturale, just like mother nature intended. :)
  9. Re: Put in first 2 foundationless frames today

    Nope, that's the last (and first) time I'm going in there till it warms up.

    Of course, it's almost season to pick up new packages, so hopefully it's getting close to warm enough time.

    Although...
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    Starting my 3rd year beekeeping, so I'm starting to pull dark frames, punching out the comb, nailing the little strip perpendicular at the top, pulling all the wire out of the frame, and using it as...
  11. Re: Put in first 2 foundationless frames today

    Yeah, but it's still too cold, the brood could get chilled being at the bottom.
  12. Re: "17 billion honey bees injured, killed...", Article featuring Kim Flottum.

    Well, for one thing they'll have to replace all the comb which is now probably contaminated with pesticides.

    Then I'd taking on a mental anguish fee for the heartbreak of losing your little pals....
  13. Put in first 2 foundationless frames today

    It's sunny and fairly warm (55F) and I couldn't wait so I opened the 4 medium super Russian hive. They were all over my compost pile, etc. anyway. I went to the bottom box (empty) and right at the...
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    Re: When do you take hive wraps off?

    I'm still not sure what to do about that potential mouse that might be trapped in the hive, since the mouseguard was ajar today.

    Think they can keep him contained until our rainy/chilly spell is...
  15. Re: Deadout questions - shavings; bees clustered at edge of super away from honey

    Wow. The old timers in the bee club kept saying: It's not the cold that kills them, it's the dampness.

    I'm thinking it's the cold too.

    Guess I'll wrap them better for next winter.
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    Re: When do you take hive wraps off?

    I didn't even use wraps last winter. Maybe that's why I came thru with only 2 tiny clusters that couldn't seem to get going in spring. It was probably my fault. I ended up combining them and then...
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    Re: When do you take hive wraps off?

    Thanks all - I'll put them back on.
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    When do you take hive wraps off?

    I'm thinking no more single digits, probably no more teens (hopefully), I just took the wraps off the hives.

    Besides, the mouseguard is ajar from yesterday, so I suspect a mouse or mole or vole...
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    Re: Small Cell Claims Debunked

    Maybe all the sugar we're feeding our bees is making them fatter.
  20. Re: Deadout questions - shavings; bees clustered at edge of super away from honey

    Interesting hive wrap! Looks very easy.

    Yes, next winter I will wrap all 4 sides of my hives, and not just 3. I guess there isn't enough solar gain in mid winter to make it worthwhile.

    I...
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    Re: Winter losses

    Were those young fuzzy bees I saw flying around the hive yesterday, or were they old wrinkled bees?

    I'm not sure I could tell the difference.
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    Re: Winter losses

    They were probably like most of the U.S., couldn't pick Nebraska out on a map. :)
  23. Re: Deadout questions - shavings; bees clustered at edge of super away from honey

    I've heard old timers say that the bees will go to the quilt boxes for drinking water in the winter, it's either that or warmth that mine were after, I think avalanche is a good name. I have hardware...
  24. Re: Deadout questions - shavings; bees clustered at edge of super away from honey

    I did have the sugar cakes like his, only not as large as his, and if I had checked more frequently and added more cakes, maybe they would have made it. Altho really it was so cold, it would've been...
  25. Re: Will live hive swarm into deadout hive with honey still in there?

    Right, I forgot about drone season! I'm in southern NH so I probably have the same drone season as you - mid May to early June. Of course, the queen takes a while to hatch anyway. I should know how...
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