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  1. Thread: Drone cells

    by Jamesfarms
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    Drone cells

    I had a hive that the queen was a drone layer. I have requeened the hive and the new queen is doing fine. However , I left the old comb that had a lot of drone cells built on worker sized plastic...
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    Re: feeding medium nucs

    I have a choice of medium frame feeders with screen or hive top plastic feeders.I also have arobber screen available. Do not want it robbed out..
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    feeding medium nucs

    I have started 2 nucs from splits and now both have laying queens. They are in medium nuc boxes with drawn comb. Some honey and pollen. I would like to feed them sugar syrup to get them built up for...
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    Re: 18/9 hand crank extractor worth it?

    I used the 18/9 twice so far with 18 frames. It worked perfectly. Once you get it going the momentum keeps it easy to turn. Do need to keep it from walking but that is the same with any extractor. I...
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    Re: What happened ???

    This is exactly what happened in my 2 hives this winter. I had the state bee inspector out to examine. He tested for foulbrood, and then he found varroa mites on the dead bees. Probably a strong...
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    new packaages and nucs

    I have 2 packages and 2 nucs are coming in a few weeks. I also have lots of empty brood and empty honey frames to put in with the install. How many comb frames would you put in with a new package or...
  7. New packages hived in 8 frame medium bodies

    Last year I started 2 packages in 2- 8 frames hive bodies. It worked fine, but they tended to build comb in the top body as opposed to the lower. I moved comb to balance. This year I will do 2 more...
  8. Re: Wanted: Reviews and feedback on 8 frame medium super setup!

    I thought ong and hard before starting. All manufacturers sell plenty of 8 frame equipment now. I have gone 8 frame medium and love it. Going 10 frame just because used equipment is out there is not...
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    frame spacing going into winter

    I know that frames can be spaced wider in the honey supers, but now that winter is coming should I put the frames together tight in the brood frames? Should the brood frames always be pushed together...
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    Re: Feeding for brood and egg laying.

    I have read that the bees will not store the pollen or protein patties. It was for their own nourishment. I will try to find that source.
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    Re: Where are eggs laid this time of year?

    Very good question. I too have a lot of empty cells in the brood nest, and have other full frames of capped brood. Will they backfill with honey? Should I be feeding them to hurry this on? NW...
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    Re: How many medium boxes going into winter?

    I also have the very same problem. I am in NW Arkansas and need 50 pounds of honey for the bees in winter. I use 8 frame mediums. Both hives have some open brood nest that by feeding the combs would...
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    Re: Ventilated bait hive

    Lemongrass is the key. There is an ebook out there that is all about bait hives. A lot of sources suggest a bait hive within 600 feet of the apiary. It is not a guarantee, but it is an insurance...
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    Ventilated bait hive

    I am building a few bait hives. I notice that no one mentions any holes for ventilation only covered by screening material. It would seem that it could get real hot in a bait hive with only a 2 inch...
  15. Re: What type of bee hive is best for the home bee keeper

    8 frame and all mediums.
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    Re: Extracting Process?

    The Cappings Bags by Brushy Mountain fit only a basket extractor, not a radial. Baskets can be made though. I drained the honey out of the cappings, filtered and bottled. Put the cappings in a filter...
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    Re: Finally ordered an extractor!

    I used a hot knife. Since this was first year comb a lot of it did not project beyond the frame edges. So, I had to use the scratcher more than I wanted to. But it worked out great, because the bees...
  18. Re: How long does it take bees to clean up emtpy frames?

    2 days was right for me.
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    Re: Finally ordered an extractor!

    Great selection. I ordered a Mann Lake 18/9 this summer and extracted 10 frames this year. I also am a first year bee keeper with 2 hives to start. I did a lot of research, and decided to start with...
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    Re: Extractors: Want vs. Need

    I too did a lot of research this year before I bought my 18 frame Mann Lake extractor. All the radials I have looked at have conical bottoms. The gauge of metal will depend on the support design for...
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