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    Re: overwintering a single deep

    I have a couple colonies that I started in early July as five frame nucs with new VSH queens and they built up so fast I moved them into single deeps. They quickly drew out the five extra frames of...
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    Re: How did ya'll come up with your handle?

    BKgardener = Beekeeping gardener.
    I am a professional estate gardener who took up beekeeping 3 years ago. Although at the rate I am losing colonies this winter, I should change it to BBgardener...
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    Re: Checkerboarding

    Thanks hoodswoods. That thread was helpful. Let me make sure I understand.

    According to MP, if at the end of winter, my cluster is at the bottom of the top deep with a honey dome over it (at...
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    Re: Checkerboarding

    Sorry, cluster in the bottom of the top deep (not super), honey dome at the top of the top deep.
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    Re: Checkerboarding

    Like StevenG, my winter brood nests consist of two deeps, and either a medium super or feeder box on top for extra stores. Most often the cluster is in the bottom of the top super with a honey dome...
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    Re: troublesome robbers

    Thanks for the link. I had entrance reducers on there, but I guess the opening was still too large. I made new ones yesterday morning with only about 1 inch opening and they seem to be working. ...
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    troublesome robbers

    I am a third year hobbyist beekeeper and have three colonies of Italian bees at my farm, two of which did very well this year and one that I requeened late and has struggled to rebuild its population...
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    Re: enough drones flying?

    Thanks for the advice. I will let her go and if she is not laying a good pattern in three weeks I will squish her combine with another colony.
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    enough drones flying?

    I have a colony that has had an aging queen for some time now. Very spotty brood pattern and not much of it. I know that this queen is at least three years old, maybe four or even older. I was...
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    interesting install

    Hello. I am a second year beek with 3 colonies that made it through the winter. Last week I picked up and installed two new packages. Today was one week since the install and I checked on the new...
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    I checked them last week and everything looked...

    I checked them last week and everything looked normal. Found the queen.... she was busy laying. I switched the top and bottom deeps and figured they'd be good to go. I am away all weekend so I...
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    swarm in march?

    One of my colonies is acting very strangely today. LOTS of bees buzzing around outside and a cluster forming on the front of the hive. Is it possible they are preparing to swarm? I am in central...
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