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  1. Re: How fast should a (bad) 3 frame nuc grow?

    I agree with Peter. Changing to a high volume top feeder was the difference maker for me. Its all about how many bees can you feed simultaneously.
  2. Re: How fast should a (bad) 3 frame nuc grow?

    How are you feeding? I didn't see much progress with my first nuc last year until I went to a top feeder. If I remember correctly, I got to 2 full deeps (from a 4 frame nuc) in about 1 1/2 months....
  3. Re: More foragers stay out overnight than you realize.

    No leak that I know of. There's a top feeder on so there's no way of getting out that way. Looks like about a third of the bees survived the night, but seem very sluggish. I really doubt any will...
  4. More foragers stay out overnight than you realize.

    I've been having robbing issues the last couple of days so I decided to close up the hive for a day while I wait for a robbing screen to come by mail. The next day (about 11am) there a few...
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    Re: Installed Nucs Starting Slowly?

    I'm also too new to have fresh wax around to coat the plastic foundation. I heard that works well though.
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    Re: Installed Nucs Starting Slowly?

    I realize plastic is doable, but if bees are slow to take it, or if you have to go the extra step to coat them with fresh wax or whatever trick needed to get bees on them, why bother when wooden...
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    Re: Installed Nucs Starting Slowly?

    Yeah, she didn't badmouth anybody but I'm sure she'll be making future inspections. I know she inspected the nuc I got from Graham last year (and it was a textbook nuc). She did recommend treating...
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    Re: snap, crackle, pop?

    I hear a "clicking" sound when I'm heavily feeding. The explanation of making wax makes sense now.
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    Re: Installed Nucs Starting Slowly?

    I held back naming the nuc supplier, but now I know he was a bad seller. I won't go to him again. The other seller nearby in Morgantown (Graham Beeworks) is a lot more ethical and I got a great nuc...
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    Re: Installed Nucs Starting Slowly?

    You didn't by chance get your nucs from a guy in Trafalgar did you? I picked up mine May 29, had to return for an exchange May 30, and the replacement only had 2 1/2 frames of bees (in a nuc that...
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    Re: Hardin Extractor

    Considering I only had one producing hive and one recently installed nuc, I was planning on crushing & straining for a couple of years. Finding a cheap sub $275 extractor was worth the risk and so...
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    Re: Hardin Extractor

    I got this one. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A4L38D6?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00 I believe newegg.com also sells it pretty cheap.
    Of course its no Maxant, but it works...
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    Re: First harvest!

    Love the blog! I can definitely relate!
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    Re: Dead Queens on delivery

    Kelley's was one of the places I researched and almost ordered from. They did have a notice that they would NOT ship queens if temps are above 90F. They also only ship on Monday, Tuesday, &...
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    Re: Question on bearding

    I would have guessed house bees - at least the ones bearding during the day. The ones at night - who knows, but it does seem like the foragers go right in when they come back and the ones that are...
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    Re: Dead Queens on delivery

    I haven't experienced the queen-by-mail order yet but I had an emergency situation that forced me to look this year. Every place I looked shipped next day air. Luckily I found some local but the...
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    Re: My Queen Wants to Live in a Penthouse

    Doesn't sound like an excluder would hurt you in this case. If anything, the brood would eventually emerge and those cells would be back filled with honey (if you used an excluder). I'm trying not...
  18. Re: Deep nucs into mediums, please vet my plan...

    Its a shame you're not near me. I'd gladly trade drawn out mediums for drawn out deeps (I just started a nuc that's only up to 7 frames giving them 5 drawn frames would be one hell of a jumpstart). ...
  19. Re: How to stop bees from drinking pool water

    I was going to make a comment about bleach too. When I started, the bees seemed slow to take to the top feeder. Slow enough that it started to ferment. I heard about adding bleach to the syrup to...
  20. Thread: Ant Problem

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    Re: Ant Problem

    Cinnamon didn't do a thing for me (all three varieties of ants I saw had no problem crossing any cinnamon). I only have an ant problem when I have a top feeder on and the hive is small. I would...
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    Re: Nuc expectations?

    Looks better than the video of the nuc I posted 2 weeks ago. I went ahead placed mine in a 10 frame deep and started feeding (mine didn't even have any honey or pollen stores). The bees have...
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    Re: the girls FINALLY built out the suprer

    Are you feeding while the super is on?
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    Re: How much comb is supposed to be drawn?

    I was impatient on my first hive last year and added the second deep when I had 7 frames drawn out. I never looked into the bottom deep again until this spring and those 3 frames were NEVER drawn...
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    Re: Extracting without extractor?

    I saw all those ingenious/cheap ways people were making homemade extractors. Thought about it; also looked at some extractors from Kelley, Mann Lake, Maxant, etc. and thought someday - but even the...
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    Re: Sting to the neck

    2 stings in 2 years and both were inadvertent ones flying into me (not even working the hive). The 1st one was right under the eyelid & it hurt - a LOT. Also the first honey bee sting I've had in...
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