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    Re: Should I be worried

    Also, bees die off at a regular rate year round. The difference is that in the winter they are visible because of the snow. There will also be bees dying in the hive, and falling to the bottom. It...
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    Re: What happened to my bees?

    I am east of you. My hive scale showed no gain from August onward. The fall flow didn't happen. A couple of years ago a local beekeeper pointed out that on average most of the honey in this area...
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    Re: wintering bees inside

    There is a good write-up of overwintering indoors in "The hive and the honeybee". This book is often available in the local library.
  4. Re: TF For 5 Seasons of More - Please Stand Up

    This will be my 6th winter. No chemical mite treatments ever, sugar dusted the second season, stopped adding Fum B. for nosema last season.

    At the time of writing I have 64 colonies.

    I have...
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    Re: Best robber screen designs?

    Thanks for the pictures. They really help.
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    Re: Best robber screen designs?

    Thanks for the ideas so far. I want to run some smaller nucs in out-apiaries where I can't see them as frequently as the ones at home. I really like the idea of something made out of folded/bent...
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    Best robber screen designs?

    Winter is the time for making stuff. Ease of manufacture is a concern. I am thinking of making some robbing screens for nucs. In designing, or copying a design, I have these questions.

    1) How...
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    Re: How I winterize my nucs.

    I think it is worth trying and seeing how it works out. As long as there is some airflow for ventilation. There is a huge variety of opinions on insulation and ventilation.
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    Re: How I winterize my nucs.

    Yes, I can see potential in pillows as top insulation as well.
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    Re: How I winterize my nucs.

    For this climate I am happy with the set-up I am using. Adding a telescopic cover to each 5 framer I have is a cost I don't need.
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    Re: How I winterize my nucs.

    Astro, the trouble is that it is seldom that the common walls of adjacent nucs touch each other. When I first started I imagined they would, but nothing lined up perfectly.
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    Re: How I winterize my nucs.

    Lloyd, thanks, it is a Parmak and it is at least 6000v.

    mgolden. At the bottom I have mini entrance reducers, on the smallest setting. As you note, the bottom box's auger holes are closed off.
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    Re: How I winterize my nucs.

    They do. However, I have not timed it or noticed any difference in survival rates between those facing south or those facing north. I just do it that way to reduce the likelihood of drifting.
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    Re: How I winterize my nucs.

    Earl, yes above the box is a FBIC, then 2" styrofoam, and then the black plastic. At the last count I have ten colonies in 10 frame equipment, and 54 colonies in 5 frame equipment. Tomorrow I plan...
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    How I winterize my nucs.

    http://i1110.photobucket.com/albums/h456/AdrianQuineyWI/Winter%20Wrapping%20nucs%20for%20Wisconsin%202014/3DFAC189-4814-49D2-9383-9853D46BA1F3_zpscpoebp8j.jpg
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    Re: Moving them in

    Ian, how do you keep the weight of snow from destroying your shed roof?
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    Re: Overwintering Based on Hive Size

    I will take a stab at question 3. It is about the numbers of bees being in balance with the stores and the size of the cavity they occupy. I have had most success in a 5 over 5 frame nuc...
  18. Re: What is the smallest "winterable" unit for Northern Climates?

    Thanks gentlemen. I am trying 4 colonies in a single storey 5 frame deep for the first time this year. I am doing well enough with 5 over 5's, but for entertainment I wanted to try a few in single...
  19. Re: What is the smallest "winterable" unit for Northern Climates?

    Joe, when you say "later" do you mean later in the fall, winter, or early in the spring?
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    Re: upper entrance question

    1x1 is too big IMHO, it will allow mice in. I do 3/8 by 1/2-1 in the winter on my 10 frame Langs and less than that on my nucs. I would leave the bottom one as you said. Skip to minute 1:50 to see...
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    Mark, apidea seems to be a brand of mating nuc. http://www.thorne.co.uk/queen/mating-hives
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    Re: spliting into MPs nucs

    I think Root nailed it. :thumbsup: That is good writing.
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    Clipping wings is also a good way of keeping, and keeping track of queens.
  24. Re: Having fun feeding the honey bees

    Welcome, perhaps you could try some bee-lining and see where they are coming from.
  25. Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    An old beekeeper at a meeting I went to showed a hive in which he had placed a perspex or plastic cover over winter. When he lifted the outer cover he took a photo which showed that there was no...
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