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  1. Thread: used frames

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    Re: used frames

    Where the frames new last year? If so it was probably mites that killed them and I'd reuse the frames.
  2. Re: Time of day restriction for doing a split?

    I'd do it. I don't really think it matters what time of day as long as it wasn't cloudy outside. They may get cranky.
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    Re: Package bees bringing pollen in already

    Sounds like they are packing it away for future brood. They can make comb pretty fast in the right conditions.
    The best time to check your hive is on a sunny day when most of the foragers are out of...
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    Re: Dead mouldy bees in the hive

    That happens often in the winter. It's no big deal. As the hive grows stronger the bees will clean all that up for you.
  5. Re: Can I Place Frame Feeder In Empty Super Over Bottom Box?

    I would keep them just confined to the one deep. 2 deep = too much space for a new package. You could put the sugar water in a mason jar with some holes poked into the lid and place that over the...
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    Re: Queenless package with Queen cells

    The first queen out will go to the rest of the cells, rip them open and sting them to death.
  7. Thread: Nuc splits

    by spencer
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    Re: Nuc splits

    If they don't build up you can always combine them later on.
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    Re: Been asked to do an aggressive cut out

    The only thing I'd put in that hole is 7 dust!
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    Re: I see larvae and drone cells????

    What position is this frame in? If it's either 2 or 3 from the outside of the box, then this is normal.
    What are the other frames like?
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    Re: Leaving Them Alone

    Breeding mite resistance bees isn't my goal. My goal is to get the bees through the winter so I will never have to buy package bees again. This method has worked for me now for 5 yrs.
    For more info...
  11. Re: Adding hive body with foundation already drawn...

    If there are a good number of bees on every frame, that would be a good time to add the second box.
  12. Thread: Upper Entrance

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    Re: Upper Entrance

    I will put a a stick in-between the top and inner cover. It helps with ventilation and also provides an upper entrance when needed.
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    Re: Concerned about ventilation due to ants

    A strong hive will keep the ants at bay. They will usually use propolis around the inner cover hole to keep them out.
  14. Re: overwintering with or without screen bottom boards ?

    I run both solid and screened. I leave the screen open all winter long and don't really notice a difference between the two.
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    Re: Leaving Them Alone

    If you have eggs in the queenless hive the chances of developing a laying worker are few. I've only ever had a few laying worker hives and that was due to the bee yard being so far away.

    I've...
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    Re: Leaving Them Alone

    I haven't treated my bees since I started into this hobby 8 yrs ago. Starting out with a couple of hives that way resulted in major losses. I now keep around 20 hives and expect to loose around a 1/3...
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    Re: Putting price on honey bottle

    I did at one time have a sign that told the prices but had a customer tell me they didn't know the difference between a pint jar and a quart jar. :scratch:
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    Putting price on honey bottle

    I have a small honey stand at the end of my driveway for self-serve honey sales (kids wagon filled with honey bottles). I have the prices marked on each of the lids with a sharpie marker. How do you...
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    Re: 2012 Nucs near Michigan Medium?

    If you need and deep frame nucs, I have some available.
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    Re: Looking for a Michigan Queen!

    No queens by themselves, just nucs with Michigan queens.
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    Sting reactions from different colonies

    I retrieved 2 swarms on Friday in 2 different cities. Got stung 8 times total (4 from each swarm). I was wearing a shortsleeve shirt and a veil on both occasions. I was stung from the first one...
  22. Re: How much time will a swarm need in a trapout situation?

    I had done one like this from a fresh swarm and I believe it was around 3-4 weeks. Although it wasn't that high off the ground! :)
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    Re: Free queen not laying

    Maybe she never mated or she could be a dud. Inserting the frame of eggs sounds like a good plan.
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    Re: Finding the Queen with bait

    I want to do this to find her fast and transfer her to a nuc to sell.
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    Re: On the Spot Queen Rearing

    I have read it but it confuses me as to where he gets his queen cells from
    http://www.mdasplitter.com/docs/Outbreeding%20Mites%20and%20Overwintering%20Honeybee%20Nucs%20(I).pdf
    page 5

    Plus he...
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