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    Re: Anyone seen large queen losses/supercedures

    Same here in central Oregon. Lost good queens that wintered and began the season well and then died/superceded. Also lost 4 queens in 9 new packages. Been a tough year for queens.
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    Re: Brood in honey super and what to do?

    Thanks to each of you who responded. The deed is now done. I've never used a queen excluder before except for one time when I was beginning. I think Ross is correct, the bees will fill the brood...
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    Brood in honey super and what to do?

    The bees are drawing out my honey super like crazy but I'm finding some drone brood in the middle of most frames. So tell me if I'm on the right path to a fix here. Tomorrow I will remove the honey...
  4. OK to add a frame with swarm cells on it (from another hive) to a queenless hive???

    So I just did this and I'm wondering if I should go put it back. I have a queenless hive. (That's another story) I just took a frame that contained 6 to 7 swarm cells (some capped some not) and...
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    Never seen this before

    Yesterday I installed a three pound package into a new hive at about 4:30PM or so. The queen was healthy and all seemed to go as normal. late last night I checked on the bees and there is a large...
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    Re: Replacing queen question

    Sounds like its worth a try so I'm going to do it. You think I should still wait until I have the new queen in hand to remove the old queen?
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    Re: Replacing queen question

    Thanks Michael, that all makes sense. Reason for replacement is that queen is laying poorly and the hive appears it would not be able to make it on its own. Started out with a pancake sized patch...
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    Replacing queen question

    I'm going to be replacing a queen this Friday. I pick up the queen when I go to get the packages I purchased this year. so my question is - can I remove the old queen the day before (Thursday)? ...
  9. Thread: Inner cover

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    Inner cover

    Simple question - does the notch in the front of an inner cover go up or down, or makes no difference?
  10. Re: Something needs to change - looking for suggestions

    So back to the idea of queening a split. If I put in a new queen after making a split (as has been suggested for my small bee yard) does that create enough of a brood break? Seems like it wouldn't....
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    Oldtimer - tell me about how you winter nucs please. You say you have 200 of them. I'm curious how you manage them.
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    Thank you. Now another question. Where does the use of flour to kill larvae (while covering a few others to protect them) fit into the picture with regards to notching? Or maybe the two don't have...
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    So as I try to wrap my head around all this, besides increasing numbers, removing the queen and creating a brood break, should help me control mite numbers correct? So this leads to a question, if I...
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    Yes, I'm kicking myself for not doing any splits this year. I bot two nucs from Old Sol last year. Lost one, but the other hive survived and it was an excellent hive. Was good to work with this...
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    JWChesnut I appreciate that and tend to agree. The queens make a great first step and are a good starting place. I still want to try the splits MDA splits though at some point. Very interesting.
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    Well, I've lost two hives this fall and it was 6 degrees last night. Any mites in them are certainly dead. The hives are closed up so no mice or anything else can get in, so I will have plenty of...
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    So basically your just over wintering a nuc in a regular ten frame deep box. Correct?
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    "Two of my nucs are 5 over 5 stacks"

    Sorry for the question but please describe what 5 over 5 is. I can guess at it, but would like you to paint the picture. Thanks
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    I've always wondered how I can winter a nuc. Not sure how they would have enough stores or stay warm.
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    I just printed it off. (The diagram) Definitely going to give it a shot.
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    Wow, was not my intent to initiate such a discussion but its been great to read and look at all the input. Sooooooooooo

    It appears that I can sum up the steps I need to take by splitting my hives...
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    Thanks JBJ, excuse my ignorance please but what is "IPM approach"? Also, what would you suggest as a way to reduce mite loads in Aug/Sept. I open to most anything and its becoming obvious that this...
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    No, tons of pollen and honey stores. Because there is a fall dearth of pollen I even fed pollen patties this year.
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    This fall collapse syndrome is classic. It is really important to make a mite assessment in late August, when planning for the last fall forage, and decide a strategy.[/QUOTE]

    JWChesnut - you...
  25. Re: Something needs to change - looking for suggestions

    My thanks for all the feedback here. I need to review it all so I can summarize things into a plan for next season. I'll post my summary here for additional comments. One thing to keep in mind (as...
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