I use the Halo:
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I use the Halo:
I sold nucs this year in Virginia and every one that I sold was inspected. The inspector is mainly concerned with American Foul Brood. Hives inspected for sale with have a sticker and/or certificate....
Is the hive level? I've seen hives that are tipped forward too much and instead of a arch of honey on brood frames the brood was on the front and honey to the back.
Place the super on the box at slight angle so that there are only four places where the boxes touch. Then rotate to get them lined up. When you rotate you will either push them in or out of the hive,...
Give them a frame of eggs/brood three weeks in a row. They will create a queen and the eggs will cause the laying worker to stop.
I paint mine. Figure it is exposed to the weather. Not sure it matters, though.
I have a corkscrew willow in my front yard that is covered with bees in the spring. I'm assuming for the pollen. You can hear the buzz walking by it.
My first year I had a similar experience. Two packages left, one completely, the other one had about 30 bees left. Neighbor said he saw a huge swarm in a tree near his house on about day 3, while I...
I cut it length and bend with my fingers.
You could used a screened inner cover/moving screen instead of the solid inner cover if you are worried about ventilation.
I have not had to deal with 5-6 boxes yet. My 8-frame mediums are normally 4 boxes high and adding two more does not seem like a big deal.
It really is a trade off. I'm attempting to eliminate...
Here is my design, which is evolving. It can hold two 8-frame hives plus a 5-frame nuc if needed. It is about 18" tall, 40" wide, and 20" deep. Legs are at a 15 degree angle. I like the ability...
Give them a frame of eggs from your nucs for three weeks. It works wonders.
I saw the MP nuc videos and was inspired to create some nucs. I started with 9 and lost 1. I have individual nucs, some mediums (3 boxes high) and a couple of deeps (two boxes high). I pushed them...
Yes. I did it the other day and was sopping wet and covered in wet hive debris. Cleaned them up good though. I did paint on some wax, but probably could have skipped it.
I have an electric pressure washer and it works fine. Cold water from the hose works. Prepare to get wet.
I inspected my hives yesterday. One nuc had starved since inspected in Jan. 80% of the rest were very close.
When you define a queen for the hive it would be nice to be able to pick the queen mother. Then it may be possible to draw the family tree for queens in the future.
One way to support nucs and...
You can check the hive, cut it, then switch to the other yard and paste it.
I have two over wintered nucs, 5-deep frames each. The queens are Italians.
I've made robbing screens for a nuc of the same type as this:
If I have to move the Nuc, I duct tape it...
Does all of the sugar in the bag harden or only the one side?
I recently attended the Virginia State Beekeepers meeting. A professor from Penn State (Nancy Ostiguy) gave a talk on her participation in a multiple university study. About 6-10 universities...
I sell mine for $8 in 1 lb jar and $15 in 2 lb jar.
I have seen honey at small shops retail for $11-13 for a 1lb jar.
I saw a square of comb honey priced at $27. That was a 4"x4" square!
If it has a reddish color when held to the light, it may be Tulip Poplar. At least that is what I was told by more experienced beeks.