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  1. Re: Best way to add bees to small nuc safely?

    Not sure it is the best way, but i have added a frame of cap brood with bees to two different nucs this year and within a week they bounced back and queen is laying up a storm. I did take the frame...
  2. Re: Putting new bees into last years hive ...

    Just my 2 cents but I would set up a single deep with frames of honey to the outside, then honey and pollen then drawn empty frames. In about 3 weeks put on the second box. This will be about the...
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    Re: What did you learn this winter?

    I learned the hard way about late swarms and fall prep. Been at this a couple years but this was the first hard winter and I learned what I thought were enough stores was not.
    I would also love more...
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    Re: Depressing day in the bee yard

    Michael Palmer,

    I have not torn the hives down yet (maple syrup season is in full swing now and time is short), from looking in most of the clusters look to be larger than a softball to melon...
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    Depressing day in the bee yard

    Went out to check the hives this weekend when the temps finally came up some. Lost 8 of 9 hives. :cry: I lost one about a month ago. Most had some stores left but looks like they got stuck and could...
  6. Re: help me understand the purpose of wintering nucs

    I have been watching this discussion and have to agree that maintaining Nucs is the best insurance out there. Something hinted at is the $ math not working out. I agree with GM and some others this...
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    Re: feasability of selling nucs

    I am also very interested in the prices I was thinking lower as I just starting but I think it might be better to stay in the average price range and not under sell myself or labor.

    Andrew, I like...
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    Re: Rendering Brood Comb

    I had a rubber maid tote full of old brood comb that had wax moths ruin. I used a solar melter and placed a cloth over the catch pan. I now have around 8 pounds of very nice clean wax. Just put kept...
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    Two Swarms in one day

    7042I went up to the bee yard to move a nuc to a 10 frame hive Sunday afternoon and found a swarm (4-5 pounds of bees) in one of my apple trees about 4 feet off the ground and about 40 yards from the...
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    Re: feasability of selling nucs

    All, thanks for the input, I totally agree about not running other sources down. This is just something I have been thinking about and was hoping there was a demand out there. We are working to set...
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    feasability of selling nucs

    Not sure if this should go here or the commercial forum so here goes. I currently have 7 hives and am working to grow to 20-25 production hives over the next couple of years. I am treatment free and...
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    Re: Russians, pros & cons

    Bill,

    While I am by no means an expert (I am only on my third year and these are only my experiences) I have several Russian hives. I like them and often work them in just a veil, a couple of...
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    Re: Timing of Spring flow in Ct. ???

    Sorry for hte delay in getting back to you. You can add a third deep, however i would just add a shallow or maybe a medium. The deeps get very heavy if they are full and moving them around all the...
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    Re: Timing of Spring flow in Ct. ???

    This is only my third year, but i have not seen much movement for a flow. Normally things have started but the real flow is much more the end of the month into May. Dandelions, fruit trees, milkweed,...
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    Re: Temperament of Russian bees

    I had 3 Russian hives lost one this winter. They are gentle and easy to work. I have friends with Italians and I find them much more aggressive. The hive I lost got stuck in a corner away from honey...
  16. Re: keeping critters (wax moth etc) out of traps

    Thanks all for the help, I realy appreciate the info, now i just have to wait for spring and try to catch somemore bees.

    odfrank, i guess corner on the market may not be the right phrase, let me...
  17. keeping critters (wax moth etc) out of traps

    I am hoping that Odfrank will chime in here as he seems to have the corner on this market, but looking for advice from all. I have 3 hives right now and am working to grow to around 30 over the next...
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    Re: Swarm in CT this time of year??

    BeeButler, thanks for the info, i have not seen any drones in a while in my hives but at least there is hope for the area. I have been feeding the last week and the hive has about 4 full deep frames...
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    Swarm in CT this time of year??

    I had a strong hive with a great queen. about two weeks ago while going an inspection i found queen cells and a much smaller population. No eggs but a lot of capped brood. Now i have no brood and 6...
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    Re: Fall flow in CT

    dnichols sent you a message. The hive has not had a queen since the split. Just under 5 weeks. I had made two and this one just did not raise a queen on there own. I have them in one half of a deep...
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    Fall flow in CT

    Goldenrod is in full bloom around here but my hives do not seem to be putting away the nector like I would expect. I was hoping for a fall harvest but unless things change in the next couple weeks i...
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    Re: Starting a Nuc in CT

    Thanks all for the info.
    BeeCurious thanks for the thread, I will be reading that and Adam I will see if i can track down the book. I appreciate the help and will give this a try on Monday as I...
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    Starting a Nuc in CT

    I want to make a couple of Nucs to overwinter and i am not sure about timing. I want to have them raise there own queen. I am getting some flow from clover but since it has been so dry not sure this...
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    Re: Eggs in my honey super

    All, thanks for the responses,

    psfred: I have two deeps for the brood, i believe what happened is the top brood box has 4-5 full frames of honey, most capped and the queen ran out of room and as...
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    Eggs in my honey super

    I had a pretty good honey cap in my top brood chamber and decided to not use an excluder to seperate the hive bodies and supers thinking the queen would not move up over the honey. The bees built out...
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