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    Re: Hive check time. 15 degrees though.

    I would just rap on the box to see if they are alive. If the hive has some heft to it, I would call it good til warmer weather. I would only open the hive if it is light and needs sugar.
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    Re: Euthanizing Hives with Mites

    I run a shelter for lost and unwanted bees....I would be glad to drive over and take those vermin infested rascals off your hands:)
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    Re: Mann Lake 5-frame nucs

    Thanks drlonzo.....I will check them out.
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    Re: Mann Lake 5-frame nucs

    I'm with you Risky, and the end panels don't even have cut outs to deal with either. Oh well, I'm sure they had their reasons. First time I have ever had a reason to be disappointed with Mann Lake....
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    Mann Lake 5-frame nucs

    I was just wondering if anybody had bought any 5-frame nucs from Mann Lake recently. I noticed the online catalog picture they have appears to be a different style box. It looks to have a cleat...
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    Re: Mating nuc question

    153171531815319drlonzo...outside measurement of the grow boxes are 10" and yes, you have about 3/16" hanging over on each side of a standard 5-frame nuc box, but it works just fine. I have not had...
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    Re: Mating nuc question

    1530315304The Mann Lake "grow boxes" don't match up with a 5-frame nuc, so I started building a 13 frame version that matches up just fine. I just started using a a few of the mini nucs(6-frame)this...
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    Re: Bottling Tank using the Maxant No Drip Valve

    I was in the same boat as you and decided to go with the 16 gallon Maxant. One of the best moves I ever made...its worth every penny. Makes dealing with granulated honey a breeze!
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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    I have always fed with super covered mason jars spring and fall and have never had sticky bees or anything close to it. I use them on everything from 5 frame mini nucs on up to 10 frame singles. I...
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    Re: Don't see this everyday....

    We are about 100 miles north and west of you. Kinda funny....the tree directly behind the bees was a nice big fat hollow tree....bees never cease to amaze.
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    Re: Don't see this everyday....

    They were facing the south and the tree had a fair lean to the south.
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    Don't see this everyday....

    in fact, I have never seen a colony attached to a tree completely exposed. Hard to believe they made it this long....we have had several cold rains and 2" of snow. A couple of guys from a neighboring...
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    Re: Mann Lake's Pro Winter Patties

    I just received a 40 lb. case of the new formula winter patty from Mann Lake. They have paper on both sides and are good and firm.....have the same feel and dimensions of their brood patty. Until...
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    Re: Preparing a single deep for winter

    I put 2" shims on late as possible, usually mid to late November...then wrap with tarpaper. The sugar also helps absorb moisture, keeping your bees dry. You want to do it late as possible or they...
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    Mann Lake 16 gal. bottling tank

    I was wondering if anybody had any experience with the Mann Lake bottling tank, and what their opinion is of the tank and valve? Thanks
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    Re: Mann Lake boxes

    I have ordered and used both grades and the budget grade works fine. The knots have all been solid and everything goes together well. Due to not being exposed to the weather year round, I use the...
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    Re: Nicot Queen System

    You're better off to not cage until a day or two before emergence and then you have to be diligent...they will die quickly in hot weather in the cages..better of to go to mating nucs with the cells...
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    Re: Reusing Nicot Brown cups

    I spray mine with a little 1:1 syrup and stick it in the middle of the starter overnite...the bees will clean all the old eggs and remnants...don't leave it in very long during a flow or they will...
  19. Re: When to move a split from a nuc to a brood box?

    I usually move mine when I see activity on the 2 outside frames. If they are pullin wax and starting to store honey on the outside and have some sealed brood in the middle...you will be good to go....
  20. Thread: Nicot system

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    Re: Nicot system

    I always spray a little sugar water on the grid and place it in the hive for 24hrs before queening the box. They will slick up all the old eggs. If they start filling cups with honey, set the box on...
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    Re: Varroa Treatment for Nucs

    I used the MAQS on my 5 frame nucs and it worked well. I cut the pads in half and installed them per instructions. I treated 9 nucs last fall when the temps were within range. I also made sure I had...
  22. Thread: Caged Queens

    by Buckybee
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    Re: Caged Queens

    First time rearing queens and I did not expect to have such a good success rate. I think I will have a home for all of them by the weekend. Live and learn.......thanks so much for your help!
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    Re: Caged Queens

    They are virgins and I still have them in the middle of the cell builder. They emerged yesterday.
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    Caged Queens

    Had 14 out of 20 cells accepted and ended up with 14 queens using the nicot system. Got a home for most of them, but I will need to bank a few in the cell builder. Will they keep for a couple of...
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    Got a cold snap...

    here in missouri and I need to put cages on my cells. I am on day 10 and using the nicot system. Cell finisher may have other queen cells that I missed. Is 55 degrees to cold to pop them out and put...
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