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    Lesson learned....nuc robbed out

    Been keeping bees for a long time, so I should have known better. This is my second year making nucs to overwinter. Last year worked great, so this year I had a really good nuc going, in between...
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    That wow feeling

    Does anyone else still get that wow feeling when you open a nuc or or hive that you stuck a queen cell in, and twenty something days later there is a queen walking around in there? Even after 16...
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    Re: Too Late to Make Nuc's?

    I made nucs around this time last year, and they overwintered fine. I did feed them heavily and they had five frames fully drawn out. I used mated queens and were overwintered in five frame boxes. ...
  4. Re: Is it too late to make a split this year (SW Ohio)?

    I think you are cutting it close letting them raise their own queen. I have overwintered five frame nucs here that I split in early July, but it was with a mated queen, five frames of drawn comb,...
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    Best grafting tool?

    I know the old adage: ask ten beekeepers an opinion, and you will get eleven different answers! Well here goes. Already thinking of next spring, and I want to graft. I have never attempted it. ...
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    Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

    Here is my mating yard. Don t know why it is upside down.
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    Re: Anyone heard of the Buckeye Bell Bee

    From reading the link,it sounds like survivor stock that someone named. Good marketing.
  8. Re: Too many bees: Question on making nice full strength hives to sell

    I have bee getting 130 for five frames of bees here, three or frames of brood and one of honey. Surely you can get at least 200 for a full strength hive?
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    Re: Foundationless frame extraction

    I don t coat the wedge with anything. I do however, put the foundationless frames next to one that has been fully drawn out. When adding the supers this spring with the foundationless frames, I...
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    Re: Foundationless frame extraction

    Forrest,
    They are unwired. I use the wedge type frame, I take out the wedge and put sideways creating a comb guide. The breakages I had were not attached at the bottom, so my fault for putting...
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    Foundationless frame extraction

    Extracted about fifty deep foundationless frames yesterday.....it really works. I had about three blowouts and two out right breakages, but out of fifty frames that were just added this March, I...
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    Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

    Here is one of my yards, top bars and langs.
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    What is your oldest piece of equipment?

    I was in my bee yard the other day, when I saw some faded writing on one of my hive bodies. It was in my mentor's hand writing. It said: requeened 04/92. Wow, I didn't realize I had a deep that...
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    Re: Ok to feed old sugar?

    [QUOTE=Paulemar;1117039]The sugar will be fine, but each bag may be in a solid lump after so many years and a bit more difficult to handle and dissolve. Sugar is used as a preservative. Think about a...
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    Ok to feed old sugar?

    A friend of mine was cleaning out his deceased fathers house. Apparently the father was one of these prepper guys. In a basement storage room, he found 250 five pound bags of sugar. Some of the...
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    Interesting supercedure

    Not trying to start another top bar versus Lang debate here, but I had something interesting happen to me. I split a few weeks ago using mated queens, the queens all came from the same graft. I did...
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    Re: Deeps as honey supers?

    I am running all deeps, but I am selling bees and not really worried about honey production. I did lift a full deep of honey the other day, and barely got it back on the hive. I am 42, and am...
  18. Thread: Most hives?

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    Re: Most hives?

    25 right now, and want to go into winter with 35. Plan on splitting in a few weeks.
  19. Re: Photographs from First Inspection, May 5th, Day 12

    Yes open the open up the entrances, especially if you see your bees fanning. If you are in the middle of a honey flow, and high temps, then the extra entrances might be needed. And by the way...
  20. Re: My experience selling a few nucs for the first time this year.

    Thanks for the ideas! This is my first year selling nucs also. The Facebook idea is one I am going to copy soon, if you don t mind. I got a lot of calls and texts, I never thought of Facebook to...
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    What goes in a queen bank?

    Can anyone tell me would go into a queen bank to keep about 15 queens? Lots of nurse bees and brood I am assuming, but you know what they say about assuming. Also about how long will a queen live...
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    Re: top bar hives are a headache.

    I have both Langs and Top Bars, and I sell both top bar nucs and Lang nucs. I also sell a basic top bar hive with a plywood cover for $100. Can folks make their own top bar hive cheaper than $100? ...
  23. Re: Shipping company employee sprays packed bees

    And if there is one thing I have learned from my years of beekeeping and talking with other beeks, beekeepers ain't normal people!
  24. Funny phone converstaion with potential new beek

    I had a phone call last night about selling some bees, not making fun of this lady, but the whole conversation got funny.

    ME: Hello. Maple Leaf Bee Farm

    HER: Do you sell bees?

    ME: Yes...
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    Re: JZBZ queen cage and attendants?

    Thanks everybody. Got my answer, so glad we have a forum like this.
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