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    Re: Smoking the hive...or not

    I always use a small amount of smoke. Some hives don't need it to remain calm, some it doesn't help and they will be defensive regardless. Small hives and nucs are much easier to work without...
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    Re: How to feed and avoid robbing

    Feed inside the hive with entrance reduced to the smallest workable size, and feed late in the day near dusk. As a second option also install robbing screens to prevent it from starting.
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    Re: Winter loss - why the loss and your remedy

    Mites are my biggest problem, and second on the list is my own ignorance, such as missing feeding up some hives in the fall and then they starve. That is totally preventable.
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    Re: Man I got eaten up today

    Sounds like it was a good colony to split up and requeen. It's interesting how some start the new year hotter than the previous. I've discovered a couple of those in the last week.
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    Poll: Re: Hive Overwintering Fools - Challenge 2013/2014

    Put her in a nuc and let the foragers and defenders go to the original location. They usually calm down some in a smaller colony. Then you can let her build back up. If the hive is still hard to...
  6. Re: What to do? Lots of bees, lots of drones, no queen, no brood?!

    Try to get them a queen from someone, or put a frame of open brood and eggs in there and they will make a queen. At least you have a lot of bees, that's a great start.
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    Poll: Re: Hive Overwintering Fools - Challenge 2013/2014

    The bees don't care!
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    Poll: Re: Hive Overwintering Fools - Challenge 2013/2014

    I think winter ends before you make increase.

    Chemguy- maple bloom doesn't indicate nectar coming in so it is still possible for your bees to starve at this time of year.
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    Poll: Re: Hive Overwintering Fools - Challenge 2013/2014

    I think the X would be enough for determining final overwintering status.
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    Poll: Re: Hive Overwintering Fools - Challenge 2013/2014

    I agree. I think there should be a date automatically entered for the last entry of each participant. Otherwise you don't know if the data is updated or still from last fall.
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    Re: Is Carmack bee supply closed?

    Not that it helps you now, but I got an order of 30 supers, 10 lids and inner covers, and 10 bottom boards from him this time last year. He shipped with several different shipments as he made the...
  12. Re: How picky with straight comb during a cut out?

    Reasonably flat will work fine. You can trim the comb with a serrated knife to keep it in line. If it is warm enough you can gently bend the comb straighter, if it is not too crooked. The biggest...
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    Re: Mannlake

    I think Michael advocates what most of us do and that is center the frames in the box leaving a small gap on either side. Having all of the extra space on one side would encourage a lot of wayward...
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    Re: Protecting styrofoam in cover of top bar

    I use foam board above my Langstroth hives and nucs. I use scrap pieces of tarp under the foam board to separate it from the bees. Some people use old feed bags. Works fine and the tarp material...
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    Re: small hive beetles made it

    I've noticed more this year than the same time last year. Last year they were almost non existent until later in May. I think they survive close to or in the cluster where cold is not so much of an...
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    Re: Hives alive for robbing?

    If there is honey in the deadout, other bees will rob it out during the warm spells. Seal the hive up if you want to save it.

    Also each live hive has it's own level of activity. Some will be...
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    Re: Swarms & swarm box

    Tom Seeley's work describes what was optimum in his experiments. From memory-



    Approx. 40 liter volume which is fairly close to one deep box.



    About an inch, but I have had luck with...
  18. Thread: nucs

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    Re: nucs

    That will work fine. Make sure you have some eggs so you are ensured of having young enough larva for them to raise queens from. Make sure they have some pollen and plenty of nurse bees. Some of...
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    Re: Hive Dead, with plenty of Honey in frames

    Strong hives with plenty of honey can die from mite related issues just as easily as not so strong ones. If he is not monitoring there is no way to anticipate it. The strength of the hive has...
  20. Re: Why doesn't everybody make their own equipment?

    So depending on when you were in school, you either had John Amos or Rick Fell for the bee biology and beekeeping classes. I took classes at the local YMCA from John Amos in '73 and '74, and I am...
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    Re: Are 3 boxes to much room for broad

    It depends on what result you want. That much brood will make a strong hive with lots of foragers. If the increased population occurs during your nectar flow, you and your bees stand to profit...
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    Re: Colony Losses In The Southeastern States

    I don't think the cold is too big a problem as long as they go into winter with a healthy, good sized, cluster. I've lost 14% of my production colonies this year from mite related issues. I've lost...
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    Re: Queen castles and swarming...

    The smaller the split, nuc, or queen castle is, the more attention it needs. Once the queen starts laying and fills it with bees and honey, they will swarm even late in the season.
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    Re: Not sure how to proceed

    If you run all mediums you should change them over. I've had this situation come up every so often. You want to get them into what works with the rest of your equipment.

    I've found some bees do...
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    Re: Rapid Expansion

    Do as many splits as you can, and feed, feed, feed. Manage so there is no robbing.
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