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  1. Re: NUC Day 7 am I ready to add another brooding chamber?

    If you have drawn comb to work with, that's a whole different story from a typical new install, and gives you lots of different management options.

    If it was me, with that comb inventory for this...
  2. Re: NUC Day 7 am I ready to add another brooding chamber?

    How many of those frames are drawn comb, and how many are still bare foundation ? With a feeder in like that, if 6 of the 8 frames are drawn comb, then it's time to think about adding another box of...
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    Re: New Beek what to feed a new nuke?

    In your area, first week of may, there should be abundant forage for your bees, and they likely dont need any feed at all. It's a nucleus colony, so it should come with frames of bees that have...
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    Re: foundationless frames

    I think it's more to do with all of our frames that go into the extractor are PF-500 series plastic frames.
  5. Thread: Cheap Nucs?

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    Re: Cheap Nucs?

    When a willing buyer, and a willing seller agree on a price, that is by definition, a fair price.

    The rest of the conversation is about business practice, product quality, and ethics, which is a...
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    Re: foundationless frames

    I would consider that 3 to many blowouts, and precisely the reason I have lost any interest in foundationless frames. I experimented a bit last summer to see which would be built faster, and the...
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    Re: Winter Feed Consumption

    You folks out east are having a cold go this spring, out west we are having a relatively warm go around, so conditions are a bit different. I started feeding on Feb 10, and the colonies have been...
  8. Re: Small scale extraction set up? Up to 20 hives..

    How many hives is not the factor that matters. What matters is, when you pull honey, how many boxes do you bring back for extraction at any given time. In some areas, 10 hives would produce about 5...
  9. Re: Bees attracted to hot tub and drowning by the hundreds :(

    We have a small pond right beside the hot tub. Bees love the pond, they land on the lily pads or the rocks on the edges. We've never had an issue with bees at the hot tub, only 2 meters away from...
  10. Re: Is it considered standard practice to split a hive each year?

    The way we did it was they way I have read in many different places the description of the cut down split. From the donor hive (call it A) you take the queen frame, and all of the frames of open...
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    Re: Sorry, lame split question.

    You dont _have_ to find the queen to do a split, even if you plan to introduce a new queen to the queenless half, but the process takes a little more time. Start by going thru the boxes, and divvy...
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    Re: To use or not to use a QUEEN EXLCUDER

    That works, if you have only a small number of hives, and have the time to go thru everything frame by frame when harvesting. When we had 3 colonies, and were using a two frame extractor, it was...
  13. Re: Is it considered standard practice to split a hive each year?

    Leaving the queen in the original colony is not a cut-down split, you leave the parent hive with a laying queen, so they never end up broodless waiting on a new queen to start laying. In a cut-down,...
  14. Re: Is it considered standard practice to split a hive each year?

    I have done cut downs in 3 of our 4 years with bees, based on extensive reading here on beesource. I saw quotes to literature, and much conversation from folks about the 'more bees to gather nectar'...
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    Re: Hive Stand Height

    The thing about beekeeping, it's all about local conditions. I tried leaving them on palettes but the issue we ran into with that, everything gets waterlogged over the winter during our season of...
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    Re: Feeder question for newbee.

    Last spring I was feeding 10 colonies. On a nice warm day I tried this, and it worked well, they emptied it in 3 or 4 hours. I filled the lip with gravel to give them a place to walk.
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    Re: Google Earth Honeybee Foraging Radius Map

    for those that dont want to fuss with downloading and installing programs etc, this website will do essentially the same thing.

    http://www.freemaptools.com/radius-around-point.htm

    I've used it...
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    Re: Pollen, Nector and honey flow

    A couple of the oddities I think are explainable, and yes, I've posted this before, but it shows clearly the point I was making, dont wait for blackberries to super.

    The jump starting June 1 was...
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    Re: Pollen, Nector and honey flow

    For years, folks have said to us, blackberry is the main flow, and get supers on when you see the first blackberry flower. I have a hive on a scale, and it told us, our main flow last year came in...
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    Re: WHAT DEFINES FERAL BEES

    Good thing to, or the filters would have done something nasty to this post if you spelled it correctly.
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    Re: who hauls their own bees on their own semi

    I think another mistake being made here, is confusing the task of 'truck driver' with that of 'truck owner'. In my other businesses, we operate equipment. Granted, airplanes are somewhat different...
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    Re: Uncapping knife suggestions

    After you look at one, you'll realize, its unlikely one can make something that has the strength and consistency of the prongs, without an injection mold. As for your cheap hot knife, I can have two...
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    Re: Escape Boards - sensational - NEW

    This is what we learned, first time we tried escape boards. If you dont put the empty drawn super under the escape board, then the bees dont move down thru it. The second time I tried them, it...
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    Re: Mann Lake Extractor

    I've never weighed it, but nowhere near 300lbs. Ours was bolted to a very thin ply base in the shipping box, and we just left it on that. To move, just slide the ply, it moves fine. For cleaning...
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    Re: Mann Lake Extractor

    We bought the Mann Lake 9/18 and used it for the first time last spring. We are very happy with it. It's quiet, and does a good job spinning honey out of the frames. What we have found works well...
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