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  1. Re: Overwinter in a doublestack Nuc or 10 Frame deep?

    Check out some of Michael Palmers videos on Nucs and overwintering. He gave a couple of excellent presentations of overwintering hives/nucs at the National Honey Show in England this past winter.
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    Virgin Queen and MAQS treatment

    I have a Carniolan hive that was queenless. I gave them a frame of eggs and they have raised a new queen but no new eggs yet. I am pretty confident she will begin laying any day as it has only been...
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    Re: Foundationless and Drone Cells

    Just curious -- why would bees, this late in the year want to raise so many drones when they should start expelling them from the hive?
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    Foundationless and Drone Cells

    I decided to try one foundationless frame to see what happens. The bees built out the frames quite nicely and then filled it almost completely with drone comb. I pulled the frame because I was...
  5. Re: bunches of tore down queen cells cant find a queen.

    you said no eggs anywhere so I am assuming that includes the queen cups so no worry there. Last time you saw eggs? Any Larvae? A new queen in a large hive could be hard to find and it could take...
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    Re: hayforkquilter

    Hayforkquilter - I sent you a PM.
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    Re: OTS Queen Rearing - book review?

    His web site has the book listed. You can look at the table of contents and it appears to have about 100 pages.
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    OTS Queen Rearing - book review?

    I was considering the book OTS Queen Rearing -- does anyone have experience with this book? Looks to be about 100 pages and sells for about $50 -- which seems kind of expensive.

    I would pay it if...
  9. Re: Thoughts about keeping one full honey super on all winter

    Didn't think about that -- maybe that's my problem .. lol.
  10. Re: Thoughts about keeping one full honey super on all winter

    I neglected to say that I was using screened bottom boards last year and have gone away with them this year - using all solid bottom boards.

    I was thinking this winter of using some type of foam...
  11. Re: Thoughts about keeping one full honey super on all winter

    Could have been; however, there was ventilation -- and that also could have added to the problem. We went through a cold period, then it warmed up and I checked them -- then it got real cold and they...
  12. Re: Thoughts about keeping one full honey super on all winter

    Interesting thread.

    I left on large quantities of honey on my two hives last year and they did fine until things got cold -- here it was in the low 20's for about a week. I know that isn't cold...
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    Re: Summer splits?

    I live in coastal Nor. Cal -- not too far from Oregon border. I am planning on making a couple of nucs today and adding queens and, splitting without queens to see if they will raise their own...
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    Re: Gunfire in Proximity to Beeyard

    I was under the impression that Bees do not "hear" sounds like we do but can perceive vibrations. I frequently weed-wack and mow in front of my hives and don't have a problem. They do run into me...
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    Re: Leaving enough honey

    I use mainly Russian bees in 8 frame mediums. Last year, my hives were going great until things got really cold for a few weeks and that was the end of the bees. They had easily 70 to 80 pounds of...
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    Re: Leaving enough honey

    Good question and one I have wondered about.

    The amount to leave, I would think, would also have to include some fairly large quantities of honey in the brood chambers (on the periphery).

    I...
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    Re: Best info on GMO's

    No, that isn't the article.
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    Re: Best info on GMO's

    God forbid that anyone understand and learn the facts.

    Any way to post the article?
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    Best way to release queen to new nuc

    I want to make a couple of 5 frame nucs. I have two new queens in cages. I will be taking frames of brood - both capped and at least one with eggs and larva as well as one of honey and one frame of...
  20. Supercedure cells, laying workers, shake out, etc. Will this work -??

    Here is the problem:

    I have a top bar hive that is queenless and has gone laying worker.

    I also have a new hive from a package that after 2 weeks, is queenless as there are no eggs -- however,...
  21. Re: Honey Bee Research and extension Lab University of Florida

    Well, does anyone really know what is going on with bees and beekeepers? Spending a few million dollars on a beelab doesn't seem like a lot; however, providing good information for congress to use...
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    Re: transfer bees from 10 to 8 frame hive

    For me, I just want to have uniform equipment. It was also encouraged in a beekeeping class I took.

    I am going to keep the deeps but have considered cutting them down and using the cut off part...
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    Re: transfer bees from 10 to 8 frame hive

    I am new at this game and trying to go from deeps to mediums. I was thinking of doing the following but would like to know if anyone has done this and if it would work.

    Could you make a...
  24. Thread: Nuc Hive Body

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    Re: Nuc Hive Body

    I made some screened bottom boards (which I have yet to use) out of similar wood -- basically finger- joined and glued cedar strip. I think in my area it was intended to be used as molding or similar...
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    Re: What is the obsession with WHITE???

    I just use whatever is available. Lots of my hives are white -- or off white but I also have a rainbow of colors with no real pattern.

    Was just at the paint store yesterday to see what...
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