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    Re: Open starter vs. closed

    Just to conclude a bit:

    One should use an open starter like in M. Palmer method and closed when the starter is formed with bees taken from the nearby colonies. I noticed last year that even nurse...
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    Sticky: Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    Off topic:
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?312248-Open-starter-vs-closed

    Sorry for posting here but I got no answer.
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    Open starter vs. closed

    I left my starter closed from evening till dawn when I opened it. It's been 4-5 m from the donor colonies. When I arrived home this afternoon I found not so many bees in it. However almost all of the...
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    Sticky: Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    I think this is the easiest method for a small operation that will definitely produce good queens. Despite this, yesterday I used the cell starter method. The main flow has just started and I want to...
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    Re: Bees and Chickens

    This winter I will isolate bees from chickens. I think they might bother the bees though as they step on the hives. There aren't any problems in summer but I'm not sure about winter.
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    Sticky: Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    I'm really interested in a very simple way of raising queens and most of all natural way with the least interference on the human side.

    How about letting the bees do the job and eventually helping...
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    Re: Easy swarm detecting techniques

    Queen cells - sure signs of imminent swarming

    If you have mobile hive parts you can just lift any box and look from the bottom of the frames where the QC's are usually built. This is a very fast...
  8. Re: 5-frame medium(s) over Cloake Board.....?

    I was thinking on smt. similar - using 5 frame deep over 10 framer and other methods but in the end I'm still not sure what's the easiest method for making queens. I think the best method is the...
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    Re: Easy swarm detecting techniques

    Thank you.
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    Easy swarm detecting techniques

    How reliable are these signs without effectively checking all the frames?

    - the hive is still very active
    - no backfilling tendency
    - no beards
    - check only by tilting the boxes once a week and...
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    Adding foundationless second deep

    Any experience using this method:

    add the second deep with alternating drawn and empty frames?

    This year I'm trying to keep out of the brood nest - less work, less trouble on bee side. I will...
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    Re: Wintering Nucs

    My results on this practice.

    started from:
    7 - divided from (made the queens myself using the same resources - starter + finisher)
    27 - wintered nucs

    results so far:
    5 - booming hives with...
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    Re: Queen Rearing for Hobbyists

    I've been thinking about a very simple schedule for queen rearing lately, one very easy to keep in mind. The thing is that you have failures and you need to cover them providing extra cells every 2...
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    Re: Two Queens in a Hive

    I think the presence of 2 queens in one hive may be related to the lack of pheromones in one of the queens. In my particular case at least one of the queens is a total failure. After 48 hours there...
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    Re: Two Queens in a Hive

    Sure.
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    Re: Two Queens in a Hive

    http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/uniteflour.html

    I started using it on weak nucs when I want a rapid last resort action. I wouldn't dare to use it on stronger colonies :)
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    Re: Two Queens in a Hive

    I've united 2 weak colonies using the wheat flour method. In the evening there were still 2 queens alive in the hive. I'm looking forward to open the hive in the evening.
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    Re: Bees and Chickens

    I've never seen my chickens eat dead/alive bees but I fed them chilled larvae.
  19. Re: Hive stands; are these really needed?

    No problems at all. I have bees and chickens for 3 seasons. The bees occasionally sting the roosters when they intrude too much. It's actually a very funny scene.
  20. Re: Hive stands; are these really needed?

    I prefer low hive stands. It's easier with the lifting and you have the advantage of a good snow insulation during winter.
    Disadvantages: you have to maw more frequently if you don't use top...
  21. Re: Technique of changing queen in cold weather

    I replaced the old queen with other young queen from another nuc that I united. I squished her against the cage and left it there. What's funny is that the cage was faulty and the young one was...
  22. Re: Technique of changing queen in cold weather

    I've overwintered 4-5 too weak nucs(more as an experiment) wich were made in July, the populations dwindled and they died.
    It might be the queen. The young queen will die if I don't put it in a...
  23. Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    Good point. :)

    Most of the times principles come afterwards but the bagage of information helps with practice.
  24. Technique of changing queen in cold weather

    Hi,
    I saved a 2014 queen from a dying nuc. She's in a cage with attendands. Nightly temps are just above freezing and daily almost flying temps.
    I have a hive with 2012 queen laying decently but...
  25. Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    I think the best thing is to first understand the principles then you can easily choose what you like best. I personally prefer Michael Palmer's method because it's straight forward, but I've also...
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