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    Re: to split or not to split

    I am far from being and expert on the subject, but it only seems logical that if you continually split your hives down to smaller colonies, you will have an impact on harvestable honey production -...
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    Re: Apiary Location/Stand Question

    Both good ideas.

    I wouldn't worry about the rocks too much -- in fact, I would rather have a rocky surface than one that grows up around the hives.

    I use 2 large concrete blocks that I lay on...
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    Re: how to overwintering nuc's

    Hi beesquad -

    I am over on the northern Calif. coast and I am also trying to overwinter 6 nucs - all were made up in mid July. You have a little colder weather than I get.

    4 of the nucs are...
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    Re: Gov agencies protecting our bees

    Someone once said that the scariest words you will ever hear are ..." we are from the government and we are here to help you"
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    Re: Is this robbing?

    Hard to tell -- I can't actually see any bees fighting on the landing board. My hives look like this sometimes after a couple rainy days when the sun comes out. They tend to come out and cluster on...
  6. Re: Not feeding, why??? Low on stores, and not feeding.

    What kind of feeder? Temperature? What kind of bees? If using a jar type feeder, see if holes large enough for the bees. If temps get too low, they may not take liquid syrup.
    I am sure there are...
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    Re: Raising my own Queens.

    Check out Mel Disselkoen (not sure this is spelled right) and what he calls OTS (for On The Spot) queen rearing. he sells a book but he also has a web site and also several videos on Youtube.

    He...
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    Re: Broodless hive

    What kind of bees do you have? No brood - and I assume you mean no eggs either -- doesn't sound good to me. I live up on the north coast and have mostly Carniolan and some Italians. I still have...
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    Re: 30% overwintering losses...is that accurate?

    Very, very good questions. I have only been keeping bees for only a couple of years but I would say my biggest frustration with beekeeping is the plethora of bad information that gets passed around...
  10. box arrangement for over wintering - lower box is empty

    I have 6 hives -- all first year hives that have done pretty good. They are all basically stacked 4 to 5 medium boxes high.

    The bottom boxes are all pretty much empty comb except for some...
  11. 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...
  15. 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...
  19. Re: Thoughts about keeping one full honey super on all winter

    Didn't think about that -- maybe that's my problem .. lol.
  20. 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...
  21. 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...
  22. 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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