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    Re: When to Hive a Nuc?

    Sounds good! That's what I'll do, thanks for the advice!
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    When to Hive a Nuc?

    I have several nucs that I have overwintered in 5 frame polystyrene nuc boxes. I also two double deep hives that didn't make it through the winter. I cleaned out the hives that died a few weeks...
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    Dirty Comb - Nosema

    I have a 5 frame nuc that didn't make it through winter. The bees appear to have died out due to nosema, as the inside of the nuc and frames of comb are caked in feces. Also, it smells awful like...
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    Re: queen questions -

    I would give the new queens at least 4 or 5 days in the cage until the workers are not acting agressively torwards them. Also, if there isn't a nectar flow in process then I would feed 1:1 syrup...
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    Re: Moved hive question

    I had to deal with a similar issue last month. If you go back at night with a shoe box and a spray bottle of sugar water they should be clustered up fairly tight. Give'em a soaking, sweep them into...
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    Re: HoneySuperCell info needed

    I started two colonies on it this spring. As predicted, the build up was very slow and the first few brood cycles were near failures. Eventually, the bees did start to build up. I think the...
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    Re: 4 Season Hive Cover

    I have 6 hives and I am using these covers. I think they are great. I also had success with overwintering. With the insulation removed they provide good ventillation without the need to prop-up...
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    Combine or Add a Box and Feed?

    I have two colonies that I started on HSC this spring. They are each in only one deep. They have taken a long time to build, and are finally ready for the second deep, but I am concerned that there...
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    Re: How to stimulate new nuc to build comb?

    You can pull the frame and stick it in the freezer overnight, but, obviously, that will kill any brood on the frame as well.
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    Re: Brood Pattern on HSC

    That's what I'll do. Thanks!
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    Re: Brood Pattern on HSC

    Another thought...

    About 6 weeks ago I made a couple of nucs from a hive that was bent on swarming. The resulting nucs and queens, the first I ever raised :D, are doing really great. I've...
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    Re: Brood Pattern on HSC

    These HSC hives are my "experimental" hives for this year. One of the hives is "spottier" and weaker than the others. Perhaps, I should pinch and requeen the weakest one. If it takes off and looks...
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    Re: Brood Pattern on HSC

    I don't have any pictures right now, I'll try to get some this weekend. What I mean by the pattern being "large" but "spotty" is that the discolored (darker) region that seems to define the brood...
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    Brood Pattern on HSC

    This past April I started two hives on HSC. I have read that the first couple of brood cycles don't do so well, but then the brood pattern should start to take on a more normal appearance. The bees...
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    Re: Moving a hive... 50 feet.

    I've moved 4 hives so far this year, between 20 and 60 feet. Like others, I just seal the entrance at night. Move the hive to it's new location and really pile the brush on the hive being sure to...
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    Will Queen Cells Get Repaired

    I am experimenting so I created a split by taking frames from a few different hives and putting them into a NUC. Some honey, pollen, brood in various stages and a frame with eggs. After a week...
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    Re: Stings

    My experience is like BeeGees. Most stings bother me less, they still hurt, it's just the pain is gone 20 or 30 seconds, and after I leave the beeyard I have a more relaxed, calm demeanor. It might...
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    Stings

    I've discovered two things today:

    1. Geting stung in the arm pit really hurts! Yowza! I guess wearing just a veil and a T-shirt with the sleeves cut off is a little too minimalist with the gear....
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    Re: Swarm Cells - What to do?

    A few thoughts...

    The lessons I'm taking from this hive are that I need to be more careful when feeding in the fall. If a hive is honey bound I need to be proactive and do something about it, and...
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    Re: Swarm Cells - What to do?

    Well, I decided to go out and take some action this afternoon. I took two NUC boxes with me and 10 new pierco frames with an extra coat of beeswax. Here is what I found and did (for better or...
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    Re: Swarm Cells - What to do?

    I can't say that I disagree about being honey bound. This hive definitely was... I am a second year beek and I overfed the hive in the fall (I miscalculated the target hive weight). I reversed the...
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    Re: Swarm Cells - What to do?

    Well, What everyone said is pretty much what I expected. Is there anything that can be done to keep the strength of the original hive up?
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    Swarm Cells - What to do?

    Arghhh! I just went into my strongest hive that made it through winter and discovered 5 big fat swarm cells. 2 of which are recently capped. What should I do now? Split the colony putting the old...
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    "Fixing" Partially Drawn Frames

    I have two hives that I started on Pierco frames last year. They both made it throught the winter :). One is really strong, one is a little weak. Both of these hives had a little trouble last year...
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    Swarm Prevention

    Im starting my second year of beekeeping. I went into the winter with two hives. Its looking as if both hives will make it. :) One hive is very strong, the other hive is a little weaker. My...
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