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    Re: Could I make a Split Now?

    Depends on your area and the genetics of the queen you use. We did a late season (1 Aug) walk away split last year using our best queen's hive, as a trial. Weren't sure how the split would make...
  2. Thread: Swarm Question

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    Re: Swarm Question

    We don't feed swarms, nor the parent hive. That said; we also put a frame of honey/nectar & one of capped brood in the honey super before we shake/put the swarm in there as an enticement to stay &...
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    Re: Pulling a split to stop swarming question

    In our area, it seems to be the "Year of the Swarms". Very strong sustained flow here and most hives are swarming regardless of what we do. Started the year with 5 hives and now have 14 - 3 walk...
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    Re: Advice/tips on good nectarous plants needed

    Borage may be a good choice as it originated in the Middle East and is a good nectar source/there are several uses for the plant since it is a herb. ...
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    Re: Original Honeybees in North America

    First bees were brought to Virginia. If the boats used the southern route (head south to Azores then head west) the run across the Atlantic was reasonably quick in the early days (~3 weeks) when the...
  6. Thread: Hive set up.

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    Re: Hive set up.

    Thanks. Learnt that the hard way - originally used all deeps for brood and honey. Not a big set up (currently 6 hives) but lost 1 hive 2 years in a row and the boxes got mixed together. It was...
  7. Thread: Hive set up.

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    Re: Hive set up.

    Same size equipment is a viable route. If you go that way, I would suggest that you paint/stain/mark the boxes so that you can readily distinguish which have been used as brood chambers and which...
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    Re: New split questions

    [QUOTE=Terry C;1248535]Yesterday AR Beekeeper and I split my hive , and I have a few questions ... The original hive , in the original location kept the queen and has a "normal" amount of forager...
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    Re: Winter Losses or Success?

    6 of 6 surviving so far. Still lots of snow in our area so a ways to go yet. For ref we use double deep 8 frame supers, one of which was a late walk away split (mid-Aug).
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    Re: requeening - what's best

    You could do "walk away" splits with your best surviving queen(s) & there use their genetics.
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    Re: Keeping Snow off of Buried Hives

    I guess "normal" is the operative word - air does not pass through ice, or at least not quickly. When the snow starts to crust over, we open up a direct vent to the hive - this winter that has been...
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    Re: Keeping Snow off of Buried Hives

    As mentioned, snow is a good insulator & if it is light air can move through it. That said; if you get a warm/wet spell and the snow crusts over, air will not move through the snow and the bees...
  13. Thread: frozen honey

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    Re: frozen honey

    We freeze honey for ourselves in used yogurt jaws. It's like taffy when you take it out but once thawed out is normal/have not seen any undesirable side effects from freezing.
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    Re: Best Carniolan Queens

    I do, but I'm not selling!:ot:
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    Re: Why or why not Carniolans?

    Lost 1 of 3, 2 years ago and 1 of 4 last year. Both times due to late summer swarm & virgin queen didn't make it back so not really winter kill. We try to keep on top of the swarming but splitting,...
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    Re: Medium on top of Deep Brood Chamber

    Try it and see if you like it//variety is the spice of life. we run 2x8 frame deeps for the brood chamber, shallows for honey. I make my own supers so that isn't an issue - not all that hard if you...
  17. Thread: roughcut lumber

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    Re: roughcut lumber

    I don't plane the 1 inch rough cut pine that I use. The boards will vary a bit - maybe 1/16th of an inch between boards. As such, I make supers out of the same board, or make sure I match thichness...
  18. Re: No larvae. I saw the queen a week ago. I'm in denial.

    Checked 4 or our 6 hives the other day - no brood in any of them (lots of bees though). Took the time to really go through a late July walk away split and a hive that we thought had likely swarmed...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    People are still starving, most of it caused by their government's policies &/or civil unrest/war (again government policies). Unfortunately, feeding those people won't end the war &/or create peace...
  20. Thread: clover planting

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    Re: clover planting

    I have planted white clover as late as end-Sept with good success, much better success than starting grass seed that late. As mentioned by Tim, it needs to grow for a couple of weeks before the...
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    Re: Wintering question for northern beekeepers

    There is also the possibility that the ventilation got blocked and CO2/CO built up to toxic levels. Depends on snow levels & if or not the snow turned to ice.
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    Re: Wintering question for northern beekeepers

    We have always wrapped our hives with "tar paper?. We use bottom entrances (screened in the winter to keep mice/voles out) but add a 1/4 inch ventilation hole in the upper super for the winter (plug...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    Back on topic - couple of articles people can read and use to form their own opinions....
  24. Re: Who keeps their brood and honey supers separate and why?

    Keep both the supers & frames separate so that the honey we extract has no chance of being exposed to treatment chemicals (only treat in the fall after the honey is removed).
  25. Thread: Dearth question

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    Re: Dearth question

    I think it depends on rain fall. Where I live, other than the 9 months of winter (other 3 we have poor skating), we occasionally get a dearth in August due to lack of rainfall (about 1 year in 5). ...
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