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    Re: Ready , Set , Spring !

    Sorry to hear that.
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    Re: Ready , Set , Spring !

    Sure they can. If it is too cold or wet for them to go get it - or a late cold snap coops them up for a few days. Even if the hive is cram packed with stores a short cold snap can cause them to...
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    Re: Ready , Set , Spring !

    Don't let them starve in the home stretch! Our 10 day predicts much improved temps and no doubt maples will pop any day now - but unsettled weather can prevent foraging for days at a time, and...
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    Re: Cell Builder

    Go for it! Just keep grafting every week or so and you'll sort everything out pretty quickly.
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    Re: Splits -Tips for Finding the Queen

    I agree - you don't want to ruin a productive colony. I sell honey and spring nucs - so I'm always considering cost/benefit of whatever I'm doing.

    So, you are standing there with a frame in your...
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    Re: Splits -Tips for Finding the Queen

    Don't look for the queen - instead shake the bees off of the frames you want to use and put them over an excluder. Wait an hour and make your split.

    You might want to also move up a few extra...
  7. Re: suggestions for switching out old frames for new ones

    If is your practice to always keep frames in their original hive positions then your frames should be aged more or less by the box - and so you would retire them by the box.

    Personally I don't...
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    Re: Terrible Problem /.=)

    Sounds like someone I know that likes to complain (brag) about their "tax problem."

    I don't blame you though - I would probably show that off too.
  9. Re: Keeping Nuc's and full sized hives in the same spot

    I do it every year. It's best to just start them out with robber screens right off the bat - and then you don't have to worry about it. Everything else is a half measure. Robber screens are like...
  10. Re: Do the Descendants of the Package Queen Produce Successively More Irritable Hives

    The thing is that even though Mike is a friend, other than late summer I have to place my order months in advance just like anyone else - because he's always backlogged, and he's a really fair guy. ...
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    Re: So Far So Good this Winter

    Warming up would be good of course, but if you are feeding on the top bars a quick peek will tell you what you need to know - and if they are running low on feed that is a much bigger deal than...
  12. Re: Do the Descendants of the Package Queen Produce Successively More Irritable Hives

    Convenience - not economy - may actually be the best reason for rearing your own queens. So that can have them on hand any time you need them.

    If you count all the costs of rearing queens they...
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    So Far So Good this Winter

    Checked my hives today to make sure they weren't running out of feed (mt camp style) and to see how bad it was after this stretch of unusual winter weather. All of them I peeked at are still...
  14. Re: Do NOT start another "Honey Flow" thread!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If the same questions were not asked over and over there would not be nearly as much to do on here.

    The better advice would be to get a specific point into the subject line if at all possible -...
  15. Re: Question about buying "RAW" Honey and "Real Bee Pollen" ..

    From your description it sounds like what you got was actually raw unfiltered honey, and a bag of bee-collected pollen. Enjoy.

    But just in case you also didn't know this - you probably should...
  16. Re: Do NOT start another "Honey Flow" thread!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Imagine a google image search on that term. Might want to go "incognito" first.

    Of course that might be a good plan before you image search on honey flow too.
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    Re: Making Splits with a purchased queens

    No it's not, but if you do everything else about right 90% success is normal. Is 100% success guaranteed with push in cages?

    When I was a rank newbie I read all of the same stuff that all...
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    Re: Making Splits with a purchased queens

    All correct. I leave the attendants (if any) in there.
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    Re: DCoates (Coates) Nuc Fasteners

    There is never anything wrong with trying to do a good job, but I'm pretty sure that the whole point of this excellent design is that it's quick, easy and economical. Staples (or hand nails if that...
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    Re: DCoates (Coates) Nuc Fasteners

    3" deckmate screws in the edge of 1/2 plywood? Do you have as much invested in fasteners as you do in wood?
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    Re: When to give the boot

    That's the gist of it. Also add a frame of stores and a shake of bees off of a good brood frame for good measure.
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    Re: When Will You Start Nucs And Splits

    Hives that are already established when our main flow starts around May 1 don't need nearly as much feeding for one thing.

    Swarm prevention is more successful if done before swarm prep - is...
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    Re: Making Splits with a purchased queens

    Acceptance rates for that may be higher, but if the beekeeper is not experienced and very comfortable with handling queens the risk of loss or dammage probably washes out any improvement in...
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    Re: Making Splits with a purchased queens

    All correct.
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    Re: Making Splits with a purchased queens

    If the split is staying in the same yard it will retain more bees if the old queen goes with it, and the established hive is less likely to swarm with a new young queen - but it will work either way....
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