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  1. Re: Convert to Mediums Instead of Hive Body Swap?

    So, it looks like the weather this year got ahead of me. Did a full inspection yesterday, and there is capped and open brood in the top and bottom boxes. Looks like the center of the brood nest is...
  2. Re: Convert to Mediums Instead of Hive Body Swap?

    Might have to wait until another weekend... Its plenty sunny out, but the wind is picking up and I figure better to not crack open the hive unless its relatively calm.

    Ill try to get out to...
  3. Convert to Mediums Instead of Hive Body Swap?

    Hello all.

    So the good news is that my bees made it through the winter! Hooray! Thats the first time I have had that happen.

    The hive in question is caught swarm from last summer that...
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    Re: Question on Splitting/Finding the Queen

    Thanks for the responses. You are right that I probably didnt wait long enough to see eggs/larvae, but the issue was the number of bees. The split was next to the parent hive, and I think I got...
  5. Re: Mixing Deeps and Mediums for Brood Nest?

    Thanks! I didnt look well enough before posting I guess.

    I used two deeps and a medium with my first hive, but didnt do enough to take care of the mites. Cluster died with a full medium of...
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    Narrow Frames in an 8 Frame langstroth?

    Ok, so too much reading has put me onto the idea of narrow frames when I expand. So trimming the frames down will let you run 11 in a 10 frame box.

    But what about in an 8 frame box? Do you...
  7. Mixing Deeps and Mediums for Brood Nest?

    Picked up a Nuc this spring, which had deep frames. I put them into a deep to fill out with some drawn comb, and was going to just build up with mediums from then on. Hopefully after the winter and...
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    Re: Question on Splitting/Finding the Queen

    Just wanted to post an update for those that were offering advice and anyone who finds this thread in the future....

    So the split didnt work out nearly as well as I had hoped. All the queen cells...
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    Re: Queens cells in newly installed nuc

    Could the queen cells be swarm cells instead of emergency/supersedure cells?
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    Re: Question on Splitting/Finding the Queen

    Hadnt considered that idea. I guess my fear being that if I left a cell in the main hive, they might up and take off.

    One of the books I read stated that they wont swarm with more bees out of...
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    Re: Question on Splitting/Finding the Queen

    As an additional thought, I have to leave town for work for a few weeks, so I cant regularly check on the hive or the split I made. There wasnt a lot of capped brood in either one. I can either...
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    Re: Question on Splitting/Finding the Queen

    Just an update here, and a little bit of beekeepers remorse already.

    Did a hive inspection today, since it was the first nice day to do so since I have been back at the hive. Medium that I had...
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    Re: Walk away split vs 2 queen split

    That seems like its not a bad idea. Im guessing thats what this was created for also.

    http://www.betterbee.com/wooden-hive-equipment/dsc1-double-screen-10fr.asp

    That would probably prevent the...
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    Re: Question on Splitting/Finding the Queen

    Agreed Harry, finding her is something that is a pretty basic skill. Just one that I havent had much of a chance to master. Figured that with one hive I didnt want to risk crashing it by rolling...
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    Re: Question on Splitting/Finding the Queen

    I would be worried that I would put the queen in the same box as any queen cells, and if I missed them hatching out, would end up with a queen-less box. I know the other could make a new queen if...
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    Re: Question on Splitting/Finding the Queen

    Thank you Mr. Palmer.

    Thats an amazingly simple idea. I was hoping to leave the split with the queen cell so they could raise their own queen rather than putting a new one in.
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    Question on Splitting/Finding the Queen

    So I am just thinking about if I end up needing to make a split this year. Most recent inspection showed the beginnings of some queen cells (open on the ends, dont know if they had anything in...
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    Re: How Long to Leave a Nuc Alone?

    Well just went back in. They cleaned up the old combs and they are mostly all full of nectar already. Drawn on one half of the plastic with burr comb. It has brood or I would scrape it. Three...
  19. Re: first 2 nucs installed--but worried (like everyone their first time, huh?!)

    I would put that frame back in! There isnt anything wrong with it. The caps are either on top of brood or honey, both of which the bees want!
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    Re: How Long to Leave a Nuc Alone?

    I dont like the plastic either, but they came in the nuc, so I moved them over. But want to change them out.

    Thats not a bad idea to use a medium to let them build drone on the bottom.

    Not...
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    Re: How Long to Leave a Nuc Alone?

    This was a very strong nuc. Absolutely bursting with bees. There wasnt one surface that was free in the box. But that also means I didnt see any open comb, just foundation that they hadn't built...
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    How Long to Leave a Nuc Alone?

    Hey All.

    Moved a 5 Frame Nuc into a hive today. Several of the frames were plastics that were absolutely covered in bees, but nothing was drawn on them. Given how jammed they were into the nuc,...
  23. Re: Several questions. Flow ending in NY? Late season swarms?

    Sounds like you are having a good year so far Dan!

    Im over on the other side of the state, and things are pretty slow right now as far as a flow is concerned. But there is still a lot of...
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    Re: Field Days July 13 - sign up now!

    A big thanks to Chris, Jack, Joe, and all of the Betterbee staff for hosting a great field day this weekend. Im sure it was a ton of work to pull together for all of you, especially when there are...
  25. Re: How often and how thorough inspection on bottom deep?

    First year newbie here.

    Maybe Im doing something wrong, but I havent been into my bottom deep since probably the first week of June. We bought a hive of bees, came in an old deep box that was...
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