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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Had Swarm Today in Western Ky. Small softball size swarm from my bees. Same Forsynthia Bush 2 other swarms landed last year.
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    Re: Dead Out Numbers/Winter Losses

    1) Lost 3 of 12 Double deep hives.2 looked like they starved with average of 3 frames honey left. Other looks like it lost queen as numbers were very low.

    2) Lost 4 of 5 Fall Nucs. 3 of these...
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    Re: When Will You Start Nucs And Splits

    I found that my early nucs built comb and queens filled it with brood with the honey flow on. Made for strong hives. Later nucs did require feeding and were subject to lots of robbing. I hope to get...
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    Re: When Will You Start Nucs And Splits

    What breed queens are you using Sharpbees?
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    Re: When Will You Start Nucs And Splits

    Most of my first splits will be for increase. Have 2 Nucs earmarked for friends and may sell a few after i get what i want. Planning on going from 11 to 20 colonies before next winter. Some of those...
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    Re: When Will You Start Nucs And Splits

    No hurry but i would like for bees to take full advantage of spring flow .With doing walk away splits the queen wont be mating for at least a couple weeks . So if i start middle of april it wont be...
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    Re: When Will You Start Nucs And Splits

    First week of April i made first splits. Lost 4 of 5. Longer than normal spring, lots of cold and rain, and unsuccessful mating/lost queens was my guess.
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    Re: When Will You Start Nucs And Splits

    I will be doing walk away splits in 5 frame nucs. Had good luck with them in past but early start didnt do as well last year due to weather. Later Spring splits were 100% success.
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    Re: When Will You Start Nucs And Splits

    Thermometer on truck said -8 this morning. Ready for Spring here! What kind of queens Vance G.?
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    When Will You Start Nucs And Splits

    Weather lets me I hope to do some splits in Early April here in Ky. How about You?
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    Re: Boxes

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    Re: Wintering Nucs - Redux

    Thanks for the tips Michael Palmer I appreciate it .These are Italian bees. most of my other full size hive had quit brooding by First of October. our honey flow had stopped by then. we did have a...
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    Re: Wintering Nucs - Redux

    Fed several gallons from Mid August when i built Nucs till mid October.Maybe 3 to 4 gallons per nuc. Did not notice very much robbing but possible. Looked like hives had lots of food but still had...
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    Re: Wintering Nucs - Redux

    On top of frames. With empty box. Kept feed on at all times.
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    Re: Wintering Nucs - Redux

    I was feeding 2:1 sugar syrup with 1gallon paint cans. Fed on t
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    Re: Wintering Nucs - Redux

    I Lost 4 out of 5 of the 5 frame Nucs I built in August. I fed heavy until October. Still starved about 2 weeks ago. There were so many bees in all nucs . i think this lead to too much food being...
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    Re: winter 5 frame nucs in northwest ky?

    Lost 3 of 5 fall nucs this year so far in Western Ky. Had better luck last year. Fed them hard. Had some robbing issues with 1 for sure. Other 2 losses were light on food when died out. Agree with...
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    Re: Lost a Couple Hives

    I think the bees were clustered away from honey. Had several days of cold weather. I have heard that bees in cluster can not move to get to honey. All bees were heads in comb and clustered with no...
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    Lost a Couple Hives

    First Inspection of Year 2015. BAD NEWS: Lost a fall nuc and another weak 2 deep hive. Kind of a heartbreaker. The nuc had no food left at all. They were possibly robbed or just didnt store enough....
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    Re: What made you decide to keep bees?

    A very good friend of mine passed away and his wife said he would want me to have some bees. Hooked ever since! Thanks Lonnie :-)
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    Re: Honey frames sitting with no bees

    Wax moths love it when you do that...
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    Re: What is your loss percentage so far?

    0% so far. No treatments....8 hives.
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    Re: How old is your oldest hive

    My oldest is 3years old. I figured that older queens would not be as productive but Mr . Palmer has once again got me interested. Hmmm...
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    Re: Honey smells like urine

    I was told that Holley produces that smell in honey. Do you have many holley bushes near your hives?
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    Re: Yellow Jackets

    Had a late season swarm get taken by Yellow Jackets. Found them yesterday. They were not a real strong hive but hoped they would pull through. Should have combined them with another. Live and learn.
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