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  1. Re: 5.5 week old package w/supersedure cell?? HELP!

    You can do a 3, 4, or 5 frame nuc. Google it to get dimensions. I started with one hive then next year 2 then 4 then 10 then 15 and now going to 25 this year. One thing I learned just in the past...
  2. Re: Bees encasing grafted queen cells with regular comb

    Fortunately they are going to emerge in about 3 days. Thanks for the comments. I went from thinking I grafted too many cells to not having enough cells for my own use. I put them up for sale to...
  3. Re: 5.5 week old package w/supersedure cell?? HELP!

    You have just a couple options: remove it or make a split. If you have or can get some additional equipment, even if it is just a few frame nuc then split. If you split with a nuc you then have a...
  4. Bees encasing grafted queen cells with regular comb

    I was successful in grafting 18 out of 23 cups a week ago and in checking on the cells today I noted that a couple have regular looking comb encasing the queen cell. What is going on? The comb is...
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    Anyone rent bees to folks that want bees?

    I had this brainstorm the other day that there may be a population of people in urban or suburban settings that love the idea of having a hive but don't know the first thing about them or want to try...
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    Re: Golden rod honey, dark or light

    My goldenrod honey is dark, more amber in color. There is some asters in it also as they are blooming at the same time. It is the sweetest honey I have and my customers love it.
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    Re: Single brood box with supers??

    Thanks. I over winter with single and double brood boxes. Both do equally well (or equally poor). I think that I am going to try it. I have about 10 colonies going right now and it is worth the...
  8. Re: Indoor overwintering of nucs and cleansing flights?

    I overwinter 2-3 nucs in the garage every winter and they do well. I leave the boxes "open" but in central Ohio the winters are harsh from Jan - March. They rarely come out. If I see a warm spell...
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    Single brood box with supers??

    This has not been a great year weather-wise here in Central Ohio. I have quite a few strong hives in single brood boxes and getting ready to add the second brood box. A thought crosses my mind, what...
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    Re: 9 frames verses 10

    The first few years I ran 10 frames. A friend told me that he runs with nine and he did this to provide a little more space and reduce the risk of injuring or killing the queen when removing frames....
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    Re: Alsike and Sweet Clover

    I have 23 acres with 15 of them in native grass prairie (bluestem, indian...). Last summer I rounded up about 2 acres on either side of my prairie grass and will plant Alsike, dutch, and yellow...
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    Re: keeping nucs in the beeyard

    I keep nucs for the just in case times as well as walk away increases. I have a large hole in the center of the top cover right over the slot in the inner cover and i feed with a Mason jar with...
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    Re: "Honey in the Comb" by Eugene Killion

    I am also going to try cut comb as many of my customers ask for it. I am assembling 10 new colonies rright now for spring summer increases and I am going to have some frames in supers designated for...
  14. Re: Not candy boards, or candy frames, but candy patties?

    I have used some candy boards but my favorite way to feed in the winter in Central Ohio is to make a recipe of candy and then break large pieces and feed near and on the cluster. It also takes just...
  15. Thread: Candy boards?

    by Pife
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    Re: Candy boards?

    I have done candy boards before by making hard candy and pouring it into the underneath side of the inner cover so they can access from the top box. I make candy with 1.5 C water, 2 C sugar, 2 tbs...
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    Re: Still alive in new york state

    All nine colonies are alive and well in central Ohio. Cold winter so far. Three nucs in the garage so i expect them to make it. Fed all nine colonies with hard candy that I made for them. When I...
  17. Thread: Merry Christmas

    by Pife
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    Re: Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas to all as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. This will be an especially good Christmas as we have bought my son in law beekeeping equipment and I have made all the woodenware for him...
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    Re: Hive temps/thermostat probes

    The only thing that will disrupt or kill the bees is if it is colder than about 45 degrees. You can't do this quick enough if the temp is low so wait until the right time. I put an indoor outdoor...
  19. Thread: Brads or Staples?

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    Re: Brads or Staples?

    I recently bought 300 new frames and started assembling tonight. Did 30 frames without foundation. Maybe foundation tomorrow. I am using wood glue and 1/4 x 1 inch staples. I built a jig that...
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    Re: Whats your SPRING strategy next year?

    This fall I built 10 more colonies and started tonight assembling frames. Got 30 assembled before dinner and will work tomorrow putting foundation into those. I build 2 deeps and one Illinois per...
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    Re: Bees in top box, not normal?

    Here in central Ohio I open when it is above about 45 degrees. I use candy and candy boards and add them quickly so as not to chill the hive even at 45. I have single and double deeps and don't...
  22. Thread: Hives that starve

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    Re: Hives that starve

    I feed fondant beginning in January and then give some pollen patties in late Feb or March here in central Ohio. I believe that bees starve in late January and beyond not because they don't have...
  23. Thread: Warm in the hive

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    Re: Warm in the hive

    When I firt put the thermometer in it was right at the cluster which was near the center of the hive at the top of the frames. This is a single deep hive. That was Dec 10 and I am confident that...
  24. Thread: Warm in the hive

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    Re: Warm in the hive

    Thanks curious. That is absolutely fascinating. The thermal imaging is spectacular and should help all of us sleep a little better. As long as our friends have fuel (honey) they will be OK. ...
  25. Thread: Warm in the hive

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    Re: Warm in the hive

    The bees have moved in the hive. When I first put the thermometer into the hive it was at the cluster which was right below the opening in the inner cover. The temp outside would be in mid 20's and...
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