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    Re: Buckfast Nucs

    No more stock comes from Buckfast Abbey. There are several Buckfast breeders in Europe...UK, Austria and Denmark. Unfortunately, we in the US aren't allowed to import stock from those countries....
  2. Re: Why are there still so many drones in one hive?

    There bees are still raising drones here.
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    Re: Nuc advise

    Why not if they need it.
  4. Re: Ideal configuration within wintering hives in a very cold climate

    I like to use the drawing in the HHB to illustrate how the bees set up their winter broodnest.

    For my bees, here in Vermont, I would want a medium super of honey on top.



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    Re: Fischers honey be gone or bee be gone or somesuch

    Fischer's Bee Quick? Didn't work for me.
  6. Re: Timing of when to start feeding for winter stores of honey

    I believe you're correct that the theory comes from how bees winter in the north, where we have very cold temperatures and no cleansing flights for months. Here, our bees regulate the core...
  7. Re: Queen right hive and laying workers.

    Several years ago, in ABJ, there was a brief on a study about re-queening LW colonies with queen cells. I think the study was looking to see if there was a difference in % acceptance in LW colonies,...
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    Re: Anyone else keepng a log book?

    http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff61/frenchhill/scanFrenchHillApiariesYardSheet2014_zpsb16475fa.jpg
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    Re: Walnut or Butternut for hivebodies

    Sure will be pretty.
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    Re: Incredible Double Story Nuc

    Exactly.
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    Re: Recurring cross-comb

    Get rid of the spacer and space the frames by hand.
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    Re: Anyone else keepng a log book?

    I have three notebooks. One spiral notebook for my nucleus colonies, one for my production apiaries, and a yard sheet for each production apiary for my breeding program.

    The spiral notebooks have...
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    Re: Weighing hives

    I would say so. That's what I do with all my production colonies. Tip hive, slide scale under hive, tip hive up onto scale , balance, read weight, remove scale. I want a real weight, not a formula to...
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    Re: Incredible Double Story Nuc

    Honey flow. On a good one, they'll fill the combs with honey faster than they can with brood, so the amount of brood they raise for you is limited.
  15. Re: Coal black and dark Forrest green pollen..

    Here, I would guess the green pollen to be Purple Loosestrife.
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    Re: Incredible Double Story Nuc

    Isn't it!
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    Re: Nuc advise

    Not necessarily. If they need another story, give it to them.
  18. Re: Wintering question for northern beekeepers

    And what do you believe the other factors were?

    I wrap every colony I have...foam on the inner cover and tarpaper wrap around the hive. I see the occasional colony that starves with honey in a...
  19. Re: honey show how far to fill pint jar?

    Do the show rules say to use a pint jar, or some other style like Queenline or Gamber? Better check the rules.
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    Re: Nuc advise

    That's why it has to do with population vs cavity size. A nuc size colony will winter fine in a nuc size cavity. Maybe not so well in a double deep with a super on top. So it is the same.
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    Re: Nuc advise

    Doesn't compute? A colony of bees, no matter the configuration or size, consumes less stores keeping warm in winter, than it consumes raising brood before any nectar flows.
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    Re: Nuc advise

    Spring
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    Re: Fall Flow Is Starting

    After, I think.
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    Re: Fall Flow Is Starting

    It's getting stinky in the bee yards :)
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    Re: Nuc advise

    Top box full, bottom box...outside two combs fullish, inside three combs maybe 1/2
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