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    Re: Freeze warning question

    I agree with you on the above. The boxes pictured are short term housing to get as many chances for a laying queen as I can. Above are my queen rearing nuc starter boxes that only get used in the...
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    Re: Freeze warning question

    In that case the nuc lid was warped (replaced the lids this year). It was a heavy heavy rain for a short period that came in through the side of the lid. My guess is they go rained on and/or, fell...
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    Re: Freeze warning question

    Freeze and thaw can (and does) heave the soil where I have my bees. A forward cant may not be preserved throughout the winter.

    I also had a solid bottom nuc box that needed to be redistributed...
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    Re: Screened bottom or solid ?

    take a look at my post 18 for screened vs. solid. I think that to chose either on its own is too limiting.


    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?310556-Freeze-warning-question
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    Re: Freeze warning question

    17498Both types can cause issues in the wrong circustances. I always find it interesting when people vehemently speak out against one type.


    I like the mantra "don't do anything in beekeeping...
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    Re: Controlling Moisture in a NUC

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    I built 10 of these last year for queen rearing, nuc starters. The lids are not worth making IMO. I lost bees to rain in due to warping, and the solid bottom did not help because the water...
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    Re: Definition of a nuc?

    If I have overwintered nucs that need help, I don't use them for my next years queen rearing and production. I usually go the other way, weak hives/nuc's resources get split up to start new...
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    Re: Definition of a nuc?

    I agree with astrobee, they are far to valuable, they would be the current season's (production hives, breeding stock, etc.)



    I think we are co-typing lol. I don't get upset about how people...
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    Re: Definition of a nuc?

    I understand where you are coming from. I certainly wasn't saying I was the only one raising *real* nucs, or that mine are a better product than others can make. I do believe my are of the highest...
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    Re: Definition of a nuc?

    So what is a nuc to you? Overwintered only?

    And what happens if that package you bought rejects the queen? Now you have lost a month on that package hive while you wait for a new queen (if the...
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    Re: Definition of a nuc?

    I think your first issue comes with reading vs. making an inference. I never said less swarmy. Let's clear this up for you:

    1. I never said not to check, ace did.
    2. I believe established nucs...
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    Re: Definition of a nuc?

    this is a benefit of a *real* nuc. Not guaranteed, but much less a chance of this vs. a queen added to a package.
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    Re: Definition of a nuc?

    Not sure I understand your question. I think you are talking about expansion from the 5 frame medium nuc. If that is correct,:

    1. I tell them to put the frames into an 8 or 10 frame medium first...
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    Re: Definition of a nuc?

    I am from the camp that I sell what I want to buy. I also agree with the idea that a nucleus colony is one with a functioning accepted laying queen (with her own capped brood). Just putting a queen...
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    Re: 1 frame nuc start ?

    I did a lot of experimentation with this last year in particular. Here is what I found (I am referring to medium frame sized nucs):

    Best (smallest nuc size) for build up for my area is as follows...
  16. Poll: Re: How long does it take you find your queen(s)?

    This time of year a queen search takes me 5 mins or less. Later in the year more like 5-10. However I don't usually search for her specifically unless I have a reason. So long as I see eggs and...
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    Re: Mated Queen who can tell

    although my comments are off topic; I have noticed that bought from far away queens, in my anecdotal experience, have a much higher rate of supercedure than the ones I raised on my own this year. ...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Lauri - you comments echo my intended approach as well - I use the tools I can without treating first. A "hands off" philosophy for me doesn't mean a hands off approach; I am monitoring/managing the...
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    Re: Mated Queen who can tell

    Thanks Rader :)




    +1
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    I agree with you Michael (in that intense selection may not be a wise course). IMO variation and exposure are key to good adaptable stock from humans to dogs to bees. I just don't have the years in...
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    Re: Mated Queen who can tell

    How many queens do you produce each year? I would be curious to know what a typical queen rearer needs to produce to be successful.

    For my climate I emphasize the word *want*

    At about 67%...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    I agree with the philosophy of selection (select the fewest number of traits possible to allow variation). I only select breeding hives from 1. winter survivor hives; 2. excessive aggressiveness. ...
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    Re: Mated Queen who can tell

    do you mean the comb placement or pattern of the eggs or the actual look of the eggs (fertile/nonfertile)? I haven't heard about this before, please do tell.




    this is why I always waited to...
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    Re: Worst mistake of 2014.

    install mouse guards.... first big snow we had allowed a mice into the upper entrances of a couple of my nucs....
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    Re: Mated Queen who can tell

    I can only post my experience of queen rearing from grafts and from splits for one year. Queen rearing takes a lot of time and resources. I can't see how you would want to make queens, *while...
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