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    Re: When to harvest queen cells

    That's what I do. Move 10 days after graft.
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    Re: Getting over the hump

    I like to experiment as much as anybody, and I understand your desire to try different hive types. However, the Langstroth hive seems to me the easiest to manage for honey. Maybe concentrate your...
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    Re: Brood in honey supers?

    Not at all unusual if you don't use a queen excluder. Colonies raise drones wherever they can.
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    Re: Return of the prodigal queen

    Glad to hear it all worked out!:)
  5. Thread: Taktic

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    Re: Taktic

    Apivar says it is amatraz based.
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    Re: Where to start in Bee Keeping?

    Read "First lessons in Beekeeping". Buy a copy of American Bee Journal and read it and look at the ads. Surf this forum. Join a bee club. Get your equipment ready this winter and order a package or...
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    Re: Honey Container Prices

    For those looking to buy a few plastic containers (around 100), I have found Betterbee's bulk packaged bottles to be a good deal. I just received 100 1 lb plastic queenline squeeze bottles with caps...
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    Re: Split ten frame nucs and entrances

    If your not going to be mating queens in these, I don't think the entrances will be a big problem. Drift will work both ways. My entrances are close, and I don't see any real problems. If I am trying...
  9. Re: Anyone treat their home with Fipronil/Termiodor?

    Thanks for the question Leafcutter. We have been having similar trouble here and have decided to hire an exterminator. I have serious misgivings, but am hopeful our problem can be solved with as...
  10. Re: Will leaving an empty super on my new hives cause problems?

    I did what you are asking my first year. Added a box of foundation and... nothing. Week after week I would check and no activity. Then middle of September and whamo! Drawn and full in a week....
  11. Re: Frustrated, did you all go this slow on the learning curve???

    These bugs can make us all doubt ourselves from time to time. Sounds like you've got a handle on making increase and overwintering, now you need to figure out swarm control and honey production. Lots...
  12. Re: Why I decided not to put my hives out in the sun

    I like mine in the shade. Morning sun is nice, but afternoon shade makes working them bearable. Winter they get full sun most of the day.
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    Re: No honey yet...should I be worried?

    Unlikely to see honey from a mid-May package in Tennessee. It's not impossible, but extremely unlikely. Better chance you will need to feed sugar syrup just to get comb drawn. Good luck and have...
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    Re: Let me know if I did it right please!

    I assume that by "checkerboarding" your friend meant for you to place undrawn foundation between frames of drawn comb. That is fine up to a point, but not really necessary. Checkerboarding has a...
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    Re: my honey press pictures

    Nice job!
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    Re: TN first timers!

    Glad to have you. Welcome!
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    Re: Uncapping with an electric carving knife

    The one I'm using has about 8 inch blades. Probably a little short for deeps, but works great on my mediums. I uncapped 4 boxes without heating or dipping in warm water. I just let the blades cut and...
  18. Thread: Purvis Queens

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    Re: Purvis Queens

    He was in Tennessee for a while, but he sold most of his equipment and moved to Colorado I believe. I got 4 queens from him in July 2 years ago.
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    Uncapping with an electric carving knife

    I was just wondering if anyone else had tried it. I used one this weekend and thought it worked great. The one I used we have had laying in the cabinet for years. Don't know how long it would last,...
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    Re: Bottom Board Building

    You can do it exactly like that. No magic to a bottom board!:)
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    Re: last years potatoes, what a great meal.

    Fresh Taters! Yum!!:thumbsup:
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    Re: Most Effective SHB Control?

    I second the vote for entrance reducers. I also find migratory tops are better than telescoping covers with inner covers. Match population and real estate. That helps too.
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    Re: Honey difference in 2 weeks...

    Around here at least, flows from a single floral source won't usually last more than a couple weeks. Different sources yield different honey.:)
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    Re: Quick multiplication questions

    I like the two story better. I think it gives the cluster the best chance of staying in contact with food. Like I said, I have successfully wintered a r frame medium nuc, but the cluster was small,...
  25. Thread: Nuc Start

    by gunter62
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    Re: Nuc Start

    Tim,
    Your best bet would be to find the queen in your best hive and move her and 2 or 3 frames into a nuc. Your good hive will make a nice new queen, and the current queen will quickly populate...
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