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    Re: Decisions on frames for a newbee

    I'm going into my 3rd season with bees. I started off strictly foundationless (regular frames with flipped wedges). The comb was strong and straight. My only issue was they were only drawing out two...
  2. Re: When starting packages, is it ok to start them in deeps or should it be in nucs?

    I'm going to semi-hijack the thread if that's ok. What if the intention was to keep the package a nuc and not allow it to expand into a colony? Is 3lbs of bees too much in an empty 5 frame nuc (No...
  3. Re: Harvesting honey without extractor or crushing comb?

    You should be able to rent one from your local bee club. I think ours charges $10 per day. We also have a bee supply store that extracts for $2 per frame. Check around for local options.
  4. Re: Experience with Queens/Bees from Cold Country in NY?

    I spoke with him on the phone yesterday. He was very nice and answered some questions for me. I've reserved a queen but he's already booked up through the middle of July.
  5. Experience with Queens/Bees from Cold Country in NY?

    Can anyone share their experience with Russian bees from Cold Country in NY? Thanks.
  6. Thread: drawn comb

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    Re: drawn comb

    Yes. And as Maddox said, don't waste the deep comb! If you are not going to use the deeps, cut the comb down and tie it in or just chop the frames.

    I'm further north of you and use deeps but I'm...
  7. Re: First Hives - Foundation-less from Scratch

    I'm guessing you use mediums for honey? Ever extract a deep that was not wired? I'm in all 8 frame deeps and have been wiring. This year I'm considering only wiring what goes in the third box. But I...
  8. Re: First Hives - Foundation-less from Scratch

    I also started from scratch with foundationless frames and a package. I also used MB's flipped wedge approach. All combs were nice and straight. My only issue was amount of comb. They didn't fill out...
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    Re: beginner needs help

    I got a package from Wolf Creek this past year. I dumped them out onto foundationless. They drew lots of incomplete comb but what they drew was pretty straight. They packed the brood nest with honey...
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    Re: Guineas in the bee yard

    Truer words have never been spoken. They are beautiful but my goodness......
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    Re: Dadant small cell foundation

    When I hear plastic, I say eewwwww, but I don't know why. I have no reason to feel that way! I'm just re-reading your book too. pf100's are another good option. What would you do with two Kirk...
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    Re: M Bush on Treatment-Free

    The funny and sad part of it was, Michael Bush was a speaker at the state meeting this year and a couple weeks prior had given a talk and open hive session just outside of Portland. He signed my...
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    Re: M Bush on Treatment-Free

    The closest thing to TF that is discussed at beginner classes in my neck of the woods is sugar dusting. They snicker when they mention that too. It's the local master keepers that are teaching the...
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    Re: Dadant small cell foundation

    I know that's the right answer. But I wish there was another!!! Thanks!! 4.9 it is.
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    Re: Dadant small cell foundation

    Thanks for posting d.frizzell. This is something I've been thinking about too. I currently have 1 hive. They are regressed bees on foundationless. I started them from a regressed package on comb...
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    Re: Different size bees in one hive?

    My field bees were much smaller (they were regressed and drawing only natural comb). The "new bees" were drawing natural comb but had not been regressed first so probably drawing bigger. Perhaps the...
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    Re: Different size bees in one hive?

    I added a couple frames of brood from a different hive to my colony of regressed bees. The new comb was natural but the bees had not been regressed. They were probably building smaller cells but not...
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    Re: Take a kid beekeeping

    Very cool. I had my 5 year old out there today. He put a zip lock of 3:1 on the inner cover and helped staple the mouse guard on. It's so much fun watching the little ones really get into it.
  19. Thread: Dwv?

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    Re: Dwv?

    Yes, the two new frames (foundationless) were wall to wall capped brood when they were installed. I combined the hives after they had hatched and new brood was present. They had a screen between them...
  20. Thread: Dwv?

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    Dwv?

    First year beek here. Weather here has been cold, rainy, and windy so I have not been inside the hive in nearly 3 weeks. Not to mention their attitude has been horrible. I've been avoiding them a...
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    Re: Which Jacket?

    Thanks. I got the brushy mountain jacket. The dome hood seems really big (I'm a little over 5 feet) and made me feel a little claustrophobic. I know, it's insane. It's just one of those things. The...
  22. Re: Coevolution of Honey Bees and Varroa Mites: A New Paper

    Andrew - Have you ever tried Kirk Webster's stock? I have two nucs on order for next year. He's not a small cell guy. His are on 5.2 and his bees coexist with mites. VT is pretty close in terms of...
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    Regressing new nucs

    I only have experience (very little at that!) with regressed bees. I put them straigt to foundationless frames this year with fine results. The brood combs were in decent shape. Honeycomb needed some...
  24. Re: Anyone ever have any luck re-queening after a shake out?

    So far so good on mine. It's an advanced move for me, so someone did it for me. Shook out my bottom brood box into a container about 40 feet away. He put a new queen, no cage, between two frames of...
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    Which Jacket?

    My hive was queenless and got a little pecky. I was stung a handful of times and harrassed a bit. I'm hopefully queenright and need to check them this weekend. I've lost my confidence. I think I'll...
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