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    weak over wintered hive

    I have a hive that came through the winter very week. Maybe a half a frame of brood and a queen. I have another hive of Italians that are doing great. Would you move a frame of brood and nurse bees...
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    queen bee mating

    How warm does it need to be for a queen bee to mate? Reason I am asking because I received a nuc with a queen cell in it and I am thinking the colony is superseding, but I don't know if it is warm...
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    Re: Dead out hive are being robbed.

    I ran out of freezer space what is the next alternative? If I seal up the hives I fear they will get moldy.
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    Dead out hive are being robbed.

    I had 6 new hives last spring. 4 are dead outs, 2 survived and are out foraging with 50-70 degree days lately so they are today and yesterday robbing the dead outs. Should I let it happen or pull the...
  5. Thread: Beemax Nucs

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    Re: Beemax Nucs

    JSL I don't understand what you mean by there isn't enough room for mice? Please explain. I had them chew through wooden bottom boards when they got a little punky from rot.
  6. Thread: Beemax Nucs

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    Re: Beemax Nucs

    I would think there might be problems with mice entrance?
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    Re: Aves "Fix-It" compound

    I have repaired many non structural wood items with a similar substance. That said, I found a cheaper solution. I buy fiberglass resin by the gallon (it takes a hardener also, usually comes with it)....
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    Re: honey tap

    “Mind Blowing...It's not very often something is so revolutionary as to blow my mind...Saving 20% of harvest labor is not trivial, 40% is amazing, 60% is revolutionary. But 95%, that’s Mind...
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    Re: Removing old brood frames.

    I think best option to not lose the brood is to use a queen excluder between boxes I have a second box on them. The frames I have in are wood with plastic foundation. Cell size I am not sure of.
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    Re: Removing old brood frames.

    The reasons I didn't expect any real good frames when I get a nuc is just as robb2k expressed. Regardless that's the way they were when I picked them up. I didn't really have much choice not many I...
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    Re: Removing old brood frames.

    You are correct obviously she like them. It was probably a bad idea there is another Queen Bee in my life that thinks she know all the right things too. LOL
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    Removing old brood frames.

    I bought a couple nucs this spring and the frames are pretty bad shape, as you would expect. I would like to remove and I have been moving them gradually to the out side of the brood box hoping they...
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    Re: swarm of new hive

    thank you. I thought that also but I only had available today the nuc boxes today. if they don't take off too soon I will get some more deeps out.
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    Re: swarm of new hive

    I do know a tree climer but he is 76 year old LOL. I spread three nuc boxes under tree with Honey Bee Healthy which has lemongrass in it. It is 7:30 now and they are still parked there. I sure wish I...
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    swarm of new hive

    I started a new hive this year from a nuc that I bought from a commercial keeper. I opened it a week ago and they had plenty of room it has two deep brood boxes and two suppers on it. It swarmed...
  16. Thread: rainy weather

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    Re: rainy weather

    plenty of white Dutch clover. Sweet clover blooming but not near me :-( . brood pattern looks good to me. About a deep box and a half I have two deeps on them and one super but they are putting very...
  17. Thread: rainy weather

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    rainy weather

    Does this wet spring affect nectar gathering? I started 6 hives from nucs this year and they have not stored much honey yet.
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    Re: feeding new hives?

    Will they build a bigger hive of just fill the drawn comb with syrup and get honey bound? I guess that would be (syrup bound). LOL
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    feeding new hives?

    I started some new hives from nucs and packages. I had some drawn comb for some and undrawn frames for others. I know I should feed the bees with undrawn frames but if I feed the hives with drawn...
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    Re: Multiple Queen Cells?

    I guess my fear is when the queen cells emerge as new queens the battle will ensue. Then I could end up without a mated queen in the hive because it is too cool for newly emerged queen to mate.
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    Re: Multiple Queen Cells?

    I have the same thing taking place with a new nuc I obtained. It had and has all stages of brood. A live queen and three queen cells after a week. It is too cool here for a new queen to mate so...
  22. Thread: Adding Supers

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    Adding Supers

    I opened and checked my hives yesterday all have brood started. When should I super the hives? I had one hive that had a super left on it for feed and the brood is being build in it, so I am thinking...
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    Help please! feeding bees sugar

    It was so dry here that the bees collected very little off the golden rod. I have been feeding them 2 to 1 sugar syrup but it is getting cold now and I'm wondering if I can put thick syrup in comb or...
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    Boosting floundering hive

    When installing frames of brood to help a hive that needs a boost should the nurse bees go with the frames of brood or will this cause conflict.
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    MichaelW Yes, Why did the Queen move to the top...

    MichaelW
    Yes, Why did the Queen move to the top box? Also why the stores of honey below the brood box and none or very little in the super?
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