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    3 frame Nucs

    How does making 3 frame Nucs with just queen cells sound to you? The bees would be near Sacramento, CA. Lots of stuff blooming here but also lots of bees nearby. It would be 3 frames of brood and I...
  2. Re: Sprinkling/spraying syrup on bees

    Yes I noticed it does calm them down a lot but I've had lots of ants afterwards come visit the hives.
  3. Sprinkling/spraying syrup on bees

    How effective (if it is at all effective) is this:

    Whenever I feed my bees syrup I usually sprinkle some of it onto them on top of the frames. Most of the time I get lots of bees soaked with...
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    Re: reusing frames vs trashing them

    Ben that's a very good way of renewing the wax in your hives.
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    Alcohol wash vs. Sugar shake

    Which do you prefer for sampling? I would prefer the sugar shake method as it doesn't kill the bees but I wonder if the alcohol wash is more accurate?

    Sugar shake:...
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    Re: Can splits control mites?

    Brood breaks naturally occur when bees swarm, if they develop (naturally) mite control techniques including brood breaks, that's fine, but if you do it for them (for mite control) that isn't...
  7. Re: How can one tell the difference between sugar syrup "honey" and real honey?

    I can't tell when it's in the comb, but once I extract some I can tell because it is very, very clear compared to real honey. I would recommend to stop feeding syrup a little before you put your...
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    Re: Can splits control mites?

    I've been making aggressive splits for years and have had some incredibly strong hives. Two years later I have a dead-out/wax moth nest, etc.

    Building resistance is hard. Treating is the only...
  9. Re: What is your go to pollen substitute?

    I buy bulk soft patties from Mann Lake. 1 box alone would probably be too much for a couple packages unless you keep feeding them year round (it's 45 lb. of pollen substitute).
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    Re: Split Question

    In April, I do my 3-4 frame splits directly on 10 frame equipment. With a good laying queen, some brood, syrup and pollen substitute they do just fine and are strong enough to be split again late...
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    Re: Can splits control mites?

    Makes sense.
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    Re: Mean bees

    To me it seems that when they are loaded with honey especially (maybe brood too) they are particularly defensive. Also in the winter time, I would think they'd be huddling not wanting to waste...
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    Re: Record keeping?

    Bernhard, that's an interesting method. Thanks for sharing.
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    Re: Record keeping?

    At the moment I use my memory, but I plan on integrating HiveTracks (www.hivetracks.com) to my operation this spring.
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    Re: Bee-Pro® Pollen Substitute

    I bought about 500 lbs. of this last year, and am looking to do the same this year. The bees seem to love it. When placed between the brood chambers they devour it. Since it goes by rather quickly...
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    Re: Superboost from Mann Lake

    Please do.
  17. Re: Essential oil treatments, are they bogus?

    Same with me.
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    Re: Does anyone that treats have success

    Michael, how was your experience with FGMO (I assume you fogged)? How about with Oxalic Acid?
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    Re: Can splits control mites?

    Mike, I see what you mean and I agree. If they did it naturally that's out of their own adaptation to mites, but doing it for them isn't.
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    Re: Can splits control mites?

    Yes I see that now. Maybe a brood break would help somewhat but I won't be giving them brood breaks.



    Yes that's what I plan on doing. I also plan on setting up a mating yard with several hives...
  21. Re: Nicot system for larger scale production

    For yourself? To sell?

    You could just do a walk-away split and save yourself the troubles of grafting, nicot system, dates, mating, etc. Not sure if they'd be able to build up quickly for a honey...
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    Re: Can splits control mites?

    I'm in the same situation. I've actually managed to overwinter about twice more than what I did last year but what I see happening is if they don't die the first winter they surely die the second one...
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    Re: Can splits control mites?

    Okay. I ask because last year my hives were doing excellent and I split them (2 new colonies per hive I had) and even those new colonies grew and I had enough to split all of them in the same manner....
  24. Re: Nicot system for larger scale production

    My reasoning for the use of a mating nuc was to make sure my splits won't have any delays in growth (and sometimes queens are lost on their mating flights so that would be more of a delay to my...
  25. Re: Nicot system for larger scale production

    I guess because I don't have enough bees at the moment to make 100 regular nucs just for mating. The splits I'm going to make are practically Nucs (5-framers) but I wouldn't like them to have to wait...
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