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    Nucs brooding too much ???

    I've been overwintering 5 frame nucs for a few years with great success. 5 frame nucs started Aug 1st seem to always get everything in order ie brood and stores. This year they seem to be more...
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    Re: Is comb building over?

    Try quart jars with only 3 holes in the lid, works great for me.
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    Re: Too much honey?

    You said honey, no sugar feeding, sounds perfect to me. I would put a frame of honey in middle of brood.
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    Re: Round 2 of my grafting attempt??

    Did you check each frame to make sure they didn't have a cell started when you removed the queen?
  5. Re: Brood, honey cells not attached to foundation

    How many frames do you have in the box
  6. Thread: In Kentucky

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    Re: In Kentucky

    Welcome, where you located ?
  7. Thread: Grouping nucs

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    Re: Grouping nucs

    If it's not broke don't try to fix it. Lol
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    Re: Pics from the yard

    Maple nectar is real, I had 2 supers full in most colonies by April 1st last year then 24 of them swarmed by April 20th. Paying closer attention this year. Here is a link, look at what is says...
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    Re: Pics from the yard

    Nice pics, did you feed in the fall? the open stores look very clear.
    They should convert honey to brood this time of year.
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    Re: Pollen information for your area

    I find it useful , been using it about 4 years. Mine shows the predominate pollen types they are counting, if it is bee friendly good, if not I disregard it,
  11. Re: What is the closest you have bees to your house?

    At the most 17 colonies 35 feet from back door. Also had a swarm land 10 feet from back door on a rose arbor.
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    Re: What did you learn this winter?

    Backfill brood nest, colonies that started winter in bottom box doing much better. Most colonies didn't even make it to the top honey.
    Sugar only for starvation !!! So far no sugar this season.
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    Re: where does this pollen come from??

    Probably maples or elm.
    Check this out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollen_source
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    Quick video of pollen , Feb, 22

    Maples blooming over the weekend.
    5 frame nuc gathering pollen.

    http://s1196.photobucket.com/user/drone11/media/2014-02-23044242_zps3b28e1ea.mp4.html
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    Re: Mid February hive check photos

    Thanks, I always take note when and how people in KY winter their bees.
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    Re: Mid February hive check photos

    Great photos!
    If you don't mind answering.
    1. How much stores in top deep starting winter? and how much now?
    2. Whats in bottom deep now?
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    Re: Bottom board a work in progress ????

    This is a prototype, I'm only hobby side liner -25 production hives
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    Bottom board a work in progress ????

    No landing board for snow or critters.
    Cafe tray for oil - debris, my hope is to catch more SHB entering the hive, and most all, if any larvae inside colony, trapped in the tray. Any suggestions...
  19. Re: Nuc size going into winter and after winter

    This is a 5 over 5 Jan. 11, 2014 at 55 degrees.

    http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa420/drone11/2014-01-11005201_zpsf3091a0b.jpg
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    My version - Screened bottom board

    14x18 cafe tray and almost no landing board.

    http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa420/drone11/2014-02-16222831_zpsb6b2fdef.jpg...
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    Is winter considered a brood break?

    As the title asks, do bees benefit during the winter broodless period in overcoming mite loads in a treatment free plan?
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    Re: Please tell me if i need to feed.

    See if they have back-filled brood frames for winter, if so you probably already have 60 lbs including the med on top. If not help them by feeding.
  23. Thread: asters??

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    Re: asters??

    Aster novae-angliae
    Aster vimineus
    http://www.kywildflowers.info/index.html
  24. Re: Will 5 frame nucs backfill all this capped brood on fall flow

    Thanks again
  25. Re: Will 5 frame nucs backfill all this capped brood on fall flow

    Thanks Mr. Palmer
    What could I have done differently?
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