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    Storing Empty Supers with Drawn Comb

    Hi all,
    Last year, I took the route of freezing (for 2 days) then stacking a total of 20 honey supers in my basement (sealed). This winter, I got rid of my spare fridge and my hives have...
  2. Re: Ensuring a Swarm Stays: Question on Techniques

    I do have other hives....and it always seems to be the one thing you dont do that people suggest ;)

    Thanks....would not have thought to do that....I guess the premise is that the bees will...
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    Re: Newb Question - Doomed Hive

    I installed 4 pacakges over 4 weeks ago. The first package took 2.75 weeks before I saw larvae (which means about 2.5 weeks for eggs by roughly reversing the math).

    The next 3 packages (installed...
  4. Ensuring a Swarm Stays: Question on Techniques

    All,
    I have been very succesfull in collecting 4 swarms over the last three weeks but 3 of them have left the hive I put them in wihtin 12 hours of being put there. The last one (this morning)...
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    Question on using a bottom feeder

    Hi all,
    Hives my first package of the 2013 year and based on wintertime research, I am converting my hive set-ups to bottom feeders (from Michael Bush's site) and top entrances.

    My question...
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    Re: Problem with Captured Swarm

    Thanks all. I kind of knew it....a mistake that if I took my time I could have avoided.

    chris
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    Problem with Captured Swarm

    Hi all,
    I am heartbroken. I went out for a swarm call today and all started well. It landed about 10 foot up and was a HUGE number of bees. After about 30 minutes, I collected about 3/4 of the...
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    Re: Narrow End Bar Question

    Has anyone left the top bars full width when using narrow end bars?

    C
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    Narrow End Bar Question

    Hi all,
    I am using the F style Medium frames from Kelley and I am replacing the end bars with their narrow bars. After building over 50 of them (and setting up my next new 4 hives), I am...
  10. Re: Slatted Rack and Top Entrance. Pros and Cons

    Michael,
    Thank you! The explanation helped me put a logical picture in my mind. I have 2.5" shims I used for ventilation over my inner covers that I will use to raise my garden tops up to allow...
  11. Re: Slatted Rack and Top Entrance. Pros and Cons

    How is tilting the inner cover by 3/8" different from routing a 3/8" gap in an inner cover? How would one allow bees to fly straight in and the other force them to land first? Not sure I understand...
  12. Re: Slatted Rack and Top Entrance. Pros and Cons

    A different top entrance question.

    I know many (including Michael Bush) use pieces of angled wood to raise the inner covers on one end to serve as the top entrance. My concern is I have copper...
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    Re: Ok, what got you into beekeeping?

    When I was a kid, I saw as episode of Mr Rogers that walked everyone through a medium scale extraction process from the hive throught the filling of the jars. Something there clicked but it has...
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    Re: How Much Gear Ready in Advance?

    Wow...I thought that I was prepared with enough equipment to complete the 4 hives that I have and no more. I never thought about having enough equine by for emergency Splits, swarms and raising...
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    Re: Ok... I need answers

    How close was the cluster To the honey? How tight was the cluster? Softball? Basketball? How cold has it been for the last few weeks?

    I am thinking the 300 bees sounds like a small cluster and...
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    Re: Dead Hives(2), is Honey safe?

    I personally would freeze the honey while I tried to ascertain the reason for the death. Once I knew, then I would/could allow myself to indulge if that is your wish. Without the reason, you dont...
  17. Re: Should new I automatically plan to requeen packages?

    Here are my key points:

    Any hive that has bees in it is a good hive of bees.
    Having two hives is better than one. Several reasons - Comparison, sharing resources, etc...
    Re-queening will not...
  18. Thread: dead bees

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    Re: dead bees

    Don't remember where I read this but someone in a different post a long while back mentioned that seeing the number of bees dead within the first 10 feet of a hive after a fresh snow in the winter...
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    Re: Pollen patty question

    Sorry, originally read it too quickly..

    I second ralittlefield.....also, pollen substitute is inferior to the real thing (in my understanding).

    Thanks
    Chris in NJ
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    Re: Pollen patty question

    Generally I only feed when needed....from my experience, in the winter I only put on a pollen patty when I thought they were out. As it was, they never touched it and wintered well.

    Short...
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    Re: Wedding Favors

    On Etsy there is a store that sell honey jar wedding favors. You may want to check them out for some ideas

    Chris in NJ
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    Re: How to Make Narrow Brood Frames?

    When narrowing the sides to 1 1/4, do I need to narrow the top bar as well? Or is the result still an acceptable bee space

    Chris in NJ
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    Re: How to Make Narrow Brood Frames?

    Quick question....from what I have read, you prefer interchangeability or better said, uniformity of equipment. When narrowing the brood frames, I assume you use the same narrow frames in the honey...
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    Re: How to Remove Bees Before Extracting?

    I have one but since I went with Top Entrances, this no longer works.....unless I temporarily move the entrance to between the supers and the brood...the I would be in business.

    Anyone out there...
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    Re: 3# Packages on Carniolan shipped??

    Most of my clubs packages are Italians/hybrids that are trucked out of ATL. I will be getting 2 packages from them as well but wanted to also try something different.

    There are very few bk in NJ...
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