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    Re: Connecticut Carniolans

    If you're talking about Full Bloom Apiaries, I second your thumbs up. Got some queens from him this year and they're laying machines.
  2. Re: What is yalls best solution for feeding NUCS?

    I use a design I found on Randy Oliver's web site (see:

    http://scientificbeekeeping.com/fat-bees—part-3/

    (scroll down near the bottom of the page for description and pics)

    It's an...
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    Re: Confining bees in a new nuc??

    Judy,

    You just got me thinking I may have misspoke. Went out to the shop to take another look at the materials I use and the r-value is 5.5 rather than 7 (still a big step up from .75). I make...
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    Re: Confining bees in a new nuc??

    Mark,

    Well, first of all I have screened bottom boards and a robber screen on the front (close the escape hole -- extra ventilation). Second of all I've been following Michael Palmer's ideas of...
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    Confining bees in a new nuc??

    I am making up several nucs and have only one yard. When I did this last year all the flying bees returned to the original hive location as I knew they would. I have heard that if you close up the...
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    Re: Not Touching Pollen Sub - normal?

    I've been open feeding dry pollen supplement on warm days for the last couple of weeks and the bees are all over it.
  7. Re: no foundation on brood chamber-good idea or not

    Joseph,
    How did you place (insert) the ripe queen cell with all new plastic frames?
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    Re: Dismembered Bees

    OK, thanks. I have slatted racks on the hives with 3/8" spacing between slats. Can a shrew get through that?
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    Dismembered Bees

    I have three hives and three nucs coming through the winter. On the last warms days there was a lot of activity on all of them. Today (sunny in the high 30's) I took a look at them. No flying, but...
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    Re: Raising Queen Cells Without Grafting

    I goy it from Draper Bee Supply.
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    Re: Raising Queen Cells Without Grafting

    Varroa management? You've got my attention. What's your thought there -- causing a break in brood?
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    Re: Raising Queen Cells Without Grafting

    No, I'm just a retired hobbyist. By the way, it occurs to me that being able to sequester the queen temporarily in this way would come in handy with grafting too. No need to go hunting around for...
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    Re: Raising Queen Cells Without Grafting

    Oldtimer,

    Had some time in the shop this afternoon and decided to make a drop-in cage to isolate the queen as you show in the first photo of your post. I made it to take three frames but it could...
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    Re: Raising Queen Cells Without Grafting

    This has been a great read, oldtimer. One question: Is the three-frame section in the breeder hive where the foundation is introduced a permanent part of the hive box or is it a "drop-in"...
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    Re: Deep Hive Body vs Medium

    I started three nucs to overwinter in mediums and used dummy frames on the outside to make a 4-over-4 configuration to start. Started in July they expanded to 6-over-6 going into this winter. With...
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    Re: Can you tell me what this is?

    Yup, that's it.
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    Re: Can you tell me what this is?

    No, this was on the back of the bees just behind the head.
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    Can you tell me what this is?

    I went out to take a look at my hives this afternoon. I have 6 langs (3 are nucs) and one KTB hive. There was normal traffic, but at the top bar hive I notices a large number of bees with what...
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    Wintering in 8-frame Mediums

    For those using 8-frame mediums, how many do you winter in? I'm in northern Connecticut and am thinking I will need four (my boxes are insulated).

    Thanks,
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    Re: medium brood boxes?

    Wondering what the consensus is on the number of mediums needed for overwintering in Connecticut.
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    Re: Package Installation Question

    Well, I ended up releasing all 4 queens after leaving the cage in the hive for 48 hours and then left for France hoping for the best. They were well fed in my absense. Returned home after 11 days...
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    Re: Package Installation Question

    I'll find out tomorow how long they've been together.
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    Re: Package Installation Question

    OK, got some good information. I have a last question:

    I will be installing the packages tomorrow(Tuesday) and leaving for 10 days on Thursday. That gives me a little over a day. The question is...
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    Re: Using Frames in a Topbar Hive

    Quite so, Michael, a topbar hive with frames is no longer a topbar hive. My purpose is not to replace topbars, but to use frames for remedial purposes such as tying up fallen comb or cut-out comb. ...
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    Using Frames in a Topbar Hive

    I'll be starting my first topbar hive this year. I was considering making some frames for it as they can serve several useful purposes, such as introducing cut-out comb, repairing fallen comb or...
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