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    Re: Best way to build up a lot of comb?

    You only want to insert empty frames between brood frames if the box is packed with bees, and not inserting too many at the same time. If there are enough bees to festoon on the empty frame and fill...
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    Re: Best way to build up a lot of comb?

    If you need 100 frames drawn out you may want to plan on using one of your overwintered hives and divide it up this spring into at least 3 nucs and manage them as Ray suggested. At the end of the...
  3. Re: Reversing brood boxes and adding honey supers at the same time?

    That's what I would do.

    If you alternate with undrawn or empty frames too soon they might extend the comb out on the drawn frames into the empty space next to them on the undrawn frames. Makes a...
  4. Re: Reversing brood boxes and adding honey supers at the same time?

    As long as you're not splitting brood when you reverse you should be good. Better for the bees to have extra room than not enough if your flow is coming up. You may want to put all of your "drawn"...
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    Re: Passing of Walter W. Wright

    My sincere condolences to family and friends.
    Walt, you will be truly missed. Thank you for all of your contributions to the beekeeping world. Your efforts have helped many of us fellow beekeepers...
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    Re: Making Extreme Spilts with 2 Frame Nucs

    You've had a lot of great replies in this thread.

    I keep getting drawn back to your opening statement. It would be helpful to know "why" you are unable to get past 20 hives. If there is some...
  7. Re: First Year Experience, Good & Bad. Lessons Learned and Words of Wisdon.

    Great suggestions.

    redsnow,
    Just jump in. Get a couple of packages or nucs this spring and set them up at your own site. If your local beekeepers are willing to let you shadow them and help out,...
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    Re: Making Extreme Spilts with 2 Frame Nucs

    If you have 5 double deep hives to make splits, that will give you 100 frames total. With a very robust population of bees in each hive, 2 frames per nuc, and purchasing "laying queens" for each nuc,...
  9. Re: Bees built comb from top deep into bottom deep

    When it warms up enough for inspections in early spring and there are plenty of bees in the hive I would first move the frame all the way to the outside of the box. After a few weeks it will probably...
  10. Re: Apps or Ideas for recording bloom cycles

    You got me. ;) Like I said, I don't spend a whole lot of time messing with it. Generalities are good enough for my planning purposes.

    Look at 2012. We had a very mild winter and you can see the...
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    Re: Mites finally got me

    Yep, and the bees all lived happily ever after. :D
  12. Re: Apps or Ideas for recording bloom cycles

    I've been working on tracking bloom dates on a simple excel spreadsheet since 2006. Blooms are down the side of the sheet in sequential order, and the years are in columns across the top. Takes no...
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    Re: Mites finally got me

    The other book on the shelf.

    I had bees. I treated for mites. They lived. I split, and got more.

    The end.

    ;)

    I know, I'm obnoxious. Couldn't resist.
  14. Re: time to checkerboard/open brood nest in southern Ohio?

    karenarnett,

    Waaaay too early to be opening the broodnest in Ohio. We have a lot of winter still left right around the corner. Leave them alone until you get at least into March.

    Next month if...
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    Re: Robbing musing

    I'm one of the wacky ones and over the past few years have transitioned to drilling 3/4" holes in all my boxes. No other entrances, top or bottom. When in a dearth or in the fall when Yellow Jackets...
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    Re: Feisty Bees in Medium Supers

    That's a long time to have a hive open for inspection. If you try that at the wrong time of year, such as during a dearth or in the fall, you're going to initiate a major robbing frenzy and have a...
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    Re: Mites finally got me

    rwurster,

    Sorry to hear about your losses. It can be heartbreaking, but sure sounds like you have the right attitude moving forward. Hope everything goes your way this year and you get your hive...
  18. Re: Checker Boarding and Adding new undrawn suppers

    Yes, Apple blossom is a very good benchmark in many areas for swarm season. However what is often overlooked is that swarms begin to "issue" during the Apple blossom season. That means swarm...
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    It depends on what you find when you inspect. If you had brood last year in all three boxes you may be able to do a reversal and move the deep up to the top if there is no brood in the deep and you...
  20. Re: Checker Boarding and Adding new undrawn suppers

    I think this is where some of the confusion comes into play when "checkerboarding" discussions come up. Yes, it is a honey supering technique, but it is also a "brood nest" technique designed to...
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    Re: Can a 1x10 board work for deeps?

    seawrath,
    That is really a huge price increase going from 10" to 12". Something doesn't seem quite right. I suggest that you keep looking around or wait for a sale on the 12" lumber. I think you...
  22. Re: Checker Boarding and Adding new undrawn suppers

    To correctly follow Walt's checkerboarding plan you will need plenty of "drawn" empty comb. Using empty undrawn frames between frames of honey is probably not going to work properly following Walt's...
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    Re: Addressing Varroa with the IoT

    That should be interesting. :rolleyes:

    Detection is the easy part.
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    Re: how cold is too cold to move bees

    When moving hives in 0 degree weather has anyone ever had a problem with the boxes being jarred, part of the cluster dropping to the bottom board, and the the cold paralyzing the bees away from the...
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    Re: Best Oxalic Acid Vaporizer

    There are a lot of vaporizers on the market today. I've used the Heilyser JB200 and the the Varrox Vaporizer, which I use currently. The manufacturers have been around a long time and the units both...
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