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  1. Overwinter in a doublestack Nuc or 10 Frame deep?

    I made a split from my Carnie hive in mid-July and they seem to be doing great. Since we are nearly in September, I was wondering if I should move them into a 10 frame deep body or leave them as two...
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    Re: Robbing sucks....

    Here is what I made based on what I saw online.
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    Do I need to make some sort of entrance reducer on the top? or leave it wide open?

    -bk79
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    Re: hive bein robbed

    Make a robbing screen. I had the same thing happen to a new Nuc I made. I closed up the hive (even the small hole in inner cover) and reduced entrance to 1/2" or whatever the smallest size is. They...
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    Re: Robbing sucks....

    Should I put them on all of the hives? Or just the Nuc that is getting robbed.

    When you guys feed, do you put screens on all the hives?

    -bk79
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    HopGuard in GA

    Anyone know of a beekeeping place that sells HopGuard in or close to Atlanta GA? I'm heading down there this weekend and would like to buy some to bring home!!!


    -bk79
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    Robbing sucks....

    Made a new Nuc about 4 days ago and everything seemed fine.

    I noticed today that there was some fighting going on in front and that there were several bees hovering around the sides, top, and...
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    Re: Nuc made....now what?

    What is the best way to feed a nuc? Boardman? or inverted jar/chick waterer over frames with Nuc box around it?
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    Re: Nuc made....now what?

    They seem crowded...

    after opening it up this morning 20 or so bees flew out and all seemed fine. Now I have two basball size clusters at the entrance and the inner cover hole. I have an entrance...
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    Nuc made....now what?

    I decided to make a Nuc from my carniolan hive today (about 4:30pm) so they can raise a new queen and to break the mite cycle.

    I pulled 5 deep frames from the hive:
    1 - 80% capped honey
    3 - well...
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    Re: First Harvest.

    What do you use to uncap the frames?...just curious

    -bk79
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    Re: Honey % questions

    Based on the image I posted, what would you rate the % of the honey?
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    Re: Honey % questions

    The video I saw on youtube said I could! :rolleyes:
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    Re: Honey % questions

    I calibrated the refractometer with Extra Virgin Olive oil so it read 71.5 on the Brixx scale. Here is the view through the refractometer for the 18.3% honey....did I read it right?

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    Honey % questions

    I extracted honey from three different hives, below are some samples. I have two questions:

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    1. The water % for each jar (based on refractometer readings) left to right are 18.3%, 16% and...
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    Refractometer and Honey % Questions

    I extracted honey from three different hives, below are some samples. I have two questions:

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    1. The water % for each jar (based on refractometer readings) left to right are 18.3%, 16% and...
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    Re: Reverse Split Advice

    So unless nothing is blooming, don't feed? Will they be able to draw wax with so little coming in?
  17. Re: What do u do with your honey supers after you extract?

    Why spray for waxmoths? I thought they went for the pollen in the frames, not the wax itself...if they are cleaned thoroughly by the bees do you need to do anything except stack and store?
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    Re: Reverse Split Advice

    When I take the queen and 5 frames, I am planning on replacing them with foundationless frames (checkerboarded).

    Should I feed the hive while they are drawing on them? There is no flow right now...
  19. Re: What do u do with your honey supers after you extract?

    I had one hive last year that made it through the winter that was in a good position to make honey....added two more hives to the yard this year and will be getting them ready for winter.

    So yes,...
  20. Re: What do u do with your honey supers after you extract?

    I use an empty deep box and put it on top of the inner cover, then put the frames in that and cover it. Allows the hive I took the honey from to get a little back and store it and it makes the frames...
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    Reverse Split Advice

    I am planning on making a reverse split (taking the queen rather than leaving her) this week with my carniolan hive. They have been doing really well and I'm hoping to gain a new hive as well as...
  22. Re: SWARMING NOW! Guide Me THrough THis Please!

    From my experience catching swarms:

    1) If they are clustered, you can go ahead and get your sugar water spray bottle ready and put the box near the tree
    2) Spray them and knock them into the...
  23. Re: How do you get bees to finish capping honey?

    I extracted the honey and some was capped. It was very light in color compared to my friends honey and also a good bit thinner (I've heard that lighter honey can be thinner. I know without a...
  24. Re: How do you get bees to finish capping honey?

    repost by accident
  25. Re: How do you get bees to finish capping honey?

    So even with those sources, it's not a flow? There has to be some coming in...just not enough to add to stores?
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