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    Re: Entrance reducer removal

    oh absolutely! But what has that to do with when to remove entrance reducers?

    Rusty
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    Re: Entrance reducer removal

    Logical for your location, but the OP is in Florida. I started the practice of never using reducers when I was in Florida and have pretty much continued it here in Alabama successfully.

    JMO
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  3. Re: First time beekeeper. I'm bringing home two Nuc's. What's the first step?

    You're right. That's what I get for relying on my memory (LOL I haven't got one anymore)!

    Here is the queen calendar I actually follow:

    Queen Rearing Calendar

    Day 1 – The egg is laid
    Day...
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    Re: I suck as a beekeeper

    I kept bees back in the days before we knew how to handle mites and saw thousands of hives die because they had no ability to fight back. So much for becoming "self-supporting". Treat for...
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    Re: Entrance reducer removal

    The only times I use entrance reducers is for specific problems--things like nucs who cannot defend themselves, hives that are being robbed, feeding one hive without feeding the rest--for specific...
  6. Re: First time beekeeper. I'm bringing home two Nuc's. What's the first step?

    Do I understand correctly that you will have 2 boxes, each with 5 drawn frames covered in bees and brood? With a queen or without?

    If I am picturing the correct scenario, my first step would be...
  7. Thread: Sugar

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    Re: Sugar

    White. Raw, organic, etc has that brownish color because it contains remnants of molasses, which the bees cannot process.

    HTH

    Rusty
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    Re: Definition of a nuc?

    double post
  9. Re: Screened or Solid Bottom - Langstroth

    In Michigan? I wouldn't think so either.

    JMO

    Rusty
  10. Poll: Re: If you could start again, what size would you standardise on?

    All deeps. They are the most versatile.

    Rusty
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    Re: Comb between frames

    Personally I would remove it so the frames will fit the way they are supposed to and they don't reuse it. Otherwise you keep having the same problem repeating or getting worse.

    HMO

    Rusty
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    Re: Comb between frames

    Nice explanation. All I would add is that the side bars on the frames are designed to rest against one another. In the broodnest if you have space between the side bar of one frame and the side bar...
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    Re: Screened inner covers/ robbing?

    I use screened inner covers on all my hives and, yes, they must be flush or--like any inner cover that is not flush--the bees can rob the hive. I would flip them over IF that does not mess up your...
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    Re: Fl box question... how many?

    When I lived in Sarasota, I used double deeps for brood, but that was mostly a personal preference. I kept Cordovans and they keep huge broodnests. I think I'd still do the same for Italians but...
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    Re: Installed package. Pain ensued! Help

    It's one thing to watch them on video and quite another to be surrounded by them...so many of them zipping around you, etc. It can be a bit intimidating the first few times you try to do anything. ...
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    Re: Absconding Packages?

    Case in point:

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?310059-New-Package-Absconded

    Rusty
  17. Re: when to close up new package install?

    Personally I just close it up. No need to give them the opportunity to move out before they're even in.

    JMO


    Rusty

    edited to add: I never assumed the OP meant close them up entirely. I...
  18. Re: First crop of queens are looking good. Earliest I've ever started

    Looking gorgeous as ever!

    :thumbsup:

    Rusty
  19. Re: Leaving my bees for 3-4 months....What precautions should I take?

    I left Sarasota in 2005. At that point I had tried a BUNCH of different things from EOs to commercial products and wasn't happy with any of them. Once I got here in Alabama I tried powdered sugar...
  20. Re: Leaving my bees for 3-4 months....What precautions should I take?

    I used to keep hives in Sarasota County and always had more problems with SHBs than mites. I'd suggest you add IPM bottom boards with oil trays. Then the bees will have a fighting chance at staying...
  21. Re: Question on installing foundation

    Yes and down. However, I don't bother removing them. I do, however, insert the Ritecell before adding the bottom bar. It's so much easier to do that way. I am also experimenting with Lauri's...
  22. Re: How to attract bees to water source

    Early last season I added ACV to the stock tank up by the barn with unhappy results. The bees loved it. I had to drain it and refill it with clean, plain water to lose the attention of the bees. ...
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    Re: Splittin' at the seams!

    Personally I dribble twice a year--March and November--and find no damage as a result. The damage worry is that the dribble is delivered in 1:1 syrup which the bees ingest. There is some concern...
  24. Re: Where to buy treatment free Queens in Texas or surrounding states

    How "surrounding"? Just off the top of my head, there's Johnny Thompson in Mississippi. He's Broke_T on here. There's Harbo Bee Company (harbobeeco.com) in Louisiana. And Ridge Top Apiaries in...
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    Re: Winter Losses or Success?

    Hope I don't jinx myself but .... For the 2nd year in a row everybody made it! I'm getting ready for my first splits, in fact. I tried Lauri's half frames in one hive about 2 weeks ago as an...
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