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    Queen excluder sizing

    1. Can drones pass thru a queen excluder ?

    2. Is the a mesh size that will work as an excluder ?

    I am sure these are really newbee questions, but I have looked around and can't find any...
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    Re: Nuc to TBH - Is there an easier way?

    I suppose it would work for a while...as I hear it... the reason for the sloping sides is to discourage attaching to the walls...bees will attach to the sides, but not so much the bottom...by angling...
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    Re: Nuc to TBH - Is there an easier way?

    Let me preface my comment with the fact that I am a newbee also:

    My method is to build a TBH that is the width on a standard hive, and use topbars in a standard hive, beside the nuk frames, to get...
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    Re: New question / Old problem

    Not saying I had a lot of fire ants, but you had to wear gloves to work the bees and bee stings wasn't the reason. Them buggers would eat you up while you were looking for the queen. I kept asking...
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    Re: Nuc usage

    Actually I have been considering both above options.

    The TBH looks really interesting. I will be getting new bees (total loss last year) on deep frames (nuk) in the spring so I have time to...
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    Re: New question / Old problem

    Trying to remember the questions, I'll try to answer.

    Also it should be mentioned that this was 2 locations seperated by 50+ miles. 2 hive at the house 3 on a farm.

    As to Fire Ants ... YES ...
  7. Thread: Nuc usage

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    Re: Nuc usage

    My thought include these items:

    Weight control ... due to leg / heart / hip problems, I mostly work from a chair.

    Bees seem to build upward whenever they can.

    What about using 8 frame...
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    Nuc usage

    Has anyone used nuks as a basis for a colony. I am considering a setup using all 5 frame nuks.
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    Re: New question / Old problem

    Actually, Yes, I did check for brood and finding that didn't bother to look for a queen. All hives (except the one weak one) had stores in the brood area as well as at least half a super.
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    New question / Old problem

    I had a problem with my hives this past year, that completely baffles me. Here are some findings for your evaluation.

    Mid-season inspection was done the 2nd weekend in June, at that time I...
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