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    Re: Re-Queening Question

    Have you considered splitting the hive into nucs and over wintering them that way? Michael Palmer's Sustainable Apiary on youtube is helpful and that is what I am doing with my weak hive. i have...
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    Re: Honey Container Prices

    We'll, if the OP uses plastic bags he might accomplish that.
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    Re: Honey Container Prices

    Aren't we missing the point here. Maybe honey from China can come in a plastic bag but local honey in my market goes for $10 for a half pound and you can not expect to get that price if the bottle...
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    Re: New"bee" with questions

    Don't check her again until your bee math says it is past time to see eggs. Best not to disturb a virgin queen. You should have some options available for queens you can get in a reasonable time...
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    Re: New"bee" with questions

    That looks like a virgin queen to me. You need to do a little bee math....look at Micheael Bush's site and figure out when she should be mated by. it is a little less then a month from when you...
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    Re: Newbie Sanity Check

    Everything you said sounds text book except for this. Maybe it's personal preference but I would not use plastic for brood rearing. They may be more willing to draw out wax.
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    Re: New"bee" with questions

    To be honest I have only personally experienced your first scenario not your second. If I were experiencing your second scenario I think I would do a 50/50 split. I would not worry about where the...
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    Re: New"bee" with questions

    Ed's advice is correct. It's not a good idea to be hands off with a swarming hive this time of year. With after swarms you might not be left with much of a hive. Then you have all your eggs in one...
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    Re: Raising vs. Buying a queen?

    [QUOTE=bbrowncods;1106269]There are those in our bee club that teach buying a queen is better than having a hive raise one. The reasoning is that the success rate for a naturally raised queen making...
  10. Re: Problems keeping city bees...some thoughts from a *rural* (newbie) beek...

    The bees are against the edge do a community garden. I share this space with 20 other gardeners. Hive placement was based on the useable space in the garden and keeping the bees out of the way. ...
  11. Re: Problems keeping city bees...some thoughts from a *rural* (newbie) beek...

    http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w387/margot1d/IMG_6736.jpg

    You would think I have problems with neighbors looking at this picture, right? I have only been doing this for three years but so...
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    Re: Honey Container Prices

    Glass all they way. Honey is not soda or water. it's a product that has value and presentation is important.

    Why don't you raise your prices? I charge a lot for my honey and it still does not...
  13. Re: Mite counts, treatment thresholds - Central NY or similar climates

    I agree with funwithbees. This is from Randy Oliver, Scientific Beekeeping. I found reading his work helpful.

    “Unchecked, the mite population will double roughly every month during broodrearing....
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    Re: Replace the mother with the daughter?

    Clyderoad, You always have a practical solution. I needed to hear that about the mother. I know that she won't be good for next year and she has got to go, right? I am not sure about trying my...
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    Re: Replace the mother with the daughter?

    Not much. I have four medium nuc boxes that are in use. I was going to pull the top box off the nuc that should be mated nowish and put it on this daughter nuc. I am probably going to have to try...
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    Re: Replace the mother with the daughter?

    Maybe I should just hide another hive in the weeds. I am in a community garden in Brooklyn, I can expand, but not till next spring. Here is what I am dealing with.
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    Re: Replace the mother with the daughter?

    Yes I did think about selling it. I even posted it and them took it down. I'm already too attached.
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    Re: Replace the mother with the daughter?

    Those pics are both from the nuc, unfortunately I didn't take a pic of the mother's brood.
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    Replace the mother with the daughter?

    A month and one week ago I did a 3 way swarm split. I gave the mother a 10 frame medium and added boxes as they grew. Today I went in to evaluate. They are in 3 boxes. The top box is all nectar. ...
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    Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

    Here is another urban one for yea.
    http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w387/margot1d/IMG_6736.jpg
  21. Re: More Swarm/Supercedure cells? After a swarm?

    Agreed. I just did the same thing. I think it's the funnest part of beekeeping. When they start laying it's like Christmas morning. I have never heard of the first to emerge stinging through the...
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    Re: Peaceful Hive Settings

    What about the urban beeks? Your oasis is where you make it!;)

    http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/w387/margot1d/IMG_6736.jpg
  23. Re: Swarm Prevention/Queen Rearing Advise Needed

    I just wanted to update you all and especially thank Clyderoad for his advise. I did what he suggested and now I have the original hive with a mated queen and two supers of honey. I have the nuc...
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    Re: How to know if there's a flow?

    I never experienced this before. I pulled a frame of from a hive the other day and all the contents dumped on the ground, the nectar came out like water from a bucket. The best visual for me has...
  25. Re: More Swarm/Supercedure cells? After a swarm?

    Such nice queens cells! If you have a nuc you could put them in with a few more frames as a safety net if your queen does not mate.
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