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  1. Re: Why do some apiaries run consistently small hives, while others run towers?

    And yet commercial beekeeps seem to run smallish hives, and they are in it for the honey. Hmm.

    I use all 10 frame mediums, and my hives right now are averaging about 5 mediums each, altho I am...
  2. Re: Why do some apiaries run consistently small hives, while others run towers?

    Interesting. Someone just advised me of this youtube, about the Rose Hive Method.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyZ-5AjXfHE

    Ireland. Get a load of that house roof!
  3. Re: Bee's congregating on landing board ... problem? Check Pictures

    I'm not near opening my entrances all the way here in NH yet. I believe it's about July 1st, if at all. I don't want critters getting in there. We're still going to have nights in the low 40s.
  4. Why do some apiaries run consistently small hives, while others run towers?

    Photos I've seen of some apiaries show maybe 2 deeps per hive, and that's it. Then you get photos of backyard apiaries with so many boxes it takes a ladder to get to the top....

    Is there any...
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    Re: New Hive Scale Record Gain in One Day!

    Forget pinterest. This could be the new addiction.
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    Re: New Hive Scale Record Gain in One Day!

    That is REALLY interesting. Climate change (or whatever one wants to call it) has the impact to affect nectar flow. We're in a period of drought in the northeast (didn't think it would happen here),...
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    Re: New Hive Scale Record Gain in One Day!

    Anyone have a brand of scale they particularly like? If you're going to invest in moving your entire hive on top of it, you want something reliable...
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    Re: New Hive Scale Record Gain in One Day!

    StoneLion, that sounds great! What I would really be interested in is hive weight, temp and moisture recordings, and if I could monitor them from indoors, that would be absolutely helpful, for summer...
  9. Re: Tips for managing foundationless frames

    And the hotter the weather, the softer the wax and the more susceptible to comb breaking. (Which happened to me a few days ago in the heat! Full of syrup from last fall. Messy.)
  10. Re: Is a simulated swarm just a pre-swarm split?

    I think so, as far as the two hives that are now queenless, they aren't going anywhere. And the two queened hives, they are both in new locations, so that drift took a lot of their bees away, I doubt...
  11. Re: Is a simulated swarm just a pre-swarm split?

    Aha. That's what I was wondering.
  12. I'm probably fiddling with my new splits to death

    Ever feel like you're the biggest predator in your hive?

    Last week I split my 2 biggest hives because I am so determined to keep them from swarming this year. I took the brood box with the queen...
  13. Re: Is a simulated swarm just a pre-swarm split?

    Great info enj, thank you! I didn't realize the snelgrove boards were primarily designed for swarm prevention. I have 2 of those and doubt I'll ever use them for overwintering again, so swarm...
  14. Is a simulated swarm just a pre-swarm split?

    I did a couple a few days ago and wonder if it's the same thing. I took the brood box that contained the queen and stuck that box on a new hive stand, made sure there were plenty of honey frames and...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    M. Beeman, unless you know the future, I think you mean May, not June. ;) Just want to clarify for posterity.
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    Re: Clarification on splits

    Okay, so why do we want to reduce all hives to nucs for overwintering? I'm not sure I get that. Unless it's to save resources, such as honey stores. But seems like a bigger hive would have a bigger...
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    Re: Clarification on splits

    I think you're right Frgrasso - nucs made up now would hopefully expand into full hives by fall. But I THINK, and I could be wrong, that the focus is nucs that are made up in August-ish. If you do...
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    Re: Clarification on splits

    WRLCPA --

    Here's the beesource link where Mike Palmer tells the HOWs of overwintering nucs: http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?189642-Wintering-Nucs

    But you also want to know the...
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    Re: Clarification on splits

    I will make a stab at that, and let others with more experience follow up.

    I say this because I made 2 splits today, on 2 very nice hives, that I am worried will swarm. I figured I just kind of...
  20. Re: Spinoff of # hives. How many hives to be totally self sufficient?

    42. LOL.
  21. Re: Spinoff of # hives. How many hives to be totally self sufficient?

    The concept of "production hives" is new to me - I've never heard this before. It makes total sense of course. I had started thinking this year about keeping one hive as a source hive for splits,...
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    Re: Easy swarm detecting techniques

    Well, what ARE swarm detection techniques then?

    I'm checking mine every week. I have 2 bonanza hives, and one of them has about 5 EMPTY queen cells, nothing in there - yet. When (and if) I eyeball...
  23. Re: Hanging on the porch; do they look like they're up to no good?

    Congrats Laurab!

    Aha. Ventilation might be the clue. They have a bottom entrance, and the inner cover has 2 holes for them, but probably more is better.

    I'm not really sure how the quilt box...
  24. Hanging on the porch; do they look like they're up to no good?

    Just want to be sure these aren't delinquent bees thinking of swarming. But it's 87F today, first time that hot, so I think they're just taking a breather. (I'm in the northeast)

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  25. Re: Sacrifice one hive to make a few splits this season?

    I've heard of that. Doesn't that also interrupt the brood cycle for mite control? I think there was a workshop on that in Maine last year sometime.
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