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    Re: When is it too late?

    I got one 5 frame nuc last year July 5, in 5 weeks it had 14 frames of brood, and I split it into 3 hives (bought 2 queens). Even though I lost one queen before winter (late Aug), that third hive...
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    Re: What did I see?

    Maybe there was an intruder(s) in the hive (wasp/hornet)?
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    Re: Could you help a 2nd year beekeeper?

    An often suggested alternative is to let the mother hive raise the queen, having more resources to do so. And let the nuc have the original queen so it has no break in the brood cycle and will build...
  4. Thread: Nucs

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    Re: Nucs

    It's a smaller area for the bees to keep warm, hence smaller populations tend to do better starting in a nuc.
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    Re: Question about 4way pallets.

    Some type of single roof over all 4 would probably work good, if you can figure out something that still gives access. I'm using 36" pallets and stapling the (3ft wide) hardware cloth right on top. ...
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    Re: Observation hive/frame Questions

    Look up the Ulster OB hive, something like this that just clips onto a nuc would be perfect.
  7. Re: How long for a newly-emerged virgin queen to mate?

    Put in a frame with one side all stages of brood without killing the queen Jan 28, they didn't take the bait. I thought they might want to supercede the drone layer and wanted her to lay as many...
  8. Re: How long for a newly-emerged virgin queen to mate?

    I had a late Sept. re-queening in one hive, and didn't know if she mated or not til Jan, but I kept her going for a while to build up the drone population before trying to replace her, now it's...
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    Re: HELP! Do I have laying workers?

    fafrd, I think you missed my point.



    Brood comb in nature is not made of plastic and the bees can adjust the DEPTH of comb. Unless you have also trimmed the comb down, then you've reduced the...
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    Re: HELP! Do I have laying workers?

    I'm wondering what the consequences of shaving the frames down to 1 1/4" are? Was the HSC comb depth not designed with the 1 3/8" dimension in mind? Do you now not have a proper bee space between...
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    Re: HELP! Do I have laying workers?

    If you see eggs or larvae in a lousy pattern, you know you've got a problem. But sometimes the last of the emerging brood will leave a bad pattern. Maybe because of the way the queen lays in...
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    Re: Mason Bee Noob

    You do need to protect those cocoons, did they not come in a suitable package? Some houses come with "nurseries", anything with a hole you can fill with some paper should keep out most nasties, most...
  13. Thread: Queen Bee

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    Re: Queen Bee

    My bees were out flying yesterday, there was about a 3 inch round spot of capped brood and older larvae. Also way more honey left than I expected too.
  14. Thread: Mason Bees

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    Re: Mason Bees

    I think beemandan didn't mean to say 1/4 inch, that's a bit small by most all accounts. I started with the 2x lumber pieces, but they become overrun with the pollen mites in my area. Far better to...
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    Re: Super Configuration?!?

    Check out Walt Wright's thinking in POV (Evil of double deeps). I'm going to try 1 deep with 1 medium below (for pollen) as he suggests, since that seems to be what happens anyways. As well I...
  16. Thread: Mason Bees

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    Re: Mason Bees

    I have rolled my own tubes and taped them, just cut the tape to unroll. Works well but is a bit of work. You may even be able to slip a rolled up paper into a hole and just let it unwind. I use...
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    Re: Going prices on 1lb jars?

    My wife just bought a 1/2 gal jug (6lb) of US honey for 6.99$US. Think it was from a large retailer but labelled from a company in WA, but on the back it says: Product of USA & Canada.
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    Re: Ipm screened bottom board

    I also made my SBB's with 3/8 inch opening...just seemed right from my research. But someone recently posted here that they had no wintering mice trouble with a 3/8 inch opening.
  19. Thread: Propolis Tea

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    Re: Propolis Tea

    Just heard a second hand report of propolis/honey products being used for resistant infections that was presented at Apimondia 2009. Sounded promising and worth looking into further for dosage and...
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    Re: Training Flights Nov 1 Central NH

    My 2 queenright hives were busy all day bringing in pollen, and in the aft had orientation lesson. Far later than I expected. Still drones kickin around too.
  21. Thread: Top bar nucs

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    Re: Top bar nucs

    Can you somehow interleave the top bars into the mediums? The combs would be "forced" to draw straight, and removable later. I am going to make some TBH's this winter, and plan on using bars that...
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    Re: Powered powdered sugar blower

    Although I haven't used it on a hive yet, I shot PS through my cheap siphon feed sandblaster. It looks like it will work good, I'm just going to shoot it into the front entrance until it comes out...
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    Re: pole barn/ shop construction

    This is where I see the failure happening, wood moving like it does. Especially if it's an open sided pole barn, the lift forces would be staggering. 3 years ago while driving home, I watched the...
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    Re: pole barn/ shop construction

    I doubt epoxied rebar has any long term resistance to lift forces, which depending on how enclosed the building is, could be significant. Cast in place brackets with 2 bolts like the Simpson CB...
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    Re: pole barn/ shop construction

    Google "Simpson Post Bases" for what they offer, and go from there. They offer one model with a metal "plate" that raises the post off the concrete, use this type for untreated posts. I am just in...
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