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    Re: northen stock

    May not be the bee strain, but rather your mite load. Did you check and treat for mites in late summer?
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    Re: Yellow Jackets.........

    Best to just leave it alone. I had one close to the house and didn't even know it was there until the leaves dropped from the tree. If you are brave enough to remove it, remember that one hornet can...
  3. Re: Point of Nuc's and their various forms?

    Outstanding Michael!!!
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    I use double NUCs stacked to winter over my splits made in May and June. They do very well. They tend to explode in size quickly in the spring. I took off a super in June that had over wintered in a...
  5. Re: Yes you can buy a gallon bucket of Goldenrod at Home Depo, $5, get planting!

    I couldn't imagine paying for goldenrod in Indiana. It is very invasive here. I have 20 acres behind the hives in goldenrod. It and asters are our last nectar crop here. We depend on it to make up...
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    Re: Double nuc, what am I missing?

    I successfully overwintered double story Nucs last year. They came through the winter fine and exploded in growth this spring. All are in double deeps now ,and one has 2 full supers. I like it so...
  7. Re: Serviceberry as an early forage source?

    I have several, but I have never seen bees on them. I guess there is too much other plants with higher nectar for them.
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    Re: Saw my first swarm today

    I have had 2 swarms this week. One was a split I did 2 weeks ago. Can't figure that out. I inspected my hives today and 4 have queen cells. I will do some splits tomorrow, but they will swarm anyway....
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    Re: double nuc

    I did several double Nucs over the winter. They came out strong, and all are in double deeps right now. Some have supers on now. I will be be using the double Nuc system this fall to save space and...
  10. Re: How much honey is consumed over winter months? Not much

    I had a large hive with over 80lbs of honey. They consumed all of it and starved in February. Being so cold in February, I could not feed. If I had known they were so short on honey, I would have...
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    Re: ANGRY Bees

    A queenless hive can get very angry. Try and find her to make sure you have one. If you have a queen,she should be laying like crazy. I would requeen to get good traits.
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    Re: Moving a double NUC to a hive body

    Stuart..This looks exactly like mine. I was thinking the same thing. Gosh, two beekeepers with the same answer!! Were yours two story NUCs?
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    Re: Moving a double NUC to a hive body

    WBVC--Sounds good, but we don't have drones yet. We have capped brood but no hatches yet.
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    Moving a double NUC to a hive body

    I have a double NUC that I made from a split last June. It is really booming, even now in Indiana. I would like to move it to a Deep HB soon to slow down swarming tendencies. My question: Do I place...
  15. Re: What do you think happened to this hive?

    It is hard to tell from one frame, but the frame you pulled is empty, and the dead bee is buried head down. This is a common occurrence that we see in Indiana. It usually denotes starvation. I don't...
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    Re: Need some help with splitting

    Charlie,

    By the date I split this hive (30 May), it was a triple deep. I took 2 frames of brood, making sure there was at least one frame with fresh eggs that had been laid. With my eye sight not...
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    Re: Need some help with splitting

    My build-up was probably a month. I have never moved a queen. With all the activity in the spring I would lose count on my NUCs on which ones were new and which ones had an older queen. I made my...
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    Re: Need some help with splitting

    Here is a split I did last spring that worked exceptionally well. I read about it somewhere, but I can't take the credit. I had a strong hive that made it through last winter. I had a hunch that this...
  19. Re: What species did Apis Mellifera displace in North America?

    No food source
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    Re: Late October Swarm?

    WE call that bee suicide in Indiana when one swarms late.
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    Re: Yellow Jackets robbing hive how to stop

    I had the same problem. I put them in a double 5 frame NUC stacked on top of each other. This reduces the space,and allows them to protect the entrance. I then closed off the entrance to about 1...
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    Re: Checked hives - new question!

    Here up in central Indiana I had the same scenario as you. I had supers on with little honey build-up. Yesterday I pulled the supers off hives that had no honey. My thinking is that as winter comes,...
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    Re: New Nuc getting robbed and beat up

    I should have thought of that! I have been doing that with splits before. I made 3 splits from a great hive in early June, left them there and moved the parent hive up the hill. Those 3 Nucs filled...
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    Re: New Nuc getting robbed and beat up

    Thanks Peter. I have been feeding through the top. I will do as you suggest. I guess my sister who lives about 5 miles from here will babysit the bees for a while.

    Rick
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    New Nuc getting robbed and beat up

    I made a NUC from a good hive. All went well for a while. Now the Nuc next to it which is a month older is robbing the baby Nuc and treating it rather harsh. The new Nuc is making queen cells and is...
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