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    Re: Feral bee's

    As Mark said, there are a lot of unknowns. I would not be too concerned about adding it to your yard. Time will tell what you have. Could be a run of the mill strain, or tough mite resistant stock.
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    Re: Feral bee's

    Can you elaborate more on the local feral colony. Are you talking about a swarm from a "feral" hive, or an established untreated colony with "feral" history?
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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

    AL, in your case you are probably better off purchasing ready to assemble boxes and spending more time pursuing carpentry projects to pay a little extra for the pre-cut boxes.

    If I had to guess I...
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    Re: what would you do?

    I guess if there was a clear cut obvious answer, the OP would never have started the thread. He has a lot to think about. There are advantages and disadvantages either way you go. It all comes down...
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    Re: what would you do?

    Yes, all mediums. I would keep it simple for your own peace of mind.

    It sounds like you are starting with just a few hives and I'm assuming you are not planning on selling hundreds of nucs, just...
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    I have a Massillon address, but my kids attend Jackson High School. They're Polar Bears. I graduated from Mayfield High School (Wildcats) on the east side of Cleveland.

    You must be from the...
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    Re: Need some help with splitting

    I've never had too much luck replacing the frames I pull for a split with empty frames or foundation early in the season. Drawn comb seems to work the best in early spring prior to swarm prep. The...
  8. Re: Best way to mix drawn and un-drawn foundation in honey supers?

    B52EW,
    Do you use queen excluders?
    Do you use deeps and mediums, or all one size in your set ups?
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    Re: First time making a split

    OK. Do your blind splits ... and I wish you the best.

    I'm getting dizzy, going round and round.
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    Re: First time making a split

    Now that is a great point and a good recommendation for someone with poor eyesight who cannot see eggs. If the colony is to the point that capped swarm cells are visible, then making sure that a...
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    Re: First time making a split

    Where did you locate these percentages? If I only had a 75% success rate with my splits I would hang my head in shame. I take my time and do the splits correctly, and have very few failures.

    If...
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    Re: How many hive bodies to buy

    For all of the reasons already mentioned, this is what I would recommend as well. Purchase as many "extra" set ups as you can afford.

    There is nothing worse than being in a great nectar flow, or...
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    Re: First time making a split

    The next paragraph ....
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    Re: to split or not to split

    Jerry,

    You will get the maximum amount of honey if you are able to keep an overwintered colony intact through spring without swarming. One large colony will produce more honey than the combined...
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    Re: First time making a split

    Ace,

    If I am doing my split just before the main nectar flow at the end of April the bee population will be at peak levels ... that's when a colony will typically swarm, when the hive is busting...
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    Re: First time making a split

    Now I am really baffled. My queenright hive can put up 50-80 lbs of honey easily during a nectar flow in the spring... and then still be around to live another day. What 6-8 week period are you...
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    Re: First time making a split

    I'm trying real hard to understand your logic. If the split was "queenright" you would not only have all that honey they packed in, but also a viable living hive. To my way of thinking dumping out...
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    Re: First time making a split

    The "easiest way" may not always be the "best way". If you are going to go through the effort of doing an even split at least take a couple of minutes to make sure you have eggs in both halves. You...
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    Re: Cold Weather Inspections

    What did you find at your last inspection? .. and what is the purpose of your inspection now?
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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

    I build all of my boxes now. Using rabbet joints you can build a medium with a 6' length of 1 X 8 with very little waste if you are careful with your cuts.

    I kept an eye out at the lumber stores...
  21. Re: Brood nest on the edges of the hive not in the middle? Should I do anything?

    What about your entrance? Do you have it reduced to one side? I've noticed that on most of my hives the bees seem to concentrate their brood and cluster closest to the entrance they use the most,...
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    Re: First time making a split

    From Michael Bush's website on splits. Great information on different types of splits.

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beessplits.htm
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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    That would be great for quart jars. I use 1 gallon Chick or Quail Waterers, fewer refills. Got mine at Tractor Supply too.
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    Re: Foundationless Question

    The best way to get around the fat comb problem is to insert an empty frame between 2 "capped" frames of honey. If they are not capped the bees will continue to drawn out the comb they are already...
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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    Here's what I use for warm or cool weather feeding. If the weather is cold the feeder is placed directly on the top bars above the cluster and they will continue to take the syrup. In warmer weather...
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