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    Re: How to properly combine hives???

    Some of the foragers may go back to the old location, and, when there is nothing there, they'll find the other hive entrance. It wont be an issue for the younger bees that haven't been out and about...
  2. Thread: lbs

    by grozzie2
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    Re: lbs

    My numbers are for mediums.

    When we are done extracting, I tally up the honey and the number of frames extracted. We usually get 3.5 pounds of honey, per medium frame, mostly 10 frame supers, we...
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    Re: Double nuc, what am I missing?

    I saw that video, and lots of posts here, it got me thinking.


    I originally spent FAR to much time thinking, and pondering, and got totally lost in the minute details of trying to figure out how...
  4. Thread: Smoker

    by grozzie2
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    Re: Smoker

    At this time of year, I dont use any smoke. Most of the bees are on forest company land in the middle of a large patch of fireweed. Part of the terms of access to the location, open flame of any...
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    Re: over winter question about milar film

    I would expect your climate to be somewhat similar to ours, just on the wrong coast. If that is the case, cold is the absolute least of your wintering concerns for the bees. As long as the cluster...
  6. Re: Not Drawing on Plastic Foundation/Swithing to wax

    I'll add to that. You need a flow, or feed in it's place, and you also need a good crop of healthy young bees to build a significant amount of comb. If a young nuc is overfed, they will backfill...
  7. Thread: SBB

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    Re: SBB

    I use SBB and dont worry about it. My solid bottom boards (SBB) dont have slides to worry about.
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    Re: Two Marked Queens In A Hive

    Usurping swarm ?
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    Re: Removing bees from honey supers

    Point taken. Timing for us is driven by the moving schedule, so the goldenrod will still be flowing when the supers come off. We pull everything when the bees up in fireweed come home, that way we...
  10. Re: Resource for knowing nectar flows by region?

    Before we started with bees, my wife would get frustrated when talking about plants with me. I had two categories for them. Edible and 'waste of space'. Today, that's changed. I have records of...
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    Re: Removing bees from honey supers

    I posted on Saturday regarding my experience with escapes, I had never seen or used a blower. On Sunday I had the pleasure of heading out into the fireweed patch with an old-timer who has been...
  12. Re: Resource for knowing nectar flows by region?

    We have hives here at the house, and more in spots about 5 miles up the road from here. The flows are VERY different between here and there. Over the last month, the hives here at home have been...
  13. Thread: Queen marking

    by grozzie2
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    Re: Queen marking

    I use paint pens that I picked up at the auto parts store. I wasn't aware of the 'do a hundred drones' rule, so I just walked out and started marking queens in my row of nucs earlier this summer,...
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    Re: Drone Question

    For a first year package, started on foundation, in our part of the world that's a spectacular result. Our first year with bees, we started with NZ packages and had to feed them considerably in the...
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    Re: Capping Punch,

    I dont have photos handy, but I do have part numbers, you can look them up in the Mann Lake catalog.

    When we used the 2 frame extractor, we would set the HH-440 strainer set on top of the bucket...
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    Re: Capping Punch,

    I have used it. Doubt we will ever use anything else, unless we get big enough to justfiy some sort of mechanized uncapping system.

    We have two, and use them when extracting. 18 frame extractor,...
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    Re: Ideas for keeping cool in a full suit?

    Here is a full suit that is entirely bee proof, and will keep your temperature nicely controlled, even on that hot texas day. I think they make them just up the road from where you are:-
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    Re: Drone Question

    You are in Vancouver, climate is dramatically different than most folks posting here. Summer dearth is in full swing by now if you are away from the areas of manicured lawns with sprinklers. Some...
  19. Re: Should I try a fourth Week of New Brood for the Laying Worker Hive

    I think that's the biggest mistake a lot of beekeepers make, they put $0 value on their own time, and seem to place even less value on the bees time.

    Spending time salvaging the laying worker...
  20. Re: Should I try a fourth Week of New Brood for the Laying Worker Hive

    You did get a queen cell, but, you lost 3 weeks in the process. Had those frames gone into a 3 frame nuc then by today you would have a queen, instead of just a cell. That would give the bees 3...
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    Re: Removing bees from honey supers

    I tried two different methods for this spring extraction. For the hives here at the house, went out the day before and set things up with an empty super above the excluder, then the triangle escape...
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    Re: What constitutes a brood break?

    A brood break means they need a period of time when there is no brood in the hive. Some folks say it's a great way of slowing mite growth. Others (including myself) consider it a great way to set...
  23. Thread: Hive weight

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    Re: Hive weight

    Ive got one sitting on a scale. Earlier this year, 2 deeps and 2 mediums it topped out just under 190 before we took the honey off. We have others now parked in a fireweed patch, and I expect them...
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    Re: Pulled excluder

    If there is no comb on the frames, the bees have no reason to move up thru the excluder, and they wont.

    We use excluders on all the hives, except in one circumstance. If I'm out of drawn comb and...
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    Re: How many queen cells to add to a nuc?

    The bees will always build cups, that doesn't mean they intend to use them. A queen cup is not a queen cell, and it doesn't mean they will turn it into a cell anytime soon. I've got cups on most...
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