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    Re: what would you do?

    You can sell both until your three deeps are gone. Then you can sell medium nucs and make an exchange wtih deep frames when the medium frames are empty if the customer does not what mediums frames...
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    Re: Need some help with splitting

    Are you telling me that the foragers will not sniff out their queen and eventually re unite? It sure would be nice to try this but I would have to put several frames of open brood to increase the...
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    Re: swarm control methods

    Isn't that like saying you don't have any African genetics in your family because your skin is white?
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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

    I didn't say not to use them only that they are far from rust proof. They are not good in shear because they are brittle. For a box joint it is not a problem but a butt joint could be a problem if...
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    Re: Need some help with splitting

    I typically put a full box of drawn comb on top of my splits. These are harvested honey frames that need repairing because the comb is too short. They are also wet so they go right to them and get...
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    Re: swarm control methods

    Could he possibly have an africanized gene for swarming but not for aggressiveness?
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    Re: Spring is here !

    You can make it happen in spring.
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    There is a whole lot of ways you can do it. How much work do you want to do? Probably the least amount of work would be to checkerboard but there is a risk that they draw out the drawn frames...
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    Re: swarm control methods

    I don't follow. Are you saying the manipulations to prevent swarming are causing the bees to supercede their queen? Then how would you ever get a second or third year queen?
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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

    Drywall screws? They are already rusted (black anodized). Put them in water and they will rust like crazy.
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    Re: swarm control methods

    Myth or not I have witnessed the increased production of a second year queen. If the bees are replacing their queen every year I am wondering if there is something that you are doing to cause this. ...
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    Re: swarm control methods

    I wouldn't consider this a good thing.
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    Re: First time making a split

    But Mike that is not what I am saying. Most people will do splits prior to swarm prep. So the queen cells are going to come after you do the split.
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    Re: used frames question from CL find

    Does it get below 0 in Indiana? I would say 4 hours. Check for AFB.
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    Re: First time making a split

    "Greatly" I don't think so. The success rate is around 75% if everything is done right and it is probably 74% if it was done as prescribed. It is way easier to confirm that there are queen cells...
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    Re: used frames question from CL find

    Pick out the clean frames and put them aside. Look for AFB and don't worry about anything else once they have gone through the freeze. Scrap off the comb on the bad frames, melt the wax if there is...
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    Re: swarm control methods

    Theories are always based on assumptions. Depending on your flows you may never see a benefit to honey yields. Weather has to cooperate also.
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    Re: swarm control methods

    And you could sell those colonies at 1000 bucks a pop. How many of those have you come across?
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    Re: First time making a split

    Rader
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    Re: First time making a split

    Ah hmm. And I thought I was the only crazy one.
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    Re: Viability of swarms?

    No way, that is what every beekeeper needs.
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    Re: Accidental Beehive

    If they are healthy I wouldn't be underestimating their determination to live.
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    Re: First time making a split

    How does a queen keep laying viable eggs 3 to 5 years after her maiden flight if sperm degrades in 20 days? Can't be degrading much.
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    Re: First time making a split

    I don't know. The sperm of every other animal is still viable. Why wouldn't the drones still go to the DCA area in early spring. They certainly can fly and there is less competition. I would...
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    Re: First time making a split

    See, there you go. Probability ... Now if you use all mediums and the hive is strong and expanding in the spring you will probably have those same eggs in both halves by just dealing the deck and...
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