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    Re: Too late for split July 16th?

    I say go for it. Mated queens would hedge your bet, as would pulled comb. Now if you choose to actually let them raise their own, I would let my best raise the queen cells and use them in the...
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    Re: Making my first Nuc....

    Is there a queen or cell involved? Are you wanting to boost the friends hive with a queen present? Are you trying to let the nuc make one?
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    Re: Banner spring for nectar

    Same here in East Ky, 24 of 27 rainy days. Got one more shot at Lin and sourwood. Bees have emptied supers and I fear queens have been slacking off with nothing coming in. Same song last summer,...
  4. Re: Booming hive - do I split or keep adding boxes?

    BeeBelle, I have learned not to fall in love with a queen(heck of a thing to say on Mother's Day). She has an definite life span, depending on the mating. Also I have found that the boomers I have...
  5. Re: Creative uses for bee package cages, what's yours?

    Board over half the hole to keep the wife's dog out of the rat poison inside.
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    Re: Walk away Splits

    Looking for pickled eggs?:) I have a hard time through certain veils. A magnifying glass helps me. Tried the reading glasses, they helped seeing the eggs. The rest of the time I felt like I had...
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    Re: Apivar's response to my email...

    Same here with the Phil Craft reply. One of the most knowledgeable people I have met in the bee biz.
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    Re: 1st Grafts of the Year

    Nice burns. I've been itching to start at this end of the state. I broke down and pulled a queen from a booming hive to at least get some queen cells to relieve some swarming pressure in the...
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    Re: I've made a decision and need some input.

    I'm very sorry to hear this. I'd probably do craigslist and local shopper them. I'm not sure of how to price them in your area. Price them for what you have in them and accept a less percentage...
  10. Re: Monday 3" snow and Friday swarm cell? what should I do now?

    Next opportunity to get in there, look for the queen. If you find her, pull her and and a few frames of brood and make a nuc.
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    Re: Question on nuc creation

    Yes to everything you said.
  12. Thread: Hive losses

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    Re: Hive losses

    I'm sorry for you loss. I lost a third of my hives a few years ago. Nothing you could have done so don't feel bad. Just be thankful.
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    Re: Keep the smoker burning

    Yep, what they said. Get the fire started in the bottom. Once the bottom is lit and a build up is there, add what ever.
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    Re: 3 Hives STOLEN - Greenville, SC - REWARD

    I was unlucky enough to have three stolen a few years ago. I was lucky in that they were recovered by someone else that also had theirs stolen. Nothing was ever done about it, during an election...
  15. Thread: A nuc question.

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    Re: A nuc question.

    I didn't mean to be so blunt, but that is the possible outcome along with having to give advice and help, them not following it and still getting the blame.

    Now to the good part, extra cash for...
  16. Thread: A nuc question.

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    Re: A nuc question.

    Are you adding a mated bought queen or the queen from the mother hive? If a brought on queen I would wait until I could check her laying pattern. If the original queen, how ever strong you want to...
  17. Thread: A nuc question.

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    Re: A nuc question.

    You can sell them immediately, how soon to hive will depend on how strong you make it. I hate selling to no-beekeeping friends. Let him know what to expect and what he is in for.
  18. Thread: 8 or 10 frame

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    Re: 8 or 10 frame

    If I was starting over I would do 8 frame and possibly all deeps. I think the bees may use the space more efficiently. The reason for medium supers maybe because of the short fast flows in my area,...
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    Re: sugar board question

    Not sure about syurp but when I have added honey to sugar it didn't want to harden up. Just kind of doughy. Depends on what your going after.
  20. Thread: Mountain Camp

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    Re: Mountain Camp

    Better lay in the hp-38 while still available, they are going to stop production if not already.
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    Re: Nucs, just not gaining fast enough

    Rookie, I did the same with a couple of nucs here last weekend after checking the others to make sure I had queens. Hate to pinch queens, especially young ones if it not there fault if I can use...
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    Re: Fall flow is on in KY

    Yep. Same in the east, bad year for the bees and keepers.
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    Re: Molasses-like honey from what?

    Poplar honey can range from dark red to almost black. I have some this year I would swear it looks like burnt molasses. It's my personal favorite.
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    Re: Neighbors destroying colonies

    Your an awesome guy. I would have ripped that one board off and videoed that dude. Have they not even mentioned the bees to you?

    Nah, that is a staged video, no one is that calm.
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    Re: What to so with wrong size frames?

    winner:banana:
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