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    Nuc Supercedure

    A nuc started in Mid-June with a bought queen is looking to supercede - at least I think so. In a ten frame box. Drawn comb for five and PF-100 on the other. They have drawn only 1/2 of one PF-100....
  2. Re: Can I feed surplus honey from one hive to other hives in my apiary?

    I do that every fall. I take honey from stronger hives and balance things out. It has helped me keep more hives through winter and have them come out strong the next spring. I have never had any...
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    Nuc 5 to 10

    My five frame nuc that I started in late May in finally busting at the seams (I had to steal a frame of brood at one point for a queenless hive). Given their current state, something had to be done,...
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    Re: Nuc Box Question

    Thanks for the replies. I went ahead and just made strong splits and pulled five frames and put five blanks in a ten frame box. I hope it works. As for bulding my own, yes that is probably a good...
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    Nuc Box Question

    I had two nuc boxes in my Mann Lake order that did not arrive due to backorder. (Just learned that fact when I opened the box). I have two queens here now that need to go into a new home. Is it...
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    Re: Nuc Boxes from Betterbee

    Thanks for the answers. When making these nucs, is it acceptable to let them grow their own queen or should I buy queens for the nucs? (I do not yet know how to raise my own from my hives other than...
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    Re: Nuc Boxes from Betterbee

    so when in the summer should one expect to add the second story, what feeder is used and when the spring to move to ten frame box?
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    Re: Changing to Small Cell

    Thanks. I will giove it a try and also swap the large cell whenever I get an opportunity on a frame by frame basis.
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    Changing to Small Cell

    I have three new hives that I am sure are on standard foundation. Many like this, but I prefer the smaller bee. To more rapidly get these hives in the situation I want, I am considering putting a...
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    Re: Requeen Question

    Thank you, Ray. I do not need to add another coloney (although always nice) so I will put the nuc into the queenless hive this evening. I appreciate your help.
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    Requeen Question

    Good Evening. I am looking for advice on whether to add frames of brood/eggs to a queenless hive or to incorporate somehow a three frame nuc with a laying queen. Background: I had a large hive...
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    SHB prevention with Plywood

    i was at the hardware store today and browsing the bee equipment when someone who worked there (very friendly fellow) advised that he has no problem with SHB because his hives are on a stand where...
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    Re: Location question

    Thank you all for your input. It seems that the ridgetop is likely best. The valley has a wet weather creek and it certainly can flood. I was also down there today and it was considerably more...
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    Re: Deeps to Medium

    Actually a friend of mine asked about it. I have too many deeps at this point to convert all of them even if I wanted to. (well not really, but I am too lazy to do it). He is wanting to convert his...
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    Deeps to Medium

    Planning on just adding mediums with frames and strips below the deeps, until all deeps full of honey, harvested and then gone. Sound like a good plan?
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    Location question

    I live in the Ozark Mountains in Southern MO. My place has a ridgetop with a field and then a valley with a creek and bottom dirt. The difference in elevation is a few hundred feet. I am moving my...
  17. Re: Hive Beetles and Mann Lake Pf Frames

    How would I do such a thing? The SHB traps I have seen all rely on a horizontal plane of substance to catch and drown the SHB. I am not seeing how I can use the voids in the PF frames to capture...
  18. Hive Beetles and Mann Lake Pf Frames

    The beetles like to hang out in the voids around the perimeter of the frame. I like the convenience of the PF frames and the small bees they provide. I hate SHB. I have several such frames and am...
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    Russian to Mutt

    I am battling a hive that is a split from a Russian hive. The mother hive has never been an issue. The split, not the case. They came out of winter hot as all get out. I cannot get within 40 feet...
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    Re: Atv / utv ?

    We use a Polaris Ranger Crew 800. I, too, use a sprayer rig on our property that fits into the bed. I find the bed works great to haul equipment to the bee yard. Today, I had a tool bucket with...
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    Re: What do you use for smoker fuel

    I use old punky wood I find on the forest floor. Once dry, it burns well and produces thick smoke that smells fine too. You need only walk through any woods and there is an abundance for free.
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    Sticky Gloves

    Several of my hives make a lot of propolis that really makes my gloves and the smoker sticky. Is there anything I can do during the inspections/manipulations to address this? I know that many will...
  23. Re: Opinions Appreciated - Is this stealing???

    The bees are not your bees. The only way you can gain ownership of the bees is if they are given to you, you purchase them or they are abandoned. The first two are not the case per your description....
  24. Preserving good qualities of mean hive

    Hello all. I have a hive that is a last spring walkaway split from a Russian hive that is now big but mean. I like that it survived and that it is building well, but I do not like mean. I not...
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    Cell Starters vs. Finishers

    I am reading up on queen rearing in an effort to try my hand at it (on a very small scale only for my yard) this summer. I understand why a cell starter must be queenless (or at a minimum packed to...
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