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    Re: Timing of a split, when is it best?

    Sounds like you are good to go for splitting from a weather perspective.

    a few queen cups are common to see in a hive. So long as no egg/royal jelly is present you should be business as usual.
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    Re: Do I have a Problem?

    why would you cut out all but one? What if that cell is a dud. I would leave at the very minimum 2 (actually I would leave 3-5 and try to set up as many queen nucs as I could :) ).

    You will want...
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    Re: Timing of a split, when is it best?

    In my area (and of course when to split is very area specific), I waited until dandelion bloom. Last year that was around May 9th I think.

    In NY or any other area here are things I think should...
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    Re: First Hive Inspection -26 Apr 15

    1. I always remove frame 2 or 9. 1 and 10 tend to get overdrawn for honey storage and it seems like I roll more bees if I start at the ends.
    2. after you take that frame out put it in another empty...
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    Re: Bee Color

    I believe Cordovan are. But you have to get one that is artificially inseminated with the same phenotype yearly (as this lighter color is the recessive trait) or you will be back to where you...
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    Re: Question about Sevin Dust????

    From what I remember from sevin is that it is a kill on contact. If it is hte powder it means it doesn't go away until a good rain. I probably would pass on that yard but would defer to others with...
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    Re: Freeze warning question

    I agree with you on the above. The boxes pictured are short term housing to get as many chances for a laying queen as I can. Above are my queen rearing nuc starter boxes that only get used in the...
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    Re: Freeze warning question

    In that case the nuc lid was warped (replaced the lids this year). It was a heavy heavy rain for a short period that came in through the side of the lid. My guess is they go rained on and/or, fell...
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    Re: Freeze warning question

    Freeze and thaw can (and does) heave the soil where I have my bees. A forward cant may not be preserved throughout the winter.

    I also had a solid bottom nuc box that needed to be redistributed...
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    Re: Screened bottom or solid ?

    take a look at my post 18 for screened vs. solid. I think that to chose either on its own is too limiting.


    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?310556-Freeze-warning-question
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    Re: Freeze warning question

    17498Both types can cause issues in the wrong circustances. I always find it interesting when people vehemently speak out against one type.


    I like the mantra "don't do anything in beekeeping...
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    Re: Controlling Moisture in a NUC

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    I built 10 of these last year for queen rearing, nuc starters. The lids are not worth making IMO. I lost bees to rain in due to warping, and the solid bottom did not help because the water...
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    Re: Definition of a nuc?

    If I have overwintered nucs that need help, I don't use them for my next years queen rearing and production. I usually go the other way, weak hives/nuc's resources get split up to start new...
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    Re: Definition of a nuc?

    I agree with astrobee, they are far to valuable, they would be the current season's (production hives, breeding stock, etc.)



    I think we are co-typing lol. I don't get upset about how people...
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    Re: Definition of a nuc?

    I understand where you are coming from. I certainly wasn't saying I was the only one raising *real* nucs, or that mine are a better product than others can make. I do believe my are of the highest...
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    Re: Definition of a nuc?

    So what is a nuc to you? Overwintered only?

    And what happens if that package you bought rejects the queen? Now you have lost a month on that package hive while you wait for a new queen (if the...
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    Re: Definition of a nuc?

    I think your first issue comes with reading vs. making an inference. I never said less swarmy. Let's clear this up for you:

    1. I never said not to check, ace did.
    2. I believe established nucs...
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    Re: Definition of a nuc?

    this is a benefit of a *real* nuc. Not guaranteed, but much less a chance of this vs. a queen added to a package.
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    Re: Definition of a nuc?

    Not sure I understand your question. I think you are talking about expansion from the 5 frame medium nuc. If that is correct,:

    1. I tell them to put the frames into an 8 or 10 frame medium first...
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    Re: Definition of a nuc?

    I am from the camp that I sell what I want to buy. I also agree with the idea that a nucleus colony is one with a functioning accepted laying queen (with her own capped brood). Just putting a queen...
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    Re: 1 frame nuc start ?

    I did a lot of experimentation with this last year in particular. Here is what I found (I am referring to medium frame sized nucs):

    Best (smallest nuc size) for build up for my area is as follows...
  22. Poll: Re: How long does it take you find your queen(s)?

    This time of year a queen search takes me 5 mins or less. Later in the year more like 5-10. However I don't usually search for her specifically unless I have a reason. So long as I see eggs and...
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    Re: Mated Queen who can tell

    although my comments are off topic; I have noticed that bought from far away queens, in my anecdotal experience, have a much higher rate of supercedure than the ones I raised on my own this year. ...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Lauri - you comments echo my intended approach as well - I use the tools I can without treating first. A "hands off" philosophy for me doesn't mean a hands off approach; I am monitoring/managing the...
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    Re: Mated Queen who can tell

    Thanks Rader :)




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