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    Re: First year plan ADVICE wanted

    welcome to the forum ct. it's really good that you are doing your homework and asking some very good questions. as you are finding there are no easy answers as a lot of this stuff is still in the...
  2. Re: A couple of weak splits and here comes winter again. Will this work?

    understood brad. glad to hear you're having fun, and it sounds like you are on the right track. thanks for posting.
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    understood brad, glad to hear they've been released and are laying. i thought i was going to have to make my first split this week but that colony is still expanding the broodnest up. i have two...
  4. Re: A couple of weak splits and here comes winter again. Will this work?

    what kind of queens did you introduce brad?
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    Re: Melissa's questions

    sounds like all is well with your your bees melissa, congrats. i'm just now seeing drone brood here but no drones have emerged yet. i like splitting out the old queen and simulating a swarm as mb...
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    Re: Who is NOT small cell but successful?

    interesting ot, thanks for the update.
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    thanks for the report. it won't be long here, the drones are just starting emerge.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    understood dan, many thanks.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    that's awesome dan, congrats! have you tallied your winter losses yet?
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    thanks for chiming in dan. what is your average colony strength at this time?
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    there were few flying opportunities from mid february to mid march, and as you pointed out in an earlier post the patties may have been more beneficial had they been placed earlier in the winter. at...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    thanks tod, that was a typo. i did not see any mites in the 20 or so drone larvae that i looked at.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    brad, yes near freezing for a few hours is the forecast for sunday am., and we may be alright if there is enough wind blowing.

    i have not seen checkerboarding stimulate wax production. for the...
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    Sticky: Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

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    dogwood and redbud starting in the valleys
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    additional observations from today's inspections:

    1. most of the latshaw patties have now been consumed. i believe that the patties i made up would have weighed .5 to .75 lbs. one colony has...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    many thanks dpr. right now mostly what is happening is that the colonies are expanding their broodnests as they transition out of winter into spring, building up their populations in preparation for...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    yes breepro, i'll be making splits. the first five will be put into service in my yards and bring my count back up to 20. i hope to make about 20 additional nucs and already have commitments for...
  18. Re: Minimum number of hives to be self sustainable and TF?

    assuming 15-20% losses as has been my experience so far, and with making increase every season averaging one new colony for each one overwintered, i would say that 10 hives would be enough to not...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    i posted this in another thread reporting last saturday's inspection of hive b5 at the outyard. i went back to it today prepared to find that third checkerboarded super i had just added being...
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    nice! hope you get a good 'take'.
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    lots of ways you could go with it brad, glad to hear you've got some good stock that has overwintered off treatments and without feeding to the point of making early splits despite the delayed spring...
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    Re: Caught a swarm?

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    jim, since the double i was using wasn't exactly 'packed' with bees i had hoped that the extra manipulations would temporarily boost the population in the upper box. i can see how it wouldn't really...
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    Re: North AL/Southern TN folks??!??!!

    i found one of my stronger colonies capping honey with new wax at the top of the top box yesterday. they are starting to backfill the upper broodnest but are still expanding the nest downward into...
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    i pretty much follow this variation on the cloake board method:

    http://threeriversbeekeepers.com/documents/CloakeBoardMethod.pdf

    the paper also talks about banking queens but i don't bank any...
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