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    Re: Nuc Spacing & Mating Flights

    I have more problems when the weather is still cooler. Once it is settled and warm, in May around here, I am amazed at how successful the virgins can be. Only reason I mentioned it is I have had...
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    Re: Who's got drones

    We have some capped drone in the mts of SW VA. None emerged yet.
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    Re: Nuc Spacing & Mating Flights

    I often have mine lined up like your picture shows and they do fine. Like SP says, if conditions are good, 100% return is not uncommon.

    On another note, if your weather is mild enough for mating...
  4. Thread: Wintering Nucs

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    Re: Wintering Nucs

    I'll certainly defer to Mike's response, but since my area is a little more like yours in respect to the nectar flows, and lack of, I'll comment. Our dearth starts in late June to early July and...
  5. Thread: Wintering Nucs

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    Re: Wintering Nucs

    I should have added that the increase in strength of the early nucs is used to bolster new mating nucs, to start more mating nucs later in the season, create strong cell builders, or build up dinks. ...
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    Re: Robbers on new Nucs

    Looks like a strong nuc with a restricted entrance.
  7. Thread: Wintering Nucs

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    Re: Wintering Nucs

    I have been wintering 4 over 5 frame medium nucs for the last 6 years. They are 4 over 5 because the top box has a division board feeder replacing one frame. Occasionally, I have a triple or quad...
  8. Re: Best way to re-wax molded plastic foundation

    I use a small paint roller (2-3") made for touch ups. Most hardware or paint stores have them. Works great.
  9. Re: Cowen 60 Sump In floor or On floor Opinions needed

    Rent an electric concrete saw that has a water hose attachment, cut the concrete, hammer it out, and install the sump. You can tent the immediate area of cutting, and with the water, keep down dust....
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    Re: Carniolan Queens

    As a breed Carniolans are generally known as calm bees, but as with all bees it's not always true. They are known to be hardy in colder climates because they limit their brooding and therefore...
  11. Re: How does catching swarm for beekeeping with lemongrass oil work?

    If you have the chance, cage the queen during a cutout. That way she can't run away.

    With a swarm, you just want to get her in the box with some bees. The rest of the bees will follow. ...
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    Re: Linseed Oil as hive dip/preservative?

    Thanks for the link. Besides the higher price of this type of product, their literature says for inside use only. I imagine adding more beeswax to it would help it become more waterproof.

    But...
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    Re: what is your guys opinion on these hives.

    Yeah, I'm not sure wax moths would eat the dried up larva that have the most spores.
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    Re: Linseed Oil as hive dip/preservative?

    So is there a product on the market that is the polymerized linseed oil without the additives?
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    Re: what is your guys opinion on these hives.

    As long as they didn't die from American Foul Brood, you can scrape everything down and put bees in it.

    A question to everyone- if the bees died from AFB, what is the likelihood of the wax moths...
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    Re: bee keeping in medium boxes

    I've had all mediums for the last 7 years. I cut down all my old deeps years ago. It has worked great. It has made it much easier to expand since all frames and boxes are the same size. It costs...
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    Re: Linseed Oil as hive dip/preservative?

    Lauri- Is that raw or boiled linseed oil?

    I really like that. I think I'll try it on the latest box build........once it warms up a little!

    Richard
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    Re: Tulip Poplar Honey in East Tn.

    Tulip Poplar is the one we can count on nearly every year. By far our biggest flow. Most of my yards are surrounded by hollows full of large stands of poplar. Mixed with the other spring flowers...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015

    Interesting. I'll try to read that later today. That would be unfortunate since I've always been told viruses do not survive in the hive parts after a deadout, making all components reusable with...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015

    When I have a colony dwindle down like this in the fall or winter, leaving a tiny cluster and the queen, it is usually from mite issues. I've had a couple years with quite a few of them.
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    Re: Best Price for New Frames

    I picked up some of Millers #2 frames several weeks ago. I put together 50 the other day and they are fine. Good price.
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    Re: Flying at 22 degrees???

    At that temperature they would be so tightly clustered that it would be imperceptible whether they were dead or alive. I've heard of people thinking their hive was dead, bringing it in to do an...
  23. Thread: Russian Bees

    by rkereid
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    Re: Russian Bees

    Normally you don't have to worry about package colonies swarming the first year. That said you should always make sure they have plenty of space for them to expand into. Of course, your particular...
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    Re: 5 Frame Deep Mating Nuc?

    Depends more on what works best for you. I have very good success rates with 5 frame mediums, sometimes with 4 frames, winter over in 2 medium boxes.
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    Re: 5 Frame Deep Mating Nuc?

    Many people do it successfully, also with just 4 frames, or mediums instead of deeps.
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