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  1. Re: Cleaning and storing supers after extracting

    Do you ever have problem with mold with this method?
  2. Q: Too early for a nuc destined for overwintering?

    Hi All,

    One of my hives swarmed the end of May, and I found a ton of queen cells in the hive that swarmed. I pulled off a couple of frames (with the queen cells) to nucs and made 2 new queens....
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    Q: When to start stacking?

    Hello,

    I have a couple of nucs I am going to overwinter, by placing them on top of one of my strong full-size hive. This'll be a first for me.
    I live in New England (MA), and have a question:...
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    Re: what makes the best hive tool the best?

    I have this same tool, and I like it... EXCEPT: the scraper end is too darn sharp! I end up gouging / shaving the wood I am trying to scrape!
    I use the cheapest "standard" tool for my scraping...
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    Q: How to "start" the mating nuc frames?

    Hello,
    I purchased some of the Mann Lake Styrofoam mating nucs:
    http://www.mannlakeltd.com/beekeeping-supplies/page53.html

    The mini frames obviously don't have foundation.

    What's the best way...
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    Re: What is Virgin Honey and how to Produce it?

    Virgin honey comes from ugly bees.
    :lpf:
  7. Q: Best way to melt wax w/o a solar wax melter

    I've culled a bunch of old frames, as well as collected a bunch of wax cappings. I want to melt it all down and strain it to use as beeswax. But I do not have a solar wax melter.

    What is an easy...
  8. Q: How much time from hatching until swarm?

    Hi All,
    My wife noticed a swarm in the trees above my apiary this afternoon. Not sure which hive threw the swarm, so I looked in to one of my nucs which had a queen cell on Saturday (it was...
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    Q: Will adding a super encourage finishing?

    I have a hive with 2 supers on it, and the bees have pretty much filled both, but only 50%-75% capped. They've been like this for a couple of weeks.

    Will adding another super of empty (drawn)...
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    Re: newbie from western MA

    Get your wife involved as well. That way it's a shared sacrifice! :-)
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    Re: Two frame mating nuc

    I learned the hard way that the extra shake can make all the difference in a successful vs. a failed nuc. Don't skimp on it!

    -- Steven
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    Re: Hive robbing & fighting

    Robbers go for the smell, which will be at the bottom of the screen and they can't get in. House bees can figure out the entrance and navigate it just fine.
  13. Re: Nuc being robbed; can I close it off? Advice needed.

    The nuc has a single 1/2" hole, with a spinning disc entrance blocker (now spun to the screened closed position). There are a couple of extra screened vent holes and the nuc is shaded, so ventilation...
  14. Nuc being robbed; can I close it off? Advice needed.

    Hi All,

    I ended up with a spare queen, so I pulled some frames off of another hive and made a nuc and installed the queen. The honey frames I pulled over were summarily robbed by one of my other...
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    Q: How to recombine a queenless nuc?

    Hi,
    My hive swarmed, and I pulled off some frames with swarm cells (plus honey and brood) into a nuc to make a second queen. That nuc didn't take, so I want to combine it back into a queenright...
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    Re: Strange queen excluder - comments?

    The super appears to contain plenty of bees, so I don't think that's the problem.

    I was just wondering if it affected the storing of honey.

    Thanks for the observations!

    -- Steven
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    Re: Strange queen excluder - comments?

    Hi,
    Reviving this thread, because the hive(s) that have this style of excluder on, the bees are not putting *any* honey in the supers!
    Could this style of excluder be worse for honey collection...
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    Re: Mason Bee success in New England?

    My wood wasn't stained, so that wasn't the problem.

    Do you always have to start out buying cocoons? I thought the bees would miraculously find my holes and think they are the greatest thing since...
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    Mason Bee success in New England?

    Hi All,
    I live in Central MA, and last year decided to try to attract / raise mason bees.
    I made a bee hive (block of wood with holes) based on information from the 'net, and hung it where I...
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    Re: Hello! New-bee, SAHM supporting craz-bee hub

    You'll find a treasure trove of good information on these forums. I'm sure you aren't the first to have these types of questions!

    The key is read, search, read, search again, and then ask. 95% of...
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    Re: Fatbeeman foundation wiring method

    I must not have used thick enough line - the bees chewed through the lines of some of my frames...

    -- Steven
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    Re: Hive swarmed and i damaged the queen cell

    There may be queen cells you didn't see (it happened to me) and things will work out. I would think that you could just keep the hive closed up for a couple of weeks and give the queen a chance to...
  23. Re: Help me understand what is going on with my requeening

    Sometimes it takes a couple of weeks for a newly released queen to start laying. By seeing a few eggs the second week, you have a queen. If you leave the hive alone a week or so you should see things...
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    Re: Gloves or no gloves?

    Glad to see someone else using dishwashing gloves! I get them from the dollar store, usualy 2 sets in a pack. When they get propolized up too much, I ask my wife to use them when she has a load of...
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    Re: Perhaps they will survive in spite of me

    I "inherited" a couple of hives (maintained them for a farmer) and for an entire season I never saw the queen in one of the hives. Definitely saw evidence of her (eggs, larvae, etc.) and there were...
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