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    Re: to split or not to split

    Jerry,

    You will get the maximum amount of honey if you are able to keep an overwintered colony intact through spring without swarming. One large colony will produce more honey than the combined...
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    Re: First time making a split

    Ace,

    If I am doing my split just before the main nectar flow at the end of April the bee population will be at peak levels ... that's when a colony will typically swarm, when the hive is busting...
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    Re: First time making a split

    Now I am really baffled. My queenright hive can put up 50-80 lbs of honey easily during a nectar flow in the spring... and then still be around to live another day. What 6-8 week period are you...
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    Re: First time making a split

    I'm trying real hard to understand your logic. If the split was "queenright" you would not only have all that honey they packed in, but also a viable living hive. To my way of thinking dumping out...
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    Re: First time making a split

    The "easiest way" may not always be the "best way". If you are going to go through the effort of doing an even split at least take a couple of minutes to make sure you have eggs in both halves. You...
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    Re: Cold Weather Inspections

    What did you find at your last inspection? .. and what is the purpose of your inspection now?
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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

    I build all of my boxes now. Using rabbet joints you can build a medium with a 6' length of 1 X 8 with very little waste if you are careful with your cuts.

    I kept an eye out at the lumber stores...
  8. Re: Brood nest on the edges of the hive not in the middle? Should I do anything?

    What about your entrance? Do you have it reduced to one side? I've noticed that on most of my hives the bees seem to concentrate their brood and cluster closest to the entrance they use the most,...
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    Re: First time making a split

    From Michael Bush's website on splits. Great information on different types of splits.

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beessplits.htm
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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    That would be great for quart jars. I use 1 gallon Chick or Quail Waterers, fewer refills. Got mine at Tractor Supply too.
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    Re: Foundationless Question

    The best way to get around the fat comb problem is to insert an empty frame between 2 "capped" frames of honey. If they are not capped the bees will continue to drawn out the comb they are already...
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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    Here's what I use for warm or cool weather feeding. If the weather is cold the feeder is placed directly on the top bars above the cluster and they will continue to take the syrup. In warmer weather...
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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    For warm weather feeding a good top feeder works great. Very little disruption to the colony, just pull off the cover and pour in the syrup to refill. I've used the Mann Lake hive top feeders and had...
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    Re: Foundationless Question

    I have all mediums in my set ups, use a lot of foundationless frames, and above is exactly what I do. I found it the best way to keep the wonky comb building under control. Move a couple frames up...
  15. Re: 2nd year spring swarm prevention - no extra drawn comb

    1. I think you are referring to reversing. Yes, you should plan on reversing in the spring "before" doing your splits. This will allow the brood nest to expand upward into empty frames. If you find...
  16. Re: 2nd year spring swarm prevention - no extra drawn comb

    That's what I do when I'm short on drawn comb in the spring. When you see the colony start to backfill the brood nest with nectar, and you know that swarm prep has begun, remove the queen in a small...
  17. Re: what temp can I slip a new sugar block to them.

    I've put them on in the 20's and it's been just fine. As mentioned, just be quick about it.

    I like to have a lit smoker with me when adding sugar, when the sugar is going directly on the top...
  18. Re: What are your thoughts on using medium supers exclusively?

    There are many pro and cons using mediums or deeps and the arguments supporting either choice seem endless. Any combination will work, but you need to make a choice based on "your" needs or...
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    Re: Strip Mine Beekeeping

    I remember back in the 60's when the mining business was very strong in Southeast Ohio there were strip mines and beehives on farms everywhere you looked. Many of those mines were abandoned when the...
  20. Re: Will the bees clean these frames or should I toss the comb

    I had a swarm move into a dead out one spring before I had a chance to clean it up. Most of the frames looked like your second pic or worse. Within a few weeks they had everything cleaned up, some...
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    Re: Get bees to draw comb. New beek

    Good advice here. Vance has a great point too, don't put yourself in a box. If you get some good nucs at the right time in the spring you might be surprised how quickly they build up. Packages are...
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    Re: 2nd OAV treatment

    Wow, that's pretty fast! What kind of vaporizer are you using? I'm trying to figure out how you pulled this off. Or do you mean 10 minutes per hive?
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    Re: My Mite load too high?

    I think you should be in good shape. You treated with Apilife-Var in August (when mite loads are typically at their peak). You probably have pretty healthy bees going into winter. Doing OAV now and...
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    Re: Lighting a smoker with wood pellets

    Jim,
    Thanks for sharing the video. I switched over to using pellets this year and have struggled at times getting them lit properly. I think you just solved my problem. :thumbsup:
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    Re: So many drones in NOV.?

    Do the drones look a little smaller than drones you see in the spring or summer?
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