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    Robbing already?

    The weather is yet to hit the 90s here and we are still getting good rain at least once a week. I've seen plenty of bees foraging the dutch clover in my yard. However, when putting some wet supers...
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    Re: Fireside chat with Walt

    Follow up on the pics. I took a look at the hive again and they arent maintaining the broodnest at all. Its pollen filled at the bottom and backfilled at the top with 6 or 7 capped cells of the...
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    Re: Fireside chat with Walt

    So the black locust and tulip poplar are in full bloom here in MD which usually would indicate a strong flow and white wax, but I'm not getting any of these signs in my hive! It's also much cooler...
  4. Re: Numbers of Open Brood for Cut Down Split

    Brian,
    I can only speak to my area but I think since im much south of you, that you did the split t oo early. Im considering a cut down split here in md since our flow here starts in a week or two....
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    Re: Fireside chat with Walt

    Daniel,
    Good to hear about timing. I checkerboarded March 1 which this year is 11-12 weeks before the flow, and I started opening up the sides around April 28 or 4 weeks before the flow so I'm on...
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    Re: Fireside chat with Walt

    *Update on hives*

    I've started the technique "Opening up the sides" by Daniel and it seems to be working well. All hives are now laying into the shallow above the brood chamber and have drawn 2-4...
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    Re: Fireside chat with Walt

    So I checked the hives today. Only one hive has expanded into the 2nd box (I'm disappointed). The one that had 2 empty deep frames has drawn it out and filled it with eggs and has also started...
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    Re: Fireside chat with Walt

    Matt,
    I'm not sure I understand your method for my situation.

    Here is my situation: I had enough comb for the initial checkerboard... just not for the honey supers. My bees are currently...
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    Re: Fireside chat with Walt

    Most of my hives are 2nd year (not sure if they will act like it and continue without a lull) and I only have 1 drawn super above the deep + checkerboard. I checked the orchard about 2 miles away...
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    Re: Fireside chat with Walt

    So 4 supers is the optimal number? 4 shallows is only 120-150 lbs so to get 200+ lbs from a big big hive, you'd need to harvest mid flow or use more supers. Any thoguhts?
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    Fireside chat with Walt

    So this is really a question/story I was going to PM to Walt, but I thought the general discussion could be fun. I'm hoping it'll involve comments on checkboaring, shb, supering, and drawing comb.
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    Re: Does feeding lead to lazy bees?

    Or it might be that you only found the feral hives that didn't die or didn't swarm that season and just packed in the spring flow.... I've never done a cutout before so I'm just curious.... has...
  13. Re: Will a hive keep a drone laying queen?

    Thanks for the reply. Some additional information that I guess was important, the bees are drawing out deep frames in the broodnest just fine and every frame but one is finished. My problem is...
  14. Re: Will a hive keep a drone laying queen?

    Just to follow up with this thread, my inspection yesterday showed the 3rd round of egg giving got them to produce emergency queen cells. Should have a new queen next week! I have been feeding this...
  15. Re: Will a hive keep a drone laying queen?

    I have plenty of drone in all my hives and they usually stick around until late Sept.
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    I'm not seeing any eggs! Not in worker cells or drone cells... but there are capped drone cells which make me think the queen is there but not laying worker brood. Yet when I check every single...
  17. Will a hive keep a drone laying queen?

    I did a big split this spring where I wasn't 100% certain the queen was in the original hive. Since the split, I've not seen any eggs or a queen walking the comb. I figured they were queenless so I...
  18. Re: When a "beek" mows a pasture ... (thoughts)

    mrobinson,

    As Lburou notes, your post was poetry. Consider publishing it. I'm serious.

    Thank you
  19. Best Course of Action for Development Ordinances

    I have a friend interested in starting beekeeping, but she is concerned that her development restricts beekeeping. While the document is specific enough to say "no lawn decorations in the front...
  20. Re: Painfully learning the secrets of drawn comb and drawing comb

    Thanks for all the comments.... let me first clear up a few things and let you know how it has gone.... first, my goal has been to run essentially what walt advocates for checkerboarding... I always...
  21. Painfully learning the secrets of drawn comb and drawing comb

    So I'm fairly certain I overmanipulated my hive today, but I'd like to ask everyones' opinion on the right course of action. I've made it through several years of beekeeping but not very successful...
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    Supersedure dilemna

    I had a small nuc make it through the winter since it was so warm, but the queen appears to be a dud. She is the smallest queen I've ever seen, lays sporadically (in comb that has literally nothing,...
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    Thanks for all the replies.... Currently, I...

    Thanks for all the replies....
    Currently, I shifted ANY frame with honey close to the cluster and have taken the deadouts frames that had pollen and surrounded the honey with that. Right now, I...
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    Freaking out

    So I had 1 hive this spring. Went for making bees instead of honey and made 2 nucs. Then the hive swarmed without a queen cell in the original queen. So I had 4 hives, 2 queen right and 2 not. ...
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    Michael, Does that ever create a draft since...

    Michael,

    Does that ever create a draft since you have a hole on each side? If the wind blows from the front or back won't it go right through the boxes? You do this when they are clustered but...
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