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    Re: do ten frame boxes increase starvation?

    This is part of the theory behind overwintering nucs--as you have seen, the cluster can move vertically up frames much easier than horizontally, where the entire cluster must go around the edge of...
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    Re: Do Winter Drones Mean My Queen Died?

    My guess is that warrior meant a drone that hatched out from a worker-sized cell, but I've never had the misfortune of having a hive with laying workers, so I may be wrong.
  3. Re: Checker Boarding and Adding new undrawn suppers

    You should look in to opening the sides of the broodnest. I haven't actually done it yet, but this year I'll be relying on it heavily in all of my hives to produce drawn comb. It seems to work for...
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    Re: Checking on emergency food

    I was in mine this morning adding sugar bricks to the nucs that I knew had completely consumed the bricks I gave them back in November. I always keep it quick and never pull frames in these winter...
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    Re: Coates Nucs..how long do they last?

    I overwintered 2 nucs in them last year and the bees came out fine. I'd say the boxes were still serviceable, but I doubt they would've made it through another year and winter. Personally, I've just...
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    Re: Honey extractor

    I have the Maxant 2-frame hand crank extractor...it's served me well and at the time I bought it I only planned on having a few hives. Now that I've decided to grow, I can tell I'm going to need...
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    Re: What an odd season...

    Yes, it's 2:1. I feel like my hives are well-ventilated, and I do have bricks on them (although not Lauri's recipe). I may be wrong, but from what I understand about the way bricks work, in warmer...
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    Re: What an odd season...

    Oh I hope so. The warm weather really has me worried about their stores. So far they're all ok, but I still made up some syrup to put on them once the rain breaks.
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    Re: Apiary Management Challenge!

    Thanks, good info. I'm looking to grow more this year and this thread has been interesting.
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    Re: Apiary Management Challenge!

    David, quick slightly off-topic question since we're in roughly the same area--when do you split your spring nucs off of your production hives? I'm planning on doing cut-down splits this year and was...
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    Re: Strange ad in local craigs list

    Unfortunately, that's exactly what we've had here this year. It's 62 right now, and the lowest high in the near future is forcasted to be 44. It's hard for me to complain about warm weather because I...
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    Re: Strange ad in local craigs list

    Herbicide, not pesticide. Keep it away from your forage plants ;)
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    Agreed! I haven't used any treatments in the past 2 years, but I did OAV 3 years ago and will probably do so in the future if necessary. I wore a mask then, and I'll certainly wear one in the future...
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    Re: Sugar brick question

    I've used this recipe with very good success (I overwintered 5 hives last year with no losses, and I lost 2 hives the year before that, one of which didn't get emergency sugar at all)...but all of...
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    Re: Spring Hive Split

    I usually wait 24 hours before introducing the caged queen, but I've read where people wait less. After putting in the cage, I check back in 2 days to see if she's been released. If not, I manually...
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    Re: Lost half of hives and it's not even winter

    It's probably also worth mentioning that you should get all the frames from the deadouts and freeze them for at least 48 hours to kill the larvae and any eggs that are on them. You'll have lots of...
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    Re: Lost half of hives and it's not even winter

    I've also expanded this year and had to put some of mine in the shade. I did my splits back in July, and robbing was a problem at first...I lost 2 while I was throwing some robbing screens together....
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    Re: How far away from your apiary to you live?

    Ouch. My parents own some land about 90 miles away, and I decided it was too far just thinking about it. How often do you plan on going out there and checking on them?
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    Re: Sugar block frames

    I would think that more moisture would condense on a block that is laid across the tops of the frames since the path of the warm, moist air would rise through the hive and be disrupted by the block....
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    Re: Making Heavy Syrup

    If it's any consolation, I boil my water before adding it to the sugar in a 5 gal bucket and mixing it with a paint mixer attached to a drill. I can't stand the thought of leaving some of the sugar...
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    Re: Is my hive in trouble (Pics Included)

    I hear that's a common problem when dealing with certain kinds of plastic foundation.
  22. Re: The joys of owning a pickup truck...and keeping bees

    My truck's transmission started going before I quit driving it. Got to love Chrysler and their trannys. :rolleyes:

    I'm hoping to get an old diesel Benz wagon for a bee vehicle...I drive a diesel...
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    Re: Ever smelled the bees when they sting?

    That's me haha. I've never smelled the banana smell, but I think that's more on my part than the bees'.
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    Re: Queen's Eggs do not develop larvae

    How are their pollen stores? I've read here that they'll cannibalize the brood if there isn't enough food in the hive.
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    Re: Pros & Cons of full vented sute's

    After this year, I've decided I need a vented suit from here on out. It seems that the Ultrabreeze is the gold standard. I made it up to the Walter Kelley store a few weeks ago and got a look at...
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