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    Re: queenless -enough time to requeen?

    I would say queen rearing is not ideal but it is possible. Better to try than to do nothing as you can always combine later if queen rearing fails to yield a mated queen. there are no shortage of...
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    Re: Wintering weights for colonies

    That is what I am working towards this year :)

    But I am thinking it would be like any nuc you build. If it is a 10 frame medium (bottom box) I would be looking for the following:

    Full capped...
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    Re: This is a big mistake

    +1 to rader - just use an inner cover and put a medium on it.

    I actually use a couple shims and don't put the jar over the whole (so if the jar leaks it won't fall on the brood straight away). ...
  4. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    I agree. Let's start with the first post on this thread.

    The thread should have been entitled. " New Beeks - Be careful about interchanging your frames, you may spread disease". You would have...
  5. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    You can't blame that on mediums, foudationless, newbies, or newbies with money. You can blame it on one irresponsible ignorant "bee haver" person. I am willing to bet that he was irresponsible in...
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    Re: Fall split questions/ advisable?

    If I were you, I would only do a split if you could get a mated queen as it is getting late in the season to raise your own queen (at least it is here).

    a. If you split confirm you can get a...
  7. Re: Bees under screened Bottom board - swarm?

    Exactly haha!

    Some of my nucs went from intended 1-2 box 8 frame meds to working on the 4th box nucs. i.e. A full sized hive.

    I did know some of them would be bigger based on when I made them...
  8. Re: What to do with 2nd super that isn't being filled.

    If you want to encourage them to start drawing it out, I would try one of two things:
    1. take 1 or two frames of capped honey and move them up into the empty super and move 1 or two down into the...
  9. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    This thread is laughable. At the core of it is a whiny complaint about how new people think they know everything. Get over yourselves.

    This is a common theme in every hobby, and many things in...
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    Re: Wintering weights for colonies

    Michael Bush says in his book that a full 8 frame medium is an ideal size for a nuc and overwintering. Now the trick is getting your cluster size appropriate to the 8 frame medium (I assum he must...
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    Re: Wintering weights for colonies

    Well that is the issue I am having this year but on the reverse end. I built my mid season nucs and many are too strong and now they are all moving into the third or fourth boxes (8 and 10 frame...
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    Re: Wintering weights for colonies

    Come on Ace, don't sugar coat it. Just tell us what you really think ;)

    I don't have 30 years of experience, but too much honey seems a bit crazy to me. I think the honey needed is directly...
  13. Re: Bees under screened Bottom board - swarm?

    I was waiting for you to chime in haha

    Maybe if I quit my day job...
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    Re: Drone cells at the end of August

    Could be a lot of things. Are you seeing day old eggs in your hive? I assume no queen cells?

    I have a couple hives with symptoms like that too. In my case one is an about to swarm nuc, the...
  15. Re: Bees under screened Bottom board - swarm?

    It has been a lot of fun JRG13. This is my second for actually keeping bees :) (spent about 1.5 years studying before starting with 4 nucs last year (all made it through the winter luckily). This...
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    Re: Beeweaver queen update

    I tried a couple beeweavers this year too to see how they were and get a new round of genetics in my apiary. My experience has been one is really docile, the others are a touch less docile. But...
  17. Re: Bees under screened Bottom board - swarm?

    When this first occurred I did the same :) Since it happened again I thought I would see what other people had experience. Always good to get other peoples observations (including yours). Thanks
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    Interesting. I have heard they can communicate through a singl screen. Maybe I will ahve to consider another layer of screenon the very bottom.

    The oddball thing here for me is, the swarm I...
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    went back down and looked under and all the bees were gone from the SBB. After that, I looked and found the group of bees under another hive next to it. So I dug in and started looking for QC and...
  20. Re: Bees under screened Bottom board - swarm?

    I didn't do more than a quick inspection viewing the bottom of the frames on each box (no I didn't see the queen or eggs but I didn't look). I only viewed the bottom of the frames from the bottom of...
  21. Bees under screened Bottom board - swarm?

    Hi all,

    I recently saw what i believe was a swarm, but I am not certain. it was a large column of bees flying around with no apparent direction, they sort of formed this column then it reduced to...
  22. Re: NY Times Editorial: "Risking Another Silent Spring".

    Sounds like you have a good head on your shoulders nabber. Finally an agreement on beesource haha!

    I have grown from seed for the past five years, but the years before that we sometimes grabbed...
  23. Re: NY Times Editorial: "Risking Another Silent Spring".

    Sorry nabber, I should have been more clear. I was more referring to the plants they sell at Home Depot (have read these are neonic seeds and there is no labeling to that effect when you buy them);...
  24. Re: NY Times Editorial: "Risking Another Silent Spring".

    My opinion on much of what has been said here can be summarized witht he comment below:



    I agree with this statement. Companies can use coated seeds if they want, unless they are deemed...
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    Re: making a split with a purchased queen

    This year I installed two bought queens with 100 percent success. This might be too late, but I would not worry about making up your nuc until you have the queen in hand.

    my process was:
    *what...
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