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    Re: overwinter nuc question

    Sure, give it a try. You probably will not need the inner cover until you button them up for winter. Keep a close eye on your nucs as they can grow pretty fast and be a threat to swarm. You can...
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    Re: overwinter nuc question

    Pathfinder,
    I am just north of you in Knoxville and successfully overwintered a 5 over 5 frame nuc this year. You shouldn't have any problem down in Chattanooga...I do use solid bottom boards on my...
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    Re: Reversing hive bodies and PM temps

    Thanks Vance. It's been cooler than average this season and was wondering others are doing. Yes, the location of the cluster makes a lot of sense. We are going to have warmer temps for a few days...
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    Re: Did you lose any hives this winter

    6/6 still alive...! 1st year over-wintering a double 5 frame nuc...she has made so far...!
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    Reversing hive bodies and PM temps

    For those of you who reverse hive bodies in spring as a form of swam control, what consistent night time temps do prefer before conducting this maneuver?

    My daytime temps are now in the mid to...
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    Re: So Far So Good this Winter

    Checked mine yesterday...all 6 are still alive...bracing for winter storm #4 in ten days...ice, snow, sleet, freezing rain...I have never seen anything like this in East Tenn...! Bring on...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    I am going to give this a go on a couple of my hives this year. Sounds like fun. Matt, are you seeing increased honey production with 3 deep brood nests and a significant population of bees since you...
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    Re: Do you reverse hive bodies?

    I did not reverse last spring, but I will this year. I had 2 swarms even after swarm control splits and attempts to open the brood nest. Thinking about a late Feb or early March reversal...
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    Re: Screen Bottom Boards

    I bought 3 Freeman screen bottom boards this winter and will give them a try this spring. I like Rusty's idea using aluminum foil pans for the rest of my hives...duplicating SBB's with Freeman type...
  10. Thread: 2015 plans

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    Re: 2015 plans

    Grow from 6 hives to 8 hives. Start 3 or 4 nucs. Double honey output from last year! Do a better job on swarm control this year...!
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    Re: Worst mistake of 2014.

    Hey Oldtimer,

    I just reviewed my notes on the nuc combine. The laying worker colony was a new package (3 lb) installed early April. The queen was released in 4 or 5 days, and I noted a spotty egg...
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    Re: Worst mistake of 2014.

    Tried to combine a nuc with a laying worker colony. Yes, the laying worker colony killed the queen from the nuc.
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    Re: How many hives did you start out with?

    Started with 2 packages in spring of 2013. Both made it through first winter. Expanded to 6 hives last spring summer via splits off the 2 hives. Goal is to get to 8 to 10 this...
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    Re: Palleted double nucs

    Well done Stuart...nice pics...! Nice brood pattern...is that recent? My one nuc is has palm size patches of brood on 4 frames or so...slowed way down...
    Thanks for sharing...looking forward to ECD...
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    Re: Queenless roar vs fanning

    It was hot yesterday here in East Tn and all of my hives had a rather loud roar…I suspect they are fanning to cool the hive…if you are concerned you might want to go in and look for eggs or...
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    Re: Nervous about robbing

    Yes, lots of hovering bees all around the hive, wrestling at entrance and on ground in front of entrance. Lots of bees trying to find alternative ways to get in i.e. bottom, sides, around outer...
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    Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

    Here are a couple photos of my apiary…

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  18. Re: Queenless after swarm - what would you do?

    Just an update on the queen-less hive after swarm…inspected hive today and found the new queen roaming around on one of the frames. She was due to emerge yesterday…all of the other 6 queen cells had...
  19. Queenless after swarm - what would you do?

    Here is the scenario:

    I have a 10 frame double deep hive with 3 honey supers that had capped swarm cells on May 7th.
    Moved he queen along with 3 frames of brood, pollen and honey to a 5 frame...
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    Re: Most hives?

    Started with 2 hives last year and have grown to 7 this year…
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    Re: I've got a laying worker hive

    I had the same problem with a package install this year. They did not accept the queen that came with the package and I tried a nuc combine with a laying queen and the colony killed her. So, I tried...
  22. Re: Performed artificial swarm…swarmed anyway

    AR Beekeeper...Good information about newly emerged queen tendencies. Thanks…and yes, I will remove all but one cell next time I try this maneuver. I inspected this afternoon and did not see a queen....
  23. Performed artificial swarm…swarmed anyway

    Found several capped swarm cells on 2 or 3 frames in the top brood box of one of my strong hives on May 7th. Performed an artificial swarm by moving the queen and 3 frames of brood, pollen, and honey...
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    Newspaper combine + push in cage?

    Hey All,
    What do you all think about doing a newspaper combine and a push in cage at the same time to ensure queen acceptance between a queen right nuc and a queen less package install? The package...
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    Re: Is My Hive Aggressive

    Same situation with a newly installed package myself…very aggressive at install and received 2 stings on the wrist…4 days later to ensure queen was released they were still very agitated…received...
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