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    Re: snow bound hives/locations

    Snow is such a great insulator. I am always amazed at how heavy singles are in the spring when they have been completely burried.
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    Re: Queen Rearing for Hobbyists

    Thanks David, I am probably looking for 50-60 cells for the season. Originally I had planned to produce 2 or 3 larger batches using a full size starter, but I am starting to think that to start off...
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    Re: Queen Rearing for Hobbyists

    David,

    How many cells do you graft each time to get the 10-20 cells? 20? more?

    Thanks,
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    Re: Maximize first year nuc honey production

    A full size colony basically won't draw comb until every available cell is filled with something. With no space to put the nectar, the bees begin to produce wax and draw comb. Extracted comb is...
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    Re: Maximize first year nuc honey production

    You could put the excluder on top of the deep and then put on your medium with 6 drawn frames and 4 foundation less. You don't need to wait for the main flow to do this and the extra space will help...
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    Re: Maximize first year nuc honey production

    I'm not sure if it is the same in your area, but we have a dearth after dandelions. Feeding thought this period will help. Decide how you want to winter and set the hives up that way. You will...
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    Re: Electric Fence Ground Rods? 3 Needed?

    Keep testing throughout the season. A good ground in spring can become a lousy ground in dry weather. Here's a yard I set up yesterday:

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    Re: queen and were she will lay

    As Ray said as things pick up and warm up they will push the broodnest downward. She will move down sooner if you leave the ladder comb between the boxes.
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    Re: Splits or Split Down

    12 3-4 frame splits sounds too aggressive. I think you would have better success with 4-5. One you have set them up, stay out them for 4 weeks. Check for queens/eggs then. There is nothing to be...
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    Poll: Re: How long does it take you find your queen(s)?

    Yep
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    Re: Splitting/Equalizing 6 weeks before the flow

    Thanks. This is what I am trying to do. Last year I had a mix of singles and doubles and too much variability. This season I want to setup each yard with singles of roughly the same size to...
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    Re: Splitting/Equalizing 6 weeks before the flow

    I don't disagree. Last year I tried to manage them to max strength. My best colonies produced 150-200lbs, but the ones that swarmed produced very little. I think I had around 25% that swarmed at...
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    Re: Splitting/Equalizing 6 weeks before the flow

    Around first cut. Usually the last week of June with some season variation.
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    Re: Splitting/Equalizing 6 weeks before the flow

    Most "swarm prevention methods" are either two labour intensive, ineffective or weaken the colony anyways. They really become impractical at a certain size. It makes sense to me setup colonies at a...
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    Re: Splitting/Equalizing 6 weeks before the flow

    I had assumed drawn comb. My thought was that you don't want them so strong at the start of the flow that half of them swarm. You might not get that 200lb harvest from some colonies, but average out...
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    Splitting/Equalizing 6 weeks before the flow

    If you are splitting and equalizing 6 weeks before the main flow, what size are you targeting in frames of bees and/or brood?

    Recent articles in the ABJ have discussed this. One article says that...
  17. Re: Foundationless Problem after installing bee boxes. Help!

    They seem to always want to curve the ends. Bend them back by hand while they are still soft. You might need to use a knife to cut where the curved part is attached. If you can get a couple of...
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    Re: Electric Fence Ground Rods? 3 Needed?

    I use two, about six feet apart.
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    Re: Where have all the hive tools gone?

    You need a bee belt17303
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    Re: Hive tool at Walmart

    I bought one of these, but it's been mostly kicking around the bottom of my tool box. I much prefer the pry bar type.
  21. Re: Foundationless Problem after installing bee boxes. Help!

    It's so much easier for a beginner to start with a box of foundation and then insert foundationless frames in the middle. Or go with part sheets of foundation like Laurie.

    I found large elastics...
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    Maybe dry wasn't the correct word, oil helps keep the patty soft. Helps keep it from hardening.
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    Re: Using MAQS with screened bottom

    Propolis-etc, have it in their catalogue.
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    Re: Using MAQS with screened bottom

    Stainless mesh is supposed to hold up to formic better.
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    Re: Spring on the West Coast.

    This.
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