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    Re: Confining bees in a new nuc??

    DeepSouth, I had read not to use any smoke but to set the smoker in front of the hive, so that's what I did. I was amazed at how the girls were so sedate, just hanging out on the comb. Really cool....
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    Re: Confining bees in a new nuc??

    I've confined the 2 nucs I just made. Only 64 high today, so I'm thinking it should be fine. I also when I make a new hive put something strange in front of their entrance, almost as if blocking it...
  3. Re: Responsible thing to do - to sting or not to sting?

    I asked my doctor for a epipen scrip. I keep one at all times, just in case. Many people don't know they are allergic. And sometimes those who weren't, develop the allergy. BTW, it is not a simple...
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    Re: Quiet, Too Quiet

    Windy, cold, and late in the day - they do get quiet. Gilligan - brilliant! Oh yeah, just give a stiff rap on the box. You should get a "whirr!"
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    Re: New hive - no comb?

    Yes, what they said. Bees can actually abscond if you mess with them too much. They will think something is "not right" with their new home. (That would be you. :) ) Congrats on your new-found love.
  6. Re: Queens coming but may have queenless nuc.

    Michael, checked my notes. I saw the QC on 4/7, so one week ago, As you say, sounds like I won't know for another week or two. I'll just sit tight then with that one. Good to know about the old wax....
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    Re: Will soapy water kill SHB

    Oil will kill them. Soap may kill the beetles but it doesn't seem to affect the larvae. They kept crawling out of a tray I had pulled. There was no oil or water. I added water and soap. They...
  8. Re: Queens coming but may have queenless nuc.

    Lowe, that helps a lot - knowing the laying worker is a brood thing, not a queen thing. I will know before long and now know my options. Thanks all!
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    Bill, I don't "think" I have a laying worker, just trying to imagine what possible scenarios I might encounter in hopes of being better prepared for what to do when I open the nuc. I know one can...
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    Re: Feeding advice on two nucs

    Keep a watchful eye, especially when there is a drought on. I start my nucs with an opening wide enough for only one bee to fit through. I used to have major swarming issues, but have been trying to...
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    Re: Feeding advice on two nucs

    Me either, GO, not as an entrance feeder anyway. I will use them inside an empty hive body. That does not seem to set off robbing and does not leave me with a useless piece of equipment.
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    Re: Feeding advice on two nucs

    True, feeding during a drought could cause robbing, but NOT feeding during a drought could cause starvation if the hive doesn't have enough stores. A new hive should have its entrance reduced until...
  13. Queens coming but may have queenless nuc.

    I have a nuc that was queenless. I added a frame of eggs and they built a queen cell. I haven't been back in since I saw the cell (a week or two ago). My only concern there was that the cell was very...
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    Re: Feeding advice on two nucs

    Typically, a new nuc needs help building comb the first year. Most people feed, sometimes through to fall, to get them in position to overwinter. I would start feeding and you can monitor as the...
  15. Re: Overwintering singles (when and where to add the second brood box)

    Awesome, cristian! Beautiful mountains in the background too! :)
  16. Re: How far in advance can I split before queen arrives?

    Well, yes! Doesn't that make complete sense, Mike! Excellent point!
  17. Re: How far in advance can I split before queen arrives?

    Thanks for the reply, burns. I'm just adding new queen stock to my apiary, so will be doing splits with queens that will arrive in a couple of weeks. I don't need them to build queen cells.

    In the...
  18. Re: How far in advance can I split before queen arrives?

    Ohhhh, yes, Oldtimer, that makes sense on the laying worker. I think I was mixing metaphors. Great points, all of those. This is why I'm refreshing in advance of their arrival! Thanks for the...
  19. How far in advance can I split before queen arrives?

    I know a couple of days is good for creating a split to add a new queen to, but can I go longer? I guess the other part of that question is how fast, typically, will a worker convert to a laying...
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    Re: Brood between boxes

    I mix plastic and wood in all my hives. This was across wood in one of the boxes. Can't say in the other, but I'm pretty sure it was wood. Also couldn't say if plastic was adjacent. I just remember...
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    Re: Brood between boxes

    Yeah, I wish I had had time to go into the dern thing this morning. Space (and swarming) was what was coming to mind. I"ll get into them for real on Sunday, but Saturday here is supposed to be...
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    Brood between boxes

    I went into a hive this morning (checkerboarded mid-Feb.), just to put a super on top. I saw brood all the way to the top box so I decided I'd better do a quick look for queen cells. I lifted the top...
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    Re: 1:1 vs slush - stimulating

    Good to hear, Michael. I just want to provide sustenance and to observe them.
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    Re: 1:1 vs slush - stimulating

    Just seeing this post, AR. Thanks for the information. I guess I didn't state my question well. Just trying to figure out how to put feed out without stimulating.

    Thanks all for the input.
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    Re: 1:1 vs slush - stimulating

    Yes, Edy, but a candyboard is inside the hive for when the bees are clustered. That's what I think too, Ruthies.
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