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    Re: Nuc-O-Matic

    Daniel,

    My thinking on building these was using them to make frames of brood & bees for starts. As such, I never really empty them, which is an issue since the bottoms are non removable. I pull a...
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    Re: Nuc-O-Matic

    "Odfrank might be adopting this, as a "Swarm-A-Matic"!"

    I guess that is the idea. They are great for pulling resources out of all summer long.

    "Or a set of plans for construction of the...
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    Re: Nuc-O-Matic

    Thanks Ray,
    I do think the bottom box being 2x12 has to help with insulation and stopping wind. The upper boxes are 1x material, but do sit right next to another one.
    A little trick I came up...
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    Re: Nuc-O-Matic

    My primary goal is to grow bees, make splits, and survive an Indiana winter.

    I also see these as a very good way for a backyard beek to have a hive lab, not just a few hives. These can be stacked...
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    Nuc-O-Matic

    This is a "hive bank" I built based on M Palmer's writing and D Coates nuc dimesions. The box is about 8' long, and holds 10, 5 frame hives. The base box is built from 2x12 with 2x12 dividers...
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    Re: Split raised queens

    My Day job has been lacking this year, so I made 60 small splits, made OTS notches, and let them raise their own queens. I got about a 70% take on good queens that made good hives. The rest I shook...
  7. Re: Aggressive splitting? Need to increase hive numbers fast. How?

    Curious about your intention to make midsummer splits with one frame of brood and expecting them to overwinter.
    Is this something you have tried before? If so, hats off for such an increase. If...
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    Re: Still waiting!

    My comment was for a person that appeared to have ordered spring bees but got summer bees instead. Your statement is true for sellers promising every last bee they think they can make so you won't...
  9. Re: queen troubles..............what to do?

    I combined one this morning just putting over an inner cover. I've found that woks well. With the newspaper combine, you can either stagger the hive bodies or give them a top entrance.
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    Re: Still waiting!

    I just packed up and sold 3 more nucs this morning. Great looking nucs if I may say so myself. 3 frames of brood plus 2 frames of resources each. I consider this sale much different than the ones...
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    Re: Still waiting!

    2 more weeks is pretty late in the season for a nuc. No honey this year.
    You might try to renegotiate for a full hive if the budget allows.

    On the other hand, I know people here just getting...
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    Re: Proof -Queen Laying Multiple Eggs

    No concern with breeding from a queen that lays multiple eggs?
  13. Re: queen troubles..............what to do?

    A month is a long time with no queen. There aren't any nurse bees to take care of a new queen. You'll need to add a frame of emerging brood if you want to try again. That means taking resources from...
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    Poll: Re: Adding the 4th medium to early?

    I've found that when using foundationless frames, adding supers early doesn't carry the same issues as foundation or drawn comb since there are no attractants for SHB or moths.
  15. Re: Aggressive splitting? Need to increase hive numbers fast. How?

    I've been making splits for increase this year as well. I started feeding syrup, but since there is so much available now they really seem to have no interest in it. I made up too much, and now have...
  16. Re: Ensuring a Swarm Stays: Question on Techniques

    Keeping in mind what Mr Bush said about afterswarms, using an excluder could keep a virgin from mating.
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    Re: Are used hives being sold too cheap?

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    I bought a load early this spring and found them to be a great deal on some great bees.
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    Re: NUCs as a growing hive?

    Can you explain what this means? What is being alternated?
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    Re: NUCs as a growing hive?

    To clarify, my overwinter nuc setup was 2 5 over 5's pushed tightly together with 2" styrofoam covering them both. After reading all Mike Palmer's messages about nucs, I built a couple hundred 5...
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    Re: NUCs as a growing hive?

    I have one that I overwintered in 2 deeps, and is now working on the 4th deep. That's the same as 2 10 frame deeps except that the 4th is being used by the bees for honey only with no excluder. The...
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    Re: Hive Purchased a Week Ago Swarmed

    I agree with the other posts that the answer is yes. I brought up a load of bees and sold half this spring. Some folks have reported a swarm, and I've had some swarms myself.

    In fairness to all...
  22. Re: 200 plastic frames we dont use. what to do with them ?

    So just for clarification,

    Who here scrapes plastic frames and reuses them without rewaxing? I have a few hundred to deal with myself.
  23. Re: When do you consider a swarm queenless?

    Walt, I thought it was normal for bees to backfill the brood area while waiting for the queen, and then move that up once the queen starts laying.

    I had some afterswarms myself this spring. It...
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    Re: help

    Sounds like they are ready for a second box. New white wax under the inner cover (or hive top feeder) is usually a good indicator it's time to add room.
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    Re: Wax foundation... Arrrrgghhhh!!!

    I bought 80 deeps with fairly new plastic frames this spring. The boxes were worth what I paid, so I thought even if the bees only draw out half the plastic it would be worth using them.

    My bees...
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