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    Re: Best way to build up a lot of comb?

    I was planning on crushing & straining the foundationless honey frames, but forget that. The comb is too valuable, I'm getting a small extractor.

    If you don't have enough comb, your hive size is...
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    Re: Best way to build up a lot of comb?

    Wonder if there's a business opportunity in selling built up comb frames...
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    Re: Move the cluster? Or trust the bees?

    Aha. That might partially explain why, when I checked the tops of the hives on a warm day, the southern end of the honey comb was empty, while the northern end was capped. I figured they were...
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    Re: Move the cluster? Or trust the bees?

    Gradually, just moving the outer left frame to the outer right? That's what I would think.



    The goal is to become a bee artist. Part luck, part talent, part skill, at least at my level. Which...
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    Re: Best way to build up a lot of comb?

    Good to know that trick of the trade. Keep that hive condensed. But not so condensed they swarm.
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    Re: Move the cluster? Or trust the bees?

    "Laozi, Tao Te Ching"

    The root word of "lazy" ? ;)

    Voltaire: “The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.”
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    Re: Best way to build up a lot of comb?

    Ah. So maybe it'll take a few small colonies (with young bees and dandelion flow) to build up the frames. Don't know if I want to sacrifice a production hive for that, have to think about that. Maybe...
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    Re: Best way to build up a lot of comb?

    I thought common knowledge was you weren't supposed to separate the brood comb tho?
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    Re: Best way to build up a lot of comb?

    So maybe making a split that's designated to be a comb builder colony (for one season), feeding that split continually (keeping on eye on robbing issues), pulling finished comb as they make it, and...
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    Best way to build up a lot of comb?

    I need comb built mass production this year - have over 100 foundationless frames to fill out.

    Just throw supers on top of brood boxes with a couple built up frames in the middle, at dandelion...
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    They need to set up a sting operation.
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    Re: Move the cluster? Or trust the bees?

    LOL. A kindred spirit.
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    Re: Bees on top, honey on bottom

    That would explain bottom boxes filled with honey and a starved cluster above them. Might also explain why nucs do better as five frames over five frames instead of 10 horizontal frames.
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    Thank you for all that great info.

    I do wonder why bk's restrict their nucs from getting "too big". Only because if it's a powerhouse nuc, why not let it grow and become next year's production...
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    buddey - that's what I would have thought, but the verticals just seem to be able to keep them warmer. It might be an exceptional climate thing.
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    Wow. I really covet your apiary.
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    I think I need to watch MP's youtube one more time.

    This is a comprehensive plan for creating overwintering nucs: https://www.betterbee.com/images/Double_nuc_instruction.pdf

    You usually find...
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    Re: Lost Them!!!

    Correction: No one person knows everything, except we here on beesource. :D

    If you doubt that, just ask us. We'll tell you.

    I've heard the adage: Ask 10 beekeepers a question, you'll get 11...
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    Kaizen - I think what you said makes perfect sense. 1st year beekeepers in NH equate to about 10 yr. beekeepers anywhere else, when you take the all-above-average into consideration. :D

    The meme...
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    I'm going to try that. It does not sound hard, I'm just a little shaky on making it securely divided so that they aren't visiting each other over the top edge. I have visions of the War of the...
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    Impressive. You may have already posted on the threads, and I can look, but I wonder how your nucs got to this point.
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    Re: Kind of a funny story that ended well!

    Good catch, squirk. I totally agree with you.

    Beekeeping is a con game. (Confidence) It's an exercise in not doubting yourself. Takes practice, trial and error, and faith in your decisions. "Zen...
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    I don't think there's any getting around that you have to use 5/5 or 4/4 nuc boxes, 2 stories. That must be the secret ingredient. I had hoped to be able to nuc in my single mediums, but that just...
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    Re: Kind of a funny story that ended well!

    Maeve - You could ask the person you bought the queen/hive from. If the queen is clipped, she can't fly off in a swarm. They'll all try to swarm off, but realize the queen is left behind, and return...
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    Beautiful cluster, jw! I take it that was not a nuc.
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