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    Re: Please help me understand keeping a Nuc

    #1 Nucs are cheap to keep.
    A nuc box cost about 10.00 to build or less.
    #2. A nuc is sacrificial if you need to use it to boost a production hive. It gives you a spare queen if needed, it has...
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    Re: cut out gone bad?

    Did the Stadium owners expect that you would remove the bees? If so, now what are you going to do when they rebuild in the current cavity?
  3. Re: Aggressive splitting? Need to increase hive numbers fast. How?

    see link

    http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/method1.html
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    Re: Split challenge.

    Day #15

    We had a few days of rain and the Black Locust has bloomed after not doing so last year. In order to take advantage of the bloom I decided to move the package started Nuc into a full deep....
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    Re: Is It Too Late.....

    Plenty of time, yes... finding bees will be difficult.
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    Re: green drone frames-do they work?

    They worked great at rearing lots of mites and infesting my hives.

    I put them on the pile of carp I will never use again.
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    Re: The good and the bad about package bees

    There are hieroglyphics of Egyptians smoking bees that are several 1000 years old. Those Egyptians were pretty smart people, built the Pyramids, generated electricity eons before Edison and Tesla....
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    Re: The good and the bad about package bees

    Bees are like dogs.... After a while you know which ones you can walk up to and pet and which ones are going to bite you. If a keeper wants to shoot a video of them going into a hive commando they do...
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    Re: The good and the bad about package bees

    The temperament of your hives will change through out the year and can be based on many factors other than the queen.
  10. Thread: pronunciation

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    Re: pronunciation

    In French the accent mark is used to mark "High Vowels", not the accent on the word. If you are basing your pronunciation on that alone it should be a long E sound. Not long A.

    For example: say...
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    Re: Split challenge.

    6013

    Try that for a pic. Day one.
  12. Thread: pronunciation

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    Re: pronunciation

    So lets approach this from a different direction.

    If you had a meeting at work and your clients last name was Warre, How do you then pronounce it when you walk into the room to greet them?
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    Re: Split challenge.

    The point you are missing is my location. If I build it up and winter it without splitting, there is a pretty significant chance that I will have nothing next year from it because there is a...
  14. Re: Order a new queen...or just kill current one?

    Just watch the night time temps. You don't want to give them so much brood that they are unable to cover it. 1 partial frame of capped to start and add more after the first starts to emerge.
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    Re: Split challenge.

    My method is completely based on conditions. If the river bottom of locust has a good flow this season I will be able to do a lot more with this little colony... if it is a long dry summer I will do...
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    Re: Split challenge.

    No. I will rear the queens for the splits. I initially install in a nuc box with the hope of over crowding and I will be watching for swarm prep. I use the swarm cells for splitting.
  17. Thread: pronunciation

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    Re: pronunciation

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8rJ-y__NSs

    At 17 seconds you can hear the proper french pronunciation. sounds sorta like "we're high"
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    Re: Split challenge.

    I have the best of both worlds. I have production colonies that will only get split once this year and will (if all goes well) produce a surplus of honey. But I also have new starts that are not...
  19. Re: Order a new queen...or just kill current one?

    What is the condition of the second nuc you purchased? Is it in the same location?

    If the second one is good; have you considered stealing brood from it to boost the weaker colony?
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    Re: Split challenge.

    No worries.

    I have done this before and 50% or better of them will winter. I am just sharing how I do it and trying to break my previous record of 8 hives. The point is that in the end I can turn...
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    Split challenge.

    I started my hive which will be split into as many hives as possible this summer.

    Started from a package on 5/14/13. End date will be 9/14/13
    Shook 3# package into a beemax nuc box with 5 drawn...
  22. Thread: pronunciation

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    pronunciation

    Okay so I am American and I say "Ware" hive. I have been told that it is French and it is pronounced "Warae" with a long "A" at the end. My response to that is that Paris is French and pronounced...
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    Re: What defines mean bees?

    There are benefits to defensive hives, but you need to be know the difference between defensive and aggressive. "Mean bees" really isn't a good descriptor of anything.

    Defensive bees head but you...
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    Re: hi yanks new member from australia

    Bring a bunch of Aussies here, drop them in Alabama, and we can find out if Southerner's object to being called "yanks". My money is on that they will ;)
  25. Re: Anyone else scrambling to get equipment ready for swarm season?

    Get ready ahead of time? Never! :D
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