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  1. Re: Vintage Queen Introducer-How is it used?

    Thanks for your help solving that, Michael. It was interesting and fun, and educational. Sure shows how we love to think we can improve on nature.
  2. Re: Vintage Queen Introducer-How is it used?

    Hard for me to believe this is just an entrance includer. Certainly the lower portion would function as such, but that leaves unexplained the "second story". That upper portion could function as a...
  3. Vintage Queen Introducer-How is it used?

    I have a 14"L x 4"D x 2"H wooden two-tier device with a welded-wire front with queen-excluder spacing. There are three 3/4" holes between the two tiers. Two of these holes are covered with...
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    Re: Newbie from Montana

    If its warm enough for them to gather nectar and pollen (>65 degrees for some bees), and if there are blooming trees, shrubs, plants available, and you see them returning to the hive with full pollen...
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    Re: Newbie from Montana

    I have one white-coat dog who keeps a good distance whenever I get out the veil. She initially tried to bite the girls when they got around her head, so she quickly learned to keep her distance....
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    Re: Newbie from Montana

    Hi, Rod! Welcome to the world of top bar hives. I assume you are referring to a Kenyan style horizontal TBH and not a Warre', or Langstroth with only top bars in it. I'm not an oldbee, this being...
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    Re: Nuc, queenless vs virgin queen-help!

    Thanks so much for the advice! Today looks to be the last relatively warm and sunny day for another week, so the help is timely.

    I'll transfer the nuc bees to my Warre' hive placed exactly where...
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    Nuc, queenless vs virgin queen-help!

    33 days ago I installed a 5-frame nuc with bees & brood and a live unmarked queen, however by the next day the queen had been released and has not been seen since. We had a miserably cold 2 weeks...
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    Re: Can I split a new nuc with a package

    Now you bring up another question: what does "don't overfeed" mean in practice? It's likely to be in the 30-50 degree range, cloudy, nothing close to bloom yet, and no comb honey to give the...
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    Can I split a new nuc with a package

    I'm a newbee, getting a 5-frame nuc and a package on the same day. Would it make any sense to take a frame of brood (without bees) from the nuc and put it with the package bees when I do the...
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    Re: Newbie from NW Montana

    Thanks for the heads up on the bee timing, Daniel. I wonder how soon they'll know the schedule?

    Are the crops over there running a little later this year? Everything sure is here: we just had...
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    Re: moving a 5 frame nuc into a Warre

    Thanks for the feedback. I plan on under-supering with Warre' hive bodies, as I understand that system calls for. As soon as they've got the Lang nuc empty of brood, I'll cut out the comb and...
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    Re: Newbie from NW Montana

    Hi, John! I'm going to Spokane for a package of Carniolans and a nuc of Italians or Carnis--whatever I get--on April 16.

    I had no idea what I was getting into when I ordered the nuc. With...
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    Re: moving a 5 frame nuc into a Warre

    I've got the same dilemma on how to move a deep-frame nuc into a Warre hive, so reading these posts has been very helpful.

    I've made a Langstroth 5-frame deep nuc to get the bees out of the...
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    Newbie from NW Montana

    I'm learning beekeeping primarily for the experience and for the bees.

    I started by making a Kenyan top-bar hive from PJ Chandler's plans, with a #8 mesh hardware cloth bottom that can be cleaned...
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