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  1. Re: Broood nest too small; new small cell bees in mediums fickle on plastic HELP :)

    Thank you Andrew...

    I was headed in this direction but as it has been years since I fed Syrup it is really nice t have the confirmation.

    Best Marcy

    PS just not a good honey year for me....
  2. Re: Broood nest too small; new small cell bees in mediums fickle on plastic HELP :)

    Hello deknow,

    Strong means... box was about full when I put the second box on which was some time ago as in June. So two things I think occurred.. one they never pulled out the rest of the frames...
  3. Re: Broood nest too small; new small cell bees in mediums fickle on plastic HELP :)

    Hi Barry

    Thank you for your input. These were packaged bees installed mid May. I fed them syrup till they did not wish to take more of it. Sounds like your swarm has done well. These took a while...
  4. Re: Broood nest too small; new small cell bees in mediums fickle on plastic HELP :)

    Hello JW

    ...and thank you for your response. Brood looks fine and yes I think I need to try to build them up if I can before cold weather. I do have some small cell wax foundation which I think I...
  5. Broood nest too small; new small cell bees in mediums fickle on plastic HELP :)

    Dear Bee Keeps

    I started a new colony this spring of natural small cell package bees. They as many first year bees are doing well. I started the colony on small cell plastic frames, 10 Frame...
  6. Re: Overwintering One Nuc-Suggestions needed

    Oh yes and thank you.... I have seen this Power Point presentation before and it is excellent. I am looking for more information about over wintering a single nuc box or a single ten frame deep.
  7. Re: Overwintering One Nuc-Suggestions needed

    Thanks for your response I will look to Mike Palmer.
  8. Overwintering One Nuc-Suggestions needed

    Hello

    Maine bee keep here. I have never overwintered Nucs but did intend to do so this coming winter. I nicely set up 2 nucs to hold over for winter. Both were in a divided 10 frame box. One just...
  9. Re: HELP-My small cell bees arrive tomorrow; where do I set up up this colony?

    Michael

    Thank you. As always your answers are straight forward. I am wondering a few things. I have never used a bottom board to feed. I do not have a top entrance hole although I am thinking I...
  10. Re: HELP-My small cell bees arrive tomorrow; where do I set up up this colony?

    Hello Andrew:

    As always excellent information. And yes I should have said right off the bat I have not used chemicals in my hives for years and do not advocate doing so. I try hard to be treatment...
  11. Re: HELP-My small cell bees arrive tomorrow; where do I set up up this colony?

    Hi Andrew

    Great to hear form you! I always appreciate your input. Is it your feeling that it is best to use OA instead? and if so why?

    I hope your bees faired well over the winter Andrew. I am...
  12. Re: Question: Small cell wax foundation vs. foundationless for bees raised on small c

    Thank you for the input about OA vs. FMGO. I have never used either but do think I will have a heavier mite load this spring as I had some robbing drifting from a laying worker hive that had tons of...
  13. HELP-My small cell bees arrive tomorrow; where do I set up up this colony?

    Hello

    Marcy from Maine here reporting in. I am so excited. Once again all my colonies made it through winter and this was CRAZY winter here in Maine. No winter losses and so I continue with my...
  14. Re: Question: Small cell wax foundation vs. foundationless for bees raised on small c

    Thank you Michael

    I have had great luck with natural comb on foundationless frames encouraged by Popsicle sticks. Although I sometime have trouble seeing and understanding the stages of...
  15. Re: Question: Small cell wax foundation vs. foundationless for bees raised on small c

    Thanks Fusion

    All good input. And thank you also for the feeding reminder!
  16. Re: Question: Small cell wax foundation vs. foundationless for bees raised on small c

    Thanks Gunter.. I am curious what others think but getting started on the small size template could be helpful. Any reson to use PF instead of small cell wax?

    Best
    Marcy
  17. Question: Small cell wax foundation vs. foundationless for bees raised on small cell?

    Hello

    Finally we are coming out of our winter here in the Brunswick Maine coastal area. My bees seem to have survived. I have been regressing and headed toward Michael Bush's program of natural...
  18. Re: Ongoing Conversion to mediums... have question.... and Early Autumn report

    Hi Andrew

    As usual your thinking cap is larger than mine :) I bet that would work.. I will in the process double check for queens and brood in the deeps of course. Now I have one question and an...
  19. Re: Ongoing Conversion to mediums... have question.... and Early Autumn report

    Hi Ray

    I did check to see if there was brood and a queen down there about 3 weeks after placing mediums and the queen up top. I was sorry to see none as as I would have done another split. I...
  20. Re: Ongoing Conversion to mediums... have question.... and Early Autumn report

    Thank you and I do agree. But the purpose of this is to convert a deep colony over to one that is housed on medium boxes. The queen is currently up in the mediums and has been there for months, so...
  21. Ongoing Conversion to mediums... have question.... and Early Autumn report

    Hello Maine Bee keeps etc.

    Ongoing Conversion Question: Any advice about moving bees up from bottom deeps to the upper mediums?

    I have been following Michael Bush's approach to go to lighter...
  22. Over Winter Success in Maine!!! and now some questions

    Hello fellow Mainers and others

    Last season was my first season utilizing Michael Bush's approach of natural beekeeping. I was terrified I would loose all my bees. Just the oposite ocurred as for...
  23. Re: Help-Hives feeling a bit lite in Southern Maine

    Hi Andrew and Salty

    Thanks for your sound and logical advice, and yes I put the suppers on the colonies.

    I have to say it was quite chilly the day when I put the supers back on the colonies but...
  24. Help-Hives feeling a bit lite in Southern Maine

    Hello knowledgeable treatment free beekeeps

    I have been doing pretty well going treatment free and am so happy to have 4 very strong colonies as I head into winter here in Southern Maine. As it...
  25. Brunswick Maine and our incredibly warm fall weather...

    Hello fellow Mainers...

    I know you are out there. I am in Brunswick and am still experiencing incredibly warm temperatures. Today we are once again about 65 degrees. While all this is lovely this...
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