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    Re: Split Questions

    My first thought re: size.

    This is a very young queen and probably won't swarm unless she has to. By that I mean no room. Very easy to to get a split from this since it is , as you say, a strong...
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    Re: Advice desperately needed

    You are probably correct that your hives are attracting swarms. If you can try to keep your hives out of sight you can most likely keep more than 8 hives. Out of sight can be hidden in plain sight....
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    Re: Beware of Betterbee

    Sounds a bit Orwellian to me.
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    Re: Drones and drone brood - NY Upstate puzzle

    That's all you need to know. Don't do a thing.
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    Re: Quick split question

    I would listen to the people whose judgement I trust.

    If I had no one to ask, my first inclination would be to split the brood frames 50/50. Get all the bees off of half of them, shake or brush....
  6. Re: Old Brood Comb, with mold !? Can i use them for...? - (Photos attached)

    It doesn't look to be what I would consider "old."
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    Re: Would you requeen?

    Huge assumption to think that a new queen would turn the tide. May make it worse.

    I have been rereading Richard Taylor, he spoke of beekeepers if not sure of what to do should do nothing.

    Have...
  8. Re: Old Brood Comb, with mold !? Can i use them for...? - (Photos attached)

    Stuff looks like new to me.
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    Re: Screws or Nails?

    Nails are plenty, glue is overkill, screws are way over the top. And, No, I don't have empirical knowledge of this. But, I do know a hawk from a handsaw.
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    Re: Western Bee Supply - outrageous shipping costs!

    Just checked a couple random items from Mann and from Amazon. Pretty close. MOST things using prime has shipping factored in. Making it the same bottom line as non-prime sales from Amazon.
  11. Thread: Painting boxes

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    Re: Painting boxes

    If you must paint, paint only what is exposed to the elements. The bees will take care of the rest.
  12. Re: Today i inspected my 2 hives and i need your thoughts on what i seeen

    As long as the bees from the "other" hive bring in pollen or nectar it shouldn't be a problem.
  13. Re: Aggression with strongest hives, and inspection report.

    I was looking at these gloves.

    http://www.betterbee.com/Products/Gloves/Reusable-Nitrile-Gloves

    I think this is what was talked about.
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    Re: Splitting new Nucs

    Thank you. The comment of "critical mass" seemed to bring a few things together for me. I don't recall, but I am sure that you do, one of the famous authors, guessing Doolittle, said to take brood...
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    Re: Splitting new Nucs

    Only two? I have done that with a honey crop.
    Perhaps you misread.
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    Splitting new Nucs

    Tell me how you split a new 5 frame nuc to make the maximum number of strong hives going into winter. This is a bee crop no honey crop.
  17. Thread: Nuc Contents?

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    Nuc Contents?

    What do you expect to get when you buy a Nuc?

    There is no industry standard, but I expect 3 frames of brood 1 of honey and 1 of pollen.

    Since there is no industry standard and I didn't even...
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    Re: Am I Charging Enough?

    $5 for a cup of honey? I'd be ashamed, but I don't judge.

    No such thing as organic honey, ulness you use some federal standard. Bees go where thet want to go.
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    Re: Carniolan Queen, Italian bees?

    Don't assume that you not going crazy. After all you do keep bees.
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    Swarm trap density?

    How close does conventional wisdom say to place swarm traps?
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    Swarm gathering?

    How often should I check my swarm boxes for tenents?

    I'm thinking everyday to avoid complications.
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    Re: Possible to mutli-task?

    Your hives at 2 years are at their prime (at least that is what I gather from the Walt Wright readings) and yuo may want to consider something other than and even split. Kind of like making a smaller...
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    Re: Carniolans over Italians

    My quick and dirty is: Italians produce and don't stop, Carnis take more environmetal factors into the equation.
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    Re: Anyone growing thyme?

    I'd like to put some ground tyhme in. I recall reading that in my area it as once a very common plant in cow pasures. Cows wouldn't eat it, but it made for some good honey. Long bloom period gave the...
  25. Thread: marking frames

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    Re: marking frames

    I only do this if it is very early in the season and there is a chance of seperating the cluster more than is prudent. Sometimes the cluster is at one end of the frame rather than in the center.
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