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    Re: Incredible Double Story Nuc

    Hey garusher...nice to see another SEMO boy on here! I thought I might chime in here: If you have brood in the upper and lower, won't placing an empty box of foundation between the two cause one side...
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    Re: My first cut-out

    I recently did a cut out ( my first) and they were HOT for about three days. A week later they're pretty gentle. I'd give them a bit and requeen if they're still hot after awhile....
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    Re: Queen cell question

    Went back into them today and found a hatched queen cell and no sign of the old queen. They have about a frame of ready to emerge brood and the rest of it is becoming backfilled with nectar. I hope...
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    Re: building comb around queen cups, pic

    A buddy of mine had a swarm capture and wasn't sure he had a queen. Never could find her and wasn't seeing any brood after about three weeks. He grafted a few cells and put them in the swarm hive...
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    Re: Nuc made....now what?

    About 12 days ago, I made a split very similar to yours except I only gave them three frames. Two of capped brood and one of nectar/pollen. I put a frame feeder in to take up the other 2 frame...
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    Re: Queen cell question

    Thanks for the thoughts. I'm still not sure what's going on, but have decided that doing nothing may be about as effective as doing anything just to make me feel better about the whole thing. I will...
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    Re: Queen cell question

    I'm scratching my head here.....I observed them from out front yesterday and saw quite a bit of pollen being brought in. Pollen doesn't always mean anything, if it's available they'll store it. But...
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    Re: June Nuc Swarmed

    I'm no expert, but with a brand new queen filling the bottom box, I think it might have been better to place a second deep on them instead of the medium with a queen excluder. Queen excluders have a...
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    Re: Queen cell question

    Update: I checked the colony again this weekend and sure enough there was one very large queen cell capped on that last frame. I looked through the colony several times and never did find a queen. I...
  10. Re: Extracting--- using heat gun to uncap??!!

    +1 on Coal Reaper's statement. I helped a friend with his first extraction this year and we used the heat gun with mixed results. He runs 7 frames in an 8 frame box on all of his supers. For the...
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    Re: Queen cell question

    Ok..thanks guys. I "assumed" that they built the cell as the larvae grew, but it seems you are saying that they build the cell quickly and then wait till the larvae is ready before capping. This...
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    Re: Queen cell question

    Thanks Kilocharlie...that's what I was looking for. Based on my notes the very earliest an egg could have been laid by this new queen was 8 or maybe 9 days ago. The queen cells I found were both...
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    Queen cell question

    Sorry guys for what is probably the 200th time a question has been asked about queen cells, but I didn't really see this covered. What I'm looking for is the size of a 7 day old queen larvae.

    A...
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    Re: Honey stores and brood?

    Thanks for the thoughts. I ended up taking the empty frames and consolidated them into one box and took the two boxes of brood and placed the one with the most brood and pollen in the bottom box,...
  15. Re: Expanding while mixing foundation and foundation-less

    I haven't extracted any of it yet, but I wired my foundationless frames with a slightly larger gauge wire than your typical frame wire and have been very pleased with the results. They simply...
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    Re: 1st Year Russian Hives

    I brought a nuc home from Coy's around the 10th of May. Plopped them on an out yard that was loaded with white clover and let them get crowded in the first two weeks. They swarmed about a week and...
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    Re: Honey stores and brood?

    Actually, I did a more in depth inspection this afternoon and was surprised to find that they had plenty of room. The lowest deep was all but empty comb loaded with bees, but just a little nectar...
  18. Re: Seeded a new package with drone comb - whoops. Now what?

    I think I'd move two of them to the outside positions in the bottom box and if they're ready for it, put the other two on the outsides of the new box. If they're not ready for a new box, I think I...
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    Re: Swarm won't stay in hive?

    You are probably correct that it's not a 100% guarantee of keeping them in place. It's not terribly uncommon to find a virgin queen and a mated queen in the same swarm. An unmated virgin can slip...
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    Honey stores and brood?

    I've come across something that I thought I might get some thoughts on. About two weeks ago, I checked my strongest colony and in the third deep they had 8 frames of honey/nectar in various stages of...
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    Re: Swarm won't stay in hive?

    Cedar Hill is spot on with the queen excluder. We caught a late swarm in august last year and had to retrieve them 3 times before they settled in. The last time we plopped a QE on top of the bottom...
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    Re: why are the building comb like this?

    I had some of that last year. I simply pulled the frames and gave them different ones to try. A mentor told me that he takes those wonky frames and turns the messed up side in to a nice brood frame...
  23. Re: Removing Queen for Brood Break, Increased Honey and Nucs

    I tried it this year with poor results. I think the biggest thing was, I did it about a month earlier than I should have. I did get a really nice nuc and what appears to be good laying new queen in...
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    Re: Need advice on booming swarm

    Split....I would definitely want daughter queens from that stock.
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    Re: Tricking the queen...

    It's worked for me. I had the best luck getting them to build comb on two parts water to one part sugar.
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