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  1. Re: Spinoff of # hives. How many hives to be totally self sufficient?

    If you want 20 production hives going into each year's flow, I'd recommend trying to have 5-10 nucs/small hives to overwinter with your 20 "big" hives. If you have 30% winter losses, you will still...
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    Re: when to add a second super

    If they have drawn out a whole box of foundation and stashed nectar, add another. Remember, bees need extra room to store honey while they work on concentrating/evaporating it down to honey. Give...
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    Re: two hive placement

    I am quite confused about this whole setup you have/envision. But here's the bottom line, if you have your hives facing a high-traffic area I would re-think it. If it's something where people may...
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    Re: Does Comb = Mated Queen?

    Secondary swarms typically have virgin queens--eg you might have a queen, but she's not bred yet. But, this early in the season it's probably pretty likely that there is a laying queen. Either way,...
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    Re: two hive placement

    I 2nd Vance. Also, you will not want to stand in front of the hive enterance while working it. To one side is better, behind the hive is best.
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    Re: Burr comb or wild comb

    PS - yes, scrape out all that burr comb.
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    Re: Burr comb or wild comb

    With that many queen cells, your hive will swarm if you don't act fast.

    I hate to lecture, but this should not have been your first time opening the hive this year--May is FAR too late to be...
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    Re: Evolution of Swarming?

    Very interesting question. I'm guessing you won't take "because that's the way Jesus made them..." as an answer. Ha!

    Obviously this is a question for an evolutionary biologist, which I am not. ...
  9. What is a tolerable mite count for Spring in the Midwest?

    So I decided to get more precise in my beekeeping this year. I did mite counts (sugar shake method) on all hives yesterday, but I'm finding treatment threshold numbers online that are all over the...
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    Re: Price for a rotted out hive with bees?

    To my mind, any payment would be a gratuity to an elderly someone who seems like they are in a bad spot in life. I dont pay people for swarms--which is what these are given the dismal state of the...
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    Re: Watering bees.

    If your bee yard is near a structure you own, I recommend a rain barrel tapped into a downspout. Mine holds 90 gallons or so and never runs dry. I leave it to drip into a basin that I fill with...
  12. Thread: Cheap Nucs?

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    Re: Cheap Nucs?

    As I understood the original post, the general question was "If you sell out, aren't you selling too cheap?" I don't think its unethical to charge whatever the market will bear--we are all...
  13. Thread: Cheap Nucs?

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    Re: Cheap Nucs?

    There is a famous question that is asked in business schools: why do home depot and lowes sell construction materials for the same price before and after a natural disaster hits an area? For...
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    Re: Starting 7 new pkg's

    With packages, I always say that it depends on whether you have drawn comb or not. If those packages are starting on just foundation, you should just worry about getting a full hive drawn and stored...
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    Re: Hives in 2 locations

    Respectfully, Newbury, I think your advice is misguided. The idea that a new beekeeper can buy bees and they'll just "keep themselves" is a recipe for lots of dead colonies and uncontrolled...
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    Re: Hives in 2 locations

    Could you do it? Sure. Could you keep bees well[I]? Almost surely not.

    On warm days in Ohio between October-March you really should be checking the hives and making sure their stores are...
  17. Thread: what if?

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    Re: what if?

    I would wait to checkerboard for a week or two--you don't want to mess with them during this cold snap. Then, yes, you would checkerboard your top super by adding a second super.
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    Re: what if?

    I wouldn't harvest any honey--we in SW Ohio aren't out of the woods until fruit trees bloom. Your bees may need that honey as they start to brood up and in case we get a cold snap. Besides, it is...
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    Re: extracting from a plastic foundation

    It may not be the only way, but it's the best way. If cost is a factor, you can make a pretty serviceable extractor with some pails and a little hardware and a power drill. Look around online for...
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    Sticky: Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

    45432 - 3/12/15

    Maple blooms spotted.
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    Re: Hello from Ohio!

    Hello from Dayton!
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    Re: Greetings from Croatia

    Welcome! I trade honey to my Croatian friends (in Ohio) for smoked goat meat, sausage, and wine. I can't imagine all the delicious opportunities you will have living there!
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    I can't believe no one has mentioned the one obvious and undisputable drawback: no comb honey with this gadget!
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    Re: new "bee" from NW Ohio

    Welcome from ohio
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    Re: How to hold steady at a hive number...

    Good thing I don't come to BeeSource for marriage advice. :shhhh: When asking how to hold steady on 10 hives so as to keep a promise to my spouse, over half of the advice is to keep getting more...
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