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    Re: Double Nucs, has anyone tried....

    Are you talking about a vertical excluder in the divider box, or a regular excluder above?
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    Re: Double Nucs, has anyone tried....

    400 pounds of honey from that one double nuc?!

    I'd say you had a nice cluster going into winter to be able to bring down honey and keep the queen alive.
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    Re: Suggestions on Fighting Hive Beetles?

    Strong hives 100%.

    During my experience in Hawaii, there would be lines of eggs under the pollen patties the next day, so if you're using patties make sure they get eaten within a day or two. I...
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    Re: Double Nucs, has anyone tried....

    I don't think the heat transfer between the two colonies increases survivability too significantly, since they winter fine even when one side is empty.

    It would be my guess that the queens(or...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Even healthy hives with good genetics can starve after a bad season, how is that their fault? Anyway, back to the subject at hand...
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    Re: My Cell Building Methods

    How much brood or bees are you going to add to the 10 framer to get it started when you put your cells in? If your just adding a couple frames of bees I would probably reduce the space somehow.
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    Do bees "waste time" on certain plants?

    I guess what I'm asking, in regards to maximum nectar gathering, is will bees miss greater nectar flows in order to continue foraging on less rewarding plants? I have a massive patch of purple...
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    Re: Well, I blew it. Now what?

    Its common for a hive to swarm to the underside of the stand and even start building comb.
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    Re: Well, I blew it. Now what?

    If you got most of the swarm into the nuc, and set it close to where they were, the queen with probably go in.
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    Re: Well, I blew it. Now what?

    How sure are you that you didnt miss any queens cells? Did you throw on your shallow super after both deeps got full of bees? How full were they?
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    Re: Queenbee anyone.

    Should emerge in 6 days and should start laying within a couple weeks after that.
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    Re: newly inst. package backfilling

    If possible, use a jar or can to feed in order to slow down the amount of syrup they can take. With 100 hives you're bound to have a few oddballs.
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    Re: Most Painful Place to be Stung by a Bee

    Twice under the same fingernail smarts even better.
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    And what about drones? Are the best raised drones the ones the ones that get the fastest queens? If that's true(I don't know if it is), are the drones raised better because the hive is productive and...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    It would be my guess that how well queens are raised correlates to the quality of the whole hive. The better raised queen will be stronger and faster and will be able to fly further and mate with...
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    Re: Plastic Frames

    Yes, I'm sure whether there is a flow on or not makes a difference. There isn't nectar coming in so I'm feeding, but that's not the same. The first picture was actually a frame between two brood...
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    Plastic Frames

    I started putting MannLakes standard plastic frames in my hives. I hate messing with foundation and these are known to make nearly 100% worker comb. At first the bees were drawing it out scattered...
  18. Re: Moving Frames Around and Other Newbie Questions

    I would keeping feeding sugar syrup, if you can use a feeder you can place near the cluster that way they don't have to break away from the cluster as far. Also make sure they don't fill up all the...
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    Re: Queen rearing: 100 per month

    I'd say the more the merrier. Best not to keep all your eggs in one basket, eh?
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    Re: Queen rearing: 100 per month

    I've been hearing a lot about this lately. Do you have any links to studies that talk about it taking 4-5 weeks to know if the queen is properly mated?
  21. Re: Tim's way of handling overwintered nucs?

    I would say, order queens to arrive right before your main flow, and make up more nucs for those queens(after your queens arrive!) by taking 1-2 frames of brood from each your current nucs. Feed them...
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    Re: what's your worst bee sting experience?

    Under my finger nail. It throbbed all night.
  23. Thread: garbage bees

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    Re: garbage bees

    I know bees go after used coffee grounds if there was any of that in it. I think they use it for propolis.
  24. Thread: bees gone!!!

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    Re: bees gone!!!

    Sometimes bees abscond for no apparent reason. With or without the queen.
  25. Putting a frame of open brood next to graft?

    I talked with a guy that puts a frame of open brood next to his grafts in order to "hold the nurse bees"/"give them something to do", something like that. He's been successful( at least by his...
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