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  1. Thread: Full Broodnest

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    Full Broodnest

    I have 2 hives that are pretty full. They have 10 deep frames full of brood they are starting to back fill. There's 10 more getting filled with honey.

    I was going to take 2 brood frames from...
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    Re: Package hive split?

    My first year I started with 5 frame nucs that had brood on them when I got them. They both filled out full deeps plus most of a second deep with honey. I fed them until they had both deeps full to...
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    Re: locating hives near livestock??

    I just started a new outyard yesterday. The property owner has a 2 year old black lab that followed me to the site. When I opened up the second colony the lab was about 25' from the hive and laying...
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    Re: Emergency Cut-out in a Felled Walnut

    With the weather roller coaster we are on in spring, sooner may be better than later. The log is probably laying on it's side rather than upright. This will totally disrupt the bees ability to...
  5. Thread: hello

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    Re: hello

    Chux is what Aussies call chickens. Maybe he means feed sacks.
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    Re: Using a floor mat as a water source

    At our bee meeting last Monday I saw an example of a waterer. The fellow drilled 4 evenly spaced 1/2" holes near the top of a 5 gallon bucket. He then inserted two pieces of 1/2" nylon rope...
  7. Re: OTS queen rearing VS grafting. I've got to decide which way to go

    KPeacock, I'm going to try OTS notching this year also. I was looking at Michael Palmers web site and noticed that on a fresh frame of brood the queen seemed to start in the middle and lay in...
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    Re: Will #4 Hardware Cloth Work?

    I got mine at a True Value Hardware store. I called around to a few before I found one that had it.
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    Re: surprised in the apiary today :)

    Tommysnare, I'm wondering about when to split myself. It's hard to get a handle about when on this site. That being said I just saw someone on the Tenn/Al line say that they used daffodil as their...
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    Re: Can splits control mites?

    At this point it appears there is NO natural resistance to varroa. Unless you consider Minnesota Hygenics or VSH.

    As far as thinking of a 2 year old hive a survivor hive I think you are fooling...
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    Re: Timing for Splits

    It sure would be easier for me if the bees looked at the calender. But I guess I'll have to loosen up and just watch what's happening in my hives. I thought that the usual swarm date for the area...
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    Timing for Splits

    I would like to ask when you start your splits in relation to your swarm date. I thought I had zeroed in on the correct timing for splits for me(near St Louis,Mo). It looks like I was off in my...
  13. Thread: Rapid Expansion

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    Re: Rapid Expansion

    ilikebs, I googled Booneville, In and saw that you are at a lower parallel than I am. TWC also reports pollen in your area. Your bees will be bring in their own pollen when it starts to warm up. ...
  14. Thread: Rapid Expansion

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    Re: Rapid Expansion

    ilikebs, Check outmdasplitter.com. You are basically using Melvin Disselkoen's method of expansion. He suggests 2 frames of brood per split. There should be 6-8 frames of brood per hive. If you...
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    Re: Maximum gap size to still keep bees out

    I tried using 2 pieces of 1/4" or #4 cloth for my screened bottom. The problem with this was the two piece didn't exactly line up so there were bands where there was 1/4" available for the bees to...
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    Re: Spring in sight chores

    MsBeHaven. Sorry it took you so long to scrape the frames.

    What I've read recently is the spring mite count will give you a base count to go from. That's what I plan on doing for my hives....
  17. Thread: Hello Everyone

    by jbraun
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    Re: Hello Everyone

    Welcome GingerSnap. First , Join your local bee club. I googled it and it's The Greater Hot Springs Beekeeping Association. They meet the last thursday of each month @ Lake Hamilton Church of the...
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    Re: We will build our hive bodies...

    Kaveman, A lot of bee keepers are handy with a table saw and make most if not all of their wooden ware. I do buy frames but I've never bought any bodies or tops or bottoms. I won a hive set up...
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    Re: Swarm Prevention

    After going through Walt Wrights posts briefly, I think I'll just checkerboard my 2 colonies I want to expand. I couldn't find what I was looking for. Also I think I'm mixing up Walt Wright's work...
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    Re: Swarm Prevention

    Michael Bush. My Bad. The error is mine. I'll have to remember to spell his name correctly.

    I thought that Walt Wright suggested that you move frame 3 to frame 5's spot to break the honey band. ...
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    Re: Swarm Prevention

    Duncan, yes I'm using 10 frame langstrom deeps. I have 4 hives this year. Last year I split my 2 hives to late and missed a lot of the flow in my area and ended up with 4 double deeps. Not...
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    Swarm Prevention

    I plan on splitting 2 hives and keeping 2 hives strong. My question is when you move frames around do you switch a center frame with an outer frame? This is to break the honey bound brood chamber...
  23. Thread: My Packing Room

    by jbraun
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    Re: My Packing Room

    Looking good! How may years did it take you to get to this point?
  24. Re: increasing from 5 to 10 hives - how much more work?

    Are you planning on keeping all of the hives in the orchard after pollination? If so, aren't you at saturation for that area? Are you ready to expand into more bee yards? Just a few other...
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    Re: Confusing question for a rookie

    You should read Michael Bush's website about treatment free before you make lots of choices. One of the things he talks about is all of the flora and fauna in the hive. Essential oils will probably...
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