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    Re: Backfilling brood nest?

    No Excluder and I am all foundation less so empty frames
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    Re: Backfilling brood nest?

    I was originally trying to determine why they were not building new comb in the supers overhead. The main flow "should be" in its beginning stages in my area. My hives are new over wintered nucs...
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    Re: Backfilling brood nest?

    understood. in the build up coming out of winter you can recognize the expansion of the broodnest upwards by observing a clear band of polished out cells just above the top of the brood. at some...
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    Re: Backfilling brood nest?

    I'm not sure if I'm seeing backfilling (Thus my question) . What I am seeing is that they are NOT build new comb despite covering local sumac trees and ground clover. If they are back filling they...
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    Backfilling brood nest?

    As the main flow gets underway, do bees first back fill empty space in the brood chamber before they start building comb in the supers above the brood next?

    I would think that makes sense. We are...
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    Re: Do bees forecast upcoming flow?

    Wow, thanks Walt for the generous detailed response. I don't understand everything you said but rest assured, I will be researching what your talking about. When I go to my hive to make an...
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    Do bees forecast upcoming flow?

    In northern Vermont, our main flow starts mid June and lasts for 4-5 weeks. Can a bee keeper tell that a flow is imminent by watching their behavior? Just did a observation of my hives today and...
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    Re: Why a cell starter and finisher?

    I did something wrong. I went to check on the progress. I opened the bottom box and put the divider on. I peaked in the top and didn't see many bee's. They were all in the bottom box with the...
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    Re: Why a cell starter and finisher?

    Thank you. I thought that was the point of a cloak board???? Tonight I am supposed to divide the two boxes with he queen below and allow the bees to exit the bottom entrance at which time they will...
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    Re: I tried something new today.

    WOW, I had never heard of this, although I had wondered about it. I run all foundation less so this would work perfectly, I think. I'm gonna try this tomorrow for my first attempt to raise queens....
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    Re: Why a cell starter and finisher?

    I'm curious. I will be attempting to graft tomorrow and put 11 cells into a cloak board setup. I think I have enough bees, but I might be underestimating just exactly how many bees are required. ...
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    Re: Why aren't Cloake Boards more popular?

    I chose the cloak method for my first attempt at queen rearing for a few reasons.

    1. I have low resources, ie no spare bees or Nuc's yet.
    2. If I screw it all up, I have not totally disrupted a...
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    Re: Grafting from Foundation less Comb

    I wasn't even thinking about it falling out. I have my deep brood comb wired in so Im good there
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    Re: Increase vs. Honey Production

    Thank you, this is the exact type of information I want.

    I was definitely going to split but was gonna wait till after our main flow was over. But after over thinking it, I decided to sacrifice...
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    Re: Increase vs. Honey Production

    A 4 over 4 is a mini hive with a 4 frame box over a 4 frame box. They are no longer in Nuc's but rather in two deeps jamed with honey from the dead outs I had last winter. Each hive is setup...
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    Grafting from Foundation less Comb

    Any thoughts on this? Is easier/harder. Are there technique's that are specific to foundation less grafting?
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    Increase vs. Honey Production

    Second year beek. Lost all my hives overwinter this past year, mostly due to my mis-management, not the cold. But I am determined to never buy bees again. I bought three overwinter nuc's this...
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    Re: Why a cell starter and finisher?

    Thanks you for your reply, but the more important part of the question for me was if less than 16, why not move to the finisher earlier?
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    Re: Why a cell starter and finisher?

    Old Timer. What is the significance of 16 in determining the timing of recombining the boxes? I would think recombining the boxes sooner would only serve to add numbers to the hive.

    This is an...
  20. Thread: Wintering Nucs

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    Re: Wintering Nucs

    Yes, they are easy to make, so I stopped with the boxes since I don't need these until July probably. Also need a movable divider board as well, but again easy to make
  21. Thread: Wintering Nucs

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    Re: Wintering Nucs

    I was inspired this weekend after reading this thread 2 times and here is what came of it.

    http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb450/wrlcpa/139_zpsgtojo3vl.jpg
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    Re: Clarification on splits

    Thanks. I have now read the entire MP thread and I rethinking how I want to approach this. I will take my weakest of the three and experiment this year. Hope to get 4 nuc's to "Play" with. If it...
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    Re: Clarification on splits

    Me too actually. I guess I am just trying to increase colonies. No kids this morning, going to re-read the MP thread :>)
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    Re: Clarification on splits

    I read most of the Michael Palmer thread you pointed me to and yes, a spring nuc will need to be split again in say june and maybe again in August. I am referring specifically to nucs made after the...
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    Re: Clarification on splits

    Awesome. Thank you. As a follow on question, is there any benefit to splitting/reducing a productive hive to a nuc for overwintering other than you end up with more hives? It sounds like splitting...
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