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    Default Cell Builders and Brood Factories

    Took a panoramic of my cell building yard, just before wrapping up for winter. Yesterday was a workshop day with my county bee club, and we wrapped three of my apiaries. This one is so large that I made this picture. Enlarge it and move from left to right to get the true perspective. The left side are cell builders while those on the right half are brood factories.

    Isn't technology grand.



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    Default Re: Cell Builders and Brood Factories

    Thanks for the great picture. I take from the photo you overwinter your Brood Factories and don't break them down to 2 stories?

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    Most are in 3 stories, because they get too strong for 2, and have lots of honey in the top two. Actually, I took off honey from them, so they were 4 or 5 stories tall in August

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    Impressive Yard Michael. G

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    I love this apiary. It's my office. During the cell building season, I'm here every day, sometimes for a few hours, sometimes all day. Because I work quietly, the wild turkeys and Whitetail deer have no fear and come pretty close. A flock of Cedar Waxwings hangs out in the trees eating Shad berries and other wild fruit. It's nothing to see Northern Harriers and Red Tails cruising the fields for rodents.

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    Default Re: Cell Builders and Brood Factories

    Green grass yet? Maybe we'll all have warmer winters than last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djastram View Post
    Green grass yet? Maybe we'll all have warmer winters than last year.
    Sure hope so. G

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    Default Re: Cell Builders and Brood Factories

    Mike, How many colonies do you have in this one location ?
    Thomas Bartram - 43 - 8 F langs, 22 Italian & 21 Russian

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    Default Re: Cell Builders and Brood Factories

    I think 27 big colonies and 64 nuclei.

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    Default Re: Cell Builders and Brood Factories

    How many beehives do you have ?

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    Default Re: Cell Builders and Brood Factories

    Too many.

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    Default Re: Cell Builders and Brood Factories

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Palmer View Post
    Too many.
    the answer of a real apiarist... similar to asking a shepherd how many sheep owns and he stands perplexed.
    Dfa (Humid continental warm summer climate)

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    Michael, do you find the brood factories also being varroa factories? How do you keep varroa at bay in this apiary?

    Real nice apiary, by the way, and good reasons to be proud of it!

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    Default Re: Cell Builders and Brood Factories

    Not really. Most of the brood is removed to set up cell builders or make additional nucleus colonies. I treat once in the fall.

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    Default Re: Cell Builders and Brood Factories

    Same apiary, now ready for the coming winter.



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    Default Re: Cell Builders and Brood Factories

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Palmer View Post
    Same apiary, now ready for the coming winter.


    they're all dressed in black. I hope they are not going to a funeral.

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    Default Re: Cell Builders and Brood Factories

    Michael,
    Is there a reason why the tar paper doesn't extent to the bottom of the hive?

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    Default Re: Cell Builders and Brood Factories

    Michael

    I also have a wildlife yard as you were referring to except my visitors are wild horses, buffalo, and bald eagles
    "Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay".....Krishnamurti

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    Default Re: Cell Builders and Brood Factories

    Wrapped already, is that typical for your area? Granted I am south and east of you on the seacoast, so most folks don't wrap until ~Thanksgiving here... I wonder if I could start early, and hence be done early?

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    If I wait until Thanksgiving I just might have to use my toboggan to get the wrapping materials into the apiary. I don't think wrapping in late October is a problem, and I want to get my work done....Vaca!

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