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  1. #1
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    Default Ulbn-swarm-brood break

    Have we been our own demise to bees; swarm prevention, queen excluders, limited drone rearing and constant brood rearing?

    My 8 frame, four deep, ULBN hive is absolutely a nectar gathering machine! They have swarmed and there is a break in brood rearing, but they are strong in gathering nectar.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Ulbn-swarm-brood break

    Sorry for my ignorance, but what's a ULBN hive?

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Ulbn-swarm-brood break

    I believe he is referring to Unlimited Brood Nest ....

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Ulbn-swarm-brood break

    Heading off swarming is just good sense. You get the bees in your equipment where you can manage them instead of the trees where you can't.

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesswarmcontrol.htm

    If you feel you need a brood break a walk away split will make one.

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beessplits.htm#walkaway
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Ulbn-swarm-brood break

    I like swarm prevention because keeping the bees around produces me honey and keeps them where I can give them a little help if they need it. I use queen excluders on some occaisions but don't regularly. Sacrificing drones is a real good way to keep mites down to a manageable level and there are always far more than needed. Your brood break from them swarming will indeed crash the mite population but you could have taken the queen and a split and kept them in the bee yard while recieving the same benefit.. I see my interest and the bees as being the same. I am a symbiont not a parasite.

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