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    Re: Question on Splits

    The reason for my question was that I had a very angry queenless hive, that I split down to 3 nuc's. I ordered 3 queens that arrived 5 days later. When I went to put queens in the 3 Nuc's 1 had...
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    Re: Question on Splits

    This is why I come here to ask questions like this. Your perspective makes perfect sense. Yes we are in the middle of the flow, a slow one that started out fast at that. Thanks JW
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    Question on Splits

    How much will it set back a production hive in the middle of the flow if I took two frames and a shake of bees to make a nuc?
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    Re: Murder Wasp and Swarm prevention idea

    I thought I was being smart and creative...LOL Thanks Greg
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    Murder Wasp and Swarm prevention idea

    So, I was thinking, "How could I protect my hives from the murder wasp?" I thought, well it looks pretty large, how about making an entrance reducer with a queen excluder on it somehow. Then I...
  6. Re: Splitting a Mean Angry Queenless Again hive

    Understand and that's why I was going to leave them right where they are so that after I split up the hive, all the bee's will be flying around trying to kill me. If I take the splits away, I would...
  7. Re: Splitting a Mean Angry Queenless Again hive

    All great advice. One question though. Would you all make up the splits ahead of time, Say today, Saturday ahead of the new queens arriving on Wednesday? I was considering doing that and hoping...
  8. Splitting a Mean Angry Queenless Again hive

    So I have a hive, 2 deeps, that has historically been angry and mean. It is a second year hive and has requeened itself at least 3 times. It now appears to be hopelessly queenless. (all though it...
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    Re: Split opportunity?

    Yes indeed. I strive to have equal numbers of nuc's and regular hives. Just didn't consider this opportunity but will take it
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    Re: Split opportunity?

    Thats why I asked what I thought was a no brainier question. Two more excellent solutions. i think I like the Nuc option, More versatility
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    Re: Split opportunity?

    I could do that too, same result. I have one production hive that already has a second super on it that could spare three frames
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    Split opportunity?

    So on April 10th, I found that double deep that was previously jammed and queen right, was now queenless and had about half the bee's. I of course suspect it swarmed. I immediately gave it a frame...
  13. Thread: New Comb

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    New Comb

    As part of my swarm prevention management, I took three frames of brood from my overwintered hives and placed them into Nuc's with 2 frames of drawn comb, Shook 2 frames of bee's and replaced the...
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    Russian Queen Cells

    Can you make splits using Italian bees with a Russian QC? or will they tear it down because it is not an Italian QC?
  15. Thread: Splits

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    Re: Splits

    I have drones and drone cells all over the place here. Looks to me like your altitude is different than mine. I am at almost sea level.
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    Re: Splits

    I should have said that I also shook 2 frames of bees as well and will again in a week.
  17. Thread: Splits

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    Splits

    I am sure my question is addressed somewhere else, but I can not find a specific answer so here it goes

    I made up 4 nuc's yesterday, taking 3 frames of bees, brood, eggs, etc and placing them into...
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    Re: Too early to split?

    So for what it's worth, I am zone 8A and I am already seeing drones on the porch of my hive's. Like PSM1212 said, I also will be splitting on Feb 22nd weekend as long as forecast allows
  19. Thread: Drones

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    Drones

    How soon after seeing first drones can you safely do walk away splits? Saw two on the Front porch today
  20. Thread: Early Queens

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    Early Queens

    I am looking for early Russian Queens. Does anyone kn ow of a breeder with availability mid February?
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    Re: Russian bees and swarm control timing

    Thanks again. You have confirmed almost everything I am planning. Today I am going to the yard and putting Patties in them, refilling syrup and doing a general inspection. I previously did Oxolic...
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    Re: Russian bees and swarm control timing

    I am doing the splits as swarm control, so I intend on doing this before they start swarm cells. I will re-queen with purchased queens

    Reading on fly back method now, However, it seems this...
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    Re: Russian bees and swarm control timing

    Thanks, Great read.

    So my current configuration is 2 Double nuc's and 1 Three story nuc. My split plan is to split off entirely the third nuc box of the three story nuc and if I have swarm cells,...
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    Re: Russian bees and swarm control timing

    Thanks for the advice. I was having a love hate relationship with them, but now I want more. I am considering converting my Italians to Russians, but I understand it is difficult to convert breeds....
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    Russian bees and swarm control timing

    So as an experiment last years, I tried out Russian bees for the first time. I got three nuc's going into the winter. It was a love hate relationship all summer and fall as I could never see much...
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