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  1. Howdy! This may not be the best answer, but this...

    Howdy! This may not be the best answer, but this is the way I would do it. I would first do any work I could get done prior to moving the hives. Then I would go out there before sunrise and cover...
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    I like to freeze those kinds of frames for a...

    I like to freeze those kinds of frames for a couple days before I use them.
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    Well, right or wrong, I made the decision I...

    Well, right or wrong, I made the decision I thought was best at the time. Another reason for me was to decongest the big hive - it was early swarm season and it was blowing up more than I had ever...
  4. It’s just my preference. More than anything else,...

    It’s just my preference. More than anything else, I prefer to minimize disturbance during this time and let the bees do what they do. I’ve messed it up several times before by getting into the hive...
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    I experimented with this last year after a...

    I experimented with this last year after a commercial break told me about it. Made sure the top deep and bottom deep had queen cells and propped up the lid so the top queen had an exit and put a QE...
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    I had one hive similar to this earlier this year....

    I had one hive similar to this earlier this year. Donated a frame of capped brood and nurse bees from a strong hive to reinforce their numbers a bit (just don’t accidentally transfer the queen). I...
  7. I like to wait 2 weeks from emergence. Super...

    I like to wait 2 weeks from emergence. Super important to leave them alone during this time. At two weeks check for eggs. No eggs then give them another week. If I don’t see a few eggs by week 3,...
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    Yep, similar experience here. I used my hive tool...

    My Acorn foundation just snaps if bent over a hard edge. Works for me.[/QUOTE]

    Yep, similar experience here. I used my hive tool to cut a groove in the Mann Lake plastic foundation, using another...
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    I’d like to give an update. I OSBN how Matt...

    I’d like to give an update. I OSBN how Matt described on his website and it appears that it effectively changed their minds from swarming. Found several charged queen cups on the first visit. Opened...
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    They were ornery for sure. It was windy out...

    They were ornery for sure. It was windy out there, but I didn’t have a choice with all the bad weather we have had lately.

    Thanks for the advice, I will do that. It is funny how a mistake made...
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    I tried the OSBN last weekend when I started...

    I tried the OSBN last weekend when I started seeing queen cells. Checked this past week and found no queen cells. So far it has worked well. I also accidentally left out a frame last weekend which...
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    I did a cutout two weeks ago. The apartment owner...

    I did a cutout two weeks ago. The apartment owner needed them gone so I didn’t have a choice. The main problem is that if you don’t get the queen and they try to raise their own, you are not likely...
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    Great stuff in this whole thread. I’m going to...

    Great stuff in this whole thread. I’m going to try this next week, and I was just going to plop on foundation, but I will follow advise and cut some of the plastic foundation out.

    Question - when...
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    Again, didn’t find the queen, but we are...

    Again, didn’t find the queen, but we are experimenting with early queen mating...excited to see if it works. If I come out of the deal with a drone later, I’ll just pinch her and insert a good frame...
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    It’s worth a shot - thanks. The weather is not...

    It’s worth a shot - thanks. The weather is not looking so good right now, but that can change. I’m hoping that the drones around here are mature enough to mate by the time she flies. Time will tell....
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    Well, y’all are probably right. I just haven’t...

    Well, y’all are probably right. I just haven’t seen the drones. Maybe they will be more active a week from now. I don’t really have a weak hive to combine with so I may just treat this as an...
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    Thanks. No, I haven’t seen any drones. Or I...

    Thanks. No, I haven’t seen any drones. Or I should say I wasn’t really looking for them. During the cut out procedure I was focused more on just getting them vacuumed up, didn’t notice any though....
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    So I got them all vacuumed up and the comb...

    So I got them all vacuumed up and the comb scraped out. I’m sorry to say, but I didn’t get the queen. There was a bunch of queen cells when I checked on them yesterday. I’m about to go tear out the...
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    I did! We will see how it turns out. I went in...

    I did! We will see how it turns out. I went in filming but after spending the entire day out there I just wanted to leave lol.
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    Thank you! Planning to put them into a single...

    Thank you! Planning to put them into a single deep 10 frame. I haven’t seen brood or a queen yet. I only removed one of the combs and then I stopped. Working straight above your head sucks bad! ...
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    So I uncovered the bees. They are confined in the...

    So I uncovered the bees. They are confined in the ceiling of the first floor between the floor joists. The exterminator fogger missed for the most part, as it was sprayed in at the bottom of the...
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    Best advice ever right there, squarepeg. Wish...

    Best advice ever right there, squarepeg. Wish someone had reminded me of that. 😆😆
  23. Beginning beekeeping - equipment and costs

    Made a quick video showing the equipment and costs of getting into beekeeping, plus some tips to use when buying and growing a nuc during the first year. I hope it helps some of you that might be...
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    Haha yeah I feel your pain. First time I caught...

    Haha yeah I feel your pain. First time I caught one, I only had her by 1 leg and she did a 180 and I had a 5-legged queen. Lol. Put her back in the nuc as an experiment and found her dead on the...
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    You read my mind. I’m planning to head to the...

    You read my mind. I’m planning to head to the hardware store tomorrow AM to pick one up. The MX closet is not heated so it should be pretty cool Where I’m going through the wall. Should be easy to...
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