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    For production colonies, I leave supers on spring...

    For production colonies, I leave supers on spring to fall so I only feed the light colonies in early spring and late fall. Generally not needed.

    For nucs, I might feed when there isn't a flow....
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    Yup, a frame of eggs is perfect insurance. Take...

    Yup, a frame of eggs is perfect insurance. Take the frame from a colony you like because potentially you're propagating those genetics. I shake the bees off the frame first but I don't know if it...
  3. Thread: Linden flow

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    Re: Linden flow

    I've never thought they looked similar, especially when blooming, and I'm not the kind of person who can tell different kinds of oaks apart.

    Catalpas have huge smooth heart-shaped leaves and solid...
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    Re: 1st ever sting and no swelling ?

    I agree with those who suspect you didn't get a full strength sting because of the suit.

    My first 6 months I kept not getting stung, so over time I wore less and less until I was out there in...
  5. Thread: Linden flow

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    Re: Linden flow

    I had scales under my hives the last few years. It looks like the schedule in my part of Hudson Valley, NY is something like:

    March/April: some pollen, almost enough nectar to break even but not...
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    Re: If you had it to do all over...

    Most things I would keep the same, but if I could go back and give myself advice:

    1. Less worry about cold, moisture, varroa, deformed wing virus, israeli paralysis virus, european foulbrood,...
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    Bad information from the EPA?

    I was reading an interesting US EPA report on fluvalinate, as I wanted to know more about possible dangers to humans. I felt like I was learning a lot and it all seemed very scientific and,...
  8. With single deeps you'll have fewer frames to dig...

    With single deeps you'll have fewer frames to dig through when finding the queen or inspecting the brood best, but on the other hand you'll have a smaller margin for error when it comes to keeping...
  9. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    Pine kitty litter works. My wife got a 40 lb bag for our foster kittens and then didn't like it, so that'll last me a year easily. It's a little harder to light than paper or pine needles but burns...
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    You really need a response from a commercial...

    You really need a response from a commercial beekeeper who's gotten 100+ queens from multiple breeders over several years. Unfortunately most of them don't want to hurt anyone else's business and...
  11. Thread: requeen failure

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    Re: requeen failure

    Today (May 24) I looked to see how the three-hole caged queens were doing since being introduced on May 16. In every case, no eggs, no cells, just hopelessly queenless. I don't understand why...
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    Re: 18 month plan - is it realistic?

    For comparison, I have 5 production colonies and 4 nucs right now, very similar to your target. Unless something crazy happens I'll never have to buy bees again. In fact, with 2 production colonies...
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    Re: Buying nucs is hit or miss

    I agree with AstroZomBee in terms of how to evaluate a nuc. A good laying queen is the main thing, as long as they're not starving or about to swarm or diseased in some way. The number of bees is...
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    Jeff, why did you put the fulcrum on the same...

    Jeff, why did you put the fulcrum on the same side as the J hook? I don't see how that fulcrum can work given that it would be pressing down on the same frame you're trying to pry up with the hook....
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    Re: requeen failure

    Harry, I probably will, as that's just the totally normal method almost everyone uses. I assume its high success rate is contingent on not having virgins or capped queen cells. That's my issue --...
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    Re: requeen failure

    Thanks Mike, that makes sense. But couldn't there be another queen that isn't laying yet? I really appreciate you and others taking the time.

    Current state:

    * 4 nucs had marked laying queens,...
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    Re: requeen failure

    Yeah I'm having good luck with the push-in cages too. My main problem now is that I need to get into a state where I know I've removed all the previous queens. You have to find all the queen cells,...
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    Re: What do you feed your bees?

    That's brilliant, thanks for the tip. I run all deeps and move frames between nucs and production colonies, and between brood boxes and supers, and it all gets confusing.
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    Re: Bees attacking neighborhood

    Wow minz! I've got some hives I'd like to requeen because I can't work them in shorts and a t-shirt anymore, but I've never experienced anything like that. I don't think you should feel bad at all...
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    Re: mated queen piping?

    It was similar to this behavior: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utJP1N_S8lc
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    Re: first swarm today

    One of the hives that previously swarmed issued another swarm today. So that's one nuc removed and two swarms by May 10! And they had more capped queen cells, presumably preparing for a third...
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    mated queen piping?

    During inspections today I found one of the queens I purchased this spring. She would walk around the hive doing normal queen things and then stop for 5 or 10 seconds to make a "veeee veeee" sound,...
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    Re: And so, it has begun..... Swarm season.

    I'm also in NY and have already had two swarms. In early April I had taken a nuc out of both and given them a third 10-frame deep, putting empty drawn frames in the brood nest and moving capped...
  24. Re: Found a capped queen cell and there is cold weather on the way. What now?

    I agree with Gray Goose.

    There's a swarm prevention method called Demaree that's exactly like what you did except you're supposed to destroy every queen cell in the queenless side (unless you want...
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    Re: first swarm today

    Second swarm just now.

    Next year I'll try splitting and requeening in late February, before the snow melts.

    I suspect genetics may be part of my issue but it's hard to find a window of time...
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