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    Don’t destroy queens or queen cells. Put the old...

    Don’t destroy queens or queen cells. Put the old queen in a nuc box and let the mother hive raise you a new queen. It will be a new well fed queen that was given the best treatment a larva could get...
  2. I can raise all the bees I want as well. I am...

    I can raise all the bees I want as well. I am still working on making a honey crop. Problem in my area is that the flow is really only about a 45 day affair. Yes there is stuff for them to eat on...
  3. This thought has been wandering around in my head...

    This thought has been wandering around in my head as well. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Just keep trading drawn comb into the nuc as you pull out full brood frames.
    Only thing is you would...
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    I have the same problem from the same Queen...

    I have the same problem from the same Queen supplier. Tried three different times. They are no longer in my supplier list and the last remaining hive with their genetics is getting broken down into...
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    I am wanting to try some of them as well. Have a...

    I am wanting to try some of them as well. Have a sheet of particle board that needs to go anyway.
    My thought was to just strap them to the stand to keep them upright. Not using them for my primary...
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    Re: Spring Splits?

    I do this and have pretty good results, also second reading what is on mdasplitter.com. This gives you swarm control for spring and a new colony to buildup or sell after you get a new queen in the...
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    Re: winter checks/manipulations

    That is when I pull the box off the top of them and move the shim and sugar brick down on top the cluster if they are below a joint between boxes.
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    Re: winter checks/manipulations

    Remember I am not pulling frames out to inspect them. I am simply looking to make certain that the cluster is in contact with food. This may not mean a super is empty but the cluster has shrank back...
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    winter checks/manipulations

    I notice that there seems to be a don't touch attitude towards hives after October/November.
    I am not suggesting a frame by frame inspection but just pop the top and make certain the cluster is in...
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    Bulk fondant suppliers

    The local club is wanting to make a group purchase of fondant (2000lb or so). We are however having issues finding a supplier who will return our calls. Do any of the members here feed fondant and...
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    Making nucs up with mixed bees

    I am getting ready o make up some late summer nucs to overwinter and had a thought pop into my head. I have one lanrge hive that is in the middle of requeening itself with a large population of bees...
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    Will a queen come back

    Went to pull out a dud queen today and she disappeared somehow between me catching her and picking up the queen cage. Couldn’t find her in the grass, no clump off bees in the grass either. Hoping she...
  13. Re: Introducing new queens, but 10 days later - still no sign of eggs

    So it’s not just me that has trouble with the standard method of queen introduction that is commonly taught. 50% is pretty much my average for introducing purchased queens. Makes it hard to spend...
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    Grafting tips/pointers

    I ordered some frames, Jzbz cups and a Chinese grafting tool today from a Blue Sky bee supply. I want to try to graft from a couple my better Queens. I have asked around with no luck in the local...
  15. Re: Large Queenless Hive; How to Introduce New Queen

    First off save yourself some lifting and pull off as much honey as you can. You are going to be in there a few times in the coming weeks. No sense in lifting full supers off, just extract them or...
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    Re: Preventing a large hive from swarming.

    Well one of the two hives settled down with the new queen and I found no new active queen cells. Lots of eggs and larvae and they are bringing nectar and filling supers.
    The other has either...
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    Re: Preventing a large hive from swarming.

    I may have to build and try a Snelgrove board. The problem for me though is most of my hives are on the backside of the farm and I work late so the manipulations of it seems to add a lot of trips....
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    Re: Preventing a large hive from swarming.

    Both hives are currently in a stack of 4 boxes, deep, med, and two shallows. Tonight I am adding an additional med between the deep and the original deep that has been checker-boarded. And maybe...
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    Re: Preventing a large hive from swarming.

    Nancy I know I can’t get a Snelgrove board in time now. Will add more super to the one hive tonight it has started up into the next to last super. The other one has not started filling the first of...
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    Re: Preventing a large hive from swarming.

    I have pulled the queen once. I couldn’t find the new queens to pull them tonight.
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    Preventing a large hive from swarming.

    How do you do it? Trying to keep the population up for honey harvest but they keep building queen cells.
    My two largest hives are overwhelming me. I pulled the old queens in a spit last Thursday...
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    Lost a hive/ started a new one

    Last weekend a storm blew the cover off a overwintered hive, it wasn’t off for long but with the following nights hitting freezing or below it was enough. I harbored hope all week that the queen and...
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    Re: Where to find tack hammer

    If you are using it to put wedges back in to hold foundation just save yourself some headache and buy a powershot stapler/brad nailer.
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    Best deal on children’s bee suits

    I have two three year old boys who are dying to “go look at dads bees”.
    I am wondering I any of you have recommendations on protection for them. I want a full suit just to protect their legs. They...
  25. Re: Observation hives at school and liability

    I have done it a few times last year. This year I am making a special hive just for taking to the school. One that doesn’t have any exit to the outside for the bees.
    Some kids are determined to...
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