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    Hypothetical swarm prevention question

    I have 5 hives. 3 of those are my own swarms I've caught over the past 3 years. I don't want anymore. I don't want to catch and sell or split and sell. I am not interested in maximizing honey...
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    Swarm traps - how big is too big?

    I made 2 swarm traps that wound up bigger than expected. Will that affect how well they attract swarms?

    I loosely followed these plans:...
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    Re: Winter configuration question

    Thanks. I wound up doing this last week. Worked well.
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    Re: Winter configuration question

    Thanks. It's more a question of where to put the 3rd box rather than a question of how much food they have. The hives are heavy enough without the partially filled box. I also feed fondant.
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    Winter configuration question

    I have 8 frame hives and have been overwintering with 2 deeps. Some of my hives have mediums above the 2 deeps but there's not enough honey to warrant extracting. Should I place those on the bottom...
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    Consignment sales?

    I have a friend who wanted to know if I would give her a discount if she bought 12 jars to sell to her clients. Does anyone have an arrangement where you give someone honey to sell and then give them...
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    Re: Custom hanging cardboard label

    I used Vistaprint.com and bought 500 folded business cards. $77.37 delivered. The inside of the card has the nutrition info, crystallization info etc. I did not include net weight since the muth...
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    Wet frames - how long to leave on hives?

    I'm planning on returning wet frames to my hives. How long will it take for them to clean up 2 8-frame mediums or 1 8-frame deep after extraction?
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    Re: Pricing a 5-frame nuc

    I had a double swarm that day. The larger group of bees stayed with the virgin queen (from an overwintered hive). I mark my queens so I know it wasn't the original. Our local club usually has...
  10. Thread: Honey labels

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    Re: Honey labels

    Trying something different this time around - I just ordered folded business cards from Vistaprint and will tie them to the bottles. Outside has typical info (name, address, etc) Inside has...
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    Pricing a 5-frame nuc

    Any suggestions on pricing a 5-frame nuc with a newly hatched laying queen? I caught my own swarm a few weeks ago, put it in a 5-frame nuc and fed 1:1. I already have 5 hives and would rather sell...
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    How late can I requeen?

    I was thinking of requeening some of my hives later in the season. If I did that by pinching the existing queen so that a new one can be raised how late in the season can I realistically do that so...
  13. Thread: 2 swarms? Or 1?

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    2 swarms? Or 1?

    What are the chances a large swarm rests in a tree in 2 separate clusters on tree branches about 3 feet apart?

    I came down my driveway around noon yesterday and saw a large cloud of bees in front...
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    Re: uncapping scrapper

    I bought one but haven't used it yet.
  15. Thread: Swarm questions

    by RobA
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    Re: Swarm questions

    This all makes sense. It was a theoretical question. I'm always check for a queen and/or eggs before doing anything like removing queen cells.
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    Swarm questions

    Will a hive that is intent on swarming do it with or without a queen cell? What would happen if a hive were consistently inspected every 7 days and any queen cells were removed? Theoretically would...
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    Re: I accidentally killed a queen!!

    I saw capped drones last week. The last 2 years I had some swarms around May 1st. I have 5 hives and don't want more so I'd rather not split.
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    I accidentally killed a queen!!

    I was doing a quick inspection today and reversing boxes. As I reassembled 1 of the hives I noticed its queen dead on the hive stand. I have no idea how it happened. The hive is booming - lots of...
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    Re: Long gloves

    I agree. I just bought a pair of shorter gloves. Haven't used them yet.
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    Re: Smoke bees off bars to feed?

    I make a quilt box by attaching a screened inner cover to the bottom of a top feeder box (minus the feeder) and place sections of a wool blanket inside the box. When I want to feed fondant I remove...
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    Re: OAV Treatment Cycle

    Last year I did 6 treatments 5 days apart starting in mid-November. The mite drop was finally minimal after the 6th. This year I did 6 treatments 5 days apart starting in mid-October. There were...
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    by RobA
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    Re: insulation box

    I do the same as PAHunter ^
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    Re: Which battery for oxalic acid vaporizer?

    I've used this. Works well.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/3-in-1-portable-power-pack-with-jump-starter-62306.html
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    Re: Covering hive for winter

    I have thought about wrapping/covering my hives but have never done it. I just use quilt boxes and wind blocks.
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    by RobA
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    Re: ProVap 110

    Good idea
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