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  1. Re: Laying Workers-They don't read the same books we do!

    i have never done a shakeout. Didn't feel the need to do it. Instead I use a screen combine written up previously by FlowerPlanter. It's fixed every LW hive I've had, but I caught them early.
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    Re: Queen flew off

    She will most likely be back. It's probably a bit late, but stay away from the hive. You don't want to accidentally step on her.

    Wait until Sunday. If she came back you shouldn't notice...
  3. I didn't read the whole post... Last night...

    I didn't read the whole post...

    Last night when I was going through my hives I found one of the recent swarm catches dwindling fast. My assumption is that it was a secondary swarm with a virgin...
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    Re: Woo Hoo Honey!

    Congratulations!
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    Re: Pennsylvania

    I checked the trap for #4. It is occupied. Less than 24 hours after I put it out too. 17754
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    Re: Hive Identification (People and Bees)

    I just put a staple into the hive body right above the opening. The attached picture is something I'm experimenting with this year inspired by Ian. 3 6-frame nucs with 2 10-frame supers on top. I...
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    Re: Giving the Nicot a Try

    Looks good Ben. I've decided to hold off until after locust flow which should begin next week. I'm still catching swarms as well.
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    Re: Hive Identification (People and Bees)

    I started stapling a letter and number on this year. Overwintered hives get a letter, swarms get a number. 300 of various colors for $1 Next spring I can do it all over as hives get broken down or...
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    Re: Pennsylvania

    Congrats, you broke the seal for the season! Hope you get many more to follow.

    I brought home 2 more last night. I'm almost out of gear for traps since I'm using 8 frame deeps and just letting...
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    Re: Giving the Nicot a Try

    Thanks LJ. I guess the long & short of it is that regular grafting is much more efficient and that the magic box is for someone who can't or won't use regular grafting.
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    Re: Giving the Nicot a Try

    But, will they clean out the unused cups that had an egg if I just pull the frame and let them dry out? Seems a huge waste to use 110 new cups every time if I'm only pulling 20 or so for queen...
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    Giving the Nicot a Try

    I ordered a knock-off mostly for the hair roller cages. I usually use JZ-BZ for grafting but sometimes getting them out the day it calls for can be sketchy with my work and family schedule.

    For...
  13. Re: Did I catch a swarm? or is it just massive robbing?

    Are you leaving it in that yard or moving it? If you are leaving it there waiting 2 weeks isn't going to hurt anything other than your patience. If you are moving it to another yard you can pick it...
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    Re: Loading Bees to Mini Mating Nuc

    Following because I'm going to be filling my 1st mini today. It's time to move QCs.
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    Re: Pennsylvania

    2 More yesterday/today. 17754 & 17815. I haven't updating on here because I've been too busy.
  16. I have overwintered plenty of 5 frame Nucs in PA...

    I have overwintered plenty of 5 frame Nucs in PA and never lost a single one.

    I think this video may answer the question you are asking as well...https://youtu.be/C_oYsyB1PvM
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    Re: Trapping 2020 - success rate?

    Brought home 3 so far in the last week. I received a text earlier that I may have a 4th which moved into a spot I just reset a trap on yesterday. Strangely, the spot that I caught 2 last year has...
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    Re: First time grafting

    I just came in from grafting. Like Grozzie2 I keep going back to the chinese tool. Today I tried the new german stainless tool I just bought. After ruining about a dozen larvae trying to get them...
  19. Re: Down Scale Strategies for Tiny Bee Yard

    JWPalmer hit the major points so I will not rehash what he stated. I would also add, there are no internet experts. Or, rather, there are plenty of self proclaimed internet experts that will tell...
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    Re: pollen sub patty tweak question

    Invert sugar doesn't dry out. I don't make pollen patties but have used it for other things. I know some have used it in patties.
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    Re: Pennsylvania

    Caught one at 17815. Moved in this morning. Not sure when I will get over to bring it home and set a new trap.

    It's been a good year so far. After 3 empty years I started using old brood comb...
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    Re: Queen Not Laying Coming Out of Winter

    Final update on this situation. I checked on this hive last night. They are currently in a 5-over-5 double nuc setup. She has 3 of the frame in the bottom box laid solid with capped brood. I am...
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    Re: Pennsylvania

    Another at 17754. No idea of size yet since it was late yesterday when I found them and they are moved in. It was the trap that I had expected to be occupied 1st. Bringing them home tonight and...
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    It's always nice to see good things when you open...

    It's always nice to see good things when you open the hive. Congratulations.
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    Re: Pennsylvania

    1st one of the season for me. Huge one in 17754. I had just put the box out this morning around 10am and went back near the end of my day just to check around 3:30 and there was a cloud. I took...
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