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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    GregV I am down to my last 50 frames of honey, and parceling it out now with "expectations" good queens from good stock get the first of it.
    Unknown swarm queens get , some hopefully :) I gave 8...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Russ

    I concur- that was a great post and I sincerely appreciate your feedback. Your suggestion to put the honey frames on the outside of the brood frames is a good one, as I was going to put the...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Get a 5 gallon bucket, of warm water, and a old towel. Dunk several times, shake the water out. If your family is "patient" with you the sink works as well. Dry the frame and cappings with the...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    for the timing of July 1st one of the factors is to have enough stores for winter. So start thinking of a hive/hives you can steal 3 or 4 frames of honey from.
    I have a couple of smaller NUCs with...
  5. Re: I think I fed my bees too much sugar water...

    Another metric the bees use well is the gain or loss per trip. IE If it take 40 calories to go on a mission to collect 35 calories of nectar they will not do it. If they use 35 calories to go on a...
  6. Re: Retired veterinarian bees have no nectar sourcears

    Seems a deep is more than 50 pounds of honey. Dundas is not really the frozen north, it is near Hamilton, like even with Flint Mich. I am about 4 hours drive north of you in Pleasant Thunder Bay...
  7. Re: I think I fed my bees too much sugar water...

    Right, most normal bloom is short term, soon goes to seed, so they haul it in while they can. Your feed/bloom just was the gift that kept on giving.
    Also good idea.. monitor till combs are...
  8. Re: I think I fed my bees too much sugar water...

    they will transfer some, and that is one of several reasons I do not feed. you have no way of knowing if they moved stores (syrup) or brought in new honey. You may just need to pitch in and help...
  9. Re: I think I fed my bees too much sugar water...

    That is not going to work well, I would just go buy another deep, put it in the center of the 2 you have. next spring you should have enough bees and drawn comb to split. Can you get an extractor on...
  10. Re: I think I fed my bees too much sugar water...

    Right, but once the combs are drawn then the danger is they pack them full of syrup. BTW it take about 7 pounds of honey to make 1 pound of beeswax.
    Do you have a super you can add?
  11. Re: I think I fed my bees too much sugar water...

    IMO honey is better feed for bees that any syrup, and other thread perhaps
  12. Re: I think I fed my bees too much sugar water...

    So add space, foundation if that is all you have. IF you can get an extractor, you could pull 6 full frames and extract, put the empty in the center of the bottom box. O and quit feeding :)
  13. Re: I think I fed my bees too much sugar water...

    ok so i am getting mixed messages, 15 frames of bees is not really a NUC, I was thinking you had a 5 frame NUC. If you are in 5 over 5 over 5 I would put them into 2 deep 10 frame boxes placing the...
  14. Re: I think I fed my bees too much sugar water...

    open feed.... like out in the open?
    you are likely feeding "several" hives.
    I doubt a 5 frame NUC could take more than a Quart in a day.

    I would check inside the NUC if you have in total 2...
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    Re: Distance between hives

    Keep in mind hives in a row often have drift to the end hive. the center ones are likely to loose the most bees. some deviation of entrance angle and Hive color can help.
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    Re: Brood Pattern: Spotty vs. Hygienic

    So until the frames are all the way built out and have enough bees to cover the Whole Frame they cannot fill it wall to wall with brood.
    Here the brood nest is like 6-8 inches and anything out side...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    If you want to make a queen from an open frame of brood why not just put it in a NUC then it is not in the tree? :) so you take the queen out of the tree and then now want to put one back, :)
    to...
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    Re: New swarm bearding

    hmmmm I would put a piece of card board, thin plywood, plastic sign, anything to close it off, under the SBB.
    they may perceive it as too much opening to protect and be readying to leave. After...
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    Re: What is an ideal beehive?

    Hi kilocharlie, I have been considering making a Lang box that would be square as I like the idea of crossing the combs for better bee flow inside the hive.
    Is there a good source for the narrow...
  20. Re: Subspecies identification by color pattern

    JWP I may be missing something but what difference would the "coloring" matter? I tend to look at Survivability and how much they produce. Then are they mean. I have never really understood what...
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    Re: How to not care for bees:

    psm1212 I am not sure what the drive is to be on the camera and online sharing it. I am perhaps to old to understand the need for the voyeurism or what ever drives this current need to be seen doing...
  22. Re: Subspecies identification by color pattern

    each split breeds in the local drones so a few of those could have impacted what you now have.
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    Re: Price for honeycomb

    I sell mine for a dollar an OZ ,,so 1LB would be 16$

    I cut it up with little regard for the size or shape , then weigh every one and price to the nearest OZ I make for example 3 pieces from a...
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    Re: Why did my bees die - summer edition

    Ok as I do not know what truly happened , this is my opinion. I take combs from dead outs or questionable hives and get a bucket of water from the pool.
    This water has Chlorine , algeicide and some...
  25. Re: Retired veterinarian bees have no nectar sourcears

    Cloverdale, I am in Mich. I never feed either. The bees need to tune to the natural blooms, and then they can optimize what is out there and brood up accordingly. In the spring if a hive is low, I...
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