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    Re: Mountain Camp - proactive or reactive?

    I suppose I'm more reactive than proactive, by which I mean it depends on the health of the individual hive. I try to get them ready but sometimes a hive just needs more help after the weather turns...
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    Re: Winter configuration question

    RobA, I would leave the box on top. Bees move upward during winter, and if you have a long cold spring, the extra food will be there for them. If they have enough food in the two brood boxes,...
  3. Re: ?? about Palmer 4x4 winter nucs, I have a resource problem with two brand new que

    The really important thing is to keep the queens separated and make sure that they can't move from one box to the other, or contact each other in any way. So if you are using divider boards, or...
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    Equalizing hives for fall and winter?

    Hi all. I'm finishing up my season with 20 hives. Of course, there's a range of strength throughout the hives. For example, three that survived a bear attack are small and I will be adding...
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    Helping bees recover after attack?

    Some of my hives were attacked by a bear exactly a week ago. Link to original post: https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?356835-Bear-Attack!!-Ideas-on-how-to-handle-theaftermath I...
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    Re: Pouring from 5 gallon bucket

    I pour syrup from the 5 gal bucket into a 2 gallon container in the filed, probably a little more than a gallon each time, and then pourt from that into whatever container I'm using. It doesn't cut...
  7. Re: Bear Attack!! Ideas on how to handle theaftermath?

    J, thanks for your response. I put in the chicken wire yesterday and connected it to ground. I didn't have time to go to the store beforehand and didn't bait the fence; I will be checking in an...
  8. Bear Attack!! Ideas on how to handle theaftermath?

    Sorry for a longish post. And sorry I can't seem to get the photos to insert rightside up.

    A bear got into one of my bee yards! Given the freshness of the bear poop left behind, it couldn't...
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    Re: Questions on hive space and swarming

    This is a complex topic and I'm sure you will get many different answers. If the queen has no place to lay because everything is filled with honey, then there's a problem. It's called being...
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    Re: Bees Outside of Hive at Night

    In my experience, it is normal. They may still be bearding, if they were doing that earlier. But take a closer look--are some of the beating their wings very fast? They're cooling the hive. Many...
  11. Thread: Help

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    Re: Help

    Hi Mike/Phatglass. Welcome to Beesource. There's a lot of great information on here.

    My guess is that the bees on the front of the hive are bearding. Is it hot and humid there? Bees beard when...
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    Re: Proper Use of a Support Nuc

    I made some late season nuc splits into a double nuc/support hive arrangement last year. It worked out really well. I think, however, you have a shorter season than I do, even though fall can come...
  13. Bad weather and dealing with the problems.

    After roughly a month of very nice and sunny weather, we are three days into a period of bad weather, with another 10 days, give or take, predicted. We might even get some snow. I know I'm not the...
  14. Re: Experimenting with a double queen hive. Any advice?

    Thanks, L_J. I always appreciate your insights.
  15. Experimenting with a double queen hive. Any advice?

    Today during inspection of hives I found a situation i have encountered before. Full hive and fine a queen cell, and lots of queen cups (all but one empty). This hive is getting large and I'd like...
  16. Re: Honey producer keeps making swarm cells--looking a for a better solution.

    Roland, I use deeps for the brood and mediums for the honey supers. So it's not so easy to just switch frames around. Of course, I could adda third deep and at some point readjust hives using those...
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    KiloC, thanks for this reply. It's very clear. It's been an odd year here because the winter was so long and spring was so cold. There's been no backfilling to speak of because there was no nectar...
  18. Re: Honey producer keeps making swarm cells--looking a for a better solution.

    I've been finding about four at a time. The first time, there were two queen cells on each frame, so I put both frames in a nuc split. The second time there were two queen cells on each frame (only...
  19. Thread: Queen cells

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    Re: Queen cells

    I think this sounds all right and it seems like a reasonable procedure, but more experienced people may have more to say.

    Two things come to mind. You could have the hives face each other with...
  20. Re: Honey producer keeps making swarm cells--looking a for a better solution.

    VT and Beebeard, either replacing or removing the queen is also a possibly good solution. If they make more swarm cells, perhaps next time I'll but the queen in her own nuc, like a cut-down split. ...
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    AHudd, wow that's a pretty simple cut. I really don't know if the hole needs to be larger. I followed the design of the ones that come from suppliers, so what do I know? One thing for me in my...
  22. Re: Honey producer keeps making swarm cells--looking a for a better solution.

    Thanks for the pics, Crofter. I like the simple design in these without much wastage of plywood. I actually made one a little while ago. It gave me the perfect excuse to buy a dado blade for my...
  23. Re: Honey producer keeps making swarm cells--looking a for a better solution.

    Yes,the Snelgrove board is an option. I made a split using one for the first time a couple of weeks ago, on another strong hive in the same situation. Both parent hive and new hive are doing well. ...
  24. Honey producer keeps making swarm cells--looking a for a better solution.

    One of my strongest hives, which I hope will be a good honey producer, has been making lots of swarm cells. I want to try to keep this colony strong and large but am having some difficulty. Here's...
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    Re: Finding queens

    Hi Popeye. What you're describing is called the Doolittle method, invented or at least describe by G.M. Doolittle probably a bit over 100 years ago. It's a well known method for making a split (the...
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