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  1. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    Hear, hear! Learned a lot just reading this thread though. Thanks to the contributors. c
  2. Re: High grade winter pollen substitute - need advice

    We treated for mites, there were no deformities i.e. wings and still you may very well have a point - that there was something else going on.
  3. Re: High grade winter pollen substitute - need advice

    Thank you! I will go with this. I appreciate your knowledge and advice. Best, c
  4. Re: High grade winter pollen substitute - need advice

    Last year the weather was unseasonably hot for us - 95 degrees for about 2 months and the plants just didn't do well. This year it's a different story - wonderful pollen available. Still, I want to...
  5. High grade winter pollen substitute - need advice

    Last winter we lost two colonies that each still had about 40 pounds of honey. What they didn't have was any pollen. Both colonies had Russian queens. I had included pollen patties in their candy...
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    Re: Beekeeping Trailer

    This looks great! Nice job.
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    Re: Getting ready for winter in kansas

    For us, 60 to 80 pounds of honey is what our colonies need to over-winter successfully and I usually install a candy board right from the get go - usually with about 16 pounds of fondant in it. ...
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    Re: 3 hive combine help and advice please

    I'm as fallible as the next beekeeper - so just my thought on it - right now they're getting ready for winter - you're done taking honey from them so yes, I'd say give them as much as they'll eat. ...
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    Re: 3 hive combine help and advice please

    I split one of my colonies which came charging out of the winter/spring. For my money, given the choice, bees will always choose nectar from flowers etc. over syrup - having said that, I feed them...
  10. Do I possibly have a queen who superceded?

    OK, I was in the colony to remove a mite treatment, saw some spotty dark brood about ready to hatch and some a little lighter - again spotty, but no newly capped brood and again not much volume -...
  11. Re: Help! Where to get a new mated Queen this time of year?

    I'm in a similar situation and got a queen from Kelley Beekeeping address: https://www.kelleybees.com My queen arrived via US Mail in good nick with five attendents. Introduced her a week ago...
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    Re: Yeah I'm dumb

    Hey, I know this is a wierd place to jump in so please forgive. I have a colony I requeened seven days ago because their queen had not been laying any eggs. Seriously, zero. I went into the colony...
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    Re: Moved bee colony

    Success - there are a few bees still browsing the winter location but nothing like yesterday afternoon. I will remember the bale of hay for next time. So appreciate your response - ignorance is...
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    Re: Moved bee colony

    I moved them back last night - late 9:00 p.m. so everybody was inside I closed all points of entry/exit and as you suggested placed them facing west versus east and facing their erstwhile colony. (I...
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    Re: Wintered over? Where?

    We're in New Hampshire so your question is very important - particularly if the nuc is going to live in the colder north. I get nucs that have "over wintered" in Vermont at Singing Cedars. That...
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    Moved bee colony

    Day before yesterday, I moved one of my colonies from winter quarters to the summer apiary - only about 25 yards away. My bee mentor said they should re-orient upon leaving the colony in the a.m. ...
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    Re: Feral hive survives

    Did you find the queen? Tried to at listen to entire film but didn't catch reference to queen.
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    Re: Feral hive survives

    I wish. When a colony deserts the hive, I guess I blame it on CCD. Another problem up here is mites. Mold and mildew are so easy to avoid up here, we don't have an issue w/ it. Believe it or not...
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    Re: Introducing Russian Queen

    I introduced a Russian Queen to a colony of Italians that had been queenless for about two weeks. And they wanted a queen! That is first, they have to want her. I then followed a great article I...
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    Re: Feral hive survives

    Agreed. I live in northern NH and have had a bitter cold winter, a lot of -10 to -15 degrees F. I have only one colony right now and introduced a queen from Vermont's Singing Cedars Apiaries three...
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    Re: Frames per box? British vs American?

    The comment was that while clustering (in winter) the bees are reluctant to move up to another box, the implication was because of the space between the boxes. Allowing me to hypothesize that if I...
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    Re: Frames per box? British vs American?

    That's a really great point so if the queen is willing to shift into another box readily and she is more likely to do so if the boxes are shallow, then using mediums is more likely to result in more...
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    Re: Frames per box? British vs American?

    I think the important thing here is the depth of the box. Apparently bees don't like the space or division between boxes so they prefer the deeps for brood. The "Rose Hive" super is about the size...
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    Re: Frames per box? British vs American?

    According to Tom Seeley - author of the Honeybee Democracy (watch it on youtube) the "dream home" for a swarm of bees is 1 1/2 sq. cubic ft. in size/area. But check out his lecture. c
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    Re: Frames per box? British vs American?

    Sure, bar clamps or pipe clamps holding two pieces of strapping 5 or 6' feet long which you clamp to the side of the whole hive or what ever part of the hive you are moving. You'll want to use...
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