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    I'm cleaning up boxes. The daughter hive I...

    I'm cleaning up boxes. The daughter hive I mentioned above was knocked over a few days ago and had laid open. I think they will make it but I shrank them to a deep & medium.

    Looks like she will...
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    Re: Prolific Propolisers W/Photo

    I will probably purchase one soon. I am downsizing and have been using dribble method lately. Spring will tell if it was a good idea, but that is a whole thread in itself and would sidetrack your...
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    Re: Prolific Propolisers W/Photo

    For mine it was like that all year. The picture I posted was about a week after I had broken it up so I could get the OAV wand in. That's another reason she is soaking in alcohol, it was too hard...
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    Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    It seems the consensus would be 10-ish and I concur. I learned grafting and went crazy this past spring. I'm selling many of whatever overwinters and trying to get back to 10 in spring. I may go...
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    Re: Prolific Propolisers W/Photo

    I had one just like that. They would glue the front closed down to a 1/2" hole. I gave the queen 2 summers to make honey but her hive never seemed to make extra.

    She's in a jar of rubbing...
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    Re: Bees filling mason jars with honey comb

    You wouldn't even recognize the place. I graduated there 20 years ago and it is very disorienting to go back now.
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    Those are Laurie's pictures. If you search on...

    Those are Laurie's pictures. If you search on here I believe she had a thread dedicated to the project, including the notes when someone stole her pictures & method to sell commercial kits.
  8. Re: Advice on finding properties to place beehives?

    I was talking about my bees at work. A few days later a coworker offered his farm. Then a month later another coworker offered his farm. Neither was there during the bee discussions. The rest of...
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    Re: oa dribble freqency

    So much conflicting information. No wonder I'm confused.

    I only did about half of my hives with dribble. I will do a 2nd round between Thanksgiving and Christmas as well. There are still a...
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    Following... I have a wand but after doing...

    Following...

    I have a wand but after doing dribble recently to about half of my hives I very much like it more.

    We are nearly bloodless now. I'm trying to figure out if I can do dribble again...
  11. I know some that do but only after our spring...

    I know some that do but only after our spring flow has dried up because NY is anywhere from 2 weeks to 1 month behind us. The fall flow starts earlier there and they bring them back down for the...
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    Last fall by necessity I left the fall honey on a...

    Last fall by necessity I left the fall honey on a few I could not get to. In spring, on inspection, I pulled full frames of fall honey from those very same hives.

    I decided to not harvest any...
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    Re: nuc abscond question

    I lost 3 nucs the same way this summer. We had a week up sunny 90+ and when I went to retrieve them, 3 of the 4 nucs I created were gone. I chalked it up to heat and next time will pay more...
  14. Re: Still have lots of drone brood so today I grafted.

    I am 100% out of space or I would try some for fun as well. I need to make boxes for the last batch and don't have time. Making more bees would not be a good idea.
  15. Re: I dropped my queen outside my hive in the grass

    I would guess she is back home unless you stepped on her.
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    In, so I don't miss the future of this thread.

    In, so I don't miss the future of this thread.
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    Re: Swarm Trapping questions

    Because I didn't have spare boxes. Everything was occupied with splits & nucs. Why waste a box on a maybe when the split or nuc is already a sure thing?

    Even now I'm pressed for spare boxes. ...
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    Re: Swarm Trapping questions

    I tried several years to catch a swarm without success. Often times my swarm traps would be full of scouts only to deliver disappointment in a week or two. So, I bought a nuc.

    This year was the...
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    Re: HELP ME! no fall flow?? lazy bees???

    Why not pull off the 40 to 90 pounds of honey in July and harvest it? Isn't that the point of having bees? I treat in August with supers off and will put one back onto the really strong hives to...
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    I would just use a chlorine solution then give it a good rinse. Plenty of people on here add chlorine to their syrup to keep it from spoiling.

    I also believe, from having aquariums as a kid, that...
  21. Re: Hive Locations when you aren't a landowner?

    People at work know that I have bees because I sell honey on the downlow. One gentleman was asking me lots of questions about raising and growing them like he was interested in having them. I said...
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    Re: August Splits

    You may be OK but it's close. Drawn comb is the deciding factor I believe. Judging by the amount of Goldenrod I see, with the early variety blooming, we could have a very good fall flow.

    Like...
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    Re: Fixing laying worker question

    Look up Screen Combine posts by Flower Planter on here.
  24. Re: Made 2 splits , can I add more bees to one

    In your picture it looks like 2, 5 frame nucs stacked at 90 degree angle. You could try swapping them. That usually moves the foragers to the box in the original location.
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    Re: Too late to split in CT?

    I would say too late or very close to being too late. If you made the split today, the queen wouldn't start laying until August 26. I'm not sure that would leave enough time for winter bees. At...
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