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  1. Re: I just put 5x5 nuc into double 10-frame deeps: observations; the right thing to d

    They may not draw out the frames. We are still in clover (thankfully!) but I just got out of my hives and new wax seems to almost have stopped. I'm not too far north of you. For me, usually by...
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    Sticky: Re: Shrinking population - what do I do?

    Isn't EFB state reportable? I believe to be licensed & approved in PA to sell nucs & queens you need to be inspected and one thing they look for is foulbrood.

    Either way, if you have state bee...
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    I'm torn on the 2 frame mating boxes. I use them the last time I had a good graft* and thought I was set. The other hives robbed the heck out of them while I was at work. When I got to them it was...
  4. Re: I had to have missed one! Please check my math.

    :applause: Doesn't feel like much of a win. I'm already up against the end of the season and am going away next week. I will graft Friday, cross my fingers this doesn't happen again, and hope I...
  5. I had to have missed one! Please check my math.

    Today was the day to move queen cells from my last round of grafting. When I had checked on day 1, there was a decent amount that seemed to have been accepted. Today when I opened it up...nothing,...
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    Sticky: If what I think i am seeing is correct...it is...

    If what I think i am seeing is correct...it is very bad. You are new and I have never dealt with it and don't want to needlessly scare you.

    Brown shriveled larvae are a sign of very bad things. ...
  7. Re: Bees jumping to hands during inspection.

    I've always assumed it to be guard bees. I notice it most if I get in without smoking.
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    Since we've been popping up in each others' threads about queens...

    I retrieved 2 of my 4 nucs that I had in my mating yard. Both had laying queens recently. But, I believe they absconded when...
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    Re: When does grafting season end?

    Nearly my same experience. 1st 2 rounds I was getting better and better. 2 previous to last weekend I got ZERO takes. I think Tom Sullivan may have hit on something with the weather having to do...
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    When does grafting season end?

    I know (think?) it begins when drones are flying. But what signals the end of grafting season?

    I just did another round today and while I was doing it my mind wondered off to that question. I...
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    Re: 2019 NUC Prices

    RiskyBizz, that is a well developed system! I don't know if I could get those prices but everything else is a nice template to try and replicate.
  12. Screen combine with a good hive/nuc. You'll be...

    Screen combine with a good hive/nuc. You'll be fine.
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    Re: 2019 NUC Prices

    That is exactly where I'm at. The regulations and insurance needed in PA just make it not worth the effort to sell the amount of honey I produce. I am making nucs in the coming weeks to overwinter...
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    Very bad year. I caught the 1st few days of...

    Very bad year. I caught the 1st few days of Locust then nothing with the rain. Clover is strong and I'm hoping we have enough dry days to fill supers.

    I'm going to pull them mid-july, treat,...
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    In the Bee Forum section there is a subsection...

    In the Bee Forum section there is a subsection "Post Your Swarm Dates".

    It is organized by state. Find your state & skim it. That will give you a general idea about swarms for your location.
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    Caught a big one in the same location as 1st in...

    Caught a big one in the same location as 1st in one of the old & beat up boxes I was given. Came during last weekend (6/21-6/23), Montoursville.
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    Re: Grafting from a distant yard

    Strange this came back up today...

    I went to the distant yard with a nuc box and brought home 2 frames of eggs,larvae, and clingers. I just cleaned up from grafting about 3 hours ago.
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    Re: swarm cell found

    Sounds to me like you have too much free space and they are trying to supercede the queen. Those aren't necessarily related other than a poor queen will be slow to fill out a box. I'd take the...
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    Re: Some graphs not capped?

    I used one just like you setup earlier in the season and everything happened right on schedule with the calendar. I also kept it going for a 2nd round of grafts but let them keep a cell and become a...
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    Re: Pennsylvania

    I put the 10 frame boxes out this week between monsoon rains. I'll let 'em ride until mid/late July.
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    Re: combing nuc with 8 frame hive

    Look up Screen Combine posts by FlowerPlanter. I started doing those instead of newspaper combines. I make the entrances face opposite directions and every one I have done so far worked just fine....
  22. Re: Basswood trees start blooming in northern Illinois

    Just finishing here in the middle of PA. With the rain it will probably be over by the weekend.
  23. Re: According To This, I've Done Everything Wrong, & My Plans Are Not Good

    "How does one decide to take the leap of faith from conventional to TF beekeeping? "

    As a 1st year beek, you don't. Learn how to keep them alive the same way everyone else does 1st, then learn TF...
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    Re: Pennsylvania

    I had lots of activity then nothing. I think the grounds crew may have done something. Disturbed it at a minimum or sprayed it.

    I took it down last weekend. I was recently given some old...
  25. Re: Back yard BEEK,managing NUCS to maximize options

    It's just 2 5 frame boxes stacked, not individual nucs. I slide them together in winter for heat retention and give them a sugar brick. The good ones barely touch the brick. If I find a picture I...
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