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  1. Re: Overwintered nuc - definition is vague - advice requested.

    Ive got a overwinter NUC in So. Maine, our winter has been mild, used advice from here to get them through, loaded the top box with honey frames, insulated sides, wrapped in tar paper, candy board on...
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    Re: Helping small winter cluster

    It was 55 yesterday, mid 40s today, I think thats warm enough to pop the lid and place sugar/winter pattys, like I said, I really dont want to get into the other hives, adding a frame or shaking bees...
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    Re: Helping small winter cluster

    Im guessing that the cluster only appeared small to me as I only saw bees between 2 frames, but in reality there were many more bees down below. The give away was no sugar block left, as there was in...
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    Re: Helping small winter cluster

    Thanks everyone. I ginned up a sugar block and put it over where the cluster was. I say was because that particular hive had a zillions bees taking cleansing flights yesterday afternoon. Apparently...
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    Helping small winter cluster

    Three of my 4 hives are overwintering very well, ones a NUC and they are all packed with bees. But one hive has a small cluster left - between 2 frames, they've gone through pretty much all of the...
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    I just wanted to chime in here quickly after getting a thread alert via email - I had no swarms this year and used the OSBN method on 2 hives - last year I had 2 hives swarm.

    This year I let them...
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    Re: Move bustling nuc to deep for winter?

    I do have another deep nuc box, your suggestion was one I was thinking of also, Im gonna do exactly that - thanks for the advice Mike G - Mike C
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    Move bustling nuc to deep for winter?

    My mid-summer captured swarm, was no more than 300 bees, has totally filled the nuc, last week 2 frames of brood still, must have hatched, it is bustling. Going in today, should I move them to a...
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    All my OSBN frames are deeps, and Ive done all manipulations in the deeps, nothing in the medium honey supers. The frames are the wedge types.

    The medium honey supers just put on have mostly used...
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Hi Matt. A quick update on my implementation of the method: Three hives, all double deeps, I reversed coming out of winter, good brood patterns in all. Now they started to build up into the top boxes...
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    Re: Why are my bees not drinking their syrup?

    Adding an empty deep... when I've needed to feed I do this, because I have cold nights in the spring: Above the inner cover I add an empty deep. The deep has that bubble foil insulation stapled to...
  12. Re: could spring finally be coming to the north east?!?!?!?!

    I know your post was last week, but Eliot had lots of light yellow pollen coming in yesterday, Sunday before the front came though, all 3 hives very active, lower and feeding shim entrances clogged...
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Thanks for clarifying Matt and Eduardo, I understand.

    A bit premature but I made up my OSBN frames last night (new frame parts, individual waxed plastic, tin snips. glue and brad gun) Im ready...
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Good questions, Ive got some too. But, my gut tells me the colony continues on pulling wax and storing honey, because not all the bees swarm, there is still a major population carrying on their beely...
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    Re: How to address a hive post-swarm?

    FWIW I had 2 hives swarm last July, I tried to manage both of them like this to allow them to raise their own queens, after 3 weeks of still no eggs I ordered 2 queens, they arrived the next day, the...
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    Re: Another is this my Queen

    Just a quick update on this, I re-queened both hives, they both have frames with lots of capped brood now, and I saw the red queen in one of them. Hives are back to normal.
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    Re: Another is this my Queen

    Thanks John, I need to look at my log book again, your right.

    Would a laying worker hive still create queen cells? One of my photos is of one queen cell where I can actually see the larva inside...
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    Re: Another is this my Queen

    I was thinking right in the center, but now, thinking clearer, that bee is about the same size as the others, and there is no clear shiny "shell" on its back... so I guess not.
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    Another is this my Queen

    Must be the day for "is this a queen" topic.... quick background:

    2 hives swarmed in June, I took frames from both with queen cells and made a split. So 3 hives now, 1st raised a queen and brood...
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    Re: Welp, they did it, Swarmed.. I think

    Inspected both hives yesterday, the one that I think swarmed had queen cells. several, on the bottom of frames. The other hive, did not see any.

    Both hives looked pretty much the same from the...
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    Re: Welp, they did it, Swarmed.. I think

    Thanks guys, will get into them this afternoon. Will report back.

    I had planned on requeening with a local northern strain, these are southern Italians from packages, and one hive has always been...
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    Welp, they did it, Swarmed.. I think

    My 2 have have been booming, they are 2nd year, swapped boxes early spring and added a deep on top for brood, checked yesterday and those deeps are built out to the outside frames.

    I planned on...
  23. Re: Timing of removing over-wintered honey supers

    Yup, this is what's left of one of the candy boards I removed.
  24. Re: Timing of removing over-wintered honey supers

    Just following up on this - did an inspection and reconfiguration yesterday....

    The top medium super left on for over-wintered stores did have the start of some open brood in it. The deep under...
  25. Re: Timing of removing over-wintered honey supers

    That was my line of thinking, since during my Feb inspection the bottom deep on one hive felt light - so I'm pretty sure they had moved up from it. That's the one I can confidently swap to the top...
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