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    Another trick for introducing folks to bees...

    Another trick for introducing folks to bees (young or old) is to move a small nuc to the teaching area several yards outside your bee yard a day or two before "class." All the foragers will fly back...
  2. I split the colony into nucs and give a cell or...

    I split the colony into nucs and give a cell or queen (usually candy release), depending on the season and availability. The cell obviously does not always return a mated queen. This year I had one...
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    In upstate NY I find wintering 5 over 5 works a...

    In upstate NY I find wintering 5 over 5 works a bit better than 10 frame. Sometimes all the 10s are full and it's a good backup (a bit tedious but on a small scale we do sometimes pull honey from the...
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    In case someone is looking at cider presses for...

    In case someone is looking at cider presses for honey: Many of them have a very low groove around the basket for the cider to flow out. Honey is more viscous (flows slower) and so needs a deeper...
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    What did you find in the other colony?

    What did you find in the other colony?
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    I have sometimes thought 8 frame deep only. I...

    I have sometimes thought 8 frame deep only. I expect to be able to move them when full for a while yet. I would not want all my hives to be 8 frame mediums as it's a bit too long to get through and...
  7. In Tom Seeley's defense, I believe he based his...

    In Tom Seeley's defense, I believe he based his height preference on observed feral colonies. Is that not correct? In which case i think it's safe to assume they occupied available cavities. And safe...
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    When was the last time you saw bees bringing...

    When was the last time you saw bees bringing pollen into the hive?
  9. I'd put a damp bit of paper towel in there,...

    I'd put a damp bit of paper towel in there, depending on the weather and temp. How many bees? How does your friend use them? Often for apitherapy they are shipped about 60 in a small package which...
  10. Lots of the answers sound theoretical. The others...

    Lots of the answers sound theoretical. The others sound locally true ("all beeekeeping is local"). So much depends on your goals and methods. I don't think it is possible to say a beekeeper needs x...
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    For what it's worth, JW, I like to put the Nuc on...

    For what it's worth, JW, I like to put the Nuc on one side of the box and put 1 new frame right outside the lart brood frame (roughly the center of the box). They seem to draw more efficiently as...
  12. I think I read that 60% of walk away queens are...

    I think I read that 60% of walk away queens are below average (larvae too old, not optimal conditions...), based on viable and numerous sperm in the spermatheca. I her that "not good" rate goes up...
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    Over thinking. If you already have comb the top...

    Over thinking. If you already have comb the top bar does not matter. They use the neighbor comb as a template and will ignor all triangles and wedges. Just osbn or drop a frame between 2 straight...
  14. Swarm cells with egg, larvae, pupae in them or...

    Swarm cells with egg, larvae, pupae in them or queen cups that are empty? If your mentor sold / gave you a nuc with queen cells you are gonna need a new mentor.... I guess mistakes can happen but if...
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    If it works for Ian it aughta work for us. I'd be...

    If it works for Ian it aughta work for us. I'd be interested to know how many people have had problems with a small colony on top of large for a boost with just 1 qx. Certainly on a flow they seem...
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    I think 1) op was looking for our suggestions...

    I think 1) op was looking for our suggestions which are opinions and I appreciate the opinions. And 2) I think it comes down to size of operation. If you only have 2 colonies then by all means boost...
  17. Lingo: I am hopeful that we can get Walt Wright's...

    Lingo: I am hopeful that we can get Walt Wright's term for Checkerboarding to stick; meaning alternating drawn comb with capped honey. Maybe we need to coin a term like "alternating" when we refer to...
  18. In terms of too late for osbn to be effective at...

    In terms of too late for osbn to be effective at reducing swarm impulse: I had a colony with eggs in queen cells would have swarmed on April 29th, which is too early for us this cold spring. I mushed...
  19. Being foundationless we use osbn by default. The...

    Being foundationless we use osbn by default. The first frame added in the season invariably gets drawn to drone comb. As an experiment I put a super on (with honey as feed in early spring as they...
  20. My brother in law kept bees in a small village in...

    My brother in law kept bees in a small village in upstate NY that did not allow beekeeping (ordinance passed by a former mayor who was allergic). He was last house in the village and kept the bees...
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    I like the boxes and frames to be all the same...

    I like the boxes and frames to be all the same size. It's easker to know what equipment I'll need to take to the yard and it's easier to move frames around to get comb drawn, honey out of brood nest,...
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    Unfortunately truth is blurred now days. Of...

    Unfortunately truth is blurred now days. Of course in politics, marketing, media, and trickle down from there. I am appalled that trump apologists would say he is telling the truth and WaPo and CNN...
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    For expansion I would consider 4 or 5 frame nuc...

    For expansion I would consider 4 or 5 frame nuc best for mating. Make 2-3 frame split into it and add cell. If you don't have a dummy board just fill the box with empty frames (no comb or...
  24. In my opinion it is fine to leave them long...

    In my opinion it is fine to leave them long enough that you are sure she's not mated or she is lost (bird food?). Unless you have a cell to place. It is possible that she gets mated enough to start...
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    JW already clarified: bees don't swarm and...

    JW already clarified: bees don't swarm and supersede at the same time. Imagine: the queen is failing so they want to supercede her. Any bees gonna take off with her to start over?
    So you have less...
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