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  1. Re: How can I make a double queen hive with one hive?

    Tempted to say don't bother, it won't really help, one queen can lay as many eggs as that amount of workers can take care of, and trying to split it for two queens might just make things worse, even...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    I hope so, though now that I cut them out and made the mating nucs I have a feeling the cells were terribly small... but we'll see.

    Temperature wise I wouldn't really know, never gets that hot in...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Ah, no, I did not bother to learn grafiting yet, these were just cut strips of eggs(/ few young larvae) that I moved to a cell starter colony. The the easy, dirty method. And if it works this well I...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    As in did they connect the cells with eachother with sort of a comb? yea there was some of that.

    I just realized the main difference with top row and bottom row probably was that I cut the top row...
  5. Thread: excluder

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    Re: excluder

    Pretty much. Or you could only use the excluder for the few weeks before you plan to extract, so everything in the supers hatches before extraction. Need to make sure the queen is in the bottom then...
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    Re: ?'s the books/Google is not helping with

    Few alternatives/additions to the stuff already above.

    Use the sun when trying to see the eggs, they are really tiny, but having enough light helps a lot, so the sun behind you while looking into...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    First queen raising attempt started well enough...

    http://i.imgur.com/xwzFKQB.jpg

    Now I just need to figure out where to go from here (there are about 17 cells in the bottom row, no way am I...
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    Re: Small bees, big bees, small bees

    Yes, it is also a nutrition thing. Having low pollen stocks, poor quality pollen, even low nectar/honey stocks might affect the size of the new bees being born. I notice this one two of my near...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    After two weeks of cold weather in april, this week has finally been bit warmer, hitting peak of 17C today (next week looks to be between 5 and -5 again... sigh). Bees flying alot, seeing a lot of...
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    Re: Anybody Give Up On Reversing Brood Boxes?

    I've been thinking about this.. but my bees don't seem to think like they do on your side of the pond...
    ...they don't live in upper box, or lower box, they live on the left side, or right side....
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    11,81 /box 24% VAT included (and bit of a bulk discount)... so, hm, yea, I guess it's not too bad.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Hm, yes, sort of what you'd call supers, or rather just mediums, I use them for both brood and honey. I'm expecting to expand, yes, 2nd year now, hopefully I can get from 9 hives to somewhere around...
  13. Thread: Two Queens?

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    Re: Two Queens?

    It is possible.

    Very possible if you have queen excluder somewhere and have manipulated the hive so that brood ended up in both portions.

    But they can live side by side too, sometimes.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Snow is gone (bits of ice still in shady places) nothing blooming yet.
    Making hive bodies,
    http://i.imgur.com/cZxyt17.jpg?1

    Finding starved bees,
    http://i.imgur.com/p4wGcPI.jpg?1

    And...
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    Re: How did you react to your first stings?

    With a grimace.

    Mostly I get just the pain (short term), maybe some swelling (finger did swell up for a day or so, haven't noticed it for other stings), and very slight light headedness sometimes...
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    Re: Winter losses for 2016-17

    I gather for most of you winter has been over for a good while but... ah well.

    Finally got to near +10C, and thought I'd take a quick look to see what's going on.
    Did not check for larvae, just...
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    Re: Newly installed queen not laying eggs

    How full of feed are those frames? Is there any empty room to lay eggs in?
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    Re: pre-nectar flow mite treatments

    Indeed, and when they come out of a cell... it's the nurse bees are most likely to be near anyways, so just by chance they are most likely to pick them as host. Hm, actually, how many of the mites...
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    Re: Winter losses for 2016-17

    First check since christmas...

    6/7 solid buzz on knock. 7th I heard... weak buzz. 7th was victim of a woodpecker attack it seems, got few new entraces, same problem with one of the others too,...
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    Re: adding super in winter

    I... uh.

    The main question I have right now, is why did you feel it was necessary to add that super?

    What you have done certainly does not fall into territory of 'normal practise' but I'm not...
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    Re: Apiary on trailer..

    Ah, so the bars are flat on the bottom, not upright? Duh, ok, that makes sense, what was I thinking.
  22. Thread: SAF Extractor

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    Re: SAF Extractor

    Hm, I have 3 frame hand crank model from them, no complaints on how that has been working.
    Bought used, will probably sell ...soon-ish as it'll hopefully get bit too small soon. ;)

    But I think...
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    Re: Apiary on trailer..

    Thanks all, definitely a lot of useful there, annoyingly many things I needed to check google to figure out what they actually are, my 'contruction english' clearly ain't as good as I though it was....
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    Apiary on trailer..

    I have been thinking of making one or two of those, I could use some ideas on what to do and what not to do.

    I'm mainly looking into this for my own pollination needs, to be able take them to...
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    Re: Bee Pro vs 1 to 1 Sugar

    I'm under impression that 2:1 doesn't keep that well either... 2 to 4 weeks is what 'local' sugarmill promises...
    (Just how strict their definition of 'good until' is microbe wise, I do not know)
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