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    Re: Loading Bees to Mini Mating Nuc

    Following because I'm going to be filling my 1st mini today. It's time to move QCs.
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    Re: Pennsylvania

    2 More yesterday/today. 17754 & 17815. I haven't updating on here because I've been too busy.
  3. I have overwintered plenty of 5 frame Nucs in PA...

    I have overwintered plenty of 5 frame Nucs in PA and never lost a single one.

    I think this video may answer the question you are asking as well...https://youtu.be/C_oYsyB1PvM
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    Re: Trapping 2020 - success rate?

    Brought home 3 so far in the last week. I received a text earlier that I may have a 4th which moved into a spot I just reset a trap on yesterday. Strangely, the spot that I caught 2 last year has...
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    Re: First time grafting

    I just came in from grafting. Like Grozzie2 I keep going back to the chinese tool. Today I tried the new german stainless tool I just bought. After ruining about a dozen larvae trying to get them...
  6. Re: Down Scale Strategies for Tiny Bee Yard

    JWPalmer hit the major points so I will not rehash what he stated. I would also add, there are no internet experts. Or, rather, there are plenty of self proclaimed internet experts that will tell...
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    Re: pollen sub patty tweak question

    Invert sugar doesn't dry out. I don't make pollen patties but have used it for other things. I know some have used it in patties.
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    Re: Pennsylvania

    Caught one at 17815. Moved in this morning. Not sure when I will get over to bring it home and set a new trap.

    It's been a good year so far. After 3 empty years I started using old brood comb...
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    Re: Queen Not Laying Coming Out of Winter

    Final update on this situation. I checked on this hive last night. They are currently in a 5-over-5 double nuc setup. She has 3 of the frame in the bottom box laid solid with capped brood. I am...
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    Re: Pennsylvania

    Another at 17754. No idea of size yet since it was late yesterday when I found them and they are moved in. It was the trap that I had expected to be occupied 1st. Bringing them home tonight and...
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    It's always nice to see good things when you open...

    It's always nice to see good things when you open the hive. Congratulations.
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    Re: Pennsylvania

    1st one of the season for me. Huge one in 17754. I had just put the box out this morning around 10am and went back near the end of my day just to check around 3:30 and there was a cloud. I took...
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    I am trying out Ian's multiple queen system this...

    I am trying out Ian's multiple queen system this year on a limited basis. It is 3 6-frame nucs pushed together under 2 10-frame supers with a queen excluder over the nucs.

    Sounds like a good...
  14. Re: Northeastern/Mid-Western Weather roller-coaster 2020.

    Calling for 29 here. The only thing I'm concerned about is the young blueberries I just planted. My bees should be fine. If they can't survive a cold snap like this I need to find different...
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    You should be fine. The only ones that fly are...

    You should be fine. The only ones that fly are the foragers. Your new hive is full of nurse bees that will keep the brood warm. The foragers all went back to the original hive. Over the next week...
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    I would also use something black and block it from the inside so it looks open. You could really have some fun with this Karen.

    I'd probably do fake inspections too.
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    With no eggs you can't have queen cells with...

    With no eggs you can't have queen cells with Royal Jelly. Even if you had a drone layer, which I doubt yet, there would still be eggs.

    Give it time and find someone local to help/mentor you.
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    Re: How long can bees live without food?

    I think you benefited from the weather being cool while they were in transit. Get some syrup on them asap. I'd even give them a light spray of 1:1 just to get them started if it was me.
  19. That is probably normal for your area. I can't...

    That is probably normal for your area. I can't see your location on mobile but used Canadensis since I know it is in the mountains. Last normal frost there is May 12.
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  20. Re: Northeastern/Mid-Western Weather roller-coaster 2020.

    Up & down yes, but my apples are still going to bloom on May 1st just like they always do.
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    Re: Pennsylvania

    I'm probably the closest to you but not fit to be a mentor. There are several from eastern PA/Western NJ on here. Yes, the weather has been Poo. I sold 2 nucs to an acquaintance and the weather...
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    Re: Styrofoam nuc box plans?

    What are the chances anyone has the plans for styrofoam minis mentioned on an 11 year old thread? The original link no longer works.
  23. I have seen many postings of people using these...

    I have seen many postings of people using these or similar. I'm considering it as well because my magnifying glasses are getting less than ideal as I age.
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    Re: Mites Won't Stop! Using OAV.

    OP never mentioned 1000 colonies
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    Re: Mites Won't Stop! Using OAV.

    Have you considered pulling the queen for a few days to impose a brood break while you are using OAV? Also, I would look into a formic flash treatment if you are ready to try something else..
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