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    Re: OTS split of a this years swarm

    Thucar, Keep in mind that the creator of the OTS system does that kind of splits on an over wintered hive. IF your swarm is brooding up lilke that and you'd like to split it I might split it in half...
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    Re: I accidentally killed a queen!!

    RobA, like Jadeguppy suggested, this would be a great time to make a split if you are so inclined. If not, then they will use the right age larvate to make a queen with. In the meantime, they will...
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    Re: Timing for after the split?

    Phil,
    It sounds to me like you're doing everything right. Your timing sounds good. It's amazing how fast they build up, and rebound from the splits, isn't it? You should be able to go into the nucs...
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    Re: Split Reference Guide?

    I'd like to recommend Mel Diselkoen's website - www.mdasplitter.com I used his plan last year and turned 2 hives into 8 decent splits. Some great info on the website or he does have a book available.
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    Re: Feeding dry/clump sugar to new hives.

    Jonathon,
    I understand what you are asking. I am planning on making splits this year and transitioning over to medium boxes, and slowly phasing out my deep boxes. As I start a hive I plan on doing...
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    Re: First inspection of season--questions

    CC, we're both in about the same position. Second year with bees, also with 2 hives, looking to split and still get honey. Here's my plan.
    I'm going to wait until I have a fair amount of brood. Then...
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    Re: more urgnet relocation question -

    I'm not sure I would even bother moving them for 1500'. Their range is 2-3 miles so they would cover the 1500' with no problem. just a thought.
  8. Re: Treatment Confusion, Need Clarification Chart

    Rick, you have just been given some awesome advice and information from Enjambres. Learn from it. However, you can also learn alot from Mel Disselkoen who lives not too far from you in Wyoming, MI....
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    Re: Possible swarmed

    Larry, check with Barnyardbees.com, I believe he may have queens year round. He's in Chatsworth, GA. It's worth a shot. Good luck.
  10. Re: Does honey production get affected by a split

    Link to www.mdasplitter.com, http://www.mdasplitter.com/docs/OTS%202016%20meetings%20seasonal%20summary.pdf page 7 and 8 have great diagrams that will help you figure out how to make a split and run...
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    Re: OTS Queen Rearing

    I had read the material on his website a few times. I still bought the book, and don't regret it. Like Vance said, I figure by buying the book it's just paying for his research. If you are able to...
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    Re: Winter Necessities

    MTP, do you live in Decatur, or the thumb of Michigan? Can't be both. Spent my whole life in Michigan until 2014. Also probably a difference in weather and preparation due to lake effect snows in...
  13. Is it too cold for hive top feeder in NW Arkansas?

    I need to help my bees to lay in some sugar syrup for winter stores. I am wondering if it is still warm enough to use top feeders or if I would be better off to do the baggy thing. Any adviced would...
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    Re: NW Arkansas, lack of brood

    Thank you gentlemen for the replies.

    AHudd - the pattern was good when I last checked. So hoping the queen just isn't laying. The more I think about it some of the honey frames were covered in...
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    NW Arkansas, lack of brood

    I was in my 2 hives two days ago, and the bees are still bringing in nectar but I found no brood in either hive. When I checked about 10 days prior there was brood but not a lot of it. I just thought...
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    Re: Keeping bees with out ever feeding them.

    Squarepeg, thank you for this information. I have been reading this thread since it started and have gotten some good info out of it. This info though Im thinking I will try putting into practice...
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    Re: Fall feeding question

    Tful, from my understanding there are 2 reasons not to feed dry sugar on a regular basis.
    1. The bees a lot of times will carry it out as trash, except in the coldest weather.
    2. They will eat it...
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    Re: Do Bees Change Color

    Because they fight with the home bees and get their yellow hair pulled out. Therefore, they look black and smooth.
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    Re: Fall Items to Do

    Another thing to keep in mind is the pH of sugar vs honey. I was watching one of Michael Bush's videos the other night and he was talking about honey having a pH of 3.2 - 4.5 and sugar having pH of...
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    Re: Adding a New Box

    Ozark, keep in mind that you're not that far from Nixa, and from what I understand they have quite a selection of bee supplies. I haven't made a trip up there but sure would like to. I too would like...
  21. Thread: Formic Pro

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    Re: Formic Pro

    I went to Ebay, found one that was supposed to be USA made. Best part was the price tag. Now if it just holds up.
    Here is a link to it....
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    Re: Did I make the right call?

    Thanks for the tip Maynerd! My bees have some foundation they haven't touched all summer. I will have to give that a try.
  23. Re: How Long Will Queen Live in Shipping Container

    Early July I wanted to split my hive. I ordered the queen on the weekend, and of course she didn't ship until Monday. I went in and made the split on Monday. The queen arrived on Wednesday. I left...
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    Re: Making a split, ordered a queen

    Bee Havin,
    Thanks for your input! It's nice to know that all my dilligent reading and YouTube watching has me on the right track. I have filled both hives with the frames and foundation on either...
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    Making a split, ordered a queen

    This is my first year raising bees. I only had the funds to buy 1 established hive. The hive consisted of a deep brood box, a medium brood box, and a honey super. The hive has been doing well so I...
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