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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Well it has been another successful season using OSBN.

    We are now well into the Main Flow and none of my hives have swarmed.

    The largest hive was overwintered in 1 Deep Box. It is now 5 Deeps...
  2. Have a look at Opening the Sides of the Brood...

    Have a look at Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest (OSBN).

    I haven't had any swarms when using this method.

    http://daveybees.wikidot.com/openingthesides
  3. Re: 6-framer - larger-scale, commercial grade, mobile operator

    It is on the bottom right of videos on the Desktop version of YouTube.

    On the Mobile/Tablet version it is under the three vertical dots (settings) icon at the top right.

    This is good timing. I...
  4. Re: 6-framer - larger-scale, commercial grade, mobile operator

    On the Youtube Video, click on the "CC" icon to turn on Close Captions (Subtitles). Then on the "Settings" icon go to: Subtitles -> Auto Translate -> English
  5. Here is the link to the OSBN method (Opening the...

    Here is the link to the OSBN method (Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest):
    http://daveybees.wikidot.com/openingthesides

    Essentually it's about maintaining Wax Making during Swarm Season from 3...
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    Re: 4 week old hive - No change in last week

    With Foundationless Frames you would be better off placing a Medium Frame in the Deep.
    Just replace the #8 frame as it is the least draw and likely doesn't have brood or eggs in it.

    You may need...
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Thanks again Missy.

    Hopefully the Flow picks up for the remainder of your season.
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Jason, to reduce Drone Comb I've made a few minor changes to the Method since starting this Thread.

    Here is the latest version of the OSBN Method and Notes. Also, go to the Website Page to view it...
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    Sticky: Yes, that's the idea, to prevent after swarms. ...

    Yes, that's the idea, to prevent after swarms.

    They are then usually treated more like Supercedure
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Hi Sickdog,

    Yes is likely they will Swarm if there are multiple Queen Cells. Called After Swarms which have Virgin Queens.
    If there are no eggs or sign of the Queen, they may have already swarmed...
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Thanks Jason for your feedback, I appreciate it.
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    To stop Emergency Queen Cells (caused by being Queenless for over 8-24 hours).

    Splitting a Broodnest by placing an empty box in-between may be enough distance for there to be an Emergency Reponse....
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    Sticky: I was asking if there was any Brood and eggs in...

    I was asking if there was any Brood and eggs in the Super? (Not taking about the queen cups).

    It's too late if there was anyway. So I would just wait until you check on Tuesday.

    If the bees...
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Hang on!

    The Super has brood and eggs in it as well as the bottom Brood Box?
    By adding the New Box inbetween you have effectively done a Split. The distance between the now 2 Broodnests could be...
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Ok, still sounds like supercedure in both. But yes, keep eye on the 2nd hive, because of those cups along the bottom of super frames.
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    Re: Best swarm prevention

    Hi Nancy, good to hear from you.

    I actually haven't experimented much with adding drawn comb beside the Broodnest.
    Sometimes the Queen with lay in the empty comb, but I have seen quite a number...
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Supercedure is caused by a reduction in either Queen mandibular pheromone or Open Brood pheromone. So if there is plenty of Open Brood then it may be that there is a high population of bees and the...
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    Re: Best swarm prevention

    Well, when I get an email notification. :)

    See my website for up to date instructions and notes for Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest (OSBN):
    http://daveybees.wikidot.com/openingthesides

    For...
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Hi Sickdog5,

    You can keep doing OSBN right up to the end of the Main Flow. The Summer Soltice gives a good guide as to when Wax Making drops off. (Once the hive has enough Drone comb they make...
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Another thought about when adding the first Box with OSBN:



    If concerned that adding a New Box will be too much space for the bees to heat when temperatures are low. The Inner Cover/Crown...
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Ok, if you have 2 new Queens with good laying patterns, you may as well use them.
    With the larger population of bees they will pick up in their laying.

    Thanks again.
  22. Re: Not sure capped queen cells are really queen cells

    Yes you could do a combine. Put the Queenless spilt on top of the Queenright Nuc with a sheet of newspaper inbetween. Removing the "Queen" cells.
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Thanks for reporting back Missy. That's good news. No swarms, well done.

    Are the old Queens still laying? If they have disposed of the Queen, you will probably find that those hives will...
  24. Re: Dequeened 13; requeened 10 days ago; now I have a new, small queen. ?????

    Bees start making Queens from 1-2 day old larvae, so it is already at day 4-5 of the 16 days cycle.
    So it sounds like you missed seeing a developing Queen cell when you requeened (which is not hard...
  25. Re: Selling Nuc out of established hives to downsize

    Yes, it's basically just doing a Split. The Hive will make queen cells to replace the Queen.
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