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    Re: Still building comb?

    Yep, that about sums it all up! :) But it is fun to watch... good luck!
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    Re: Still building comb?

    Actually, have been seeing new wax for 3-4 weeks. I'm not good at identifying plants, but we have lots blooming around here. Not sure about clover yet, but honeysuckle, red buds, etc...
    I was...
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    Re: Still building comb?

    Thanks!
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    Re: Still building comb?

    Thanks for sharing! His writing style reminds me of college text books... :)
  5. Sharing vid of our first queen rearing attempt

    Beeks for 6 years, and fascinated by the thought of queen rearing, so decided to try this year.
    Built a cloak board and followed directions (mostly), as well as some tips from Michael Bush.
    The...
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    Still building comb?

    Seems like I read somewhere that there's an optimal period for comb building, and that once the flow starts they don't build much comb?
    Doesn't seem right, since where would they put the comb...... ...
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    Re: JZ BZ plastic queen cages

    I'll have to modify for 10-20 cages... ha!
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    Re: JZ BZ plastic queen cages

    Thanks all!
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    JZ BZ plastic queen cages

    Any suggestions on what to use as candy in these cages? A MannLake rep said they don't sell anything (candy) to fit and that folks fill it with whatever they might use. I've heard fondant...? Just...
  10. Re: Adding multiple supers at the same time?

    Thanks for the detail. We've been keeping notes on the bees, but not the season... good idea! Being an hour + from my hives makes me more concerned about timing, and making a wrong decision that will...
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    Any tips on what to look for as indicator about the flow timing? We've had a very mild winter here and so much is already blooming.
    I'm leaning towards just adding one super to each of the...
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    Thanks Michael, that actually brings back some bad memories when I've had that happen... Do you have any thoughts on adding more supers at the same time? Even if I just let them put whatever they...
  13. Re: Two-deeps are full, OK to add Supers now?

    Hmmm... ok... I'm actually in the process of attempting queen grafting, so could be able to give the split a queen sooner that way... And would you consider weekly inspections (and removal of swarm...
  14. Re: Adding multiple supers at the same time?

    Any tips on predicting the heavy flow? Seems like everything down here is blooming or about to... I've been late before and since I'm about an hour from my hives I'd like to be a little early than a...
  15. Re: Adding multiple supers at the same time?

    Makes sense, thanks. Do you get winter in NW Florida? How many harvests will you have a year?
  16. Re: Two-deeps are full, OK to add Supers now?

    Hadn't remembered the late April hard freeze... thanks.
    I'm really hoping to avoid splitting them if possible, to maximize honey yield. I wonder if adding a couple of supers would still serve the...
  17. Adding multiple supers at the same time?

    I've recently read an article that suggested it's ok to add 2-3 empty supers at once. My previous understanding is that they'd have the tendency to build up and not out, so adding more than one at a...
  18. Two-deeps are full, OK to add Supers now?

    Three of my hives are pretty close to full capacity on both deep boxes. We've had a mild winter and they're exploding. Two days ago I removed a few queen cells (empty) and rotated boxes, and also...
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    Re: Make a good hive queenless? How/when?

    Ok, found a pretty thorough article, and I'm tracking with it. I like the simplicity (link below to the article). Couple of questions...
    It references removing young brood the day before grafting,...
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    Re: Make a good hive queenless? How/when?

    Thanks. What becomes of the original queen who goes into the nuc at the first step? Can she go back into original hive? Seems like losing time waiting for that 1 cell to emerge?
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    Re: Make a good hive queenless? How/when?

    No, but I will, thanks.
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    Make a good hive queenless? How/when?

    I have a double-deep brood box hive I've targeted to use to try my hand at queen rearing (grafting). I have 4 2-frame nucs with feeders built and ready. I've read a bunch so far, but have a couple of...
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    Re: Ok to inspect? (and other ??)

    Thanks for the input. As an update, got to a full inspection on the other hives a couple of days later and all were excellent! Even did our first queen capture/marking, primarily on some swarms we...
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    Ok to inspect? (and other ??)

    Roughly three weeks ago, all nine hives appeared to be doing well... flights/activity during warmer days, eating the candy inside the hive. Went out yesterday and one of the hives is dead, tiny...
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    Re: Vaporizer Instructions "by the book"?

    HA! Yep... this post was me hoping the instructions were a bit like expiration dates on food, and the "E" on my gas tank... useful but not entirely accurate... :)
    I'll find some foam pieces for...
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