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    Re: Old hive photo collection

    One of the local beekeepers posted this one on the community Facebook page. I thought it was a great example of creativity and craftsmanship.
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    Re: Hello! and a question!

    Are you going to haul the bees inside of your vehicle or outside (like in the back of a truck)?

    If inside, you may want to make sure you have your veil or bee jacket in the event that some of...
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    Alcohol Wash vs. Counting Drone Larve

    It is too early in the year for me to feel comfortable drowning a bunch of nurse bees in alcohol to get a sample of my mite load. I do, however, have a considerable amount of capped drone brood that...
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    Re: II breeder queen sources

    I believe that he makes custom queens. If you want a VSH carnie queen mated with Mite Mauler drones he'll make one for you. If you want a VHS Italian queen mated to Saskatraz drones or lots of...
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    Re: II breeder queen sources

    New River in WV.
    https://newriverhoneybees.com/
  6. Re: central maryland; lots of pollen coming in - what plants?; saw DRONES

    Seeing the same here in the Baltimore area. I have one hive that I think overwintered the drones. There were drones in January and drones day before yesterday. Lots of bees in the hives, but not a...
  7. Roller type uncapping punches - any good?

    I need to uncap and extract some honey from my brood chambers this spring to open up space for brood. I'm thinking that using an uncapping punch would do less damage to the comb than cutting the...
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    Re: Feeder hole size and how many ?

    2 7/8 for a standard Mason jar and most quart jars. Fits snugly and should be sanded a bit to keep lids from locking in too tight.
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    Re: Brushy mountain box comatibility

    I have a mix of Brushy Mtn and Mann Lake 8 frame equipment. They don't line up perfectly when mixed on a stack, but they do work. The only thing that I've found as an incompatibility is things that...
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    Re: Beehive Location

    You should expect that the area of about 8 feet by 8 feet in front of the hives will be really busy with flying bees. Mostly from 11:00 to 4:00 with orientation flights.

    If there is unobstructed...
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    Re: When to remove hive wrap

    The years I lived in Salt Lake spring didn't dependably start until Memorial Day. You might reverse your brood boxes on May Day (early march if all brood is in the top box) but put the wraps back on...
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    Re: frustrated bee mom

    Apivar followed later in the year by Formic Pro.
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    Re: Distance to move a split hive

    Consider keeping both hives in the same place. Turn them so that the entrances face each other with the location of the original entrance in the gap between the hives. After four or five days turn...
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    Re: Double NUC Setup vs two 5 frames NUCs?

    One advantage to individual five frame nuc stacks is that it is easy to move them around to balance out populations (swap locations of a weak hive with a strong one or even a regular hive) to add...
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    Re: Starting with Foundation

    You don't show your location. Timing is generally dependent on where you are.

    Two general guidelines that I am following.

    1) Don't give the bees any more space than they can cover. Crowded...
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    Re: Easiest Split Technique for a Newbie

    grozzie2's suggestion with a modification IF you are competent at finding the queen.

    If you are comfortable that you can find the queen, split just like his suggestion, but buy a mated queen for...
  17. Re: Plastic-backed foundation vs. plastic frames

    My bees were slow to take to the all plastic frames. When they did, they tended to have a much better brood pattern and be more heavily packed than my wooden frames with plastic foundation. ...
  18. Re: >> Ceracell 2.5 Gallon Top Feeders On Sale Now

    I'm interested I trying out the Ceracell nuc feeders. Do you have any plan to carry them?
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    Re: Question on combining nuc with larger hive

    Vance, by 'dust' do you mean dusting with powdered sugar?
  20. Thread: Shook Swarm

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    Re: Shook Swarm

    Jason, over at Woodcamp Farm sells packages that he shakes from his apiary. He's just a few miles from you. I would imagine he would be willing to talk to you about how many bees to shake to make a...
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    Re: Your favorite queen supplier?

    The two that I would recommend have already sold out until June. You might be a bit late. I do have an Olvarez (OHB) Italian queen I picked up in August seems to be doing really well.
  22. Re: When getting 1st hives they should come with a warning label

    Like you Mariah, I just want to have one hive. I realize that I need to have another hive to deal with issues that arise and as a bit of insurance. My plan is to have one production hive and a...
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    Re: Kelly Telescoping Covers

    I very carefully peeled the coating off of two of these. Pretty time consuming job. I decided that I didn't have any good reason for removing the coating. I just left it on on the rest of my...
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    Re: Honey B Healthy?

    I tried the same experiment last summer with Mann Lake's "Pro Health" supplement. For being a "feeding stimulant" it does not stimulate my bees to consume it. My results were exactly the same as...
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    Re: Question on combining nuc with larger hive

    What I finally did was to change locations of the nuc and one of my strong hives. That got the emergency queen to kick into gear. That almost immediately built up the number of bees in the nuc and...
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