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  1. Thread: Abandoned hives

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    Re: Abandoned hives

    I didn't think air circulation was such a concern. What is it that makes it so important? Assuming they'll have entrance reducers on, screened over. Should I leave the inner covers on too, with the...
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    Re: How to properly split 1 hive into 2

    Saltybee, can you explain what you mean by pulling empty frames for hunting unkilled QC's? Plenty would just leave alone? What's that mean too?

    The split date indeed was June 10th. When I checked...
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    Building a huge multi-colony horizontal hive

    I saw somewhere online, what looks like bee saunas, or whatever they're called. Basically it appears to be one long and tall hive with multiple colonies, which is built in a shed/tent some sort of...
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    Re: How to properly split 1 hive into 2

    It's been a week since I split them up. Should I check them? I remember readings the queen cells are very fragile at a certain time and shouldn't be opened. Looking for more opinions on how to split...
  5. Thread: Abandoned hives

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    What would those plywood strips be for? I'd think the frames won't be able to move much if it's a full box. I usually do the plywood trick for swarm traps where I'm leaving just one frame that can...
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    Re: Abandoned hives

    I appreciate you guys offering constructive advice. [edit]


    To everyone else, I will be sure to document my adventure!
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    Didn't think of the leakage. Totally possible. I think I'll definitely try to break them down into smaller sections that I could transport over a greater amount of time, so that whatever risk there...
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    Never even thought of laying them on their backs. Is that pretty harmless? In that case I actually could very well fit at least the 5 stack fully without taking it apart. I like the idea of adding...
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    Andrew, why do you recommend not splitting them? The 7 medium stack with what looks like some sort of SBB contraption would be nearly 4.5ft high. I'd be afraid of it being top heavy regardless of the...
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    That's what I'm talkin about! Thanks!
  11. Thread: Abandoned hives

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    Re: Abandoned hives

    What am I missing here? Why would they not be worth it? What is the danger? In the case that I got into a car accident that would crush the hives so as to release the bees in the car?
  12. Thread: Abandoned hives

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    Lol how do you guys think people who don't have pickup trucks buy nucs? I thought it would go without saying that I'd strap them closed, with screened entrances, and the AC on to prevent them from...
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    That's more or less not an option. I was thinkingsomething along the lines of splitting into more manageable sizes.
  14. Thread: Abandoned hives

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    Abandoned hives

    This should be a fun one. I might be getting the task of taking away 2 hives that were abandoned for at least one full year, probably more. One is 7 mediums, the other is 5 mediums. Both have bees. ...
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    Re: How to properly split 1 hive into 2

    Thanks for putting my mind at ease. I did pop the top and saw plenty of bees crawling in the queenright split. And a day later, I was seeing SOME traffic, though nothing comparable to the now...
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    Re: How to properly split 1 hive into 2

    Haha you're not wrong. I am worried. This is my one survivor hive from last year and my first ever split. I need to make sure I got it right. But I do not want to disturb them a second day in a row....
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    Re: How to properly split 1 hive into 2

    This morning the supposedly queenless hive on the original spot is flying fine. The supposedly queenright split is dead quiet, not a bee in sight.

    Can anyone confirm this is normal, or should I...
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    Re: How to properly split 1 hive into 2

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    It's 8:25 PM. The queenless hive in the original spot is still teaming with activity. The other split and the nuc I just installed today are both quiet. The original hive has had a robber...
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    How to properly split 1 hive into 2

    I had a 2 deep hive with about 10-12 frames of brood. I took about 4-5 frames of brood with the queen, filled the rest of the box with empty frames, and moved this split to a spot about 7 feet away,...
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    Re: How to feed a swarm

    I believe it. Last year I caught my swarm June 2nd. Fed it quite a bit, and it was still just 2 deeps going into winter, and the top deep wasn't exactly full either. Then at some point in January or...
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    Re: Thoughts on treatment-free

    I think it's a cheap shot when someone says "Oh yea? He got treatment free bees? Well I bet if he brings his bees by me, they'll all be dead by next spring!" We should realize that that's an obvious...
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    Re: How to feed a swarm

    lol yeah I figured I'm not the only one to laugh at cryberg's categorical lectures. Seems like he just likes to go against every common sense tactic. Of course he might be convinced it works for him,...
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    Re: propolis tincture recipe

    I know this thread is about using it in tinctures, but I know my grandma has always used it by dissolving it in butter. You can go from raw propolis to final medicinal product in 1 day and be reaping...
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    Re: How to feed a swarm

    Is there actual evidence that every swarm caught usually has an old queen that will produce worse and survive worse than a swarm with an introduced queen from a far away apiary? I've always wondered...
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    Re: HOW TO FEED A SWARM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WHY DOES EVERY THREAD YOU START SOUND LIKE AN ABSOLUTE EMERGENCY OMMMGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!
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