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    Re: How to boost a swarm?

    Be sure to spray the sugar lightly with water. It helps them to metabolize it. I do slurry mixes a lot in winter. You would be surprised how important mixing water is when you are trying to get...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    All 5 ready for the flow. Glad they were well behaved with the limited 1:1. No signs of swarming intentions except for a couple of queen cups. Freshened up their pollen patties. Lots of bee bread...
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    Re: Bees crawling inside of hive top feeder

    The ones I bought were from Ebay. You can narrow your search to only US.
  4. Re: Interested in new design for entrance reducer

    Yes if you’re talking to me. I can’t tell. With my setup I have access in the back when I pull the inspection board out. Another essential component for varroa monitoring and ease of use. ...
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    Re: How to boost a swarm?

    Another idea- they may be rejecting the way you are feeding syrup. In a pinch I'll put wax paper down on top of frames, pour sugar on top and spray with water creating a slurry (great cold weather...
  6. Re: Recently Installed Nuc into my 1st Long Lang.... No Drawn Comb after 2 Weeks!!!

    As far as whether to checkerboard the outside of the brood comb- Yes, that's what I would do. They also tend to leave the outermost frames alone giving them a disadvantage in the winter if not...
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    Re: Bees crawling inside of hive top feeder

    I use the same ones and love them. If you let it go dry the bees will go back under the plastic cup to get back to their colony. If you are in a hurry to get bees out (to put more sugar water in)...
  8. Re: Interested in new design for entrance reducer

    Consider the BeeSmart robbing screen. https://youtu.be/3NPOp6TfwnM Video to see it in use. Must have component in my yard after a bad wasp year. Confounds the wasps- they can't figure out...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    March in May- Dry comb lots of pollen, couple queen cups, no real sign of swarming spirit. Put 1:1 back on for a bit to bridge the flow. They went right to it. Smallest colony that was an...
  10. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    You may have an inferior smoker if you’re having to do all that. Dadant tall smoker is the best. A smoker is a core item that must be high quality. It can also save your bacon.
  11. Re: Hard to find queen when wanting to replace her

    re: Finding queen. University of Guelph had two great ideas- 1) find a frame that a queen would usually be on- open space, around some open larvae. 2) Study pictures of a queen. Studying pictures...
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    Re: Treating new Nuc colony for mites

    I did. Mites were my #1, 2 and 3 priority. Apivar strips went in immediately, then OAV series in the fall and one OAV in December. 0 mites registering right now. I really like Apivar in early...
  13. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    Hay is insanely great. Great white cool smoke. Beyond fuel, be sure you get a great smoker. Lighting should just take a couple of minutes and last for hours. Kamon has a great video comparison on...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Totally get that. My comments were meant for spring and swarm season. In fall I feed like a crazy person. Even use pro grade feed ProSweet to be sure it won’t crystallize and goes right into the...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Hey Robert- 4 hives took 2 quarts and the big hive took a gallon. I'm a fan of temporary limited feeding to avoid calamity. I thought it was a safe move. I'm hearing anecdotal reports of late...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Finally warm weather. Popped the super open to have a peek and they are just starting to draw out the frames so no big hurry to put new boxes on. All hives are seriously devouring pollen patties. ...
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    Re: 18 month plan - is it realistic?

    I believe it referenced 5 full size. Would strongly recommend the resource hive as a parking spot for swarms, splits and small colonies. The upright 4 over 4 config give me a different set of...
  18. Re: why do my bees become ever more gentle?

    I’m one that believes that genetics aside, when bees have less stress they are more gentle. Stress comes from nutrition, threat from predation, being queenright, having a flow, having a good...
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    As far as the states and my limited time doing this- 6a 3rd year, very late last frost date. 29 F at night just a few days ago, compared to last rainy year April when we had better planting weather...
  20. Re: More brood taking orientation flight video

    Just the new kids figuring things out. Just a healthy hive doing their orientation flight as you suspected. Love it when the drones pile out at around 2 and the beat of their wings gets really loud.
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    Re: 18 month plan - is it realistic?

    You already have something going well if you over wintered your first colony. There is a study that says mathematically 5 is the minimal number for a sustainable apiary. I have 5 and love the...
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    Re: Bees not expanding to new frames

    Sage advice already given. A great video I would recommend is called Comb Building on YouTube from University of Guelph.
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    Re: Tool bucket replacement ideas

    Boy what a great question. I’m super fussy about my setup around my hives. Right now carrying my smoker along with a quiet box loaded with cover cloths and frames. It has magnets on the outside to...
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    Re: Beekeeping Suit and Veil

    You’ll hear a lot of recommendations for Ultrabreeze. After getting stung in the forearm one too many times from wrist bands without velcro I ordered a jacket from Ultrabreeze. It’s weird how you...
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    Re: Harvest Lane at Tractor Supply

    That was my starter set. Okay, but not great quality. After my first hive I went on to primarily buy from Mannlake. The Chicken Chick uses their equipment in her bee yard.
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