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    Re: Drones in Indiana?

    I am about a 10 days ahead of last year. We were about 14-21 days ahead, but those 15F nights took care of that.
  2. Re: I messed up, and I'm so mad I could scream!

    We are bulding the arc instead of nuc boxes. Hoping for drier weather from April 3-17. Figure the odds.
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    Re: packages.....as bad as i've heard?

    Well, that is what "everyone" would like you to believe. The swarms that "everyone" catches in their yards are never theirs. Their hives don't have small hive beetles or mites. Their hives produce...
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    Re: Drones in Indiana?

    2-10 per hive flying, tons past purple eye stage. Dry queen cups in many hives. We will have swarming after this 8+ days of rainy weather.
  5. Re: I messed up, and I'm so mad I could scream!

    One reason I cut a hole in migratory top and install a pint or quart of 1:1. You'll see when they get low right away. Now go graft some more. Just finished about 35, now in the finisher. I just hope...
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    Re: purpose of a screened bottom board.

    I bought a bunch of screened bottom boards when I started, well just because everyone else was using them. I only build solid bottoms now. If you slope your hive to the front, where does that rain go...
  7. Re: Beehive Moving Helicopter Crashes in New Zealand

    An MD-500, R-44 or similar 500-800 lb capacity liability only can cost $5,000-$10,000 USD, depending on the type of work they do. That does not include hull coverage.
  8. Re: Beehive Moving Helicopter Crashes in New Zealand

    Heli lifting capacities can range from 500-55,000+ lbs. I was a UH-60 crewchief and we could haul 8,000 lbs on the hook. It all depends on temperature, altitude, how far you need to go to drop off...
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    Re: Has sugar prices gone up in flames?

    Once a package or nuc has drawn out their first deep box, I let them draw the second on the flow. 2 gallons of 1:1 in 2-3 weeks usually takes care of them. I also put frames of honey in from deadouts.
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    Re: What to charge for maintaining hives.

    $400/week, labor only, paid weekly. They provide all supplies. I had 50 last yr and would not do it for any less, especially including assembly, paint, feed, etc. You can do it, but don't plan on...
  11. Thread: Obama's bees

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    Re: Obama's bees

    There was nothing remaining but drones, and they died of starvation Jan 21. The new 3 lb packages of Russian and Italian workers are being vetted as we speak. The threat level is high, as there are...
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    Re: Small Hive Beetles from Hell

    They overwinter in and above the cluster to stay warm. SHB's adapt to our local climate just like us. I have sit in front of my hives at dusk and watched SHB land and walk right in to a strong hive....
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    Re: Big snow storm

    It all seemed to start from my area eastward. We got some very light drizzle, then a light dusting of snow. Keeping the wood burner going. Hope everyones bees go crazy when it warms back up. Stay...
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    Re: The top 20 bee plants

    Crimson Clover
    Cosmos
    Purple Coneflower
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    Re: Night time package install

    The "porch light" I am talking about is a flashlight shining on the nuc box entrance 70' beneath the limb that is about to get shot out. If the limb is too big, the impact still drops the swarm.
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    Re: Night time package install

    Just make sure you leave the porch light on. That is what I do shooting swarms out at dusk. But seriously, like others said, way til morning. Watch out for shb.
  17. Re: What's out there for bees to gather after a hard spring freeze

    I think my heaviest double deep was 110 lbs. My carnis seem pretty fuel efficient. We had very similar winter and I have only had to put patties on a few so far. We have rain and snow moving into our...
  18. Re: What's out there for bees to gather after a hard spring freeze

    What did your double deeps weigh in November?
  19. Re: splits end of march too early? bedford viriginia

    One fresh drone crawling around in one hive, none seen flying yet, tons of drone brood between deeps.
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    Re: Doing a walk-away solo at night?

    I move hives at night if able to screen off with a little smoke. I shoot swarms out of trees with slugs at dusk and they walk right in my nuc that is lit up like the White House. I don't do walk away...
  21. Re: What's out there for bees to gather after a hard spring freeze

    They are thinning that honey down to feed all of those hungry mouths.
  22. Re: What's out there for bees to gather after a hard spring freeze

    No worries. As soon as it warms back up for a week, you will see tons of stuff blooming. If you want to help the bees, lime your ground if needed and sow clovers/buckwheat. I have 6+ acres of clover...
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    Re: Basic Noob Nuc question

    Another good option Enj.
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    Re: Queen cell with no other brood around it?

    If their queen was still alive. Maybe she was rolled on the inspection prior to finding the emegency qc. Hope he has some more hives to pull from.
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    Re: Basic Noob Nuc question

    If you want 2 or 3 more hives, 10 fr deep boxes would be ok. But if you want more than that, 4 or 5 fr nucs are the way to go. I have tried 3 fr, they do work well too, but I like the quicker build...
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