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  1. Thread: nuc

    by Ravenseye
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    Re: nuc

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    o all beekeeping is local and it's awesome that local talent chimed in. It's not about what you get. It's about what you do. If it were me, I'd grab them, grow them and grin about my hard work...
  2. Thread: nuc

    by Ravenseye
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    Re: nuc

    I'd be waiting but I'm up here. Not sure about your area. You might be fine. I'm sure there's someone in your area who has a better sense of how a nuc would fare....
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    Re: What to do with weak hive.

    It's still OK to feed 1:1 but 2:1 is fine if you want. I would worry about putting a lot of time in and still not getting the colony big enough to sustain the winter months. You'll know as you go...
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    Re: Xentari Questions

    Not sure about the codes. It does expire after a while. Not long ago Amazon was selling expired BT and a lot of us thought we were protected and learned over the winter that we were not.

    I spray...
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    Re: Swarm Trapping questions

    I'm always surprised by where you can get swarms. I'm not home much but I frequently receive calls from folks who found me by word of mouth and I've seen swarms in mailboxes, on trash barrels, phone...
  6. Thread: Crowded Hive

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    Re: Crowded Hive

    I'd give them space! You can always manipulate frames and tighten things up later.
  7. Re: How to clean supers and other parts from mice in barn

    I would recommend a product called "Oxine". While I agree with other posters that chlorine will be fine, if you want to eliminate the possibility of any bleach side effects, you could try Oxine. I've...
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    Re: Mason Bees & Wasps

    I keep Mason bees. The wasps you see are likely parasitic. They will carefully visit each filled tube and then drill into it somewhere near where they sense a mason bee developing. Once they drill...
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    Re: Distance between hives

    Put them where you want. An established colony really doesn't care much if they fly onto a hive a foot away or a mile away. Like us, they know where they live.
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    Re: Bees staying home

    In my experience, they fly a lot less when they sense incoming rain. I do get a kick out of the scramble to get home when they "miss" the forecast and a quick shower hits them. The cloud of bees...
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    Re: What have you found to be the best way to

    I typically use Bee Quick. Put a fume board on a super. Come back a while later and brush the few bee stragglers off...move to the next. I've moved supers off the hives the night before and turned...
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    Re: Honey bees infect wild bees

    Hmmm....I see this post...

    https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?356019-Honey-bees-infect-wild-bees

    It isn't deleted. Am I looking at the wrong post?

    I will note that sometimes...
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    Re: Early summer low-pollen issue

    Keep in mind that there are seasonal differences each year. For example, hardly any of my crab apples bloomed this year although my regular apples did. You may not always need to bridge a gap.
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    Re: When to put frames in the freezer

    Wax moths prefer brood comb. That's what they're after. However, I've had bad infestations where they just go after any comb. Rarely bare foundation....if ever that I can recall. You may just want to...
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    Re: Bottling question

    I've converted a few buckets to accept a honey gate. They work pretty well. Helps if the honey is on the warmer side so it flows easily and you can just crack the gate to get it started.
  16. Re: How many days should it be rain free When pulling honey supers

    I wouldn't worry about it too much. The bigger issue is harvesting uncapped honey. Sometimes uncapped is just fine. Often, it is not. And it's not always easy "drying" honey that is high in water...
  17. Re: Possible to Save unintended Foundationless Comb?

    Let's start with the comb. Yes, it can be saved. Pick a cooler day where high temps won't make the newly drawn comb very "rubbery". Gently take the cover off by pulling straight up. Place the cover...
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    Re: Probably over thinking this.

    I've used various things over the years with asphalt shingles working best. A strip in front of the hives allows me to mow without weeds growing too close to the entrances. Poison ivy has been a real...
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    Re: multiple eggs per cell

    I'd wait and watch. Swarms can be hard to predict but what happens as far as brood goes will tell you in the long run. Giving a little more space based on what you've described isn't a bad thing....
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    Re: Laying worker question

    I think you could try either a screen or a shake. At this point, you've put a lot of energy into it. If it were me, I'd just screen and combine. I've had some success with that method in the past.
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    Re: continue building comb?

    You never know sometimes. They may have built comb even if you hadn't re-waxed. Is there a flow on? If so, don't feed them anything. They don't need to be fed if there's real stuff available. I would...
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    Re: Basswood/linden - ID and bloom ???

    Early but the bees will be happy!
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    Re: Capping honey question

    I sometimes extract partially capped frames. A quick field test is to "shake" or "sweep" the partially uncapped frame. If nectar visibly sprays out, I leave it. If not, I extract. But when I say...
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    Re: Basswood/linden - ID and bloom ???

    Linden is just starting to bloom here. Funny how it goes though.....it's a few days out here in my yard but I was at a conference yesterday 25 minutes away and there were Lindens blooming everywhere...
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    Re: Mating yard visitor

    Pretty awesome pics. You don't get those experiences in front of a tv playing video games!
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