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    Re: combing nuc with 8 frame hive

    It is one of a few options that you have, none really better than the other. First step is to kill all the remaining drone brood. If it is on a frame with worker brood, scratch it open, if by itself...
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    Re: Potato cultivating....

    Dang it! You guys have got me thinking about the unused garden I have out back and that I easily buy 200-300 pounds of potatoes every year. Would oak leaves work as mulch or are they too acidic? I...
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    Re: combing nuc with 8 frame hive

    Brad, this may sound like dumb question, but why do you want to combine a very strong nuc with an already strong but queenless colony? I think that your flow is over like mine, or at least nearly so....
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    Re: How Much honey?

    I am still ROTFLMAO over the homework jab. That is funny.

    And for the record, no amount of reading, studying, or watching Youtube videos is as good as actually keeping bees. But it IS a good...
  5. Re: Finishing capped cells after day 5 without a mechanical incubator

    If your grafts are in JZBZ cups, you might have a bit of a problem come emergence time as the hair rollers only work with Nicot cups and holders. But sure, stick them in a hive over a qe for a few...
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    Re: Set It and Forget It?

    And from the very same article that sunkool quoted:

    "Vigilance is important with all honeybee diseases. Check all colonies regularly for health and suspect any colonies that are not thriving where...
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    Re: Set It and Forget It?

    Too funny Glenn. But yeah, a computer that never goes on the internet can't catch a virus either.

    I don't think SP knows for sure where the EFB originated, and I think it would be hard to prove...
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    Re: A swarm moved in. Now what?

    A swarmed mated queen cannot start laying right away. Don't know how long it takes for her to resume but I'm thinking three to four days. She had to stop laying and slim down to be able to fly and...
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    Re: Odd? Swarm behaviour

    If the queen is a virgin, keeping her in a cage is not going end well.

    What you describe must happen often. I was laying on the ground looking up into my hives when I found not one , but two hives...
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    Re: How to care for gloves?

    I think the best way to wash the gloves is while wearing them. Scrub with soap and a brush and the wear them until dry. Made the mistake once of tossing them in the washing machine and then drying...
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    Re: Set It and Forget It?

    Not my feelings, it was your comment about Squarepeg that was callous. Where were you while he was fighting a battle with efb that was obviously imported to his yard from a neighboring apiary run...
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    Re: Set It and Forget It?

    Your insensitive and callous remarks makes me wish you hadn't started.
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    Re: A swarm moved in. Now what?

    For starters, congratulations on your first swarm capture. The next thing to do is nothing. They are already in a hive. Give the girls a chance to get settled. Look for normal activty within a few...
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    Re: dearth - take 'em down?

    Dan, the point of my post was that all three of the swarms I have caught so far have been in new traps. Wanting to better the odds by getting the trap to smell like an older hive is not an absolute...
  15. Thread: SHB Larva?

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    Re: SHB Larva?

    Small hive beetle larvae start out very small and grow rapidly. And, there are usually a lot of them once they start hatching. You will see them entering and exiting the capped brood. Wax moth larvae...
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    Re: Free beehives for Virginians

    Virginia has managed its finances fairly well overall. I would rather see some of the surplus go into a progam like this that has some benefit, than wait for a politician to decide to waste millions...
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    Re: dearth - take 'em down?

    All three of the swarms I trapped have been in new traps. The first was a double flowerpot trap with nothing but a medium of undrawn foundation. The others were a Dr. Leo style box with a frame of...
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    Re: Queenless hive

    Frank, you can add that deep frame of brood by removing two of the medium frames, one from each box, and let the deep hang down into the space you created. I like to give an LW hive open brood and...
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    Re: dearth - take 'em down?

    I am picking mine up as time permits. Leaving one baited hive in the beeyard and one at work. The other three that are still out are coming home to be used as nucs. Need to give them the lived in...
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    Re: 2 frame mini nuc split

    The two frame mating nuc does have a purpose, and that is to mate queens and give them a place to start laying. I have the four I built two years ago, and two 4 compartment queen castles, essentially...
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    Re: 2 frame mini nuc split

    All good, I have been subscribed to David's channel for quite some time. I trust the information he provides but I always keep in mind that he is in GA and is way south of me. I started making double...
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    Re: This article mentions beesource

    If you guys were to read the tag lines once in a while, you would know that the author of the Apiarist is none other than our very own fatshark. And I agree that he could probably hold his own in a...
  23. Re: Weak hive and strong hive - time for a nuc?

    Would not have thought the paint would come off that fast. Nine days and I bet you paid extra to have her marked. You have given the weak hive a boost with numbers and reduced the crowding in the...
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    Re: 2 frame mini nuc split

    Not to get four or five nice queen cells. All depends on one's objectives. I am not saying don't, but doing it correctly is more than just taking a frame of open brood with bees and sticking it in a...
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    Re: 2 frame mini nuc split

    C-bees, not to be argumentative, but have you yourself actually done it? I watch David's videos too and tried to replicate his methods but have never managed to get a returned mated queen starting...
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