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    Re: Wintering Bees In Alaska

    Our experience says otherwise. Leave a super of fireweed on in the fall and find a deadout in the spring has been my experience, so much so, wont leave any on anymore. Our winter is nothing like...
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    Re: Robbing of queen castles

    You may call it a nuc, but the full size colony has another name for it. They call it a 'feeder'...
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    Re: Colony expense at queen rearing

    I think most references to 'cost' of making a queen cell revolve around the concept of making the colony queenless so they will raise a new queen. In that case, the cost is 3 to 4 weeks with no...
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    Re: Bee yard site questions

    We have friends in town that want a hive in the back yard during the spring to pollinate fruit trees and berries. Over the summer, those hives always do better than any hives we keep on the farm. ...
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    Re: BetterComb Experience, Anyone?

    That goes directly to the quality of the nucs being produced, and how they are produced. I know a lot of folks look at selling a spring nuc as a way to cycle out old ratty comb, but that's not how...
  6. Re: Want to notch 2 deep boxes and make nucs, but canít find the queen

    Take the top box off, shake/brush ALL the bees from the top box into the bottom box, no excluder necessary while shaking/brushing. This is the only time you have to deal with crabby bees, but it's...
  7. Re: Saskatraz bees in the swarm mode all the time, why?

    Are they cells with larvae in them, or just cups ?
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    Re: Over wintering Nuc's in South Carolina

    Difference between us and those inland, we are on the coast, still have a real winter, but, we dont get the mountains of snow here. When precip comes it is blowing in from the ocean and comes in the...
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    if they emerged on Friday, then expecting them to be laying by the following Wednesday is about a week to quick, it's more like the time they are ready to go on mating flights, and another week...
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    How long did you wait after they emerged. I often find it takes a week longer than we expect / plan before the new queens are laying. I used to think we could harvest them two weeks after placing...
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    Re: Over wintering Nuc's in South Carolina

    all you folks down south worried about wintering 5 framers. I'm a tad farther north up at 50N. I winter 5 frame deeps, and, I also winter on 5 half frame deeps (4 sets to a 10 frame box).
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    Re: Trumps approval of pesticides

    I've been telling folks for years, no, Bob is not my uncle. We went to school together, he's my friend, but he is not my uncle....
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    Re: Mann Lake Failed Me - Best Premade Hive Box?

    Depends who you was. Wood frames with wax foundation, wood with plastic foundation, wood frames with no foundation, plastic frames, or just a bar across the top. Lots of options, and for every...
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    Re: Storing Drawn Comb & Supers in Summer

    At this time of the year I'd store boxes of comb with stores in it by placing on a bee colony so they can make use of it.
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    Re: Insurance

    You dont have to poke very far. The policy is only available to members of the BCHPA, and membership is only open to beekeepers with hives in BC.

    I mis-spoke above on the rates, we had a rate...
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    Re: Insurance

    I am surprised there isn't a setup thru one of the larger beekeeping associations for the small folks to get a reasonable insurance. Our provincial association, the British Columbia Honey Producers...
  17. Re: Not building on plastic frames, what to do?

    A colony that's been queenless for a couple weeks will have very little brood, and will be backfilling as brood emerges. They have little / no incentive to draw comb and will happily fill the empty...
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    Re: Mann Lake Failed Me - Best Premade Hive Box?

    Brand new frames into brand new boxes. Re-visit this when the bees have had a chance to put wax and propolis on those frames. A year from now it'll seem tight with 10.
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    Re: Why am I losing my Queens?

    I would look at the colonies and ask how much comb they were drawing out if you put a nuc into a box with brand new equipment, and, how much were you feeding them. I know if you go online and read,...
  20. Re: Rant: People really need to stop mowing lawns every single week.

    Me thinks if you dont have an issue with deer and traffic, then you dont have much of a deer population. Around here, deer hit on the hiway is a daily event. If I drive from here to the city...
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    Re: Will this approach work?

    I've done that years ago. Had a hive I thought was queenless, they had swarmed and it was 4 and a half weeks since swarm with no sign of a new queen. So what to do with them, I had a brand new set...
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    Re: Will this approach work?

    Ask 3 beekeepers, get 5 answers. But indeed you CAN have a queen in a cell builder. Watch the University of Guelph youtube videos on how they do queen rearing using a cloak board system. I've used...
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    Re: Combining 2 Dink Hives

    I would off one of the queens then put her box on top of the other with newspaper right away. The ones on top will figure out they are queenless before they get thru the paper. I did a couple that...
  24. Re: Queen not laying after relocation of hive

    You are very welcome. Glad to hear it worked out ok. FYI, we move our bees twice a year, and it's not unusual to lose a queen during the move.
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    Re: 2 frame mini nuc split

    This is exactly the reason we use a deep split 4 ways with 5 half size frames in each compartment. The cubic volume with multiple 'inner surfaces' allow the bees to form a cluster. Each of our...
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