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  1. Thread: first dead-out

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    Yeah, you're right. I'll try to use the proper...

    Yeah, you're right. I'll try to use the proper brand names on the forum. I got in the habit of using the chemical names before I got my bees when I was just reading papers and stuff.

    For me the...
  2. Thread: first dead-out

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    Apivar strips. I follow the instructions except...

    Apivar strips. I follow the instructions except sometimes the strips stay in for an extra week or two depending on vacation plans, weather, etc.

    (I don't usually use the names Apivar, Apistan, or...
  3. Thread: first dead-out

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    Drones could either mean a drone laying queen or...

    Drones could either mean a drone laying queen or laying workers. I guess either way we're talking queen issue. Maybe I squished her or she just ran out of semen.

    The good news is that my other...
  4. Thread: first dead-out

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    first dead-out

    Last winter 3 out of 3 made it. I went into this winter with 6. One of them is already a deadout. Help me diagnose.

    History: I demareed the hive in late spring, without finding the queen. ...
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    Re: Mountain camp vs. honey

    I've never heard of a commercial beekeeper feeding dry sugar over winter, and I take this to mean that it probably has no place in a really well-run apiary. Some of those guys are really sharp and...
  6. Re: A new Year. What are your goals for the bees in 2020?

    1. Get better at swarm control. Maybe I'll demaree or add drawn comb near the brood at appropriate times. I've tended to catch the warning signs too late. This is probably my biggest weakness as a...
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    Demaree with TempQueen?

    Background

    The demaree method of swarm control is basically a split resulting in a stack that's a brood box, a queen excluder, some supers, another queen excluder, and then another brood box. One...
  8. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    Just as a random data point, here's my experience:

    First year: started with 4 nucs, had some swarms, combined 2 colonies, extracted maybe 3 mason jars, all 3 colonies overwintered successfully in...
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    Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    I would say 1 colony is not enough because you need another to compare against. But if you want 2 colonies, you really need 3 in case one fails. But then you can't maintain an exact number, so a...
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    Re: Double queen colonies for honey production

    Usually side-by-side colonies are used as nucs. They overwinter well that way, and like any nuc you can take resources from them to give to production colonies, or replace losses.

    But yeah, if...
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    Re: Bee with torso up stinger out like a scorpion?

    I've seen similar behavior when rehiving bees or giving a new queen to a queenless colony. In these cases I've assumed it's a nasanov "here's home" signal, though I can't seem to smell nasanov. ...
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    Re: Lyson Polystyrene Hives

    I've been having pretty good luck with my Apimaye hives, which is another insulated brand, also compatible with standard wooden Langstroth. They're polystyrene on the inside but covered in plastic...
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    Re: Buying an Extractor....

    I just did my first extraction with a little Lyson extractor, 2 deep frames at a time, spun tangentially. Ended up with about 12 gallons.

    No real complaints on the extractor. Sometimes it shook...
  14. Thread: b-box

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    b-box

    Another crowdfunded hive for new beekeepers. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/b-box-1st-ever-hive-designed-for-home-beekeeping

    I'm a little unclear how you get in there to inspect the brood...
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    Re: Apimaye Hive bees more aggressive?

    My sample size is small, but I haven't noticed anything like that. I've had both semi-hot and very gentle colonies in Apimaye hives and wooden hives. For example, I caught a swarm in a plywood nuc...
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    Re: Taking Supers off

    I'm no expert and struggle a lot with swarming myself, but I think for the most part the kind of "space" they care about is space for the queen to lay. Secondary is space near the brood area,...
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    Re: Fall Flow in Central NJ

    For what it's worth, my area of rural southern NY still has some flow, probably through September. Nothing too exciting, but you know, something.

    Around mid-October it gets kinda late to feed...
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    Re: Mouse Guard and Entrance Reducer for Winter

    The hives I use have a permanently attached mouse guard and adjustable entrance reducer.

    51017

    It's handy but there are cheaper ways to accomplish the same thing.
  19. Re: I'm looking for advice on planting around my hives

    The great thing about planting something nearby is that you get to watch the bees forage. It won't make much difference to the bees but for a hobbyist it's part of the fun. Maybe pick something...
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    Re: About to purchase first hive, few questions

    I'm running all 10-frame deeps like you're thinking of doing. It's got its pluses and minuses.

    I think two deep brood boxes is a perfectly good setup for overwintering in a northern climate.
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  21. Thread: help diagnosing

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    Re: help diagnosing

    Ok, thanks for the thoughts. It sounds like you're not super worried. This colony is in a double deep with maybe 15 of the 20 frames drawn, so I don't think one frame plus or minus would make much...
  22. Thread: help diagnosing

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    Re: help diagnosing

    Ah hah, I found a couple photos after all. I was intending to photograph the queen and my ham-fisted job of marking her, but in the background you can see uncapped cells with brood that's either...
  23. Thread: help diagnosing

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    Would it concern you to see a 4 inch by 4 inch...

    Would it concern you to see a 4 inch by 4 inch area of comb where almost every cell had a visible bee in it? I should've taken a video.

    I didn't have pollen patties but gave them a winter patty...
  24. Thread: help diagnosing

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    help diagnosing

    tl;dr: Frame of emerging brood looked lethargic. Why? What to do?

    Background:

    I captured a swarm and installed them in a 10-frame deep with a half gallon of syrup in a top feeder, plus a couple...
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    At that price I don't see these being used much...

    At that price I don't see these being used much by folks who are trying to make money from their bees. But it's an interesting idea, maybe I'll give it a try!

    I have some spare Apimaye "handy...
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