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    Re: Russian Bees Population

    UPDATE: Checked the hive yesterday. House bee population has roughly doubled since last post. One hive is growing a bit faster than the other but only slightly. Girls are drawing lots of new comb....
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    Re: Russian Bees Population

    Yes! And time is all I gave them. (Oh.. and a quilt box ☺️)
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    Re: Russian Bees Population

    UPDATE: As of this past week the Russian bees in both hives have exploded in population. The queens are laying brood from wall to wall. On top of that there is very low mite presence. This happened...
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    Re: Russian Bees Population

    Why indeed.
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    Re: Russian Bees Population

    So we have two beeks in this thread who have witnessed slow build up with a heavy flow. That may very well be contributing to what I am seeing. Our flow is extremely heavy this year.

    That being...
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    Re: Russian Bees Population

    Is that right? Is that true more for Russians than Italians?
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    Re: Russian Bees Population

    Fascinating. And seeing as how this is the TF forum, what would be the "TF" response to this issue? Just let the bees deal with the mites and forget about honey this year?
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    Re: Russian Bees Population

    That's an interesting thought, Frank. How did it turn out for you?

    I need to do a full inspection soon for the brood pattern. I'm overdue. What really boggles my mind is how much foraging is going...
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    Russian Bees Population

    I have 2 hives with RHBA Certified Russians. They are from 5-frame deep nucs and put into foundationless hives. They have been in the hive for a bit over a month now and have not yet drawn any...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Yes! Looking forward to it here in Dudley as well!
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    Re: Nuc growth time frame?

    This has not been my experience. Last years package filled up an entire deep with comb with the temperatures not exceeding 60 degrees. I'm sorry, but I just don't agree
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    Re: Nuc growth time frame?

    These nucs weren't ready until mid may. I have been feeding 1:1 from day one. They are very active foraging. About 2-3 bees per second entering the hive. They just haven't decided to grow that fast....
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    Re: Nuc growth time frame?

    They are in a full size hive. They just haven't built more comb outside the original frames
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    Nuc growth time frame?

    This is my first year with nucs (vs package). I hives the nucs 15 days ago with 3 frames of brood and 2 frames of honey. They haven't expanded their nest yet to more frames. How long before they...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Thanks Bob and Cloverdale for your inputs. I will take this rainy weather over last year's drought any day!
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    That's reassuring! I don't weigh my hives so I can only go based on what I visually observe. I did notice they would still be very active even when it's cloudy and over 55 degrees. By the way, are...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Bob, do you think all the clouds and rain we've had and are expected to get will have a significant impact on brood and honey production?
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    Re: When to add another box?

    This is my second year with Warres. You can leave all your boxes for the season on as long as they started in the top box. Heat loss is not an issue because the heat is concentrated on the upper box...
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    Boy am I jealous of you ;-)
  20. Sticky: Re: BeeThinking going out of business

    I ordered 2 Warre hives from them 2 years ago. The millwork was nice and I appreciated the cedar because I didn't need to paint. The copper roof was a nice touch. I really liked the top bar design...
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    Re: Are my brood frames clean?

    Very interesting and makes perfect sense. This apiary is very thorough with everything. They even included an SHB trap in each nuc.

    I'm pretty certain mites was the cause of that old colony...
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    Are my brood frames clean?

    I just picked up some nucs where the lady asked me what I am using for frames. I told her I was using old brood frames from my last seasons hive. She then asked me if they are clean. I was perplexed...
  23. Re: Arrangement of old frames for nuc installation

    My goal is to have the old comb set up in such a way that they will "fill in the gaps" with their own drawn comb. What's the best placement of the old comb to encourage them to use it and draw comb...
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    I'm not so much concerned as to how to put in the nuc frames as I am about setting up the previously used comb from the old hive in the box below.
  25. Arrangement of old frames for nuc installation

    I'm using foundation-less frames mixed with some old drawn comb from last year. I am about to install a nuc and want to know how to arrange the old comb mixed with the foundation-less frames. Should...
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