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    Re: pollen bound

    GG, That seems like a good approach. Tossing isn't something I would do as its good pollen.



    I'm not much into pollen consumption. I tolerate a few plugs that end up in cut comb or sections...
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    pollen bound

    Bees have been bringing in massive amounts of pollen this year. Normally I leave things alone and let the bees sort it out. But 6-7 frames of pollen (full combs) plus the normal arc you would...
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    Re: Varroa Easy Check- Do you use it?

    yes.



    yes.



    No.
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    Re: Deep Frames

    I take an end bar cut off the upper part so that it rests under the top bar of the frame. This makes a template. Then drill the holes. You need a new one about every 500 frames or so. Or you could...
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    Re: Deep Frames

    Been using staples for ~20 years now. Buy them at a dollar store for $1 for 1000 staples. Might as well get the paper stapler there too. Staples are way way faster also.
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    Re: Queen Selection

    Personally I'd skip russian bees starting out. NWC carniolan from strachan or honey run are a good choice. Bees from Micheal Palmer, Singing Cedar, Full Bloom, and many other northern breeders are...
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    Need more info? What is your hive configuration?...

    Need more info? What is your hive configuration? Are you on a flow? Are all your combs drawn in your broodnest? Are you using langstroth or some other hive?
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    Re: Transfer from top bar to Lanf

    Thanks. I have never tried that. Have to give it a try one of these days.
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    Re: Transfer from top bar to Lanf

    Here is pic of 3 top bars placed into a strong lang single.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1289879967836959&set=pb.100004449036160.-2207520000..&type=3

    Here is a comb that's drawn out,...
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    Re: Transfer from top bar to Lanf

    I have mostly langs. But I play with a few TBH's for fun. I made my tbh's top bars the same length as my lang top bars. You should find out the length of the top bars that you can get? I usually...
  11. Re: Whelp, I now have 3 hives :waiting:

    For strong honey production hives I like to have 5-6 deeps worth of equipment per colony (or equivalent).
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    Re: Even Split Question

    Allot of times you can wait 20-30 min and listen for the queenless roar sound.
  13. Re: What’s your favorite way to requeen with mated queen?

    Once upon a time I used newspaper. Now I never do.
  14. Re: What’s your favorite way to requeen with mated queen?

    Insert nuc. Queen is accepted and laying works like a charm.
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    Re: Upstate NY; nucs

    I've always mixed and matched combs of bees. They don't fight. If you make up nucs and move to new yard. They should be strong as you like them when you move them. If they stay the same yard...
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    Re: Upstate NY; nucs

    Not usually. The old rule is still the same you can make bees or honey. You can usually pull a nuc from a honey hive and still make honey pretty regularly. Just can't make lots of nucs from a hive...
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    Re: Upstate NY; nucs

    I make nucs up between june 1st and aug 1st.



    See above. If you make up after july 15th you should use mated queens. I have used cells all the way up to august 5-8th and made it work. But...
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    Re: OTS queen making

    Did you look for a second queen?
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    Re: Greetings from Upstate, NY!

    Welcome. How many brood boxes on the flow hive? Can't tell from the pic. They look normal to me its just hot out here in NY.
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    Re: Under Supering

    If you have a deep of drawn comb. Remove the hive from the stand and place the deep there. Add one comb of brood to it. Shake all the bees into the empty deep that now has one frame of brood. Add...
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    Re: Learning Grafting

    I only use Chinese grafting tool for years now. In a quick hurry I have nicot available. But to be honest I raise queens graft-less 90% of the time. Bees are just to good at making cells to HAVE...
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    Re: feeding during dearth - survey

    In 3 deep I almost never feed. In doubles much more frequently. Singles almost always. We don't have much of a dearth however.
  23. Re: study showing sugar water is not as nutritious for bees as honey

    Is it such a stretch of the imagination that "honey" the very thing they spend there lives energy collecting is actually good for them? Sugar syrup has its place to prevent starvation and to keep...
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    Re: Queen in honey super

    That actually happens once in awhile where a queen squeezes through. Some times the excluder seems to inhibit the queens phermones and they start to make cells. But could be supercedure always...
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    Re: Steaming old combs

    I accidently steamed a comb with duraguilt foundation the other day. Wanna guess what it looked like when it came out. Sadly I haven't used duraguilt in 28 yrs. How'd I miss that one...…...
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