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  1. Bee Forum
    Overview of Setup Mid-michigan, moving toward sidelining. Buying 10 nucs this spring. Setting 20 traps. Goals 1. Build bees (splitting and trapping) 2. Requeen trapped bees (using northern hardy genetics) 3. Modest honey harvest (mainly off of the 10 nucs) 4. Accumulate drawn frames I'm...
  2. Bee Forum
    Starting to see reports of swarms in the southern states of the US, so if you live there consider OSBN. Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest is a great Swarm Prevention method for Beekeepers who don't have spare drawn comb. Here is a quick summary of the method. Opening the Sides of the Brood...
  3. Bee Forum
    I'm a newbie who just got started with his first two nucs. @michaelbush sold me on the whole medium boxes full of foundationless frames idea, so I'm in the process of converting from the plastic deeps the bees came on to natural mediums. Alright, so there's the setup, here's the problem: One...
  4. Bee Forum
    I have 2 hives that are going well. I removed the feeders about a week ago and I just put on the first medium supers(w/ drawn comb) Monday afternoon. I checked 5 days later and they had filled 6.5 of the 8 frames already. Problem is, this one hive has a ton of stores mostly made of sugar...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    For those beekeepers with little drawn comb and wanting a way to prevent swarming, give Opening the Sides of the Broodnest (OSB) a go. It helps to stimulate wax making before swarm season starts and also helps to get heaps of drawn comb. After doing it for a few years I've had no swarms (if done...
  6. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    I am running mostly PF-125 frames with a few Kelley foundationless thrown in. It seems like everytime I put a foundationless in they draw it out huge for drone comb even if I put it smack middle of the brood nest. Any tips on how I get them to draw it out as small cell brood size?
  7. Beekeeping 101
    My bees don't always draw comb right away - I use plastic foundation. I have observed that they will recycle the wax from cut-outs. I harvested some honey this week, and I put some of the crushed cappings on top of the frames I want them to draw out. I saw some robbing starting because of the...
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