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  1. Beekeeping 101
    Hi, I have just joined the forum after lurking for some time. I have just posted a more in depth description of my setup and location in a welcome forum post so I will keep it succinct here. I am intending on making a few more splits this season and I want to know how long I can keep making...
  2. Video Gallery
    In the video I show how we simple and quickly multiply our nucs. I appreciate all input and questions. THANKS! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FR_rtaY30qU LINK IS FIXED
  3. Welcome Forum
    Hi all. Just looking around for some info and decided to join here. I have been keeping bees for about 25 years. I live in the Adirondack mountains of upstate New York so this location is one of the worst for keeping bees. Temperatures reach 30° below zero Fahrenheit and wind chills can...
  4. Splits/Combines
    Hello all, I made some splits and added mated queens to two of them around July 1st and captured 2 swarms that have mated queens back from mating around July 8th, all 4 hives are doing well. My issue is, I don't see any continual progress in comb build out. I've checked for the past two weeks...
  5. Bee Forum
    I have 3 new single deep hives and a double nuc made from an old 10fr deep. I also have 3 big hives double deep and 3 supers or more. I am wondering the best placement or spacing for them in the apiary. My concern is robbing, now and especially later in the summer. Yes, robber screens and yes...
  6. Splits/Combines
    I did my first vertical split with a Snelgrove board on May 4th. I don't want more hives. It was an out of control huge two deep overwintered hive with one capped and 3-4 uncapped q-cells. I put queen below SB with no q-cells and added a second drawn deep and two supers (already heavy with...
  7. Bee Forum
    I'm in my fourth year and have spent the last 3 years just doing walk away splits because I was intimidated by building nucs and the process of selling nucs. At this point though each of my overwintered hives could have easily made for about 3 even splits their populations were so huge so I...
  8. Bee Forum
    We went into our first winter with 2 double deep 10-frame hives. One colony looked strong and the other somewhat weak. On a 55° day in January both hives were active. But March brought heavy snow and cold temps (Hudson Valley, NY). Now with temps back up the strong hive is very active but the...
  9. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Anyone seen hives starting to rear drones in the Mid-Atlantic states? We're about 3 weeks early on spring this year, just wondering when I might be able to make splits? If I wait till my usual time I believe it will be too late.
  10. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hi all, This is my first year bee-keeping. I started with a package of bees in a TBH the first bit of May. About a week ago during an inspection I saw several Queen cups that had no eggs in them. So I finished up and started research. I decided I'd better get a second hive and split them. So I...
  11. Wanting to Buy
    Hi everyone, We are looking for some colonies for a research project this fall but missed the package/nuc season. We'd like to buy two large hives that we can make splits with, or alternatively buy 8 - 10 splits. We need these small colonies for an experiment to investigate the ecological...
  12. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    Hi Marcy from Coastal Brunswick Maine here. Today while going through one of my colonies I noticed more supersedure cells than I have ever seen in my 11 years or so of beekeeping. It was raining and I had to put the colony back together as I was also trying to avoid the dreaded Brown Tail...
  13. Beekeeping 101
    I have a question regarding splitting. I over wintered 9 hives in 10 frame deeps , two high. On April 18 I split four hives simply by splitting stores and brood equally and added a new queen to the queenless box. They have already refilled the a new second deep and are starting to fill supers...
  14. Bee Forum
    Split Hive A as an even split and everything seemed to go pretty textbook. Had plenty of resources to give both hives and am pretty sure I put the queen into the new box. Will check back in a week on that... But when I went to split Hive B today I noticed they had a ton of supercedure cells and...
  15. Beekeeping 101
    I've got one hive that made it through winter, 7 and a half frames of almost solid brood and 4-6 of honey as of the inspection Saturday (2/27). I want to concentrate on building my number of hives this year. How soon is it a good idea to do splits with what I've got? I'd prefer them to raise...
  16. Beekeeping 101
    This will be my first year keeping bees. I have ordered four packages of bees raised on 4.9 foundation. I will not be putting them on foundation but will let them draw comb as they see fit. I want to add to the genetics of my colonies, as soon as I am able to do splits, by bringing in some...
  17. Beekeeping 101
    We have not had the best year, poor start, some kind of weakening in hive strength, possibly pesticides, and then an abnormal hot dry summer, our main flow is over and barring a weather change late summer flows will be weak. tI started feeding all hives last weekend, some of my weaker hives...
  18. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    I would like to hear about experiences folks have with swapping nuc splits with other beeks. In order to gain genetic diversity. More interested in hearing about what works. Less interested in cautionary tales or carmudgeonly griping.
  19. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I was giving a lecture on queen rearing, (and using a bunch of slides I stole from Michael Bush, but I did give him credit) Anyway, I realized I was covering an important point, but had no data. How many nurse bees does it take to raise a queen? We all know you need a lot, but how many? The...
  20. Bee Forum
    I've heard 2 miles but I don't have that kind of range.
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