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  1. Bee Forum
    Hello all friendly beekeepers. I am really in need for help to winter my colonies as this is my first year having so many hives (totaling 41 colonies with the majority being rather weak) using modern frame hives. The nectar flow period is over and the bees are collecting the final pollen grains...
  2. Commercial Beekeeping
    I'm reconsidering what I do with our hives after we bring them back to ON after maritime blueberry pollination. Currently we have been taking the thousands we send and busting them apart at a rate of a little over 2 from 1. Ie: this year 4800 becomes 11 000 singles with 3 frames of brood of all...
  3. Bee Forum
    I am fairly new to bee keeping, I have been led to believe that we want to build a strong colony with ample stores to survin=v the winter. it seems to be one of the main focuses of bee keeping. Now I read about people starting Nucs to winter bees in. Some have posted starting time frames...
  4. Commercial Beekeeping
    FYI: 12/22/09 This nuc was puposely stressed for endurance. Ernie has a field report on a Russian Breeder queen! I checked one of my Russian Breeder queens today for brood and general health. Results: The nuc was a two framer late last summer going into the fall a 3 framer. It was fed with Zip...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    Michael Bush has asked that I participate in a discussuin on "Wintering Nucs." I do winter nucs here in the northern Champlain Valley of Vermont and New York. More than 400 this winter. This is sometning that my good friend and sometimes mentor, Kirk Webster, has talked me into. I say talked me...
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