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All about beekeeping / Re: Honey removal
« Last post by Dohboy on January 15, 2021, 02:51:18 PM »
The main flow has finished but each hive has a half fulled box they can work on .


We should get about 150kgs from our 4 hives so happy with that.
Dean
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All about beekeeping / Re: laying worker
« Last post by vadentwin on January 15, 2021, 10:23:34 AM »
I have more orders than I can fill so I don't worry about deposits either. I have a waiting list of people wanting hives.

Its gonna get "cold' again here this weekend so I am going to have a quick peek today before the front comes through.
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All about beekeeping / Re: Honey removal
« Last post by Dirt Rooster on January 15, 2021, 10:16:41 AM »
I recommend adding an extra box beneath the escape to give the bees room to go and work (continue to build) while you're extracting especially if you're still in a flow.
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All about beekeeping / Re: laying worker
« Last post by Dirt Rooster on January 15, 2021, 10:12:43 AM »
Yep in a month and a half we'll be starting to raise queens, make splits and populate nucs.  As much as I feel like I've got time to get ready I probably still won't be.  We are currently working on prepping a site to build a new shop.  Well, It's a 30'X 50' pole barn but it will eventually be a shop.  For the first time I've got more orders than I think I can fill.  Of course they are verbal orders and when it comes time to pay a lot of those disappear due to packages coming available before our nucs.  I have never taken deposits before but I highly recommend doing that for anyone thinking of selling nucs or packages.  There's nothing quite as irritating as someone ordering six or eight nucs and contacting you every other week for two months for updates and then when the nucs are ready to go that person doesn't want them any more.  They got packages instead.  Are we still best Facebook friends after that?  Well of course we are because I'm a nice guy.   ;)
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All about beekeeping / Re: Honey removal
« Last post by Rojodiablo on January 14, 2021, 12:05:59 AM »
Yes, if you will use an escape board and have a couple of honey boxes above an excluder, blocking out the box you wish to remove only is fine. You will just concentrate the bees who go up storing honey in the uncapped box.
If the box you wish to remove is in the middle, you can switch it to the top, and put the escape board below it, rotating the top box and the lower box if need be.

I hear you have some really good honey there; Hope you have a good season!!
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All about beekeeping / Re: laying worker
« Last post by Rojodiablo on January 14, 2021, 12:02:10 AM »
Every time I think winter is dragging on.... I remember that the New Hampshire guys won't see 50 degrees with any normalcy until Mid Marc, if they are lucky.......  ;D I got drones coming, and it's almost time for the population explosion.
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All about beekeeping / Honey removal
« Last post by Dohboy on January 13, 2021, 09:35:17 PM »
Hi guys and girls this is my first post all the way from New Zealand.

Question. In about 3 weeks we will start to remove the honey boxes from our 4 hives but want to know if it is ok to Bee Escape boards on below the boxes that have caped honey so the workers concentrate on the 1 box that is not fully capped.

Dean
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All about beekeeping / Re: laying worker
« Last post by vadentwin on January 13, 2021, 08:14:06 AM »
It has been quite cool and damp here in central Fl. Few gorgeous days followed by several cool overcast days. I was really excited to see a queen last week but this week I am starting to think this hive will need to be combined. Red Maple will be ramping up soon along with Carolina plum. I'm gonna leave them to their devises and track progress or digression weekly. I think if I had tried this any time other than the winter dearth it would have been successful. I was however able to get rid of or convert the laying worker(s). Just timing didn't allow for a new queen to mate.
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All about beekeeping / Re: Replacing old comb
« Last post by vadentwin on January 13, 2021, 08:04:18 AM »
I think the advantage of smaller bees as far as mite resistance is the opposite of why drones are more susceptible. I believe it is the time they spend developing. There is a lot of information on small cell stuff but I haven't found anything recent. This subject could be it's own post and there would be long discussions and debates.

Looking forward to hearing about your sons process. Hoping it would make extracting honey from cut outs easier and faster.
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All about beekeeping / Re: Keep an eye on your girls.......
« Last post by Rojodiablo on January 13, 2021, 01:04:21 AM »
Losing another hive now. Oldest queen in the yard is gone. 80% collapse, No drones, few brood, four failed emergency cell attempts, no success. Going to combine with a strong single box hive and take the honey off the top.
Sigh.
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