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  1. So, what's up?

    Playing with a double mating nuc a friend of mine gave to me some time ago. I have made queens using a very simple method before but always to get placed into splits or such so that just keeping them in a mating nuc is really a new thing to me.

    I didn't get any paperwork with the nuc so I am trying to find any documentation and direction I can to see how they intend on it being used and how beekeepers actually use it.

    My goal is to make more queens on a regular basis for ...
  2. Interesting Video on how to split a hive

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSPqiPgYq08
    More than Honey + Rose Method video

    • First time I've watched a video showing how to make a "shook swarm". If my hives survive the winter, I might try this as a management strategy.
    • Note to self: Those foam strips that people use to stuff cracks around their window air conditioner unit would make a good temporary hive entrance stuffer for moving a hive.
    • I don't know if I agree with this guy's philosophy of getting
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  3. Semi-Random Thought of the Day

    It is a well-established axiom of human existence that women are beautiful. Since time immemorial, artists have painted, sculpted and drew portraits of women as examples of beauty in many forms. When a man stands in front of such artwork and stares at it silently for a long time, such behavior is considered well within bounds of social appropriateness, and people assume that the man's motives are pure and good. When a man stands in front of the inspiration for such artwork ( a real, live woman) ...
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  4. How Many Hives?

    Every year since I've started keeping bees (which was only 3 years ago), at around this time of year, I go through the back and forth mental wavering of how many hives I should have next year. It's no surprise that it's around this time of year when I think about this. This is the time when package bee reservations are due. I hear more and more often that beekeepers in the US have to break their dependence on packages, that we should manage our apiaries in a way so that we are "self-sufficient" ...
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  5. So Far, So Good

    Today was a balmy 40 degree day, and sunshiny. I took advantage of the warm day to go check my two hives. Both of the hives are in a very sunshiny spot on the edge of an alfalfa field, with the entrances facing south. The hives are wrapped on all sides except the front with black roofing tar paper. I also have an insulated inner cover, with an upper entrance, on both hives. Under the inner cover I put a 2" shim. The shim gave me space to put down 5 - 10# of homemade fondant on the top ...
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