How many new colonies?

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  1. DLMKA

    DLMKA New Member

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    I know some of you have been doing lots of removals and swarm catching, how many colonies have you added? I'm up to 18 from the 8 that came through winter. I've even given away 4 or 5 swarms that I caught. I'm tapping out now, I need to get caught back up on garden and other things.
     
  2. brooksbeefarm

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    Six swarms, 22 nucs, and one trapout in process. Total 73 hives,(colonies) not counting the trapout.:shock: Jack
     

  3. DLMKA

    DLMKA New Member

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    I made a cut-down split, caught one of my own swarms, one trap-out, and the rest are feral swarms.
     
  4. blueblood

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    Wow Jack, 73! DL, I am very clear on tapping out myself. My queen was starting to lose her patience with me. I had plenty of gardening and yard work to do as well. But, up to 16 colonies once I take down two trap outs. That is 13 up from last year.
     
  5. DLMKA

    DLMKA New Member

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    Good to hear we're in the same boat....
     
  6. Fuzzystuff

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    I had one come through the winter I've done 2 cut outs, 3 trap outs in process (5 hives), & 5 swarms. I'm at 9 hives and 2 nucs; gave 1 swarm to a friend and 2 hives to a new beek who’s got some sweat equity into his hives. It has been a little overwhelming from what I expected for this year.
     
  7. PerryBee

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    Came through winter with 28.
    So far I have sold 10 nucs, and am up to 45 hives by doing splits to ward off swarms. I have another dozen nucs to make up that are spoken for as well.
     
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    came through winter with 4, now at 9. 2 packages, and 3 splits..
     
  9. Eddy Honey

    Eddy Honey New Member

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    I think I'm up from 5 that came through winter to 17.
    I picked up 3 nucs in Georgia (Russians and Carniolans) and they have done very well. Two of them have filled out 3 deeps and one is going to give surplus honey.
    I'm encouraged by how much more honey my 3 deep hives are making vs the 2 deep systems.

    I'll graft again tomorrow to requeen hives that aren't booming and to have some queens on hand incase of queen losses due to whatever treatment regimen I choose later in the summer. I may go ahead and make a few more splits.
     
  10. blueblood

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    Eddy, I'm gonna give one colony a 3rd deep to see how it goes...
     
  11. afterburn001

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    From 12 starting in spring, now 16 due to splits.
     
  12. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    ed and dave, are you guys going with the 3rd deep for honey harvest?, or 3rd deep with supers added?, then plan on overwintering with 3 deeps?
     
  13. Eddy Honey

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    I plan on overwintering some in 3 deeps.
    I observed my Russians out of room to lay. Not because they were honey bound in 2 deeps but because they were brood bound. I added a 3rd deep for the population explosion and hopefully the queen can continue to lay and expand the brood nest as far as she needs.
    So far my biggest hive is a nuc that came through winter. They've filled out 3 deeps and I added a 5th super. They are 8 frm boxes though.
    A Carni nuc I got from Blue Ridge Honey bursted into 3 deeps as well (8 frm) and has a bottom super full of honey and are working on the top 2 supers.

    This is a great experiment and I'm sure has alot to do with the huge honey flow that has occurred this spring.
    It seems there are alot more bees in the 3 deep systems. I've also had no swarms this year for the first time.
    It also makes splitting easy. I wanted to make up some nucs so instead of having to feed sugar there are plenty of deep frames of honey/pollen to go around.
     
  14. riverbee

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    thanks ed!

    (have overwintered with russians in 3 deeps myself, will be interested in how your 3 deeps come out.)
     
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  15. tecumseh

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    at some point you just quit counting. thankfully I have recruited enough young beekeepers that they now collect swarms and do cut outs and I do not have to do that time consuming task. any additions are seasonally created from splits and this seems to fall into a predicable percentage to replace hives that will fail later in the season and of course some less predicable number that I will sell primarily to new beekeepers.

    Currently I plan on maintaining something like 250 hives as a maximum seasonal number of established hives.... add to this another 50+ hives that I look after at the Texas A&M bee lab.