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I picked up a nuc a dusk about 60 miles from home last night. It was supplied by a fantastic keeper with over 40 years experience (and a former state inspector). I can't help to think that he'd fit right in with all the experts around here.

He really packed the nuc full and suggested that I get a box under it as soon as possible. Today I spent about 40 minutes placing the nuc over a warre hive and attaching some adapter boards to make it all work. I need to work on my smoker skills -- I had to re-light it twice!

Your comments and suggestions are welcomed.

Here's a picture of how I left it today:
 

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Suggestion...... Send him a link to the forum. We can always make room for one more at the breakfast table.
 

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I have no idea how that setup is supposed to work, but it looks pretty cozy!
I bet the first thing you do tomorrow is head out to look at your new bees!
Keep us posted as to how they go.
Good luck and welcome. :smile:
 

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Well I'll be! Thanks for the link, efmesch ... I had been clicking just the "New Posts" link and never thought of checking out those instructional threads. Guess I'll be spending a lot of time reading (again). Appreciated!
 

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Thank you, riverbee for the warm welcome. This place is a great place to bee with all the instant friends and great advice.
 

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I have no idea how that setup is supposed to work, but it looks pretty cozy!
I bet the first thing you do tomorrow is head out to look at your new bees!
Hi Omie. Since the Warre is a frameless/foundationless hive, starting with the nuc is a little more difficult. Normally, packaged bees or a swarm are used to get these hives going. If this newbee is lucky, they'll relocate to the bottom box and fill up the nuc frames with honey. I can then remove the nuc, add another box under the existing one and feed the honey back to them in the fall.

I haven't shared the plan with the girls, though -- I'm sure they'll go along with it. :)
 

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howdy and welcome, yup its a great feeling having the 1st hive, Ive been back at it 11 months and get the same feeling every time I bring a hive home (like a kid christmas morning) my back yards full of bees and 2 out yards later I get excited just wandering around 1 of them (dont think the feeling will ever go away)
 

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PerryBee: it was embarrassment but after reading the smoker thread I feel better that my smoke worked longer than expected. You'll notice that I didn't admit that I dropped the nuc on the ground (only about a 6" drop, though). I don't think I smashed any bees.

The forum really helped me to avoid many common mistakes but I still managed to make a few.
 

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The forum really helped me to avoid many common mistakes but I still managed to make a few.
Experience has always been and always will be the best means for real learning :thumbsup:
 

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so hows the girls doing , whats the number of stings to date
When I checked them last Thursday, they were bringing in lots of pollen. There was another thread posted regarding corn tassels and the number of bees collecting pollen -- they color of pollen looks much like that harvested by my bees.
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We tipped back the bottom Warre box and took a few pictures as I was curious to see if new comb was being drawn. I'll post that picture when I transfer it from the camera but I didn't see any new comb yet. I might check again at the end of the week. I want to make sure I nadir another box so they girls don't feel crowded.

The best news I have is that I haven't gotten stung at all yet (I've never been stung in my life, either). :thumbsup: I'll make sure and report when I do.
 

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The best news I have is that I haven't gotten stung at all yet (I've never been stung in my life, either). :thumbsup: I'll make sure and report when I do.
Are you sure you're raising bees and not flies? :rolling::rotfl:
 

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As for the smoker, I fretted with natural material, until I used grain sack un-oiled burlap cut into squares. I carry several "grill lighters" in my work box and actually don't mind it going out (saves on burlap). Then I give it a quick light and a few puffs, smoke them a bit and let it go out again. Many in our bee club use cedar chips like dog bedding, but the burlap is working so far. Just hard to find the sacks sometimes.

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Didn't get stung for over a year...then we did the cutout and got nailed...well after we were done, and unsuited. Just hanging out talking and bam! Not so bad, but I am proud of the first sting, and my club cannot bust me anymore for not being "a real beekeeper", because I have now earned my stripes! Got 2 more that day in my fingers, sorting through comb, too!

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Now I am up to five and very glad I am not allergic! Because I love these honey bees!
 

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Remember to smile, bee stings are reputed to provide some sort of immunity to arthritis. :grin:
 
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