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Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Murrell, May 14, 2011.

  1. Murrell

    Murrell New Member

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    Next week I'm getting 4 Russian Nucs to replace my tornado losses. :thumbsup:
    The 2 hives I was able to save need to be split big time.

    Just wondering,{ Hey, its almost the middle of May, 50 degrees, 30 mph North winds, and pouring down rain, same as yesterday}

    Should I split them, or pull brood frames and bees and add to Nucs.

    Letting them swarm would be the easiest !! :wave:

    Decisions, Decisions, Decisions ???

    Murrell
     
  2. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    I would see if your nuc supplier has two extra queens and split the hives.

    If you let them swarm you might miss them.
     

  3. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    I would pull the queen and 2 or 3 frames and make a nuc. Leaving eggs to let them have a brood break during the flow, for more honey and a natural mite treatment.
     
  4. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

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    Murrell, i've been doing what Iddee suggested and should have started earlier. I've found two swarms (from my hives) hanging in trees so far and two of my swarm traps have bees in them, don't know if from my hives or wild bees. Talking about Mo. weather, it's supposed to get down to 38F Sunday night and i've got 500 tomatoe plants out, (i'm in a low spot) got any extra buckets you could loan to cover them. :beg: Jack
     
  5. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    a snip..
    Leaving eggs to let them have a brood break during the flow, for more honey and a natural mite treatment.

    tecumseh:
    and likely the easiest/simple form of swarm control (+ you get green stamps in the form of a replacement hive). some folks write long manuscripts and my old abc-xyz has a multi page description of a form of swarm control (which may or may not work in your specific area... but what the heck).

    I don't think you will obtain many 'opinions' from beekeepers. :roll:
     
  6. Murrell

    Murrell New Member

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    Jack;
    My Grandfather & 1 uncle were truck farmers in St. Louis Co.

    We would place buschel box's and baskets over the rows and then throw old sheets over them then hoe dirt on to the edges to keep them in place.

    Labor was supplied by grand-kids !
    That's what grand-kids are for isn't it ??

    Murrell
     
  7. Omie

    Omie New Member

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    Yes, take the old queens and a couple of brood frames and honey frames and make new nucs!- let the old main hives raise new queens from eggs. What could be more a elegant and simple solution ?