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I would say it is common everywhere.  People tend to change their minds about bees and it is not like the beekeeper can just put the hive on the shelf and wait for the next customer.  But I don't think the beekeeper has a right to wait until the end of the season to deliver.  If you are buying a spring nuc then it should come in spring otherwise it is a summer nuc.  And a fall nuc is useless up here.
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My father in law has kept bees for several decades in PA. Every spring he reverses the brood boxes because during the winter they move up. Maybe that is all you need to do.
Jim
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I switched away from screened bottoms to solid bottoms.   It made a big difference in how they build up in the spring [faster] and my likelihood of getting through the winters [used ventilated quilt boxes on top instead.]   

As I've been thinking about it, I suppose I could use screens for summer/fall and solids for winter/spring, but I don't have the strength to switch them out every hive every year.    I had tried the screens with the slidey bottoms to close them up but they were still too open for our winters.     

I'll stick with solids here.
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cao - I know, right?!     I've had such a hard time getting bees going here over the past few years that I never thought I'd run out of my stack of boxes.   Good thing we just finished cutting all the deep frames down to mediums.   

Let's hope I've finally turned the corner and am able to keep some hives here year round now.   That'd be a nice change.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: SBB and what they say....
« Last post by tjc1 on Today at 04:24:45 PM »
Hi Jim,

I hadn't about that - but then we sure don't have any open-air hives up her that I've heard of! And I guess that covers 'too much ventilation' while we're at it! I've never had your problem of SHB or moths in those empty lower boxes - they are usually full of bees seemingly just hanging out, though they will store some pollen in a few frames.

Ted
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Hi Mike - thanks for the info. What do you mean by '2x12 boxes'? I'm probably just being dense, but I can't picture it...
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DISEASE & PEST CONTROL / Borax/sugar in a straw for ant control
« Last post by flyboy on Today at 04:03:11 PM »
Just heard this at the bee meeting.

Put a mixture of sugar and borax in a straw by the hive. The sugar coats the borax, which they take back to their nest and it kills the ants.
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I have used SBB for many years. the first few years I also had empty bottom boxes. I changed the base  my hives sat on so there was not a lot of wind blowing up thru the hive and the empty bottom box problem went away ( hives now sit on 2 X 12 boxes - sides and ends with screened air holes.) -Mike
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Paramoth
« Last post by 2Sox on Today at 03:28:36 PM »
Thanks, Mike.
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I run nothing but SBB's. Occasionally I will find almost no bees in the bottom box. Usually it is caused SHB and moths taking over that area after a the hive swarm. The bees just move up. This is one of the reasons for doing spring and fall inspections.
Ji
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