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I overwintered ALL of my colonies this time.    A huge victory for me.

To the victor go the spoils, good for you.  I have read your post for awhile and you deserve praise on this.
THE SPORTS BAR / 163 Days until football
« Last post by Jeff L. on March 22, 2017, 03:00:41 PM »
Only 163 days until college ball, Go Big Red
A couple of weeks ago I posted a question I'd had floating around my head about whether adult bees can just get by on pollen [only nurse bees, maybe] and whether you can have a nectar dearth with a pollen surfeit [yes] and can the bees starve even if there's a lot of pollen [yes].   

Oh, am I glad I asked that question.   Inspected my hives yesterday when I saw that one was not bringing in any pollen even though the others were bringing it in like crazy.   

That hive was queenless, with some capped drone brood left to emerge.  Still some pollen patty on the top and a tiny bit of the sugar brick left.    Then I remembered that the cluster could still be starving even with the pollen - because we'd had very hard freezes here for almost a week after the maple bloom and the nectar had stopped.    I cleaned up the bottom board, slipped in a frame of open brood from another hive and a frame of eggs from a third and got them all set up with 2 quarts of 1:1 syrup.   They are guzzling it down.   I think they'll be fine.

Thanks to all of you who take the time to patiently answer questions that must seem so basic.   It makes a big difference in the quality of care I can give my colonies. 

p.s.  I overwintered ALL of my colonies this time.    A huge victory for me.
DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Bees in the desert -- should I even try?
« Last post by Michael Bush on March 22, 2017, 02:35:20 PM »
Dee makes quite a bit of honey.  Her and Ed used to run about 1500 hives in the Sonora desert.  She has had to scale back since Ed passed and she's not as spry as she was, but the bees were doing well.  Ed's Grandfather first moved the bees from the farms to the desert when DDT got popular for farming.
« Last post by gww on March 22, 2017, 02:34:50 PM »
I have always moved ten frame boxes but some had bees in them that would not fill a 5 frame nuc.  I am first year and only have two swarms that I moved next to each other.  If I had large hives that may rob, I would definatly have about a bee or two intrance when I moved them.  One of my swarms was about 100 yards from where I keep my hives and I did not want them to orient where I had caught them but instead where I wanted them.  I read on responce to someone else that they liked to move them in the middle of the day so that more scouts that were still out could not come back to the swarm and convince them of a better home and get them to move.  In a round about way this sorta makes sense to me.  I moved mine at night.

I caught three swarms over all that I did this way and to were from distant places.  I would move yours just to fill it with frames so I did not have to rubberband any soft comb into frames latter.

I am new enough that I hate to give advice to you that might hurt and more just tell you what I did.  I transfered my swarms out of the traps to my hive equiptment the same day and used two drops of lemon grass oil into the box I was putting them in.  On mine, I put them into empty boxes with foundationless frames and did not feed.  If I catch more, I will feed them till they get some comb built.  I did read that it might be a good ideal to let them go a couple of days before feeding to let them get their defences set before giving them something robbers might want.  I don't know if that is good advice but is probly how I am going to try it.

I hope this helps in some way.
DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Wet weather east coast
« Last post by Rurification on March 22, 2017, 02:27:46 PM »
I've seen my bees stop laying in the fall dearth [October, here].    It always freaks me out, but once I start feeding, they're fine. 
« Last post by Rurification on March 22, 2017, 02:25:16 PM »
Welcome to the forum!   Lots of very friendly and knowledgeable people here.
DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Wet weather east coast
« Last post by Dallasbeek on March 22, 2017, 02:19:36 PM »
Wet weather probably means no stores entering the hive, so the queen might stop laying for that reason.  Plus we don't know when they start preparing for winter there.
DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Wet weather east coast
« Last post by Dallasbeek on March 22, 2017, 02:16:37 PM »
Of course not, but the result is usually bad for both the parent hive and the swarm.  Just saying the bees should be less likely to be in swarm mode with winter approaching. 
« Last post by agrimm01 on March 22, 2017, 02:03:24 PM »
I would move it as fast as possible cause that is what I do even with full framed boxes but I definatly would with one frame rather then have to do a cut out later.

My vote is move it and fill it with frames.
Thanks, do you see any issue with moving into a regular 5 frame nuc box when I move them beside the other boxes?  You think it's OK to move in the middle of the day?
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