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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Medium Frame Nuc to Hive Body Deep....
« Last post by Psparr on August 23, 2016, 07:58:23 PM »
I have a couple also in upper boxes. They've attached them all to the lower frames. Not sure why I don't learn my lesson.
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / So - where are the mites?
« Last post by tjc1 on August 23, 2016, 07:53:32 PM »
I haven't seen too many signs of mites (on bottom board) of my (spring package) hive, but the same thing happened last year and by September it was a mess and I lost both my hives because I treated too late. So, I decided to give an OAV treatment now. I did so successfully, but after 24 hours only 15 mites had dropped?!?! Last year it was over 1000. Other beeks locally are reporting heavy mite counts - how can this be possible?
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Medium Frame Nuc to Hive Body Deep....
« Last post by iddee on August 23, 2016, 07:26:40 PM »
I have several deep boxes with one or two medium frames in them. The bees just draw natural comb down to the correct depth and stop. They will not draw down to the bottom board. I've never tried it in any box above. They may attach the comb to the lower frames, I don't know. Some of the medium frames in my deep hive bodies have been there for years.
DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: finding sites for bees
« Last post by Honeycomb king on August 23, 2016, 06:10:41 PM »
Private property is best. Keep an ear out for anyone you know that has access to rural property. Family, friends, friends of friends, etc.
A friend and fellow beekeeper in Alabama gave me a medium frame nuc box yesterday. I intend to use it for swarm catching in the Spring, however I don't uses medium hive bodies. Previous swarms have moved into a deep box I also use, and when I'm lucky, the queen begins laying. Therein is the problem. If I catch a swarm and the queen begins laying, I'm stuck with brood in medium frames.

My thoughts were to move those medium frames into a deep box, with 5 more drawn deep frames, and after the queen begins to lay in those deep frames, and the brood in the medium is capped, move those capped-brood-medium-frames above a queen excluder into a medium super with five more medium frames. This will allow them to hatch without being resown with new eggs.

I've not attempted this before, but assume the hatched bees will travel below the queen excluder upon emerging. The nurse bees attending the brood will also have access to the brood during the incubation period...assuming they won't abandon the brood for the bottom deep hivebody.

Anyone deal with this issue before? Any flaw in my plan? It may end up being a hassle, more than I want to deal with.  :cry:

As always, appreciate any insight you give.

Well I was observing them on the flowers so they  must be getting nectar?
Or someone put out some sugar syrup for them... or for the hummingbirds...
So I was watching my bees and I noticed they were working some plants hard but had no pollen balls on their back legs so does this mean they are gathering up nectar then?
« Last post by Hops Brewster on August 23, 2016, 02:25:25 PM »
Leon, please put your location in your profile to help us help you.   Is this what you mean? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moringa_oleifera

Moringa is a genus in Africa and Asia with about a dozen species ranging from an herb to a large tree. 

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FORUM / Re: Raccoon in my deer stand.
« Last post by sawdstmakr on August 23, 2016, 01:28:44 PM »
Great story.
Many years ago, I took  a good friend bow hunting with tree climbers.
We got into the forest before dawn and he is sitting there quiet as he can.
He hears brush rattling and with adrenalin rushing is searching for what he thought was a deer. It was still dark and he could not figure out where the sound was coming from but every few minutes he would heat it. Finally it is light enough to see and when he hears the brush noise he looks down.
At the base of the tree is a raccoon shaking a vine attached to his tree trying to get him out of the coons tree. When he moved to take aim at it, it took off.
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