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So just over  two weeks ago we harvested the honey out of the school hives. We were using the scrape technique to get the honey and wax off the plastic foundation. I popped the wets back on the hive t

I have a labour pool ready and able to help lift heavy supers should I get old and frail.  

I did, I also suspect that I harvested too early. There is still quite a decent flow on. But I removed the excluder after I harvested. Oh well. Another new thing learnt. At least I won't be feedi

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10 hours ago, tudor said:

You can see why using one size frames throughout (3/4) prevents the trouble you may be running into with a free range queen ...

The trouble is, when you are a newbie, it is hard to find a nuc that is not FD, so it sort of forces everyone to use FD frames and supers at the start. I am trying to transition now. I am going to move a couple of hives to topbars so that will free up some frames.

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2 hours ago, Markypoo said:

The trouble is, when you are a newbie, it is hard to find a nuc that is not FD, so it sort of forces everyone to use FD frames and supers at the start. I am trying to transition now. I am going to move a couple of hives to topbars so that will free up some frames.

There are a lot of us who only sell 3/4 NUC's.

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On 25/03/2019 at 10:13 AM, Markypoo said:

The trouble is, when you are a newbie, it is hard to find a nuc that is not FD, so it sort of forces everyone to use FD frames and supers at the start. I am trying to transition now. I am going to move a couple of hives to topbars so that will free up some frames.

 

It’s probably a good opportunity to clean clean out all the brood frames. I popped a few extracted wets in the brood box and they have come up really nice.

 

However I got a little burned when I put an old brood frame up way too high in a super and they turned 5-6 eggs into queens.

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On 25/03/2019 at 10:13 AM, Markypoo said:

The trouble is, when you are a newbie, it is hard to find a nuc that is not FD, so it sort of forces everyone to use FD frames and supers at the start. I am trying to transition now. I am going to move a couple of hives to topbars so that will free up some frames.

 

Transition is pretty quick, when you have enough gear. Don’t throw out your old FD boxes either. Mine are endlessly useful for storage of frames, ventilation top boxes above an inner cover with meshed hole etc. I fact I ran out of FD boxes, and had to buy one even though I’m a ¾ beek 

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On ‎24‎/‎03‎/‎2019 at 9:58 PM, Markypoo said:

To my surprise I saw this. I say surprise but I tried to run the hive without an excluder and found the queen laying in the top box early in the season. So she has a history of climbing to the top.

 

As do all queens if they can. You just found out why people use excluders.

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On 30/03/2019 at 9:39 AM, Alastair said:

 

As do all queens if they can. You just found out why people use excluders.

I did, I also suspect that I harvested too early. There is still quite a decent flow on. But I removed the excluder after I harvested. Oh well. Another new thing learnt.

At least I won't be feeding them sugar this winter.

 

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