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Offline spafmagic

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Bearding? or prepping to swarm?
« on: May 15, 2020, 04:19:47 pm »
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Bearding? or prepping to swarm?


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Re: Bearding? or prepping to swarm?
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2020, 05:18:14 pm »
Bearding
"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me . . . Anything can happen, child. Anything can be"

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Re: Bearding? or prepping to swarm?
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2020, 05:49:34 pm »
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Re: Bearding? or prepping to swarm?
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2020, 06:32:33 pm »
Agreed, bearding.

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Re: Bearding? or prepping to swarm?
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2020, 10:51:29 pm »
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Last summer bearding.
I have been around bees a long time, since birth.  I am a hobbyist so my answers often reflect this fact.  I concentrate on genetics, raise my own queens by wet graft, nicot, with natural or II breeding.  I do not sell queens, I will give queens  for free but no shipping.

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Re: Bearding? or prepping to swarm?
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2020, 12:58:56 pm »
Ok... so, with time's passing, more of them are covering the surface of the face of the hive, should I add a box? or wait until spring flow is done? By then, I'll likely have 4 capped frames of honey I could spare for them to draw wax with.

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Re: Bearding? or prepping to swarm?
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2020, 01:02:40 pm »
Number of bees doesn't matter. It's the empty space they have that makes you decide when to add a box. If 80% of frames are full of brood and food, add a box.
"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me . . . Anything can happen, child. Anything can be"

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