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Walk Away Splits in a Bee Busy Week

How to do an emergency walk-away split (don’t look for the queen, you’ll find out later where she is) and a crazed bee busy week at Brookfield Farm Bees And Honey, Maple Falls, WA Continue reading

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Overwintering Nucleus Hives Atop Strong Hives

How we overwinter nucleus hives on top of strong, full hives at Brookfield Farm, in Maple Falls Washington – rain and snow for 3-4 months of winter here. Photos and description of the “hive separator” we built to give nucs underfloor heating in winter. Continue reading

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An Idea for Practicing Grafting Honeybee Larvae

A recap of our group’s queen bee grafting endeavors, and an idea on how to practice grafting honeybee larvae without a cell builder to test one’s grafts Continue reading

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Workers and Queen Cells Unite! Adventures in Queen Rearing, Part 2

Our group puts the gathered nurse honeybees and a queen cell into mini-mating nuclei (nucs) to allow the queen bee to emerge and begin to lay eggs. Continue reading

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Making Splits With Swarm Cells

Using swarm cells with developing queens to create honeybee nucleus hives (nucs). What I look for in a queen cell: description and location. Photos from Cyberbee.net: Dr. Zachary Huang, Department of Entomology, Michigan State University. Continue reading

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Preparing for Nucs at a 700 Colony Operation

Sorting out waxed, plastic honeybee foundation and preparing nucleus (nuc) boxes with Bruce Bowen, of Bruce Bowen’s Bees, in Mt. Vernon, Washington. Continue reading

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April Spilts & Nucs (making new hives from old)

Description of dividing board (or platform) which separates an established hive from a nucleus hive (nuc or split). This enables the nuc to use the heat of the established hive, but allows beekeeper access to lower hive. Also how to do an overnight split. Continue reading

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