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Considering doing this myself.  Did you have success?
So no one really commented that they have used Kreg (or similar) system for joints. We are new to hive making and thinking about using them. Any thoughts from those of you who are much more experienced?
Hi All,

I had an idea of splitting a hive in spring using swarm pheromone but have no idea if it would work.
I may try it this Spring but thought I'd run it by the forum to see if anyone had tried something similar.
(PS it Autumn here in Australia).

Start with a full 2 box hive in Spring.
Remove lid and put queen excluder on top.
Put a new box on top of queen excluder.
In the new box put 1 frame with eggs cut from a from a hive you want to breed from
(only a dozen eggs or so and no larva so they don't make a queen from larva only from eggs).
Spray sugar syrup on the frames in the new box.
Spray a little swarming pheromone on the frames with the eggs in the new box.
Close up for 30 minutes.

I'm hoping after doing this that a bunch of bees will migrate up into the new top box.
You then remove the top box and set aside as a new hive.
Block the entrance for 2-3 days to stop drift back to original hive or move to a new location.

My hope is that you would harvest enough bees to raise a new queen from the eggs you put in.
You also might slow down/dissuade a strong hive in Spring from swarming possibly by removing the
bees most interested in swarming (Though this is a bit doubtful as the same bees that decide to start
swarming behaviour in a hive might not be the bees that leave with a swarm). 



But I have also read, not good to give them too much space at a time, partly makes it harder for the bees to regulate temperature and moisture.

This is true - let them fill the second brood box before you add the super. They won't do anything up there until then, and it will just be lots of overhead empty space which can cause problems.
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Not sure what is going on?
« Last post by cao on April 30, 2017, 11:30:21 PM »
>If the Queen should be laying 1000-2000 eggs a day, why don't I see more eggs when doing an inspection?

That's what she it capable of not what she will actually lay.  She will only lay what the hive can take care of.  A small hive cannot raise as many bees as a larger one.  I don't look for individual eggs, I look for a good pattern of larva and brood in general.  The lack of pollen can contribute to the lack of brood.  They need the pollen to raise bees.  So they are probably raising what brood they can with the available pollen coming in. 

GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Not sure what is going on?
« Last post by Sniper338 on April 30, 2017, 11:26:40 PM »
You should see eggs in the cells,  i have to get the sun right to see down in the cells..  if you dont have eggs you need a queen.
THE COFFEE HOUSE ((( SOCIAL - ROOM ))) / Re: Obahmacare
« Last post by Captain776 on April 30, 2017, 11:23:54 PM »
Just to be clear, yes, I paid cash here, then submit and get reimbursed.
For major things like my knee replacement, Aetna sends a letter of guarantee to the hospital for 85% and then when discharged, I pay directly the 15% I would have paid anyways and out the door, nothing further to do, no forms, nothing.

I am 64 and on Disabilit's so they automatically give you Medicare but it does me no good outside USA.
I have insurance here through a major international carrier. It us a Major Medical policy that pays up to 5 Million BHAT (144,500 USD / year) and it only cost 240 USD A month.
For me to keep Aetna on my own......1400 USD per month. Which is 16,800 a year.
Fortunately, my Thai wife gets 100% FREE medical so I only need insure myself.
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Not sure what is going on?
« Last post by Captain776 on April 30, 2017, 11:10:13 PM »
Yesterday, full inspection.
I see good amount of capped Brood, about 20 Drone cells but no Queen cells, lots of partially filled cells of nectar, don't see any pollen stored although they are returning with pollen sacks full, very little capped Honey,  yesterday was the first day I saw an egg in a cell, but only one. If the Queen should be laying 1000-2000 eggs a day, why don't I see more eggs when doing an inspection?
3 times now doing full A-Z inspection but haven't been able to find the Queen, just my inexperience I guess.
When I see just one egg, I think maybe it was laid by worker not Queen.
When I get to the Frames in the middle where all the activity is and there is still plenty of open cells, shouldn't I bee see more eggs, and larvae, and bees emerging?
I did see many nurse bees with their heads deep into a cell, I assume cleaning it go be used again.
There was room to add another frame, so I added a frame with full sheet of wax foundation and even before that, there is plenty of open cells.

I think I may have a weak Queen, OR MAYBE I am Queenless for some reason.
It is Holiday here today so can't call the bee farm where I got the NUC till tomorrow.
I want to know if they have Queens, what they think, and order my second NUC.

Your thoughts?



THE COFFEE HOUSE ((( SOCIAL - ROOM ))) / Re: Obahmacare
« Last post by kathyp on April 30, 2017, 10:48:07 PM »
Until you live outside USA, you don't really know how screwed up and corrupt the medical system really is.

and you pay cash which has been my point all along.  If you get rid of the idea that everything has to be paid by insurance and people pay for things out of pocket not only is cost brought down, but people have more choices. 

Many of our restrictions are because people demand that things be safe.  Enter the FDA and the lawyers. Regulations make things more expensive.  Suing over everything makes medical care more expensive. 

Lower costs can be had in lots of places when people are willing to pay cash.  Lower costs can be had here when people are willing to pay cash.  Medical insurance should be thought of the same way you think of homeowners or car insurance.  You use it for the big stuff and pay for the other stuff out of pocket....but the American people now believe that someone else should pay.  It has to be insurance, your boss, or the taxpayer, but god forbid people be responsible for their own care.
THE COFFEE HOUSE ((( SOCIAL - ROOM ))) / Re: First 100 days
« Last post by kathyp on April 30, 2017, 10:42:42 PM »
For Gods sake Kathy how do you tax someone that doesn't have an income.

If they get welfare money, they pay taxes.  If they get SSI they pay taxes when they have gone past the amount put in + interest.  If they get SSI disability, they pay taxes when they have gone past the amount put in + interest.  If their child gets SSI, they pay taxes.  ALL sources of income.
yes, I know it would not happen, but if it did everyone would care more about what was done with tax money.

You still did not tell me what you would do to improve the lot of the working poor, or the poor in general.
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