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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    They are all dead by the time that afb takes over. nasty stuff, so they have no clue. Nothing you can do except get rid of the infected hives etc.
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Our first nuc arrived today, out grooming lilies and we got the call the bees are ready, so wiped off pond muck and took off to get them.

    Their new home to be

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    my hand is resting on the nuc, waiting for me to pull the yellow plug and release the girls.

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    the girls escaping.............

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    Transferring the frames from the nuc to the brood box

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    doing a quick inspection

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    settling in

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    This is soooo cool! Not gonna lie, I'd be totally freaked out if I came across all those bees in a dark alley, lol!
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    They were a little testy having been boxed up for a few days. So therefore gloves, full suit for the first setup trip, But still gentle, they have no desire to harm you
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Very nice addy! Looks like they like their new home sweet home :)
    When you get the other hives will they sit right next to each other on the white boards? They don't bother each others hives eh?
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    They can be right next to each other, they sometimes go to the wrong hive, but most of the time they don't. All by the scent of the queen.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    This is gonna be so cool seeing you work w/ the bees step by step. Hope you get some good honey :)
     
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    I can see the fresh honey now
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    There is some, the first frames are filled with brood, eggs, larvae, pupae. After they fill two boxes with brood, 10 frames, if it is a good nectar year, they will then fill frames with honey. Towards the end of the summer they quit doing as much brood and start collecting a lot of honey for the winter.
     
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    Mmathis TurtleMommy

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    What's a "nuc," and why is it called that?
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    nuc is short for nucleus. Instead of a package of bees, which is x lbs of bees with a queen in a box, we bought a nuc. The nuc is 5 frames of brood, in other words a mini hive already going.
    The package of bees is loose bees with a queen in a tiny box she needs to chew through the sugar plug, by the time she does the bees in the package know her, they then start to build a hive.
    A nuc is good for a area like ours that has such a short nectar season, gives the bees a head start. Cost a little more but worth it. In the pictures you can see the frames already loaded with brood, pollen, nectar.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Thanks for sharing all of this very interesting bee info addy :)
     
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    From what Addy has told us in the past, she already HAS one! :whistle:
    John
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    lol haro, I do have one good honey!
     
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    That's a great photo of you inspecting the frame! (y)
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Thanks Becky, my honey was standing back taking the pics. He did help get the frames out of the nuc, they were stuck in there.
     
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    awesome pictures! You are a brave woman, I wouldn't even want to be in the same area with all those bees. I see them as cute to look at but no interest in being up close and personal ; )
     
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    I swell up at the sting site. Not as bad as when I was a kid, but it does hurt. I tend to stay away from them. But, Kuddos to you Addy !!!!! You are a brave woman :)
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    The guy that taught the class, stings his knees once a year, he went from painful walking to no pain. He also supplies bees for medical treatment. Told us about a gal with MS, unable to walk without a walker, she came to see him, after xx treatments of bee stings she is now able to walk unassisted. Like everything it may or may not work for everybody.

    Here is the reason bee keepers love dandelions..............if you want to help bees let those pretty yellow flowers live.

    The pollen they collect is bright orange/yellow. I also over seeded our lawn with clover. We had clover now we will have more.

    Ours bees are coming back with red and white pollen too.

    "Most of the important bee plants in the Northeast are wildflowers. Of these, probably the single most valuable early spring wildflower is the dandelion. If a hive survives the winter, beekeepers know the bees will be safe from starvation if they can stay alive until dandelions bloom. Dandelion pollen is moderately nutritious and the nectar is abundant. It doesn’t normally produce what we call a ‘surplus’, i.e. enough nectar to produce honey above and beyond what the bees will use for themselves, so you won’t generally see dandelion honey for sale, but it gives the bees a huge boost and adds to the health and wellbeing of the hive. So a very simple, easy way to help honey bees is to refrain from killing the dandelions in your lawn. They’re actually quite pretty. And next time you see a bare patch, think about planting Dutch clover instead of grass. The bees thrive on various weeds in lawns, including clover and plantain (from which they collect pollen)."

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    You are one brave woman addy, I would not dare to get so close....me and bees do not get along well....
     
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