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Installing the nuc

 
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edric
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:59 am    Post subject: Installing the nuc Reply with quote

Hi all, the first week in May I pick up my nuc, I've done a bit of reading, watched a few videos, and have instructions from the hive maker, does anyone have any tips, and does anyone go without using a smoker ever? For the feeder I read 1 part sugar to one part water, how about adding some honey to the feeder, and how much? Thanks, Ed
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:27 am    Post subject: Re: Installing the nuc Reply with quote

edric wrote:
Hi all, the first week in May I pick up my nuc, I've done a bit of reading, watched a few videos, and have instructions from the hive maker, does anyone have any tips, and does anyone go without using a smoker ever? For the feeder I read 1 part sugar to one part water, how about adding some honey to the feeder, and how much? Thanks, Ed


Speaking for myself, I no longer possess a functional smoker! I use a water spray for preference, and if the bees turn nasty, I assume I am doing something wrong. If I need to do something they don't approve of, I use my sugar blower, which works at least as well as a smoker and smells a whole lot better.

If you add honey, make sure it is their own and NEVER add commercial honey. If they don't take the feed down in 24 hours, remove it or it will ferment, likely causing dysentery.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday I learned a valuable lesson about working without a smoker vs with one. Last week we had been preparing hive bodies to receive packages, some replacements for winter losses (about 10) and the rest for an expansion to the apiary (15 more). We had cleaned out the deadouts last week, and checked on the surviving hives, with smoke. One had been noted as being weaker looking than the others in same yard, but yesterday without the smoker we opened the hive back up and took a closer look. When we got into the super, we both noticed a sour/funky smell, and upon further inspection found a frame that was strangely wrinkled compared to the others. We both agreed that it was probably fermented and cleaned it out, not sure what caused it, but had we been blowing smoke we likely wouldn't have noticed since we had peeked into that hive last week and didn't smell it then.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most times I have a smoker lit but don't use it.

Last couple of times, in retrospect I reckon I could have got away without getting dressed up as well but as last time I got stung my tongue started to swell up and just in case I now carry an epipen, I don't chance not getting dressed up.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 9:41 am    Post subject: Re: Installing the nuc Reply with quote

edric wrote:
Hi all, the first week in May I pick up my nuc, I've done a bit of reading, watched a few videos, and have instructions from the hive maker, does anyone have any tips, and does anyone go without using a smoker ever? For the feeder I read 1 part sugar to one part water, how about adding some honey to the feeder, and how much? Thanks, Ed


Thank you everyone for your replies, I get good advice here! Ed
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