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    Nuc measurements

    Here is a plan for a plywood national nuc.
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    New member from France

    Burn the Vevor hive!!! Or at least try to sell it on eBay or local classified website like gumtree and get your money back. Then invest your money into a decent well-made hive. I presume most people have langstroth hives in France so get 2 decent langstroth hives. Or any other hive that is...
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    Relocating hive

    Top bar hives are very good if you plan on taking no honey, which I doubt you are wanting to do. I would recommend you use 22 frame long hives instead. You can make these yourself as they are much simpler then standard national hives to make. The plus is that the frames are then compatible with...
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    Homemade wooden beehive feeders

    Why don't some of you post pictures of some wooden beehive feeders you have made before. To act as some inspiration for someone who is wanting to make some wooden feeders. Let us know some hints and tricks when making some feeders. Tell us why you like these feeders or why you don't. This...
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    Homemade wooden beehive feeders

    This is a candy feeder for a nuc.
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    Homemade wooden beehive feeders

    This is a miller style feeder for a full hive.
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    Homemade wooden beehive feeders

    Hi, I thought some of you would like to see some pictures of wooden beehive feeders, to act as a plan or inspiration if you you were planning on making some for yourselves. I did not make the feeders in these pictures a but a good friend of mine made these. He makes and sells these along with...
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    How many splits can you make from just 2 colonies in one season?

    The Native Irish Honey Bee Society is trying to pass a law banning all imports of non-native queens. Imports of non-native bees have already been banned. But as far as I know there are very few queens being imported to Ireland each year due to the high cost of getting a health certificate for...
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    How many splits can you make from just 2 colonies in one season?

    Hi, I have split 1 hive into 12 colonies before in 1 season, if it is done early enough in the season they can be moved into a national brood box, sometimes if the weather is good you can even get them to draw out a second brood box or super. (This is only possible if you add a mated queen and...
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    Best Queen Rearing Method

    I will defiantly let you know how I get on. Thanks for the advice.
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    Best Queen Rearing Method

    I will need around 25 queens.
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    How many splits can you make from just 2 colonies in one season?

    I am thinking of making up nucs to overwinter and sell in 2025.
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    How many splits can you make from just 2 colonies in one season?

    I have a bit of drawn comb but mostly foundation.
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    How many splits can you make from just 2 colonies in one season?

    Hi, I am actually planning on becoming a beefarmer in the future. At the moment only part-time as I still have another job. Do you think I am on the right track of splitting my colonies into as many nucs as possible to sell. I am hoping I can sell some overwintered nucs in spring 2025 to cover...
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    How many splits can you make from just 2 colonies in one season?

    I have been keeping about 10 full colonies + a few nucs for about 5years now.
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    How many splits can you make from just 2 colonies in one season?

    I will be buying frames. I have made some before but they are very time-consuming. I have got one new apiary site for next year that's about 5miles from me, still am looking for a few more though.
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    How many splits can you make from just 2 colonies in one season?

    I am pretty good at woodwork, so am planning an building most of my equipment myself in the next few weeks. Will save a lot of money on building it myself then buying equipment from a supplier.
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    How many splits can you make from just 2 colonies in one season?

    He first aimed for 40 splits from 1 hive, but later saw that it was possible to split these 40 splits again later in the season and end the season with 80 splits.
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    How many splits can you make from just 2 colonies in one season?

    He reckoned you could split 1 colony that's on double brood into 80 nucs in 1 season. But he ran out of free-time, money and equipment so only manged 20 splits from 1 hive, however these 20 splits had already outgrown there nuc box by mid June.
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    How many splits can you make from just 2 colonies in one season?

    Hi, Next year I am planning on splitting 2 of my beehives into as many nucs as possible. All my hives are on a double brood right now. What would the best method of splitting these hives be? I heard that you get better results if you add a mated queen instead of adding a queen cell or letting...
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