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Offline Zweefer

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WHOOO HOOO!
« on: May 14, 2014, 09:47:25 pm »
My nucs are in!  I pick them up tomorrow after work!  ;D ;D

Any last minute advice you'd care to share?

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Re: WHOOO HOOO!
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2014, 09:53:44 pm »
Have fun
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Re: WHOOO HOOO!
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2014, 09:59:18 pm »
Yes.. DONT be knocking on the nuc just to hear them buzz!!!  You will irritate them and they will make you pay!!!    ;D

   Good deal Zweefer! Hope they do you right!
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Re: WHOOO HOOO!
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2014, 10:08:44 pm »
Glad to hear they are coming!  No advice myself, but here is Randy Oliver's advice for people getting their first Nuc.  HTH  :)
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Re: WHOOO HOOO!
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2014, 10:10:10 pm »
Just savor the moment Z.  Take your time and enjoy it.  The bees will thank you for being calm too.  And pics!   :)

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« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2014, 10:52:23 pm »
I promise pics.  thanks for the link Lburou!
Calm will be tough, but obtainable.  ;D
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Re: WHOOO HOOO!
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2014, 08:57:40 am »
Remember the feeling, good luck with them.

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Re: WHOOO HOOO!
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2014, 09:08:57 am »
Treat them the way you want them to treat you.    :)

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Re: WHOOO HOOO!
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2014, 11:12:19 am »
enjoy, enjoy, enjoy zweefer!

wish i could be there to take pix and help you out.... ;)  you will do just great!!!
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Re: WHOOO HOOO!
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2014, 11:56:35 am »
I'll be thinking of you as I drive past, and because of a certain story have packed my suit in the vehicle... I94 can be a dangerous stretch for bees apparently :-)



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Re: WHOOO HOOO!
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2014, 12:39:07 pm »
LOL.. I hope you havent spilled any Honey B Gone or Bee go in the vehicle?

   Waiting for the "call" myself.. may be this afternoon, may be tomorrow...   I may wait till Sat to hive them..  rainy today, supposed to be rainy cloudy and 55 deg tomorrow as well.
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Re: WHOOO HOOO!
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2014, 12:59:18 pm »
enjoy them.  watch them, have fun.

Good Luck!
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« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2014, 08:52:04 pm »
Only 46, cloudy and threatening rain... This is as far as I go today :-(



Some bees doing orientation flights, but as I thought, not much activity upon opening the holes...  Hopefully I can transfer them tomorrow.
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Re: WHOOO HOOO!
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2014, 09:01:58 pm »
Good plan, but get a brick or something to put on them if you have storms coming.  dont want to walk out tomorrow and find them 50 feet across the yard...   At least they are CLOSE to home now!
    I may wait till Saturday to hive the packages, looking worse for tomorrow each time I look at the weather :(
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« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2014, 09:13:55 pm »
didn't even cross my mind!
Corrected.  Thanks.

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Re: WHOOO HOOO!
« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2014, 09:50:50 pm »
"I'll be thinking of you as I drive past, and because of a certain story have packed my suit in the vehicle... I94 can be a dangerous stretch for bees apparently :-)"

....... :D only if you are transporting double deep hives in the back and trunk of a buick that come undone, cuz they weren't properly strapped.....
 and there was bee go and another smelly smell in it..... :D

see you did great with driving I 94 with those nucs, and great pix! good idea on the bricks, or some weight on them,  and i think you already took care of some rain cover, just in case?!

best wishes to you tomorrow getting them settled in! 

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Re: WHOOO HOOO!
« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2014, 10:19:26 pm »
PICS! When you in view  ;D
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Re: WHOOO HOOO!
« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2014, 10:23:07 pm »
If things work out tomorrow, I promise I will.

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Re: WHOOO HOOO!
« Reply #18 on: May 16, 2014, 11:24:58 am »
It's been unseasonably cold here.  It is supposed to warm up after today. 

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Re: WHOOO HOOO!
« Reply #19 on: May 17, 2014, 11:46:13 am »
Sorry it's a day late - had family obligations last night...

I came home to find several bees out and about, so figured it was warm enough to transfer them to their new homes.

My boys wanted to help, so one suited up, while the other appointed himself official photographer. My daughter thought it would be best if she let the dog out for protection and stay a safe distance away in my jeep  ;D

As for the nucs themselves, they were a bit different then i had expected.  Several frames had been repaired (metal braces on the frames) and the comb was wonky on several. I had to scrape propolis off the ends of the frames to get them to fit in the super.  The rest made up for it though, as they looked like newer comb, and was straight.   I am not saying I was expecting virgin frames and comb, but was hoping for something that would be a bit easier to install...   Is this normal on a nuc?

As for installation, it went fairly well.  just a bit of trouble with the tenth frame, as some of the wonky comb made it tight.
I just hope i didn't roll a queen while sliding frames...

here are some photos as promised...



Extra frames in Jeep.  Sure is nice to have (mostly) drawn comb to add to the nucs!



Quinten and I ready to work!



Smoking the nucs



Elijah though it was cool to see the foragers returning with full pollen baskets.



some of the wonky comb...  maybe I was way off in expectations?

 

This is more what i had in mind....




Added some syrup until the new comb has been drawn, or more than dandelions are in bloom, whichever comes first.

 
all happy in their new home (we hope)!


Not pictured is the bricks we put on top of the covers after the photo was taken...