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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    3rd day in the 60's. There's still a lot of snow cover but it's gradually melting. First signs of burnt orange pollen ( 'no joke :D) I took a little walk around the neighborhood but couldn't find the...
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    Re: Does a Swarm Create a New Queen?

    Some years they swarm, most years they don't. 'Just my personal observation...
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    Re: Does a Swarm Create a New Queen?

    Yes, I was about to reply to another thread about the "location" issue. I'm in a relatively rare location. ~7,000' elevation, high & dry. My experiences rarely seem to mirror many. I've also had many...
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    Re: Is "queen failure" the new "starvation"

    As with almost everything "beekeeping", it's a numbers game. Traditional thinking is that any queen beyond 2 years old is excessively risky. Some breeds seem to buck that trend. Most apparently don't.
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    Re: Does a Swarm Create a New Queen?

    Many swarms issue with a new (virgin) queen - these are referred to as "after" swarms. Only one - the "prime swarm" issues with the old queen. It's a numbers game - the number of swarms issued from...
  6. Re: What's the most useful ..table saw or router table

    A table saw is capable of building most bee equipment. A second (old) table saw comes in handy as a dedicated dado saw. The router table is handy, if you have one, but can only reasonably do so much.
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    Re: Is "queen failure" the new "starvation"

    All queens just aren't the same. I've had very few queens failures from the supplier I've been getting them from for decades.

    I'm curious - how many failures are products of the "locally reared"...
  8. Re: Shipping queen cells? How long will they survive?

    http://www.rweaver.com/product_info.php?products_id=128
  9. Thread: Wearing white

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    Re: Wearing white

    White is less likely to trigger the defense mechanism. It's not a "black & white" situation - some bees are more aggressive than others. Studies show that most bees are more aggressive towards dark...
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    Re: Queen Hive Raised in 2015

    Nice queen. I imagine that the actual is a bit different. Regardless - you have a sassy queen, which is a good thing.
  11. Thread: swarming rates

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    Re: swarming rates

    I run Buckfast. I expect NONE of them to swarm until the 3rd year. If I capture those rare swarms, I expect them to gather 100 lbs, that year.

    You Europeans ( and beyond) are so lucky -...
  12. Thread: Wet and windy

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    Re: Wet and windy

    Local conditions and prevailing winds are probably the most important considerations for hive orientation. Honeybees can tolerate a wide range of variations. If they "passed", with 2 deeps & 2...
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    Re: Russian vs Italian Bees

    If I ever grew dissatisfied with Buckfast, I'd probably give Russians a try. Carni's appear to have the best reputation for gentleness. One notable beek compares a long past experience with Buckfast...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    No problem - it was a bit "obscured". Yay Broncos!!!

    We have at least a week of "false spring" in the forecast. I have often seen our first pollen, from the Maples, at this time of year. Then...
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    Plastic Frame divider

    I had a request for some pic's of my plastic frame dividers. I posted this over in the "equipment" forum, tacked onto the "Quick deep divider.." thread then thought it might get buried there. I use...
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    Re: Quick Deep Divider to Make 2 Nucs

    I had a request for some pic's of my plastic frame dividers. I came up with the idea last summer while contemplating Palmer style nucs. I had a "few" extra plastic frames and figured I'd see what I...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    It was a Super Bowl reference, Arnie...:applause:

    I imagine we'll start seeing the first pollen with this next warm spell. Nothing at all down here, yet!
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    It's barely flying weather. The bees are bringing in some rare bright orange & dark blue pollen....;) I haven't seen the like in ~17-18 years!:D
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    Re: Passing of Walter W. Wright

    My condolences. A renowned innovator - his contributions to beekeeping will live on.
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    Re: Inferior Drones?

    Like I said - good question.:thumbsup: I've wondered the same thing. I haven't come across a definitive answer, yet.
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    Re: Inferior Drones?

    'Good question, and one I've been looking into lately (cabin fever):).

    As with many topics related to beekeeping, there is often speculation and reasoning, but less often scientifically reliable...
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    Re: Walt Wright temporarily out of commission

    X2.

    Walt - are you finishing up that bee book while you have the time? I can only imagine the frustration....

    Best wishes - Heal up! ;)

    Colo
  23. Re: Preparing to order my 8-frame medium hives ....

    I get almost everything from ML. They have weekly "Bee Bucks" blast sales, and some other yearly sales that make almost everything competitive from a cost standpoint. Last year they had supers on...
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    Re: Is genetic diversity necessary?

    Yup - 'been spending some time over in the "Point of View" lately. A good launching point for distraction ( & higher learning)!!! My old "quick connect" tab to BeeSource shunted me right to the...
  25. Thread: making queens

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    Re: making queens

    See the link in my post #10, or here it is again ;) http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...thout-Grafting

    I really like all of OT's great pics & the very thorough explanation, based on somewhat...
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