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    Re: Viability of swarms?

    Here area a couple pics of collected bees from a few years ago:

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/DSC05109.jpg

    Which was the inspiration for this swarm trap/mating nuc box
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    Re: Viability of swarms?

    Since it is the time of year to do wintertime projects, I thought I'd show you these collection/transport box's I made last winter. Fully screened bottom and inner covers, with a disk closure for...
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    Re: Viability of swarms?

    I usually say NO thank you to swarms & cut outs if they are near town..and likely from someones back yard. In my experience they are not worth the trouble because of poor...
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    Re: Making up Mating Nucs

    I can usually get away with just a couple hours. Overnight if I am unsure about her acceptance. I just take them from the incubator in the roller cage and let her sit on top the frames if it is warm...
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    Re: Making up Mating Nucs

    Heres what I do to keep even the smallest mating nucs strong.

    # 1 rule, I never allow them to have a queenless period.

    When removing the young mated queen, I immediatly ether place a capped...
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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

    Minz, those are too pretty to let the bees gunk them up!

    http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n599/6minz/DSCF4256.jpg

    I'm still looking for the perfect finish to bring out the beauty of the wood...
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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

    When I think about R value, I don't think warmer or cooler, think more consistent-less extremes.
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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

    Don't give me too much credit.
    Just look a the insulated enviroment this colony had. (Trunk behind collection box) From the looks of the comb, bees have lived in this tree for many many years.

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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

    I buy unassembled hive bodies-on sale-in bulk. For now.

    If I had to fabricate them from scratch & only needed a few hives, I'd probably actually consider 1 1/2" material. It's not only cheaper...
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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

    Even if you PAID me to use it, I wouldn't.
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    Re: Good source for foundationless guides

    It only takes a tiny bit of what ever you use to get them to stick until the bees work them.
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    Re: Good source for foundationless guides

    Compound miter saw.
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    Good source for foundationless guides

    Especially if you are doing them in larger quantities. Some 1000 packs available, reasonably priced. This is the best source I've found.
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    Re: drones in december

    I have a lot of large well fed hives that have winter drones. I've never seen a winter laying worker hive. Any colony that has lost it's queen in late fall will just dwindle away in my opinion. But...
  15. Re: Who wants to talk about unusually warm winter weather?

    Photo from today Pacific Northwest.
    Maple buds swelling

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/tweety4926001/2014%20bee%20pics/PC130279_zps607fedf9.jpg


    Here is my discription...
  16. Re: How I plan on overwintering 40 mating nucs on mini frames

    Heres a pic of the parts. If you need more photos PM me and I'll send them to you step by step construction.
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  17. Re: How I plan on overwintering 40 mating nucs on mini frames

    In resonse to questions:
    I don't have any trouble with bees crossing over when I remove the single/divided screened inner cover. I ether blow on them or give them a puff if they are highly populated...
  18. Re: How I plan on overwintering 40 mating nucs on mini frames

    I'm overwintering about 80 of these nucs this year. When MP mentioned last year he had 200 overwintering, I got mating nuc envy! Ha! I tried to build more, but 80 was the most I could increase in...
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    Re: Aren't you glad your hives are on the ground?

    Question is, what's the cell size on that comb? :lookout:
  20. Re: Who wants to talk about unusually warm winter weather?

    Hearing today from other locals they are seeing the same thing. It's my larger colonies that are bring in the beepro. Nothing to do with strain (Italian or Carnie)
    66 degrees at the moment here....
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    Re: Honeybee Genetics and Breeding Bees

    I have mutts too, LOL I've let my customers name some of them. One of the more complicated lines is called:

    'Miller Ultimutt hybrid' (II Pol-Line based/Russian/VSH/ mated with Carniolans (2014...
  22. Thread: Winter solstice

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    Re: Winter solstice

    Good eye devildog.
    My spring /early sumer made nucs are far different than nucs made mid-late summer. Nucs made after the summer solstice, even if they have a newly mated queen and plenty of feed...
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    Re: Honeybee Genetics and Breeding Bees

    I wonder just how many calories the queen has to consume over a season's worth of production. And there are many that think nutrition doesn't matter. Then there are accumulative toxin exposures to...
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    Re: Honeybee Genetics and Breeding Bees

    Don't forget the number if eggs are not infinite.

    Trying to keep a prolific queen in a smallish colony is difficult to do. That hive ends up being a brood frame and feed donor to a lot of other...
  25. Re: Who wants to talk about unusually warm winter weather?

    I DO have several new Pol-Line hives out in the yard this winter. Hmmmm ...wonder if these are Italians that haven't brooded down like my carnies usually do? That could explain it. I might be in for...
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