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    Re: Best Shaker Box

    I know this is an old thread, but I'm trying to figure out where to get a package funnel from. I've been looking for a while and coming up empty handed. Is there a source for these, or are they...
  2. Re: Going to plead my case at the NPMA in Orlando

    Good luck!

    All the pest removal companies here already call beekeepers to remove honey bee colonies from structures. None of the are killing anymore. Thank goodness..
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    Re: Oav amount question

    Easy way to make sure. It takes 5 grams to make a teaspoon. So take a standard teaspoon measure and see if 5 caps will fill it or if it takes less.
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    Re: Pre-Winter Feeding

    Are you aware of how many pounds of honey the hive in your area will need to winter correctly?
    If so, what you need to do is either weigh your hives to see if they are ready, or catch a really warm...
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    Re: Raising my own Queens.

    Being able to raise your own queens is NOT hard, nor complicated. It's all got to do with knowing your math and doing good grafts. However, now there is the jenter queen rearing system that does...
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    Re: Oav amount question

    That's the same thing I'd do. 2 grams per hive if using 3 mediums.
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    Re: Bee Package Cages

    If they have come from CF Koehnen & Sons their website says this about return of boxes:
    Pricing



    Package bee pricing is calculated by size of package, which includes queen (either type),...
  8. Thread: urgent help

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    Re: urgent help

    You should be able to tell within about 4 days or so. If she is in there, the bees will be calm and there will be no emergency queen cells. If she is NOT alive the bees will be more angry than...
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    Re: Weak hive & strong hive

    IMO doing a combine is a last ditch effort to keep a few bees. If I were in your shoes what I would do is look at sizing the hive to the amount of bees in the hive. For instance this weak hive that...
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    Re: Mike Palmer nuc versus 5 or 4 frame nucs

    Petr - I run 5 frame NUC's here in WV. Single story but in your neck of the woods I'd say you would want 2 story due to the winters unless you winter inside. It really all depends upon your...
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    Re: Hives made out of cherry?

    Cherry wood is just fine for hives. If making your own, predrill your nail holes, use a good glue, and make sure you protect the outside of those hives with some good polyurethane to seal the...
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    Re: Russian Package, Richmond Area

    Don't be too hard on yourself. If it weren't for mistakes, we wouldn't learn anything at all. A very wise person once told me that to be human was to make mistakes, to learn from them, and do our...
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    Re: Need Trap-out Expert Wisdom

    After reading your post, the first thing that comes to mind is are you positive that the bees do not have another entrance to the hive? If they are somehow bypassing, or even finding there way back...
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    Re: First Graft Date

    Pretty much the same here. I keep an eye open for drone rearing and try to encourage it early on, once I see many hives with lots of drone brood capped, I employ a little math and go from there.
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    Re: Russian Package, Richmond Area

    They are located in Arkansas, Missouri, and Mississippi, but I believe they ship out of MS all the time. These bees are awesome that I got from them. Gentle as can be and easy to work with. Strong...
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    Re: Hellooo..New from Oregon

    Welcome to the forum!
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    Re: Another new keeper-in-training

    Welcome to the forum!
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    Re: Dead Queen or just normal fall situation?

    It actually sounds like your queen has just shut down for the winter at this point. If the bees are calm when you checked in on them, and you didn't hear the normal loud queenless hum, nor see the...
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    Re: Cell building in MP nucs

    I use a 5 frame NUC box to start cells in, however I do a shook swarm into the box from several hives and let them sit for 24 hours prior to doing the graft. Use 1 frame with lots of pollen, and one...
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    Re: Russian Package, Richmond Area

    Check out the Russian Honeybee Breeder's Association website http://www.russianbreeder.org/members.html

    Stick to the Certified members if you really want true Russian stock.
    Most of them do not...
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    Re: Diagnosing a Queenless Colony

    Yet another great tip MP..
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Frank - The bees during the winter broodless period do not consume large amounts of honey as they don't have to keep the temp very high in the cluster, however, when they begin to brood up again,...
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    Re: Witness to Regicide

    I have seen the same exact thing in one of my normal hives here. I was doing a routine inspection and the queen was fine, as I popped the top deep off she dove into the lower one, followed by...
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    Re: Ready Date Calendar

    The one that I use is from this site: http://www.thebeeyard.org/queen-rearing-calendar/

    It will automatically fill in from the date you give it and you can print it out and fill in other...
  25. Re: Labor Cost Overwintering Bees In California?

    It doesn't seem like it was that long ago someone was offering a holding yard in CA that cost .25 for each hive each month, Plus cost of feeds. It was a broker if I remember correctly that was...
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