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    Sticky: Re: honey sell

    The major packers are at $2.00 per lb. for white down here. The strong dollar is really working against higher prices.
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    Re: Mobile cell incubator kit?

    http://s470.photobucket.com/user/jimlyon/media/2013%20Texas/1364696614_zps8507567e.jpg.html
    My trusty back seat companion. A foam lined hive body heated with the guts of a cheap incubator mounted...
  3. Re: How long before inserting your queen cell do you make up your mating nuc?

    Can you put them in right away? Sure, but we prefer to move them to a new location, allow them to fly for a full day then put cells in the next day. Bees may or
    may not stay where you put them and...
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    Re: Mass Bee suicide?

    If the hives look fine I wouldn't be concerned, most likely just old bees. Having them on a concrete pad allows you to observe what you wouldn't have noticed had they been in a yard or pasture.
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    We leave a small entrance on the bottom box with a lid in front of it so the majority of the field bees return into the top box. If you don't start with either a really exceptional double (I feel it...
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    That link has lots of good info but I think it is unduly complicated. I use the Cloake board method a lot and don't do nearly that much manipulation. The basics are a very strong and well fed...
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    Yup, in a Cloake board setup you need to rotate brood upstairs about every 10 days to insure that the nurse bees don't abandon the cells on a cold night. It's a bit of a balancing act getting some...
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    You sure don't need any brood in a swarm box to initially build cells and open brood would actually be detrimental. When you do want brood is to hold bees if the cell box is placed above an...
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    I have actually done this (in effect using newspaper as a cloake board) when I wanted to start some cells and walk away from them for a week or so. A couple layers of newspaper will effectively...
  10. Re: Any word on when bees could be released from almonds this year!

    Generally pleased with the look of our bees. Haven't seen any of the presumed fungicide issues we have experienced in the past. Seems to be a lot of variation in weight, though.
  11. Thread: Too much rain

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    Re: Too much rain

    I got a Hummerbee stuck a couple days ago. Suddenly I don't feel so bullet proof driving them. Not long after that I had to give a farmer a ride when he got his tractor buried in the same area. ...
  12. Re: requeening / making splits on 4-way pallets

    Cell acceptance in large crowded hives with lots of older field bees can be unpredictable. Also if you have old queens side by side with queen less nucs bees will gravitate back to the old queens.
  13. Re: requeening / making splits on 4-way pallets

    Yes it works but your mileage may vary. Scatter them as much as possible and alternate the orientation of the entrances, anything but side by side in a straight line. We do it and generally get an...
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    Re: Age of e-cell larvae?

    Ha ha. Not losing any sleep over it but it is puzzling. I'm going to assume there were a couple swarm cells in there when I set up the builder and I simply missed them. Btw she is already in the...
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    Re: Age of e-cell larvae?

    I saw both the empty qc and the virgin. She appeared to have just emerged. It was a real head scratcher for me. I've heard theories that bees will use older larvae but I have been satisfied by my...
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    Age of e-cell larvae?

    While doing a routine e-cell inspection of a cell builder hive yesterday I found a newly emerged virgin. Our procedure is to make sure all builders are checked inside a 10 day window (this hive was...
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    Re: Torn-Down QC's In Mating Nucs

    I feel better now. I do think bees need to not be oversized to minimize the possibility of tearing down cells and I know a gentle flow and/or some feed is helpful is settling bees. Other than that...
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    Re: Messing with bees at night

    Dark colored clothing works much better for night bee moving.
  19. Thread: Too much rain

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    Re: Too much rain

    Just trying to slug it out here and keep moving ahead. We do have 500 splits made....somehow. Fortunately the bees are heavy. Cell building has been the bright spot, guess they don't have much...
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    East Texas queen cells

    Currently available for pick up in Jefferson, Texas. through much of March and early April. $4.00 each, 25 cell minimum.
    Breeders are VSH Italians crossed with our stock and selected for honey...
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    Re: Bottom board usage?

    I'm a "pallet guy" and I don't think I could even find a bottom board if I needed one. Occasionally it's nice to have one for catching a swarm or a scale hive but I can always make a lid work.
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    Re: who hauls their own bees on their own semi

    http://www.thetruckersreport.com/infographics/cost-of-trucking/
    According to these folks the cost per mile is $1.38 so if you are considering deadheading half the time that puts you pretty close to...
  23. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    I want to see a pic of Barry's VW hooked up to that sucker.
  24. Re: Punctuality in the Workplace; Excuses, Excuses

    Here's my policy. Ummmm, guess I don't have one. We've never had a time clock. Work typically starts at 8 although sometimes (usually when bees need moved) it may well start before sunup. Work...
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    Re: Wax and Wood vs. Plastic

    Hi Shalva and welcome to beekeeping. Wax coated plastic foundation mostly in wood frames but to a lesser degree in one piece molded plastic frames have become the most popular frame nationwide. The...
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