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  1. Thread: Grafting tips?

    by Lauri
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    Re: Grafting tips?

    So many critical & seasonal aspects to rearing queens. Way too detailed to reply in a short post.
    What works well in early spring, needs slight changes during the main flow. And all that changes in...
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    Re: nuc overwintering ?

    I mentioned the nucs need to have a good queen, good weight and no mite issues.

    NOW is the time to rectify any of those issues.

    Or you may be one of those posters in November who writes:
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    Re: nuc overwintering ?

    This is what I over winter as a double nuc.
    I use a frame feeder on top and leave it in all winter. You'd be better off with a 1 1/2 gallon feeder and three frames. 4 frames and a one gallon...
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    Re: Queen stop laying

    You probably stopped looking when you found her. Look again. Supercedure queen may be in the hive (Out on mating flights during the day) and the marked queen may be keeping her distance or been...
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    Re: Jump starting a slow queen?

    I find many people are quick to blame the queen for everything lacking in the hive. But in my opinion, the queen is many times a product of her environment. You can install an awesome queen, but...
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    Re: The myth of Retinue

    I see it most when she stops moving and is taking a rest. I also see it when I mark and clip them, then turn them loose back on the frame. When she walks off, then stops and rests, the bees will...
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    Re: The myth of Retinue

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/2015%20bees/P7150381_zpssbkan9xs.jpg

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/2015%20bees/P6270413_zpsncf0v5ad.jpg
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    Re: The myth of Retinue

    Wow, very nice!
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    Re: Yellow Jackets & Onslaught

    The crush of death is always satisfying.

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/2015%20bees/P3300300_zpsrv9kbdna.jpg
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    Re: Where Can I Buy 2 Queens?

    Laura, You're better off with capped queen cells in this situation if they are available to you locally.
    Heres a thread addressing your situation:
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  11. Re: Laying Worker Bees and All Drone Brood - lots of it. What do I do??

    Here's a couple photos of what I mentioned above. Intstalling a capped queen cell in a laying worker hive with few bees. Still good enough to use as a small mating nuc.

    This first photo is too...
  12. Thread: Drone Question

    by Lauri
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    Re: Drone Question

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/2015%20bees/DSC08281_zpskjfzjnqu.jpg

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/2015%20bees/PA180202_zpsqkhu7ymb.jpg
  13. Thread: Drone Question

    by Lauri
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    Re: Drone Question

    Nope, It's different.

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/2015%20bees/P5230201_zpsyqdt5w9p.jpg
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  14. Here's what's going on in my neck of the woods

    Winding down for the most part, but still going to do a little more grafting.

    It's hot & dry as a bone here and not forecast to change.
    Hives and nucs are heavy and Carnie hybrids are brooding...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    I had a little time to do something other than sweat and slam out frames...
    It's queen condo time :)

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/2015%20bees/P7150406_zpsjrvnz2y1.jpg
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  16. Re: Laying Worker Bees and All Drone Brood - lots of it. What do I do??

    If you have a frame of worker brood to add, that of course would help tremendously. But if not, the remaining bees can still get a queen mated. Leave them in the original location.

    Once she is...
  17. Re: Laying Worker Bees and All Drone Brood - lots of it. What do I do??

    Unless you have a capped queen cell, you're pretty much dead in the water. A cell that hatches out in a worthless, insane, drone filled colony lilke yours can turn it into a nice little mating nuc...
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    Re: When do yall check mating nucs?

    Or laying worker problems. Although it seems later in summer it isn't as big a risk as it is earlier. They can revert to laying workers pretty darn quickly spring-the first half of summer if...
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    Re: Update on Prairie Wind Bee Supply

    You are still alive! Nice to see you are doing well.
    Last I heard from you, you were wrestling around with a spinning router bit I think.:eek:

    Good luck with your venture, Benjamin :)
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    Sticky: Re: My Cell Building Methods

    5 frames is fine when they are new and just getting drawn, but they will be too tight once they start getting filled. You'll want them to store a decent band of honey on the top and sides for your...
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    Sticky: Re: My Cell Building Methods

    A divider that was offset to allow 5 frames on one side and four on the other would be a better fit, but that would create a can of worms with anything you try to match to it, such as supers. Better...
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    Sticky: Re: My Cell Building Methods

    Nice wood working job Brad!

    Those feeding holes are handy, but even better is to screen them with # 8 hardware cloth. You can use them for light ventilation if needed without the threat of robbing...
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    Re: When do yall check mating nucs?

    When do I check my mating nucs? Apparently not soon enough. Seems like I set these cells just the other day. It actually wasn't as bad as it looks. I'd prefer to have all that honey on a frame...
  24. Re: Photos of USDA based Pol-Line/Carniolan first generation cross

    You can pm me for details.

    I am not taking any more orders for shipped queens until mid July. But by then, it's usually too hot to ship. I have orders to still fill for previous requests until the...
  25. Re: Photos of USDA based Pol-Line/Carniolan first generation cross

    Here's what I had to work with. New comb sure makes it easy.

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/2015%20bees/P6180107_zpshavy7qvt.jpg

    To aviod supressing the queens, a serious...
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