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    Re: When Can I Move Grafted Queens

    Just pulled the bar real fast to see the take. Looks like 12/15, and I am dang happy with that, this being my first time grafting. Well, I tried once before, but I managed to add in a queen so...
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    Re: When Can I Move Grafted Queens

    Thanks Michael. I was sure you had done it at some point ;) I am pretty gentle with my bees, and they usually return the favor. My question was sort of 2 part in that we might be having some heat...
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    Re: "Honeydew" flow

    Some places charge a premium. The Ferry Building in SF has a local honey shop and pulls honeydew at $20-$25/lb. It's good in comb if you run foundationless. Advertise it as a great compliment on a...
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    Re: When Can I Move Grafted Queens

    She's laying just fine :) I've only been in a few times, but they've grown into 2 mediums (she started with 3-4 frames of bees/brood) and she's laying nice patterns + good temperament. Looking...
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    Re: When Can I Move Grafted Queens

    Thanks Lauri. I'm actually grafting from a breeder queen that I got from you. I want to do a graft before summer's out. I'll graft 15 and see what happens. My starter cell is looking pretty...
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    Re: When Can I Move Grafted Queens

    I meant day 12 since eggs were laid. Thanks. Anybody with firsthand knowledge?
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    When Can I Move Grafted Queens

    I want to move my queen cells into their mating nucs on day 12 or 13. Is that too early because the queen and cell are too sensitive to move, or should I be fine?
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    Re: Market For Cut Comb?

    I sell mine for $20/lb. The people who know what it is are always stoked to see it and buy it up. For others, I sell them on the points of presentation, serving it at a house party - as it pairs...
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    Re: Why did you have low winter losses?

    How do you know the colony survives every winter if you can't get to it? Swarms move in pretty quickly. Dead hives happen quietly.

    Mike Palmer, wondering if you even check for mites anymore -...
  10. Thread: grafting

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    Re: grafting

    Did my first grafts yesterday too. It wasn't the smoothest operation, but I only had a little slice of time so I went for it. The only thing I am concerned with is that I did not leave them...
  11. Re: SF Bay Area Nectar Flow - Is it the Drought?

    Yeah interesting. I have a nice stand of Eucalyptus, but they didn't really produce much this winter. I'm also noticing my persian mulberry tree's fruit is lackluster. I did a big overnight soak,...
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    Re: Upper entrance for migratory cover

    I went to all migratory covers. They get glued down with propolis just the way an inner cover would; no more no less. Haven't seen the burr comb. I love having just one cover to deal with. ...
  13. SF Bay Area Nectar Flow - Is it the Drought?

    Wondering if any other beeks in the area have been affected by our lack of rain this spring? I feel like my hives started off strong, (all of March) but the nectar has dwindled of late, and I just...
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    Re: Foundationless and Leveling

    If you're going the foundationless route, you may as well do it right to start with. Yes, get some shims and level out your hive. It will make your life a happier one.
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    Totally agree. The image you posted with the frame of capped honey + stick looked like a medium to my eyes. I tried foundationless with deeps, and it was a hassle, hence the move to mediums.
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    This is totally unnecessary. I turn my comb over all the time. 1 year old comb is very solid, and if it's connected to the frame at a few places, it's pretty darn solid. I've been all mediums +...
  17. Thread: Honey Biz

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    Re: Honey Biz

    I sell in some retail locations. If you sell under $35,000 worth, you are a cottage food industry and don't need a commercial kitchen. Above that dollar amount, you need to find a suitable facility...
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    Re: Extracting "Foundation-less" Comb

    Maxant 20 frame extractor. No issues. All foundationless. I've had blowouts, but I usually know which ones are going to pop. Getting the spinner balanced is also important.
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    Re: Foundationless Frames

    Mann Lake frames made for foundation. Pop the wedge piece off, run a bead of glue in there, and jam it in. I use a hammer to get the piece in there sometimes. Once the bees draw wax + the wood...
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    Re: How Many Frames of Pollen Do They Need?

    Yes! ;) Sqkcrk, I know the old adage that if you ask 3 beeks a question, you'll get 4-5 answers. I am in line with the philosophy that my bees know more than me regarding hive management. Way...
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    I haven't found this to be the case at all. When I pop in an empty frame in the brood nest, I get perfect worker cell comb on the entire frame. They do crown, which can make it crowded. That said,...
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    Re: How Many Frames of Pollen Do They Need?

    Come on guy, keep it in the positive. That's why I am asking a question. I know it's still cold and crappy in NY, so I will try and send you some warm California love and energy your way.
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    You hear a lot of people trash talk those of us who go foundationless. I don't get it. Seems like beeks are pretty "thrifty" individuals all around. It saves money, and time, which is money. I...
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    Re: How Many Frames of Pollen Do They Need?

    All my queens are locally raised for the last two seasons. That said, they originally came from Oliverez Queens, and I am sure the Almonds have an influence ;)
    I was wondering how this drought was...
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    How Many Frames of Pollen Do They Need?

    I've got a colony that has backfilled the broodnest with pollen. Should I take out all but 2 pollen frames to leave in the #2 & #9 spaces? How much do they really need if they have such a surplus....
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