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  1. Re: Open Screen Bottom Board vs. Regular Bottom Board

    We keep hives in northern VT, we run both SBB and solid. For the SBB hives, we place a piece of wood where the monitoring tray goes to prevent up drafts in the winter. Those hives that do have SBB...
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    Re: Honey Prices 2013

    $7 for 12oz jars.

    These same jars are then retailed by our wholesale accounts for $10 and $12 a jar. We can't keep it in stock at our retail locations.

    We focus on retail stores that Foodies...
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    Re: Conversation on Varroa

    Hi Andrew,
    I saw Tom's presentation at EAS as well. Tom noted the differences in volume of the feral hive versus a typical managed colony. His findings were that indeed the feral hives were much...
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    Re: Breeder Queens??

    I also had some Glenn breeders. Specifically I had a VSH dark and a VSH x Carni cross.

    I found the VSHxCarni cross to be very hot. You couldn't even look at the breeder box without them sending...
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    Re: Best queen cell cup

    I like the JZ BZ wide base push in cell cups, the ones with the center post on the back side. I use a grafting frame with 3 cell bars, I typically get about 45 grafts (15 per bar). These have...
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    Re: Protecting mating nucs?

    I run 32 mating nucs (2 deep frames) and also have another 20 or so 4 frame nucs all going in the same bee yard along with 10 production colonies. When I make up a new nuc, I try to do so using...
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    Re: How many queen cells?

    Eric,
    As Oldtimer suggests, it is helpful to take detailed notes about what you are doing so you can reflect back and see where you can improve or change methodology.

    I joined the ranks of queen...
  8. Re: eas2012 conference at burlington vermont in aug.

    Beyond paying your $25 annual membership fee to EAS, there is a fee to attend the conference.

    They break it down so you can pay many ways:
    1. Pay by the day.
    2. Pay to attend the Short Course...
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    Re: What's your favorite honey?

    Clover and Orange Blossom
  10. Re: Metal dividers for mating nucs??? 2 frame or 3?

    I use standard 10 frame deeps divided into 4-way mating nucs. I use removable plywood dividers to separate the mating nucs. I also use standard deep frames. I find that using the standard deeps...
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    Re: Bee Yards, post a picture of your bee yards.

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    Beeyard in summer.
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    Re: Wintering Nucs

    [QUOTE=Michael Palmer;683243]My focus is sustainability. Using nucs to make more nucs does just that. Manage the production colonies for maximum production and allow your nuc making operation to...
  13. Re: Would you requeen if you have a good laying 'green queen'?

    My theory on re-queening is based on the productivity of the queen in question. I don't re-queen just to re-queen. To me, it doesn't matter how old the queen is, if she is laying a solid brood...
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    Re: Glenn apiraries breeder queens?

    Yes, Carnis.

    I will be getting two breeder queens from Glenn this sping, one Pure VSH and one Crani/VSH cross.
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    Re: Glenn apiraries breeder queens?

    I have daughters from Mike Palmer that are from a Glenn breeder. They have a good tempermant and are some of my most productive hives.

    I also overwintered nucs using daughters and they are...
  16. Franklin County Vermont - Beekeepers Meeting

    March 17, 2011 will be our first organizational Franklin County Beekeepers meeting.

    We will meet at the UVM Extension Office, 278 South Main St., Suite 2, St. Albans at 6:00 pm. We will have...
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    Re: How can carnolian queens have italian bees?

    If the queen is Italian, then she will only produce Italian drones because the eggs she lays for dones are not fertilized with sperm, thus the only genetics she can provide are her own, which is...
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    Re: nosema cleanup

    Hi Phil, how do you know it's nosema, did you perform spore counts?

    It sounds like your bees have dysentery, however there can be other reasons for this other than nosema. Dysentery can result...
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    Re: Hand crank or power extractor?

    If you have the extra cash and you know you'll be doing extracting for several years to come, I would make the investment and go electric.
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    Re: Overwintering Nucs

    As a bonus I have one of the great ones in MP just a few minutes away from me. It couldn't get much better..... :)
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    Re: latest summer nucs

    I guess that all depends on how big your nuc is and what types of resources you are providing your nucs when they are started. I should also state that my response is with the intention of...
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    Re: keeping nucs in the beeyard

    To help ventilate my nucs, I use a screen bottom board, upper entrance on my inner cover and a 3/4" hole drilled in the back of the nuc. This also helps with moisture when I overwinter my nucs.
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    Re: VSH Queens feed back

    I have several hives that are headed by queens that are a cross with Carni and VSH. I also have hives that are headed by regular carni queens.

    When I treat with formic acid in the fall, I notice...
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    Re: Losses reach 50%

    NY Blues, I live in northern VT, about 20miles from the Canadian border.

    I keep Carni's in all of my hives and have had very good luck. They overwinter well with large clusters and are...
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    Re: To wire or not to wire...frames that is...

    We add cross wire to all of our medium honey frames, typically 2-3 wires depending on whose frames we are using.

    For our deep frames, we only add the two middle wires, to help ensure the...
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