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    Sticky: Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    The best time in my area is June and July because swarm season is when bees naturally want to make queens. It can be done later, but if you intend the new queen to head a new colony there is less...
  2. Re: Using excel to estimate yearly income

    Arpolis, one thing that interests me is your mechanical ability? From what I see on this forum a prerequisite skill for beekeepers, like farmers, is the ability to fix machines yourself. When one...
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    Re: Move QC's 10th or 11th day?

    Mike, do you find that the weather makes a difference, and if so do you remove them on the 9th day?
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    Re: Nuc setup arrangment

    Deepster, I watch every Michael Palmer video I can find. I recall that he said the main for the separate nuc supers is that in fall it is much easier to lift an individual super and assess how much...
  5. Re: Parmak 12 - life and maintenance of the unit?

    Thanks Okie.
  6. Re: Wintering nucs north of I 80 ?????

    I have been wintering 5/5 nucs in Wisconsin for a number of year. I establish them with a brood break following the Disselkoen method, see mdasplitter.com, and then (following Mike Palmer's...
  7. Re: The jelly in Californian packages - what is it made of?

    I am wondering if a couple of spoonfuls of this would be a good addition to a mating nuc at the time of adding the cell as it could provide the good humor syrup supplies, but with less risk of...
  8. Re: The jelly in Californian packages - what is it made of?

    acbz, do you have a recipe you can share please?
  9. Re: The jelly in Californian packages - what is it made of?

    Thanks folks, I appreciate it.
  10. The jelly in Californian packages - what is it made of?

    A fellow I know bought some packages. Instead of the usual feeder can in the wire cage in the plastic "Bee-bus" there was an inverted grey plastic cup with a waist. In the cup was a clear jelly for...
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    Re: Late Winter in My Apiary

    Nice work Mike. :thumbsup: I have a question about the pollen sub in a bucket. I usually mix, put the paper on and put them in the fridge.
    How long does your mixed sub keep in that bucket? I...
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    Re: Nucs in full or partial Sun?

    Full sun is a definite advantage in winter. If you are worried about too much sun in the summer you could construct a temporary shade and take it away when it gets cooler. I use 2"styrofoam above a...
  13. Re: Bee Bus feeder - other uses? What is the jelly made of?

    John, good thinking. There has to be better uses for them than putting them in the recycling.
  14. Bee Bus feeder - other uses? What is the jelly made of?

    I visited a beekeeper yesterday who had bought some packages. They came from Koehnen, and this year they have moved away from the wood/wire cages to "Bee-buses".
    I have a few thoughts. First it...
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    Re: nucs

    It sounds like a fair deal. However, I would be more interested if he was getting his queens locally. If he is established in your community, offers advice, and is successful he could be a good...
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    Re: Remove entrance reducer?

    You're welcome. Beesource is a good place to come to learn. I started on Beesource before I had bees and am still coming back and learning things. :thumbsup:
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    Re: Remove entrance reducer?

    I wouldn't. I wait until there is a large traffic jam of bees backed up trying to get in, and getting in the way of bees trying to get out. For example, if you look at this group of nucs that were...
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    Re: More hive stands

    The tire stands look good too. Well done. :thumbsup:
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    Re: CA $15 minimum wage

    For it to be possible to estimate how much more queens, packages, and pollination will cost one would need to know how much the bee industry worker is paid at the moment. Does anyone know how much...
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    Re: Downside of migratory tops?

    MGolden, a Beesource member, overcome the problem of not being able to squeeze hives with telescopic covers together. He pushed two hives against each side of a piece of 2" styrofoam short enough...
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    Re: Indoor wintering - set them out

    You were just looking for an excuse to play with your new truck. ;-)
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    Re: Indoor wintering - set them out

    Ian, FYI. Here, South of you in the Minneapolis St. Paul region they are bringing in pollen from the Silver Maples. I don't know how far behind us you are, but spring is coming.
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    Re: TF concepts

    Clayton, will you accept a #9? Promote broodbreaks as a positive intervention for hive health.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Earl, I didn't make one today as it would be just repeating the one i made in 2014. I will plan on making more videos as the season progresses through splitting season. I am glad you like them,...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    It was the first real day of work for me too. As usual, at the start of the season, I anticipated getting the work done faster than I did. The weather forecasters implied that it was going to feel...
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