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    Re: Introducing a New Queen

    mrqb.... i did leave the cork in. I plan to remove it in two days. I guess I will get a chance to see if any harm has come to her then.
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    Introducing a New Queen

    So I just requeened a few hives. The hives I had planned to requeen I made queenless yesterday. I ended up having one extra queen and so I quickly killed the queen in another hive and put her in it....
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    Re: Spacers for migratory covers

    I second that. I just use a pencil sized twig on one or both sides to raise the top up. If you use a bigger twig they will begin to use it as an upper entrance. You may or may not want that...
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    Re: How I Raise Queen Cells

    bfriendly,

    Thanks for the empathy. I am extracting right now and I am reminded that I hate extracting. Even more reason to focus on queens and bees and not so much on honey!
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    Re: Shark Tank - expansion

    I don't like to tell people what to do but whenever I am thinking of going into debt I just remember what the bible says (and what Dave Ramsey has permanently ingrained into my brain) and that is . ....
  6. Thread: overheated honey

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    Re: overheated honey

    How hot did it get? Are we talking like 150F or 220F? You can start losing flavor at 110F-120F but it would still be fine to feed to the bees. I have heard some commercial guys will heat their...
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    Re: How I Raise Queen Cells

    I also sold mine for $12 but I think I could get up to $20 with little resistance from customers. I could swear that the way the honey flows have been that last couple of years in my area (or maybe...
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    Re: How I Raise Queen Cells

    Joseph,

    So you have roughly 20 5 med frame nucs. How many queens can/do you produce per year with this setup? I have been thinking about doing just what you are doing next year. I raised a few...
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    Re: Survivor Drone Project

    I have two queens from '07. One of them is a tiny runty looking queen that I almost culled but every hive she has headed has done awesome! The other one I caught in a swarm last year and she was...
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    Re: Survivor Drone Project

    Hey John

    Mine started laying right away as well. I can't imagine that they would try to re-mate after they start laying. I think they will try to mate after AI in some cases but I think that is...
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    Re: Survivor Drone Project

    Hey Guys,

    I also got my queens introduced and they are laying good. Just a quick question . . . I have never used AI queens and I was wondering how long I need to keep a queen excluder in place? ...
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    Re: what to do about bee harrasment

    My bees do this as well. I can sit and read in front of the hives and they normaly don't bother me. They are even pretty nice when I work them. But when I get up and walk a few feet a way I will...
  13. Thread: Rotating Comb

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    Rotating Comb

    With all the talk lately about rotating frames to get rid of old comb that may harbor disease or be contaminated with chemicals I figure on giving it a try. I do have a few questions on the...
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    Re: Duragilt vs Wired Foundation

    Perhaps "sagged" is the wrong word. Maybe a better way to describe it would be “bowed.” No matter how hard I try to straighten the metal ends the plastic remains curved. I don’t know if it is...
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    Re: Duragilt vs Wired Foundation

    I am another vote against Duragilt. It might be ok in a shallow super for honey but in brood boxes it is a disaster. Mine has always sagged really bad and has bare spots on it that then causes the...
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    Re: "Potentiated" Pollen

    Good article as usual form you. It’s been awhile. How are your bees doing this year? Mine seem to be doing well and packing away the nectar as we speak. Have your flows started? Let me know how...
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    Re: bees packing themselves at front entrances

    Check to see if they have their butts up in the air and are fanning their wings. If so they are moving air to ventilate the hive and this is normal if they are trying to cure/dry honey. My bees are...
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    "Potentiated" Pollen

    I know this has been discussed here in the past but I couldn’t find anything when I searched - probably because I couldn’t think of the words to describe it. Anyways on the radio going to work each...
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    Re: Need help explaining behavior (w/ video)

    I don’t see any robbing behavior going on. Some bees collect and store more pollen than others. If hive B has some frames with stored pollen then they are probably collecting nectar because there...
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    Re: Going price for 8oz honey bear

    I agree on the $3.50-$4.00 range. I sold mine last year at $3.50 and wished I would have charged $4.00. Here in my area it sells fine for that price. Most people around here charge $5-7 for a...
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    "Potentiated" Pollen

    I know this has been discussed here in the past but I couldn’t find anything when I searched - probably because I couldn’t think of the words to describe it. Anyways on the radio going to work each...
  22. Thread: AFB Control

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    I burned the infected hive three days ago and man...

    I burned the infected hive three days ago and man do they burn!! I plan to treat all of my other asymptomatic hives with terramycin as soon as the honey flow is over this summer. I don’t have...
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    If you did see the queen fly in then your hive...

    If you did see the queen fly in then your hive has already swarmed and that was the new queen returning from her mating flight. New queens usually only take one mating flight so the chances of...
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    Just my two cents again but I found that string...

    Just my two cents again but I found that string was a hassle when your gloves/hands are sticky with honey. They need to invent honey repellant for gloves. :) I mostly use mediums so it is easy to...
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    I like your idea but I take it one or two steps...

    I like your idea but I take it one or two steps further to simplify. I just use rubber bands. That way all you need is an empty frame and some rubber bands. No string, nails, or preassembly...
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