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  1. Advice needed about sideliner extraction room

    I have been selling nucs for a few years now, but would like to expand selling honey in the years to come. I will start construction on a detached garage next month, and want to include an...
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    Re: Still slow on drawing comb

    I am not sure about the flow where you live, however I know bees will stop drawing new comb when the flow slows or ends. The flow here is almost over, so no new comb is being drawn. If you want...
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    Re: Cell starter/cell finisher

    Yes. On day eleven, I take the cells and put them in mating nucs. This is the 4th time, so I am not sure how much longer they can keep producing quality cells. I do make sure I am putting emerging...
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    Re: Cell starter/cell finisher

    Sure. It is an eight frame box, with a frame feeder in the box, taking up space of two frames. Hanging on the feeder, and inside of of it, I have Mann Lake Ultra Bee Patties. I know it is a weird...
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    Re: Cell starter/cell finisher

    Not sure kilo. Maybe more bees in the combo starter/finisher from the added emerging brood? I have tried to make them really strong. Maybe I am getting better at grafting? Whatever it is, I am...
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    Cell starter/cell finisher

    I have switched to a combo cell starter and cell finisher this season. I have been pleased with the results. I add a frame of capped brood every four or five days. They have made some really nice...
  7. The future of varroa control? Changing Varroa DNA?

    Scientists now believe they can genetically modify mosquitoes to breed themselves to extinction. The quote below was taken from a website, there is also an article about it in the Smithsonian...
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    Re: Grafting with reading glasses +3

    :lpf:
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    Re: Grafting with reading glasses +3

    Thanks guys! I got my wife's reading glasses the last time I grafted, and what a difference a little magnification makes!
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    Re: How late in the day can I install a Nuc

    No it will not hurt a thing. Install them as soon as possible.
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    Re: My son and I working hives together..

    Not to get to mushy, but enjoy these times, and don't take them for granted. Last season, my 16 year old son, suddenly announced that he hated working bees, (after working them for the past five...
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    Do sunflowers produce much nectar?

    I had a guy approach me about putting bees on his hunting property. He has 15 acres of sunflowers planted, and wants bees to pollinate them. He plans on bush hogging the sunflowers once they...
  13. Poll: Re: Splitting new Nucs for overwintering - No Feeding.

    I don't know about your flows, but would be a fail down here.
  14. Re: Expectations of five frame nucleus hive purchase?

    Not advertising here, but just saying want I sell, going along with the post. All nucs I sell are overwintered, and sold in early Spring, hence the $175 price tag. All nucs this spring had four...
  15. Re: Bee Informed Partnership Reports 44% Colonies Lost In Past Year

    If you dig deeper into the study, the 44 percent is for hobbyist. The number is lower for sideliners, and even lower still for commercial guys.
  16. Most folks really don't care where their queens come from

    Since I have got into the sideline business of selling queens these past few years, I have noticed that most people who keep bees as a hobby, don't care about their queens. What I mean is, as long as...
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    Re: Beekeeper made the news..., in a good way!

    Great job! Not sure if I ever thanked you for your nuc plan, but thanks for that too! You seem like a really good guy.
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    Re: Pollen and Nectar question

    I 'll give an opinion on 3 and 4.

    The queen will lay eggs as soon as space (comb) is built for her to lay them in. They need a lot of resources for comb building. Which answers number 4. I...
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    Diluted honey to prime cell cups?

    Anyone hear of, or use diluted honey to prime their cell cups before grafting? I read that it helps float the larva off the grafting tool. Any thoughts?
  20. Re: Need advice to help fellow beekeeper in ICU - queens shipped w/o attendants

    I prayed for your friend.
    How many hives does he have? If he ordered 20 queens, then I am assuming he has several. Do you have access to his equipment? Boxes or nuc boxes maybe? I would make some...
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    Re: Cell Builder question

    Why not just leave one or two cells with the starter, and start a new colony? Also if you are just going to graft one time, you can use the cell starter as the cell finisher too.
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    Re: Unintentional experiment with mating nuc size

    They were 9 1/8 deep frames.
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    Unintentional experiment with mating nuc size

    I think this got discussed last year here, but something interesting happened with my percentage of returned queens. With reasons I won't go into (to long) but anyway I set up 50 mating nucs, about...
  24. Re: Looking for advice on a new jacket/hood combo.

    I wear the jacket with a zipped hood, and long pants. I think a full suit would be much to hot. The only problem I have is the occasional bee that will crawl up my pant leg. Which I could stop...
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    Re: Switching to Foundationless

    Why the rush? Over the course of the next five years or so, slowly rotate the really black brood frames that have foundation. Put some type of mark on the frame to identify it as a foundation...
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