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  1. Re: All Mediums: Was Brother Adam wrong?

    But if you have a deep for brood on the bottom, and all mediums above, why would you be lifting heavy deeps of honey over and over again?
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    Re: Grafting tips?

    Use the Chinese grafting tool, and graft the youngest larvae you can find with jelly under them. No need to prime.
  3. Re: Question re alternative entrance position for M. Palmer-style double nuc boxes

    Why not try? It's still July.
  4. Re: Pick your poison: (1) frostbite; or (2) heatstroke.

    You could try. :)
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    Re: What's your view on swarms?

    You need to think like a bee to be a successful beekeeper. Bees make better beekeepers than beekeepers make bees. Start thinking more like a bee than a beekeeper.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Well that's good. Glad your 3 new queens are laying and hopefully they'll all prove to be breeding stock. :)
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    Re: Aggressive Queen

    Good chance they will. Why don't you buy a queen from a reputable breeder?
  8. Re: Too late to start new nucs to overwinter in VT?

    Probably it would be successful if you do it right away. I would make the nucs pretty strong...say three frames of brood, one honey, and enough bees to cover all. You might be able to build them up...
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    Re: The Hive and the Honeybee book

    Try abebooks.com and sort by price.
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    Re: How strong is the queen pheremone?

    Once I was standing next to a strong two story nuc, when the bees began boiling out the entrance. As they tumbled to the ground, I was able to snag the yellow dot queen. The bees continued to leave...
  11. Re: What is the true cost of foundationless?

    I agree OT. Once I was adding foundation to strong 4 frame nucs. The time was 10am. Pull two combs from the nuc and add a frame of foundation at position 1 and 4. At 4pm, I took the Maine bee...
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    Re: what is it?

    And a third
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    Re: Goldenrod?

    We always have early varieties blooming in mid-July. Saw it blooming on June 28 a few years ago. The early varieties don't yield much nectar. The real flow here starts about August 10.
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    Re: Double nuc, what am I missing?

    Well, I was thinking that if I placed the feed frame at the sidewall, it would just sit there, but if in the center they would move it about and re-use the comb for brood. It does work that way but...
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    Re: Double nuc, what am I missing?

    Whoa, that was a long time ago. :) My first packages cost $10.50.
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    Re: Double nuc, what am I missing?

    The whole quote is, "Use what you have or what you have access to".

    I started using divided boxes with a division board feeder. I found folks feeling they couldn't make up nuclei for wintering...
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    Re: Young larva too young?

    Right, I let the cell builder remain queenless until the cells are sealed 5 days after graft. I want all the nurse bees feeding my cells, not dividing the duties between feeding my cells and feeding...
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    Re: What to do after harvest

    I don't know California, but over here....If the hive is light, let them have the fall flow for winter feed, and if it's heavy put on a super.
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    Re: Mini Mating Nuc Question

    Depends on the flow. Feeding mini-nucs when there is a flow on can result in absconding and loss of your queens, because there's no where for the new queen to lay.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Special day yesterday. Grafted into the last 4 cell builders of the year. Long busy season and I'm glad it's done. Hooray. Total for the season was an average of 45 cells from 52 cell building...
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    Re: Young larva too young?

    IMO, younger is better. While caste is determined by day 3, quality comes from larvae as close as possible, in age, to the egg. Caste determination isn't controlled by a switch that turns on or off.
  22. Re: Knocked over one of my splits with uncapped queen cell.

    I had cell builders tip over once. I was driving back to the cell building yard when I could see a cloud of bees flying across the road as I arrived at the yard. It wasn't a swarm. Someone had...
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    Re: Died at birth, DWV... bummer

    Were there workers emerging with DWV? Could her wings have been chewed by the bees and not a case of DWV?
  24. Re: Old Beeks: Have you built up any immunity to stings?

    It's been a long time since I started, and I know I swelled up early on. But I haven't done so in many years and I get stung many times every day. Maybe what happens to my help can help answer your...
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    Re: When walk away splits fail

    Next year, forget the walk away business, and buy some queens. Lesson learned.
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