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    Re: How many boxes do you winter your bees in ?

    Now see, this illustrates why it doesn't matter how many boxes or frames. What does matter, as other have said, is whats in the boxes.

    Keep the inside dry and ventilated, have a healthy queen and...
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    Re: Graft Acceptance.

    Thanks. I will do that in the future.
    It was so cool to see those eggs for the first time queen rearing!
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    Re: Graft Acceptance.

    My first attempt at rearing has been a success! My two cells that took have successfully mated.

    But how do I find the queens? I looked and looked for what seemed like forever before finally...
  4. Re: Old Beeks: Have you built up any immunity to stings?

    My wife is a first year bee keeper and I am a second year. This weekend we went to the yard to do a few things. I got stung a couple of times on my thighs through my jeans and she did too. The...
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    Re: Graft Acceptance.

    Checked my first time grafts (3 took) on Wed, day 4 after grafting. They were all capped. I didn't expect that till Day 5, Thursday. Does that mean anything?

    Virgin Queen is going to be...
  6. Re: Any videos on actual grafting? 5 attempts, 3 takes, 1 mated queen...

    I found it really easy my first time this past weekend. I simply came in from behind the larva and scoped it up. If you can't get the "Angle" with the grafting tool, tear down one side of the cell...
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    Re: My First time grafting experience

    Thanks everyone for your input. Did a quick check last night and it looks like the three with royal jelly originally are the only one that are going to make it.

    Thats fine. as I said this was a...
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    Re: Graft Acceptance.

    We are in the middle of our main flow right now.

    Edit. My finisher is over a queen right deep with a excluder between and there is a flow on
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    Re: Graft Acceptance.

    AWESOME. First time attempting this over the weekend. I had 9 of 14 cells with wax around the edge and three of those has royal jelly in them.

    Gonna do a backup this coming weekend
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    Re: Graft Acceptance.

    Clarification please Mr. Bush. Is it either/or, or both need to present?
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    Graft Acceptance.

    How can I tell if a grafted cell has been accepted when placing the frame into the finisher hive after being in the starter for 20-22 hours? Is it that there is wax around the edge of the cell or is...
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    Re: Backfilling brood nest?

    Dang it. Thanks Mr. Bush. I am not sure how I ever missed that in your teachings. I missed the first half of our flow here, so now I am looking forward to the remainder.

    I actually did do this...
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    Re: My First time grafting experience

    Wish I could show you the napkin I have mapped out. ALMOST TO "T" what you have written.

    First though, Obviously, grafting after setting up the starter cell is a must change. I was illustrating...
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    Re: My First time grafting experience

    ok the results are in. I started with 14, lost 5 Cups because they fell off leaving nine of which three had royal jelly in them. I consider this a win for A first time.
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    My First time grafting experience

    Yesterday, I was inspecting my three hives and pulling a single frame out of each brood nest to open them up because I am fearful of swarming. The hives are jam packed with bees and we are in the...
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    Re: Backfilling brood nest?

    so I went in a completely different direction. I have one hive that is very aggressive so I took all of the nurse bees from the top box and made a starter cell. I grafted 10 to 12 starter cups from...
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    Re: Backfilling brood nest?

    I'm sorry to pick this thread up again but I am REALLY REALLY confused.

    Is it unusual to have a season with absolutely no honey crop in multiple hives? Heres my situation. I have three...
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    Re: Backfilling brood nest?

    No Excluder and I am all foundation less so empty frames
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    Re: Backfilling brood nest?

    I was originally trying to determine why they were not building new comb in the supers overhead. The main flow "should be" in its beginning stages in my area. My hives are new over wintered nucs...
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    Re: Backfilling brood nest?

    understood. in the build up coming out of winter you can recognize the expansion of the broodnest upwards by observing a clear band of polished out cells just above the top of the brood. at some...
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    Re: Backfilling brood nest?

    I'm not sure if I'm seeing backfilling (Thus my question) . What I am seeing is that they are NOT build new comb despite covering local sumac trees and ground clover. If they are back filling they...
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    Backfilling brood nest?

    As the main flow gets underway, do bees first back fill empty space in the brood chamber before they start building comb in the supers above the brood next?

    I would think that makes sense. We are...
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    Re: Do bees forecast upcoming flow?

    Wow, thanks Walt for the generous detailed response. I don't understand everything you said but rest assured, I will be researching what your talking about. When I go to my hive to make an...
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    Do bees forecast upcoming flow?

    In northern Vermont, our main flow starts mid June and lasts for 4-5 weeks. Can a bee keeper tell that a flow is imminent by watching their behavior? Just did a observation of my hives today and...
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    Re: Why a cell starter and finisher?

    I did something wrong. I went to check on the progress. I opened the bottom box and put the divider on. I peaked in the top and didn't see many bee's. They were all in the bottom box with the...
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