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    Re: 2 spring packages in April

    Why would you not put them in a single ten frame deep from the beginning? What you are wanting to do is possible but I think you will need to keep a close eye on them for any swarm preparations.
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    Re: The Nuc Option

    The March 2015 issue of American Bee Journal has a really good article and set of plans on swarm traps in it. Yes swarm traps are generally larger than a nuc.
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    Re: Comb Honey

    Thanks guys that should keep me busy for a while. I have the Dadant print of Eugenne Killion but have not read any of Dolittle's info on comb honey. I have read a lot on Dolittle's queen production....
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    Comb Honey

    Got any good reading recommendations on producing honey in the comb? There is a good demand for it in my area and from what little I have done of it myself I realize it is something to master. I...
  5. Re: Looking for source of VSH package bees that ship

    I really think buying VSH queens/packages is over rated. Buy yourself a couple of southern made packages and when queen rearing is in full swing in your area requeen your hives with a couple of local...
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    Re: Treatment free claims?

    Those customers don't have no idea of what benefits their partial treatment free genetic queen has over any other queen nor will they know how much percentage of that genetic will be in the daughter...
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    Re: Treatment free claims?

    Sorry I meant to say Jay Smith in the above post.
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    Re: Treatment free claims?

    With the increase in beekeeping I also have several beekeepers in my area,none of which are breeding queens for better qualities. I also remember reading a comment made by (don't quote me but I...
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    Re: Treatment free claims?

    I was just reading a article in the bee journal about breeding TF bees using open mated queens. The article mentioned the fact that as long as your neighboring beekeepers are not doing the same that...
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    Releasing virgin queens

    I checked on a hive today that I found was replacing their failing queen,lots of queen cells and I even caught three virgins out of the hive so I decieded to use them to make splits. So I made splits...
  11. Re: Fossil Record of Honey Bees I N. America

    You got it Shinebone!!!
  12. Re: Fossil Record of Honey Bees I N. America

    14 million year old fossil, hahahahahaha!!! That's funny!!!
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    Re: Cought my first swarm today!

    That's why I told you the other day that I cut all but one queen cell out when I made my splits. You never know what them bees are going to do.Glad you caught your swarm though.
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    Re: Everything is blooming at once

    I am a bit north from all of you and the locust here are still a good 2-3 weeks from bloom.
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    Re: queen cells

    Before you go destroying queen cells you should take a look and make sure they are swarm cells and not supersedure cells. Typically swarm cells are found along the bottom or sides of the frame bars...
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    Re: What!

    What can I say, main stream media ignorance at its best.
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    Re: Drawing out mating frames

    Thanks guys for the replies,think I will set them on top of some of my production colonies when the flow kicks in. Not personally crazy about feeding syrup during a flow.
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    Drawing out mating frames

    I have been working on getting some mating frames made up (cutting deep frames in half making mini deep frames). I have split some deep hive bodies in half to accept the mini frames and also made...
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    Re: Tulip Poplar Honey

    Still get a good crop of tulip poplar in this part of VA, one of my favorites (if not the favorite) But it's not always a given every year,a few hard rains at the wrong time of the year is really...
  20. Re: Bees have ALL moved to the top sugar shim in both hives

    I think you would have been better off just leaving the empty super off the hive, from the way it sounds your bees are now clustered in the top on your sugar brick with a empty super between them and...
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    Re: SEASONS GREETINGS

    Merry Christmas!!! Give praise and glory to our Father who loves us so much that He sent His only son to pay the price in full for our sins!! We just praise and glorify Your holy name Jesus!!!
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    Re: Huge mite drop

    "According to local beeks that was low and in general "mites were not a problem around here this year". Sounds great, right"

    I myself have never experienced a year when mites were not a problem.
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    Re: The trouble with Russians

    NO!!!
  24. Re: Turnkey topbar hive for selling to my "students"

    $65 for a package? Not in these parts, if so put me on the list for a 100 of them and tell me who to make the deposit check out to.
  25. Re: Improved divided mating nuc.Better for feeding when nights are cold spring/fall

    I guess that is the benefit of those little homemade frame feeders I have seen Michael Palmer use in his mating nuc setups. But they also look time consuming to build.
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