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    Re: uncapping for 100 hives

    AstroBee, did you end up purchasing a Maxant system? Would love to hear your experience.

    Thanks!
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    Re: foundationless frames in langstroth

    I also use all mediums with zero foundation or wires. I just extracted 200 pounds of winter honey here in SF and didn't have a single blowout. Combs older than a year are solid. Even if it's not...
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    Re: Small Absconding Swarm Dies

    Not too confused. Queen was from my hive - I know it was her. The original hive didn't supercede because they absconded. No bees left in colony, they flew the coop. This all happened in a few...
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    Re: Small Absconding Swarm Dies

    No supercedure, as they absconded. It was dry comb. Maybe robbers were attracted to comb anyhow. Oh well...
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    Small Absconding Swarm Dies

    My neighbor came over and said he had a small swarm in his backyard. Sure enough it was from my hive, as I could see my marked queen. I captured the queen and placed her in a small nuc with drawn...
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    Re: Source of Late Fall Varroa Load

    Just adding 2 cents from a friend who is very close contact with Randy Oliver - actually went to him for help after losing colony after colon and has seen 1st hand issues with varroa migration.
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    Re: Varroa? Yes. But What Else is Going On?

    Thanks for the info. I had thought about the bug zapper idea, but never implemented it. I wondered if the bees would bee attracted to it, but I suppose it isn't a problem?
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    Re: Source of Late Fall Varroa Load

    I know of a beek in SF who runs lots of rooftop hives. He has had major issues with varroa infestations from collapsing hives. As you know SF, is very "sustainable/treatment free". He'd do tests...
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    Varroa? Yes. But What Else is Going On?

    Opened up this hive the other day. They had a brood break this year in the form of a swarm, probably in June sometime if I remember correctly. I pulled 2 other frames near the center of the brood...
  10. Re: Pros and Cons of leaving a supper on over winter

    Do you mean an empty super or full?
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    Re: Last graft--August queens

    Well, I am definitely pushing the limits, as I just grafted some larvae in today. I was going to be finished a 2 weeks ago, but I had a rogue queen emerge and tear down all but one cell. I was so...
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    Re: Bees Chase Away Swallows

    These were definitely workers. It was pretty cool. Neat to hear other people have seen the same. Now if they would just go after the wrens :)
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    Bees Chase Away Swallows

    I was at the yard the other day and bees were flying real well. Then I noticed a couple of swallows working the air and picking off bees here and there. And then to my surprise came along a tiny...
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    Re: buying a cappings spinner?

    It would be nice to know a ballpark number to help determine how much honey is being separated from the cappings. Will it net you 1000lb of honey and enough wax for bricks/candles to pay itself back...
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    Re: Painting

    Sorry, this is untrue. I used to be a licensed paint contractor.

    If you have a sprayer, use it. Be sure to backroll on your first coat to get all the paint into the wood. It's dry and...
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    Re: uncapping for 100 hives

    Not to hijack, but I will be buying an uncapper for either next year or the year after. Looking at comparative pictures from Mann Lake and Maxant, does anyone know if they are the same, just...
  17. Re: Can I still try grafting/raising some queens?

    "That has been my experience. A tablespoon of syrup can resolve that, though."

    Very Interesting. Thanks!
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    Michael, are you saying the queens won't want to take mating flights if there is a dearth?
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    Re: When Can I Move Grafted Queens

    Moved 7 nucleus mating colonies today. Today is day 14 from egg laying. I had one cell where it looked like a queen emerged. Cut circle opening at the bottom of the cell. All the other cells were...
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    Re: When Can I Move Grafted Queens

    Just pulled the bar real fast to see the take. Looks like 12/15, and I am dang happy with that, this being my first time grafting. Well, I tried once before, but I managed to add in a queen so...
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    Re: When Can I Move Grafted Queens

    Thanks Michael. I was sure you had done it at some point ;) I am pretty gentle with my bees, and they usually return the favor. My question was sort of 2 part in that we might be having some heat...
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    Re: "Honeydew" flow

    Some places charge a premium. The Ferry Building in SF has a local honey shop and pulls honeydew at $20-$25/lb. It's good in comb if you run foundationless. Advertise it as a great compliment on a...
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    Re: When Can I Move Grafted Queens

    She's laying just fine :) I've only been in a few times, but they've grown into 2 mediums (she started with 3-4 frames of bees/brood) and she's laying nice patterns + good temperament. Looking...
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    Re: When Can I Move Grafted Queens

    Thanks Lauri. I'm actually grafting from a breeder queen that I got from you. I want to do a graft before summer's out. I'll graft 15 and see what happens. My starter cell is looking pretty...
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    Re: When Can I Move Grafted Queens

    I meant day 12 since eggs were laid. Thanks. Anybody with firsthand knowledge?
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