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  1. Re: Evaluating Queens - How long before you know?

    Well, breeder queens are supposed to have been selected by some process, so why wouldn't you be raising daughters immediately? But to keep that line going, those daughters should be evaluated over...
  2. Re: Evaluating Queens - How long before you know?

    I wonder. Have no proof that selecting 3 year old breeders will result in more queens that perform well for 3 years. Surely following queens for more years will result in more intelligent selection. ...
  3. Re: Evaluating Queens - How long before you know?

    JSL is correct in that the longer you can observe a queen's performance the better. H4A is correct too. How many years can a queen last before she is superseded. Surely longevity must enter the...
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    Perfect? So, there were no bee diseases in the foundationless era? What about Black Brood...aka...American Foulbrood Disease?
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    I agree
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    Re: Quebec Queens

    10 years ago I bought queens from Jean Pierre Chapleau, north of Sherbrooke, Quebec. He also had a government grant to raise quality queens that were tolerant of varroa. Some were dark and some were...
  7. Re: Best way to use a double screen board to overwinter nuc on another hive

    Ya got that right....
  8. Re: Replace the queen of quick and simple way : is it true?

    I don't think this would have a negative influence on honey production.

    I suppose it could help with swarming. Swarming is one way that colonies re-queen themselves. We're told that maintaining...
  9. Re: Replace the queen of quick and simple way : is it true?

    More important than the temperature is the flow. Is there one? If you place queen cells without a flow on, the results will be poor. So, do it when the weather is good and the bees are filling the...
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    Re: Varroa Attractant

    A few years ago there was a varroa trap being worked on. The attractant was methyl palmatate. Worked to some degree in the lab, but not well enough for field use.
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    Re: Antique Beehive Plans

    Yep, that's the one. Thanks.
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    Antique Beehive Plans

    Years ago I found a web site where antique beehives plans were listed. Many of the old styles like Heddon, Bingham, Danzenbaker, and Langstroth were listed with construction plans. I've lost the web...
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    Re: pink insulation under inner cover

    The pink insulation goes on the inner cover.

    http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff61/frenchhill/DSC_0625_zps8816efc5.jpg

    Tarpaper wrap...78" long folded back on itself so wrap isn't taller...
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    Re: pink insulation under inner cover

    How are you wrapping?
  15. Re: "Sustainability" in the small apiary

    Sustainable doesn't mean self sufficient. Raise nucleus colonies to be used in your apiary, but buy the queens from local producers. There are a number of good queen producers in Ohio and West...
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    Re: Small Cell Benefits

    Ahh, I knew there must be something I wasn't considering. Thanks, I hadn't thought of that Pete.

    How many small cells could a queen fill up, if a queen could fill small cells....
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    Re: Small Cell Benefits

    What Dan is asking is not how many more pupae there are on a SC comb. If the queen has a maximum number of eggs she can lay in one day, and a SC comb has more cells, does that mean that with the...
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    Re: Tracheal Mites Must Be Extinct......

    Just saying...small cell had nothing to do with it.
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    Re: Tracheal Mites Must Be Extinct......

    I don't run small cell, I don't treat for Tracheal mites, and quickly developed bees that are able to tolerate that mite quite well.
  20. Re: intercontinental winter losses and correlation

    From my botany days..."Xylem up, phloem down".
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    Re: Tracheal Mites Must Be Extinct......

    Hard to say as 80,000 colonies go to Maine for blueberries.
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    Re: The craze over 5- frame nucs

    I couldn't agree with you more. You use what's available and what works for you. It's not about the box, and the configuration. It's about you raising stocks from your own apiary in a way that...
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    Re: Mike Palmer Nuc

    Actually, old brood comb has been shown to carry increased pathogen levels and elevated levels of contaminates. I'm not arguing that. I'm just saying Mr. Boris is wrong about some of his dogma such...
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    Re: Tracheal Mites Must Be Extinct......

    Formic is.
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    Re: Tracheal Mites Must Be Extinct......

    I rarely see anything I could call tracheal mite damage. Often I can find K winged bees in a colony, but nothing comes of it. I do know that Jadczak in Maine finds acarine to be a problem for some...
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