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    Re: Mated Queen who can tell

    Referring to the question in the OP, I raise queens for sale and wait until I see capped brood to ship them.
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    Re: Worst mistake of 2014.

    I took the same advice with packages last spring and ended up cooking nine of them on an unseasonably, and unexpectedly, warm day. I'm still haunted from the vision of all those dead bees.
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    Re: Greetings from NC

    Welcome aboard and best of luck.
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    Re: How do you get outyard area?

    I have been using the "my map" feature of Hive Tracks to help pinpoint locations for outyards around my home queen mating yard. They are all between one and two miles from my home. Like Mark, when...
  5. Thread: Mating Nucs

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    Re: Mating Nucs

    I have 50 of these and find them good for getting mating nucs started in the spring when it is cool. Once they are up and running with lots of bees and brood, they can get overcrowded quickly. So,...
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    Re: mini mating nuc frames

    I use half-sized medium frames for my mating nucs. After I've stopped grafting for the season and have sold queens from the mating nucs, I put the queenless brood & bees into supers with center...
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    Re: Source of Late Fall Varroa Load

    It seems that if some hives experienced abnormally (or unexpectedly) high mite counts due to external sources--migration of mites, then a corresponding number of hives would experience lower mite...
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    Re: Walnut or Butternut for hivebodies

    [QUOTEI would stay away from the Walnut and go w/ the Butternut.QUOTE]

    Both Black Walnut and Butternut are in the same family and both contain juglone, a toxin to both plants and insects. Some...
  9. Re: Argentina made bee suit from Miller Bee Supply

    I've had one of the full suits for three years and love it. I had to replace the hood, as repeated bending/folding caused the wire screen to separate from the fabric. I can work in shorts & T-shirt...
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    Re: Black Locust!

    You could plant several acres of black locust as a cash crop. Once established, you could cut trees for firewood on a rotational basis. New saplings spring up from the stump with vigor. You would...
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    Where do the drones go?

    I've got some new Sundance bottom pollen traps I will be putting on hives soon. I see that the traps have drone escapes to let the drones out, but they can't get back in the hive. What happens to...
  12. Re: Best New World Carniolan Queen Breeders?

    I've got NWC queens. I'm booked through May 25.
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    Re: Dogs and Beehives?

    I have two small dogs that like to follow me around the farm and also to my bee yard--just once. Now when they see me putting on my veil and lighting the smoker, they find a shady place to hang out...
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    Re: Screen Type For Package Bee Cages?

    I couldn't find them listed for sale on Rossman's website. Are you sure they sell them?
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    Re: Wooden Hive Top Feeder

    When the bees are feeding heavily, they empty the feeders quickly and there is no residue. However, when they stop feeding (such as when it is too cold and I have left the feeders on) I get some...
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    Re: Wooden Hive Top Feeder

    I use silicon caulk on the joints and any knots. I never have any trouble with syrup leaking through the bottom or sides.
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    Re: Hello from NC

    Welcome aboard. I'm just north of you in Meadows of Dan, VA.
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    Re: Hello from West Virginia

    Welcome aboard! It looks like you have been having a tough winter--and it's not over yet.
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    Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2012

    I checked my hives in Stuart, Va, today (1/13) and they are bringing in lots of yellow pollen. They have been collecting it long enough to have packed into wallet sized areas of brood comb. They are...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    I checked my hives in Stuart, Va, today (1/13) and they are bringing in lots of yellow pollen. They have been collecting it long enough to have packed into wallet sized areas of brood comb. They...
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    Re: Populating 5frame double mini nucs

    The frame goes from top to bottom, I use a full one-inch board with 3/8" rabbets on each side. That leaves a 1/4 center piece that acts as a stop for the ends of the top bars. I had a couple that...
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    Re: Populating 5frame double mini nucs

    I use my strong hives and nucs to make brood to stock the mini mating nucs. I've got medium supers (5-, 8-, and 10-frame) with cross dividers that can hold the half-sized medium frames. When the...
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    Re: making up a cell builder

    I take all my nurse bees from a single strong hive and return them to the same hive the following day after I put the cells in a finisher hive.
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    Re: making up a cell builder

    Once you are done with them, where are you going to put them?
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    Re: Candy in queen cages

    I use confectioners sugar and invert sugar syrup. I got the invert sugar syrup for free from a Domino's Specialty Products website. The pint-sized bottle is enough for filling hundreds of queen...
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