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  1. Looking for a supplier for paraffin wax and rosin

    Anyone have any current links/contacts and prices?
  2. Re: How I plan on overwintering 40 mating nucs on mini frames

    Lots of bees in a little box... They look good... I agree, don't think they'll make it to April, unless you give them some boxes to work on.. = )
  3. Re: Russians are flying today, Italians aren't, that can't be good

    You should definitely plan for winter losses then do a little happy dance if you don't have any...

    I'm going to load up on quite a quite a few this summer/winter.
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    Re: Stimulating Groweth

    Feed pollen/syrup is the general answer.... But you need to look at your day/night time temps...

    Also, you don't want the hive to get honey/syrup bound, so you need to keep an eye on their...
  5. Re: Russians are flying today, Italians aren't, that can't be good

    Don't worry... I'm sure you will do fine... Do you have a local person that you can mentor with? There maybe some added precautions that need to happen in NH, that aren't required in the...
  6. Re: When I Re-introduce the same queen back to her original hive…

    I always cage her or put her under an introduction screen..
  7. Thread: When to sell?

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    Re: When to sell?

    I think you might be confused in thinking that there is a "right/wrong" or black/white way to do things. Both in construction and in beekeeping.. I could bring in 3 contractors and they would all...
  8. Re: Spring feeding to build up early population for queen rearing and splits

    How do you feed the ultrabee? Anything here that looks like a patty becomes a shb breeding ground. I'm still trying to figure out a "good" way to get the pollen to my bees. This year, I'm...
  9. Re: Russians are flying today, Italians aren't, that can't be good

    Part of the reason I don't claim any lineage on my bees. I have some "official" Russians that are from the breeding program, but I have no idea what drones are chasing the queens around.
  10. Re: Russians are flying today, Italians aren't, that can't be good

    My Italians have always been pigs... I need Italians for spring/summer and Russians for wintering... *grins*

    This is the main reason that I've started playing more with feral/russians/nwc...
  11. Thread: When to sell?

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    Re: When to sell?

    Perhaps there is a little bit of over thinking going on... If the person that is selling/wanting/thinking about selling queens.... The shouldn't do it until they know what they are selling and...
  12. Re: advice needed for medium sized plot for honey production

    I'm not sure what grows in your area... But... The following is what I'm looking at planting on my land...

    1 acre worth of bee bee trees with white dutch or Yellow sweet clover planted in the...
  13. Re: How long can I keep mated queens in a queen bank.

    You can use the JZBZ cages along with their shipping bars to make a queen banking frame... If that's your desire..
  14. Thread: When to sell?

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    Re: When to sell?

    Does that mean.... How do you raise them? How to you buy them? How do you know if they are well reared?
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    Re: Queen rearing season off to slow start.

    I haven't started feeding yet, but probably will this weekend. Weather can't make up it's mind yet, but I expect the switch to flip soon.... Or maybe it already did... It was almost 70 today, 19...
  16. Thread: When to sell?

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    Re: When to sell?

    Select/Buy good stock to begin with, raise under ideal conditions to produce fat jelly filled cells, flood areas with quality drones, after mating allow the queens enough time to adequately observe...
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    Re: Queen rearing season off to slow start.

    Hoping to do a full inspection on my yards this weekend, if the weather would cooperate... But so far, they look a little slow... Most are still alive, so I'm happy.. I don't personally...
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    Re: Comb honey production

    There is a thin "comb" foundation that you can use... I've never ventured into comb honey, maybe one of these days....
  19. Thread: Laying pattern

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    Re: Laying pattern

    Generally, the bees will only lay as much brood as they can handle... Either through feeding or warmth. Are all the frames in the hive covered, or are they clustered around the brood that you've...
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    Re: Setting Up Mating Nucs

    If your just doing a queen here and there.. I don't guess it matters much.

    Just keep in mind that a overloaded hive doesn't always accept the returning queen. I found that lighter stocked...
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    Re: What is your hive?

    A lot of people run double deeps, deep and a half, or a single deep. In Georgia, I would assume that you should be able to overwinter your hives in single deeps. The doubles might be overkill, but...
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    Re: Setting Up Mating Nucs

    I'm assuming that talking about using a single deep comb? If that is the case...

    More interior space. By stacking the combs the inner combs are more insulated.
    Easier to work. A single comb...
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    Re: Separate Starter and Finisher hives . . . why?

    I think it comes down to how many you want to make... I.e. I've seen examples of queen breeding operations running 1-4 starters and 4-16 finishers. Well in excess of what I feel a single hive can...
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    Re: Setting Up Mating Nucs

    What is the frame that is far away form the feeder..

    In the video you had a 4way mating nuc made up and all the 4th frame slots were already in place... The feeder was in the middle. You put...
  25. Thread: Cost of pine?

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    Re: Cost of pine?

    Keep in mind that Air Dried 4/4 lumber is only about a .25" bigger than stock wood.. If you compared the wood standard thickness, the "stock" equipment is only a little smaller...

    You just need...
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