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    Re: Mann Lake 5-frame nucs

    Earl, instead of whining - give wine to the wife! Then the good lady may let you build boxes anywhere. :)...
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    Re: Mann Lake 5-frame nucs

    Ddawg, I think the problem is that there is no industry standard for the width of a 5 frame nuc. Mann Lake's is 9 5/8", Miller Bee Supply's is 9 1/4", using 3/4 lumber it looks like the one here...
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    Re: This may be crazy but....

    Mike, don't let the "crazy comb" distract you. I posted the photos for interest, the comb was an unusual side-effect that I thought was interesting. As I remember Roland telling me the jury was out...
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    Re: This may be crazy but....

    Hey, Risky. I don't know, but in Wisconsin in winter noone is inspecting hives. The colonies were not left like that for long. Shortly after the photos were taken the extra comb was cut off and...
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    I have resurrected the specific post I was thinking of over in the "Forum"
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?265492-This-may-be-crazy-but
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    Re: This may be crazy but....

    Ressurected for Eduardo. When I refer to packages note that these were in the spring of 2011. I haven't bought packages since.
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    Eduardo, I did write up Roland's method somewhere once I will see if I can find it later. I'll PM you the link when I do, if I feel ambitious I might write up the whole integrated scheme.
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    In getting back to the focus of the thread. If you have the space, and the time, try raising a few queens by whichever method interests you most. Raising queens is fun. Opening a nuc then seeing...
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    squarepeg, in reading Mel's writings his goal is that nurse bees have access to appropriate aged larva, as soon as they can. I see notched larva as insurance. I notch cells on 6 frames if I can...
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    So, perhaps a germane question would be at what level does the lack of development of spermatheca/ovariole development impact a queen such that her productivity is impeded enough such as to not allow...
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    The circumstances that bees find themselves in here in the north if OTS queens are timed correctly:

    There are plenty of larva to choose to make queens from including some that are made accessible...
  12. Re: study: Life span of worker honeybees reared in colonies kept on small-cell combs

    There are some topics on Beesource that always elicit strong feelings. Sometimes, the arguments that transpire bring out facts and experiences that are interesting. Small cell is one of them.
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    Clay, thanks. That is interesting reading.
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    SpecialKayme, thanks for your response. I think the confusion is in the terminology. I think there would have been less confusion had he labelled the sheet you refer to in post #38 2....
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    Re: Wintering Nucs - Redux

    I too, would like to see Harry's recipe list if he has the time to share it.
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    WBVC, I use Mann Lake PFs and don't try to cut off the cells any more, as I haven't had any success doing so.
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    SpecialKayme, I appreciate the discourse. I believe that it has been a progression. The earlier IMN method was a version of the "Case-Hopkins" method.
    As I understand the progression: He had the...
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    Specialkayme, with respect. I believe that you are mistaken in your thinking that you have to kill the rest of the larva with flour. That is not done. The bees finish the cells they want as...
  19. Re: Cluster is at the top of the hive (TN) Winter post

    I do not worry about it here in the North. Heat rises, and it makes sense from an energy conservation standpoint, to be up there in the warmth. They use very little honey if they are broodless, and...
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    Specialkayme, my experience has been that the bees will pick some of the OTS induced larva and ignore some of the others. If I find that the queen cells look small I scratch them and use bigger...
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    Re: Mann Lake New Website!

    The nuc box picture indicates that it is still 9 5/8 square on the end. The cleats could have been improved by making them "OD Frank" style which makes them easier to grip - OD Frank (BTW when I say...
  22. Re: Eating beeswax - There are benefits

    My teeth always feel cleaner afterwards. The tackiness of the wax must pull off some junk.
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    Re: Mann Lake 5-frame nucs

    I use rabbets. They work as well as fingers in nucs. There are less cuts in a rabbet jointed box as the sides are just two plain boards cut to 19 1/8".
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    Re: Painting hives with Tite bond III

    I remembered Ben, who was a frequent poster on Beesource, started a similar thread.
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?291335-TiteBond-2-or-dilution-thereof-for-paint-preservative
    He...
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    Re: Treatment free strategy

    Harley, you are right. One of the difficulties when starting is sorting out what advice will work, a regional filter is a good way to start.
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