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  1. Three mornings earlier in the week got down to...

    Three mornings earlier in the week got down to freezing. I had frost in my yard up until about 11am. Gratefully, I didn't have any snow. We had a late freeze last year which froze and killed all the...
  2. Thread: Small Cell

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    The bigger bees which carry heavier loads wear...

    The bigger bees which carry heavier loads wear out quicker and die sooner than the smaller bees. There are also more bees and brood in a small cell colony.:) If anything it seems that they could...
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    You need to find an older beekeeper to buddy up...

    You need to find an older beekeeper to buddy up with. I've never used the vacuum, just seems wrong and I think it would make the bees want to leave. Next time you cut a branch, try placing a white...
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    Unless they are in a good flow or you are feeding...

    Unless they are in a good flow or you are feeding them so they can make their comb you need to fix the comb. They will not reuse the upsidedown comb.

    It's a little blurry, but here is a nice piece...
  5. Catching swarms, making nucs, expanding

    Friday I was splitting a colony which was in three deeps. As I was locating the lo and behold a swarm began to emerge. I continues my work on the split and allowed the swarm to cluster on a nearby...
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    Sometimes I cut a hole in the center of brood...

    Sometimes I cut a hole in the center of brood comb big enough for the cell to fit into. It's best to do this near some brood so the bees will cluster on the cell and keep it warm The bees will build...
  7. Thread: 1rst Round

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    What was you thinking? You was thinking that you...

    What was you thinking? You was thinking that you would pick bits and pieces of the thread to use to discredit me instead of reading everything and following the progress. Obviously you did not read...
  8. Thread: 1rst Round

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    You need to read the entire thread instead of...

    You need to read the entire thread instead of picking bits and pieces. :) That (using honey as primer) didn't work at all though I was told by some that it would. The second time I grafted I primed...
  9. Thread: 1rst Round

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    >Compare the pictures of your grafted queen cells...

    >Compare the pictures of your grafted queen cells to the "monster" swarm cells the bee's raised in your other post.

    FYI, the four cells I took out of that colony were the biggest out of about 30....
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    What will happen in the south is that some kid...

    What will happen in the south is that some kid will get stung and die and ordinances will be passed to outlaw beekeeping. I really don't think the spread of AHB is something that should be encouraged...
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    For research, not for commercial use. I remember...

    For research, not for commercial use. I remember as kid hearing about the "killer bees". There was no hype in the US before 1990 because they were not in the US then. That's why it wasn't a big deal...
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    You could have bought some nucs for less than you...

    You could have bought some nucs for less than you paid for those packages.
    There are some places where you could by two packages for what you paid for one of theirs for. There has been good reports...
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    If there was no larvae or eggs chances are almost...

    If there was no larvae or eggs chances are almost 100% the uncapped swarm cells have no larvae either. It sounds like the colony was on its way to "swarming itself to death". I examined a colony...
  14. Thread: 1rst Round

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    I hope my last three posts helps to ease your...

    I hope my last three posts helps to ease your mind.
  15. Thread: 1rst Round

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    Since I knew last fall that I wanted to raise...

    Since I knew last fall that I wanted to raise some queens this year, I took it upon myself to submit samples of bees from my colonies.

    Registering Your Apiary and Submitting Samples for Testing
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  16. Thread: My Mentor

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    >Do you know what his management scheme is? Do...

    >Do you know what his management scheme is? Do you know if any chemicals are put in the hive?

    He quit using chemicals before me. He says he don't like the old comb because it attracts more mites....
  17. Thread: 1rst Round

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    Here's a post about the hive from which the...

    Here's a post about the hive from which the queens were grafted. I posted this last October 1rst.

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=213790

    There's three beekeepers who think it...
  18. Thread: 1rst Round

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    I have some nice overwintered nucs from this...

    I have some nice overwintered nucs from this queen. I started some queens last year. I didn't graft them, they were produced by making a nuc and allowing them to rear a queen themselves. I have lost...
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    There other things you can give your bees to help...

    There other things you can give your bees to help them out as well.

    Recipes for Beekeepers
  20. Thread: My Mentor

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    My Mentor

    I went and visited my mentor, Fred, yesterday. This time of the year he goes into "bee mode." So off course I found him in his shop scraping some frames. The wax he was cutting out was in good shape...
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    Here's a few pics. Queen cell, almost capped. ...

    Here's a few pics.

    Queen cell, almost capped.

    http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u76/ccohenour1/april%20pics/100_0355.jpg

    As I went through the hive finding the cells I split the hive down...
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    Thanks for the suggestion, Iddee. I went out...

    Thanks for the suggestion, Iddee. I went out there yesterday and took four monster queen cells out of the hive. The hive was still busting at the seams after throwing off the primary swarm so I split...
  23. Thread: 1rst Round

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    Mike Singleton (BEESURV...

    Mike Singleton (BEESURV) of Cold Mountain Queens stopped by yesterday. We grafted 33 more queens. He had some of those Chinese grafting tools. I really liked they way they work so I ordered 10. I can...
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    I just got off of the phone with the fella, he...

    I just got off of the phone with the fella, he didn't make it back in time to catch the swarm so I won't be able to do any grafting from her. However, he was agreeable when I offered to come over and...
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    Excellent thinking, Iddee. I think I'll make a...

    Excellent thinking, Iddee. I think I'll make a trip later today. :)
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