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  1. Thread: transporting eggs

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    Re: transporting eggs

    Get a damp towel, wrap the frame completely so that high humidity is maintained. If you proceed directly to your yard the plan should work fine, provided of course that the hive is queenless and has...
  2. In general, I am not a fan of the graftless...

    In general, I am not a fan of the graftless systems (only because it is too time consuming), but by observing the various ages / sizes of larvae and consistently making use of the YOUNGEST available...
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    Pinching a queen

    I must be a man of poor taste A queen that does not stand up to my standards can do nothing but offer poor genes that will ultimately slow down or limit my selection process.
    Anyone who cant pinch...
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    I wouldn't be so bold as to give credit to the...

    I wouldn't be so bold as to give credit to the Russians for this years production. The spring flow in WNC so far has been outstanding. All races are doing very well.
  5. Thread: 9, 10 or 11 days

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    All Depends

    It all depends on YOUR schedule and how backed up you become. I agree the less you handle the young cells the better. I have been successful a number of ways. By : 1) removing newly drawn (uncapped)...
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    CS ... you have a PM.

    CS ... you have a PM.
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    3 top Pcs.

    1) Veil
    2) Marking Pens ( One for my mating nucs and another (of a different shade)
    in case I find a supercedured queen in my full size hives)
    3) Hive Tool
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    Why use either? Grafting is not difficult give it...

    Why use either? Grafting is not difficult give it a try!
    I have found the graftless systems to be expensive and cause more work in the long term. You have fill the cage, find the queen & confine...
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    When I experience a "mean" hive I not only kill...

    When I experience a "mean" hive I not only kill the queen I destroy ALL of the drone brood and put all of the bees through a shaker box (equipped w/ a queen excluder) and kill all of the drones in...
  10. Drone Mother Colonies

    Thats a good question and I am sure you will get as many answers as you do responses. The researshers always indicate extremes in the minimum & maximum mating distances. Alot of circumstances and...
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    Small Quantities

    Any one know where I could purchase about 100 of the mini cages??? I don't have a need the for the full lot of 1,250.
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    Dont wish your life away Bjorn ... those days...

    Dont wish your life away Bjorn ... those days are here!
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    Good advice Bjorn.

    Good advice Bjorn.
  14. Thread: Guest Speaker

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    Sue Cobey Joe Latshaw Mark Winston Marla...

    Sue Cobey
    Joe Latshaw
    Mark Winston
    Marla Spivak
    Diana Sammataro
  15. Thread: Queen mating

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    Brother Adam did mention his preference of carnie...

    Brother Adam did mention his preference of carnie drones over carni queens. When you are talking about the "run of the mill" Carnies ... which I have witnessed, I agree whole heartedly. The F1's...
  16. Thread: Queen mating

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    The queen has a full set of chromosomes (32 for...

    The queen has a full set of chromosomes (32 for Apis Mellifera), also referred as the diploid number. The drone only has 1/2 or 16 chromosomes (known as haploid).
    When an egg is laid the queen...
  17. Thread: Queen Marking Tube

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    Unless you have some physical reason why you cant...

    Unless you have some physical reason why you cant catch the queen with your fingers. I feel this is much more efficient and has a less chance of injury to the queen.
    Also, as someone said elsewhere,...
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    Just went through a suppliers stock .. of the 6 I...

    Just went through a suppliers stock .. of the 6 I picked up... 5 were acceptable, Quite a change in what I have seen before. Also a fine detailing paint brush will also do the job. The best tool is...
  19. Thread: Replacing queens

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    > Older queens don't tend to produce the best...

    > Older queens don't tend to produce the best daughter queens. This is tied directly to the age of the queen mother.<

    Interesting statement, & dont get me wrong I'm not arguing one way or the...
  20. Thread: weaver bees

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    Why go to Texas? Several suppliers are within...

    Why go to Texas? Several suppliers are within easy driving distance from you. P.M. me for a list of suppliers w/ bees well suited to your area. Also, I would recommend nucs instead of package bees.
  21. Thread: weaver bees

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    Why do you want to go to Texas? Several suppliers...

    Why do you want to go to Texas? Several suppliers are in your back yard. P.M. me & I'll be happy to supply supply you a list of queen breeders whose Bees/Queens are well suited to the South Eastern...
  22. Thread: Lotion and Lipbalm

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    lighten up on the % of beeswax

    lighten up on the % of beeswax
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    So how much of the AHB's resistance is attributed...

    So how much of the AHB's resistance is attributed to the smaller cells and how much is attributed to behavioral (genetic) differences??
  24. Thread: Stock Evaluation

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    First of all dont compare one yard against the...

    First of all dont compare one yard against the other. Take the best of both yards and put them inthe same yard....all environmental influences need to be negated in order to do a heritable based...
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    The New World Carnolians are simply Carnies...

    The New World Carnolians are simply Carnies gathered from all over the US and Canada and selected & bred in a closed population. This has been going on since the late 70's / early 80's as I recall....
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