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    Re: How long can you confine a virgin queen?

    8 days from emergence is no problem. The earliest a mating flight takes place is 5 or 6 days from emergence anyway.
    I have accidentally locked in queens in mating nucs for a couple of weeks and they...
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    Re: Queen Cells? Just how fragile are they?

    I think the wing problems seen sometimes are caused by chilling rather than bumping.
    24 hours from emergence the queen is pretty much fully formed so dropping a cell usually does no harm.
    Not...
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    Re: Solid Eggs, Spotty brood pattern

    Is there any chalk brood? I can't see too clearly from the pics but there might be a chalk brood mummy or two visible in a couple of the cells. These get cleared out by the workers leaving the spotty...
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    Re: First time at grafting

    You need to graft a small 12-24 hour old larva. The bees will usually clear out eggs from the cell cups.
    The larva you graft should be about the size of an egg.
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    Re: Heard Queen Piping for first time

    I got a good recording last summer of two virgin queens piping to each other in my incubator. They were individually caged.

    http://www.native-queen-bees.com/virgin-queens-piping/
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    Re: It's never enough

    That was an interesting review paper Bernhard.
    The evidence which is emerging is that the neonicotinoid threat is perhaps not as great to honey bees as some would suggest but may well be greater to...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDYJkXktIg4
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    Re: Is this a dead queen?

    Does not look like a queen to me.
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    Re: Is this a dead queen?

    Hard to tell from that photo. It might just be a bloated worker that drowned in a feeder.
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    Re: Swarm with dead Queen

    A swarm can have several virgin queens in it so maybe you are ok
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    I always find it difficult to have a discussion with someone with no sense of humour.
    Some of the off the wall banter can be the most enjoyable part of a bee forum.
    These discussions generally...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    That's why I said neonics is more of a sideshow in comparison. I didn't say they were benign.
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    more of those pesky facts!
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    Exactly. That's the big issue. Neonics is more of a sideshow in comparison.
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    Re: Mating Flight Delay

    Two or 3 weeks is no problem. Over three weeks they can still mate but the clock is ticking and some will end up drone layers at this point.
    Queens start to take orientation flights about 4 or 5...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    Yes, I was thinking of the Overview report on bee health and the use of neonicotinoids in Australia published by the Australian Government Veterinary medicines authority in Feb 2014.
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  17. Re: Whats your average date for the start of queenrearing

    End April in a very good year but usually early to mid May.
    Re the drones, you need to do the math.
    Drones take 24 days to emerge and another 2 weeks to become sexually mature.
    Grafted queens...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    Keep on trusting wiki then and I will keep on reading the peer reviewed research, something absent from any of the opinion piece quotes above.
    There is no CCD in Europe, never has been, and I...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    >Europe uses neonics and has never had cases of CCD
    Not according to wiki. Do you have anything that supports what your saying?

    I can't prove a negative! I can't prove there are no leprechauns in...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    Someone mention leprechauns?


    https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153077791972200&pnref=story
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    It's in the very quote you highlighted.

    Excessive planter dust in part due to poor binding agent on the seeds and also poor design of the seed planter which expels dust directly into the air.
    The...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    Flowerplanter.
    Europe uses neonics and has never had cases of CCD
    Australia has neonics but no varroa and has some of the healthiest bees on the planet.
    The Lu paper which attempted to link CCD to...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    Watch out for those roundup ready Santas.
    They have developed resistance to disbelief and are hard to get rid of.
  24. Re: How long before inserting your queen cell do you make up your mating nuc?

    I put the cells in right away. Bees know they are queenless in about 10 minutes after separating them from a queen.
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    LOL D Coates. I always wondered where those carrots went. Maybe Bayer stole them.
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