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    Re: Queen Excluder

    I dont do anything about mid and/or upper entrances. It's all bog standard equipment just stacked up. Some of my colonies the boxes dont fit perfectly so the bees find a crack and use it. I've...
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    Re: Queen Excluder

    I prefer to make money from selling honey, youtube isn't my thing.

    This subject of excluders comes up regularly, and as many say, it's but one tool in the toolbox,and to maximize production you...
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    Re: Queen Excluder

    I'll 'urinate upwind' against that description.

    If you look at the graphs of my scale hive, pay particular attention to the year over year comparison.

    2014 - Colony left virtually to it's own...
  4. Thread: Extractor lid

    by grozzie2
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    Re: Extractor lid

    We had a club extractor a couple years ago where one half of the lid got lost in transit. The guy who lost it, took the other half to a local glass shop and had a perfectly good second half made of...
  5. Re: Maxant 3100-H (hand crank model)... Should I order?

    You need to reality check just a bit here. Extracting for 4 hives is a Saturday afternoon project, done twice a year. For the other 363 days, that extractor is just a shiny garage ornament. I...
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    Re: Manitoba Bee Auction

    How many were there this year, compared to last year ? I heard prices were high, and supply short last year. Wondering out loud if that brought a lot more bees than buyers for the go around this...
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    Re: Why aren't Cloake Boards more popular?

    I used a cloak board for the first time this year, and will continue to use it.

    To me, the cloak board has one advantage. I can raise my cells in a queenless start, with a queenright finish,...
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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    Do not confuse 'organic' with 'treatment free'. One is a beekeeping philosophy, and one is a record keeping philosophy.

    I looked into doing organic honey production, and yes, it is possible, and...
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    Re: This is interesting...

    The article says beekeepers manage mites by putting frames in an oven for an hour .

    I've never heard of that before. I'm questioning everything in the article .
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    Re: Electric netting fence for bears

    Used it here at the new house after we moved in the bees till the back lot was cleared and fenced the following year. Bees were behind this one from roughly Sept 1 thru till July 15. We never had a...
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    Re: Queen rearing calendar Generator

    As I posted in another thread, I too had them coming out a day early by that calendar, not all of them, just a few. But it only takes one.

    I will move them a day earlier going forward.
  12. Thread: IS This O.K.

    by grozzie2
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    Re: IS This O.K.

    It's normal for the bees to build multiple cups in the hive as they draw out comb. A cup does not become a queen cell until two things happen.

    a) Queen lays an egg in the cup, and the bees start...
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    Re: first time selling nucs question

    A nuc should be a functional colony with a laying queen and brood in all stages laid up by that queen. Grabbing arbitrary frames from multiple hives and throwing them into a box with a queen, is not...
  14. Re: 5-frame medium(s) over Cloake Board.....?

    I dont understand how you are intending to mix the 8 and 5 frame boxes in the stack, and understand less the 'why' part.

    I used a cloak board for first round of queens here, and it worked out...
  15. Re: What am I looking at? Swarm Cell, Supersedure, or Emergency Cell?

    What I see on that frame.

    a) It's a frame used for one of the early brood rounds, where only part of the frame was used, that's the part that is all shotgun pattern now.
    b) Later, the far right...
  16. Re: What am I looking at? Swarm Cell, Supersedure, or Emergency Cell?

    Looking at the photo in the original post, that cell is not an emergency cell, it's located in a spot where the queen would not normally lay an egg. With nothing in it, it's just a plain old queen...
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    Re: Becoming pollen bound during dearth

    You are only a hundred miles south of where we are. Are you sure you are in a dearth ? The flow got going here on May 7. We have thimbleberries just finishing, salmon berries in full bloom, and...
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    Re: Natural Beekeeping with Treated Bees

    I'm confused, why would you need an OAV gadget under the hive if you aren't treating your bees ?
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    Re: Natural Beekeeping with Treated Bees

    If you want to raise bees 'naturally', you first need to read the beginning of this article, it spells out the issues very eloquantly.

    http://scientificbeekeeping.com/queens-for-pennies/
  20. Re: Strange turn of events after queen rearing

    I had essentially the same thing happen last year. What I did this year, is put my cells into nucs while a flow is running. The queens are out, and should be on mating flights over the next couple...
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    Re: My first drone hive...

    5 frames of drones, no workers, at this point I would stick a fork in it, shake em out, uncap the drone brood, then stick those frames into a good colony to be cleaned up and re-used.
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    Re: Queen right cell finisher

    I used a cloak board to get queenless start, and queenright finish with the same hive. My first round went well, and I had queens emerge into nucs mid week. Going to re-run the setup with another...
  23. Re: Will a newly-introduced queen suppress development of emergency queens?

    Hang the queen cage, sooner the better. Go on your trip, forget about it, no amount of fretting from a distance will change the outcome.

    When you get back, one of 3 possibilities

    a) Queen is...
  24. Re: Will a newly-introduced queen suppress development of emergency queens?

    I have hung a queen cage with new queen 15 minutes after taking the old one. It's worked for me in the 3 times I've done it.
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    Re: What happened?

    Is your setup a wall full of unused comb ? That's the attraction to that wall. What is the attraction to your box hanging on the wall ?
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