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  1. Can I use queens from cells that never emerged to make swarm lures?

    I grafted recently and some of the queen cells were capped but the queens never emerged. Can I use them for swarm lures, or do they not have the proper pheromones?

    Also, does it matter how much...
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    Re: Variation in queen emergence time?

    Right on, thank you.
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    Re: Variation in queen emergence time?

    Well I have another question to add. Maybe it would get more eyes in its own thread but I'll ask it here. I forgot to include it in my update.

    One of the new virgin queens was SMALL. I mean no...
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    Re: Variation in queen emergence time?

    In case anyone is interested, two more of the queens were emerged when I checked this morning. I left the other cells in place but I am not counting on them to emerge. I prepared to graft again...
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    Re: Variation in queen emergence time?

    Thanks!
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    Re: Variation in queen emergence time?

    I'm clearly not the expert here, but I believe the goblet shaped cells are false or aborted queen cells. The peanut-shaped, vertically-oriented cells are queen cells and since they are grouped along...
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    Re: Variation in queen emergence time?

    Since this thread seems to be doing well, I'd like to ask another queen-related question or two.

    I checked one nuc on the 14th and the (emerged virgin) queen looked quite pale. I looked in on her...
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    Re: Variation in queen emergence time?

    Thanks everyone for the replies and information. I am going to leave the cells in place but cut out and utilize the emergency cells as backups. Doing that, I will still have more queens than I really...
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    Re: Variation in queen emergence time?

    Well that is a cool calendar! I guess I will give it another day just to be on the safe side.
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    Variation in queen emergence time?

    I grafted for the first time back on April 3rd. I grafted 20 larvae and 10 were accepted and fully drawn into queen cells. I put them into 10 nucs. As of today, only three have emerged. Is this...
  11. Re: Thickness of wood -- building nucs with 1/2" lumber okay?

    How did you cover them?
  12. Thickness of wood -- building nucs with 1/2" lumber okay?

    Hi all. I found the plans on this site for making 4 nucs from a single 4' x 8' sheet of plywood. I like them and they turned out great. However, I did not build these to sell. I want to raise...
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    Re: Earliest time to split?

    That makes a lot of sense but hadn't occurred to me. I think yours is the only answer I need. Thanks!
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    Earliest time to split?

    Obviously there needs to be population of drones to mate a new queen. I'm in SW MO. Does anyone in the area have an idea of when drones generally begin to show up around here? Last year I made splits...
  15. Thread: kubota tractor

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    Re: kubota tractor

    Congratulations, they are nice tractors. You should post pictures of it in action ;-)
  16. Thread: kubota tractor

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    Re: kubota tractor

    That is incredibly cheap if it includes the backhoe.
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    Re: kubota tractor

    I believe that the 1131 lbs does not include the weight of the bucket or forks, either.
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    Re: kubota tractor

    I'm not sure if the new emissions regulations are jacking up prices that much -- and I see that you are in Canada -- but last year I bought an L3540 HST with LA724 loader, loaded R4 tires, quick...
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    Re: Ate bee poop thinking it was pollen

    I knew I would get some great responses, and this one made me laugh out loud! :)
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    Ate bee poop thinking it was pollen

    Has anyone done this? I tried to trick my girlfriend into doing it today, but she didn't go for it. Now I'm curious about what it would taste like, but don't really want to try it. I have about 15...
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    Re: Mann Lake cardboard nuc boxes

    I looked at the dcoates plan for making nucs, and I am going to do that instead! Thank you for mentioning it, neighbor (I am from MO as well -- Joplin area).
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    Re: Mann Lake cardboard nuc boxes

    Sounds like they would work well for what I need. Thanks, everyone!
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    Mann Lake cardboard nuc boxes

    Does anyone have any experience with these? Someone told me that regular frames don't fit in them. I want to use some next spring for making nucs (some members of my family want to get into bees),...
  24. Re: Better to buy a suit or commit to getting stung more often?

    If I had bees like some of you guys I would have a suit already! Last year I started with two packages and I had no gloves, no veil, not even a smoker. The only sting I had was once when I stepped on...
  25. Re: Better to buy a suit or commit to getting stung more often?

    Thanks everyone for your feedback. I believe I will buy a suit. It seems like the better long-term solution. It will pay for itself if it keeps me from missing work. I think I'll go with Mann Lake...
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