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    If I just walked away?

    As a thought experiment.....

    If you started with 10 healthy hives and simply walked away and let nature run its course (no feeding/treatments/manipulation/care)

    How many healthy hives would you...
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    Re: Advice on tractor

    Door #2 is your best choice.

    Used implements are easy to find.

    8N parts are easy to find.

    Holds resale value

    I was in the same boat last fall and ended up with a restored Ford 2000
  3. Re: Learned a valuable lesson Saturday...notice to other newbees!

    Saturday

    Same story
    unseasonably cool drizzling
    Wife and I decide to do a quick check
    no smoke
    Roar!!!
    roll out in mass
    bee in veil
    Intense lesson in self control
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    Japanese Honeysuckle?

    My area has a boatload of Japanese Honeysuckle. I was told that honeybees can't use the nectar because it is too deep inside the flower. Is this true?
  5. Re: How do I cut a Queen cell off plastic foundation?

    I tried my idea and ended up damaging one cell. The other three i put into an incubator.


    I did an autopsy on the cell I damaged. The larva was moist but appeared dead.

    Do the larva move at...
  6. Re: How do I cut a Queen cell off plastic foundation?

    My problem is I have 4 queen cells on one side of one frame "close together" I was trying to utilize all of them.
  7. How do I cut a Queen cell off plastic foundation?

    My thought is to score around the cell with a razor blade then use the straight edge of the hive tool as a putty knife to "scrape off" the cell. I am open to suggestions?
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    Re: Can I use a Chicken Egg incubator?

    Somebody said 93F
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    Re: Most aggressive foragers?

    That is what I thought at the beginning (2 years ago). But as I study my surroundings I see mostly mature hardwood woodlots with pastures of fescue grass. Fields of wild flowers are rare.
    I look...
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    Re: Can I use a Chicken Egg incubator?

    I didn't think about that. Any simple queen cage plans?
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    Most aggressive foragers?

    I am not convinced that my rural Missouri location has an incredible amount of nectar sources.

    Which species of Honeybee has the ability to get the most out of limited nectar sources?

    If you...
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    Can I use a Chicken Egg incubator?

    Yesterday I checked a nuc that I received on 4/17/11. On the first frame I pulled out I found 5 large queen cells on one side. Could I cut out 4 of the cells and place them in an accurate egg...
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    How long shoiuld I wait?

    I found a frame in one of my hives with four uncapped queen cells with larva in them.

    I just built a 4 compartment (2 frame each) queen castle for 4 virgin queens that I ordered.

    Should I pull...
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    Re: Queen Castle Management

    Thank you for the input!

    The 4 compartment queen castle is complete. I just ordered 4 Virgin queens from Honey Run Apiary (owner very helpful)..

    Here is the plan (Please tell me if this is a...
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    Re: Queen Castle Management

    If the 2 frame {queen castle} system I described is healthy how long would it take the queen to fill a drawn frame with brood? How often could I harvest a frame of brood from each queen?
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    Queen Castle Management

    I don't want to reinvent the wheel.......

    My goal is to have a continuous supply of brood frames to supplement my hives.

    My plan is to place 4 queens (with 2 frames of brood? each) in a 4...
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    Re: Pollen capital of the U.S.?

    Hello again,

    Is there anyone in Missouri Iowa Illinois Arkansas Nebraska who uses pollen traps and could give me an idea of how they use them and what kind of success they have?
    Any input would...
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    Pollen capital of the U.S.?

    The St. Louis area is brutal when it come to airborne pollens.
    Does this translate into a good area to collect pollen in pollen traps?

    I would like to hear from some people in the Midwest who use...
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    Re: Hive notes form??

    Wow!

    Hive tracks is fantastic!

    Thanks for the lead!
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    Hive notes form??

    I don't want to reinvent the wheel.

    Trying to keep notes on 10 hives is confusing. Has anyone developed
    a hive inspection form that simplifies and helps organize hive notes???
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    At the landing board

    OK......

    I have a glass of iced tea in hand. I pull up a lawn chair to the side of a hive. If I was an astute observer.

    What are the many things I could learn about the health and well being...
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