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  1. Re: How many nurse bees does it take to make a queen cell?

    Morse and Hooper said that a worker larva is visited 10,000 times from egg hatch to cell sealing. I can only imagine how many visits a queen larva requires.

    So, I suppose 200 nurse bees could...
  2. Re: What's the oldest a larva can be to make a quality queen?

    What I said was that I use larvae as close to the egg as I can graft, That would be about 12 hours.
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    Re: where are the young bees ?

    The young bees are on the open brood. If you place the sealed brood and the queen below an excluder, and the open brood above the excluder, the next day the young bees will be above the excluder.
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    Re: Definition of a nuc?

    I would say yes...also the risk of emergency cells being started because the queen has been isolated. I re-queen many colonies each summer using push-in cages. The new queen remains under the cage...
  5. Re: Idea to raise multiple queens in one nuc

    I'm thinking the same Ray. I've had double nucs with an excluder on top with a super above, and when one side tried to change their queen they failed because...I think...the other side had a queen.
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    Re: Pulling in Yellow Pollen

    I'm seeing Silver Maple blooming in the Champlain Valley. Pale yellow pollen and a fair nectar flow. The pollen can be seen in the comb surrounded by cells containing nectar.
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    Re: Pulling in Yellow Pollen

    Silver Maple
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    Re: Share your graft pics

    Nope, just my old 2004 grafting hut. Just traded it for a 2015 new one...same color...plan on adding wings and a stinger. :)
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    Re: Nuc Install Opinions?

    No problem
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    Re: Share your graft pics

    Yummm...Ohmmm
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    Re: well now what?

    I wouldn't be so impressed. Nucs with caged queens?? Nuc that didn't get a queen?? Nuc with rogue queen and a queen in a cage??
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    Re: Share your graft pics

    http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff61/frenchhill/DSC_4194_zps7tynxelz.jpg



    http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff61/frenchhill/DSC_4182_zpsc9h2rqzx.jpg
  13. Re: Electric Fence Ground Rods? 3 Needed?

    I use two ground rods. One at the fencer, and one at the opposite corner of the fence. I run fence wire along the ground...staple it to the ground with pieces of fence wire bent into a "U". That...
  14. Re: oldest larva they can make a queen from.

    The question should be what's the oldest a larva can be to make a quality queen. The answers are different.
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    Re: what kind of dog do you like ?

    Our old Blue Tick, and our new Maremma.



    http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff61/frenchhill/IMG_0306_zpsi17obs3c.jpg
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    Re: Solid Eggs, Spotty brood pattern

    I agree with Dean. Look at the open brood. Is it as solid pattern as the egg pattern? Then look at the sealed brood pattern. Is it as solid as the sealed brood pattern?

    Now, about diploid drones....
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    Re: 4 over 4 nuc design question

    The queens never have contact with each other. The colony below is separated from the nucs by the solid nuc bottom board. The nucs are separated from each other by the central divider. That all is...
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    Re: It seems my bees can't read...

    Always, if you use a cold un-polished comb out of storage. Try 4 days and see how it changes your success.
  19. Re: How can this possibly Beeeeee? Way to much overwintered honey and Superior Number

    Because the bees are in the top box doesn't mean they are running out of stored honey. You added sugar to a colony that had ample winter stores, they used the sugar, didn't use the honey, and now...
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    Re: It seems my bees can't read...

    There was a delay in egg laying in that comb you gave the queen. The bees had to warm the comb, and polish the cells before the queen would use it. Tomorrow morning there will be larvae.
  21. Re: Will eliminating bottom entrances end shrew problems?

    I agree. They're cleaning up dead bees. As soon as it's warm enough and the bees are active enough to fly, the shrews will be gone.
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    Re: Queen mating nuc question

    You could use a grain bag for an inner cover, with 4 feed holes cut into the bag...one over each nuc...and an empty shell on top to protect from weather and robbing. Use quart cans to feed.
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    Beekeepers Wanted in Vermont

    I have openings for one or two beekeepers. Located in the Champlain Valley of Vermont and New York. Employees will be in charge of managing 30+ non-migratory honey production apiaries. Write me a pm...
  24. Re: Video of Queen Acceptance - Ready or Not Ready?

    I'm with Ray on this. Too many bees and too tight on the cage.

    Have you considered using a push-in cage?
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    Re: ABJ Update

    I have a friend in the UK who keeps his bees on oil seed rape. Makes 200 pound canola honey crops. All rape was treated with a neonic. Then the UK banned neonics, the farmer sprayed his rape with...
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