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    Re: ANOTHER INVENTION FOR BEEKEEPERS

    Funny: "sounds like someone is just speculating out loud".

    Since the mite is in with the larva, what happens there?
    I've daydreamed all kinds of things myself driving to and from work, in the...
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    Re: bee vac tube clog

    It happens. When cutting the comb, even up near the connection point, you invariably have honey dripping, or bees cross through it and get all covered, then they make the hose sticky. I had a guy...
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    Re: Installed package. Pain ensued! Help

    Funny thread. Beekeepers are just like bees. Some are gentle and docile, and some sting you for no good reason. Some of these guys are just ornry, or don't realize that they sound that way.
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  4. Re: How many nurse bees does it take to make a queen cell?

    Thanks guys. I guess there's not really been any scientific research on it. The 200 nurse bees sounds legitimate. In the end, I'm still of the opinion that raising queens deliberately and...
  5. Re: How many nurse bees does it take to make a queen cell?

    In the example above, I was making the assumption of 20 emergency cells per hive. That number varies quite a bit. It was only for illustration purposes. I also think it a little bit risky to try...
  6. Re: How many nurse bees does it take to make a queen cell?

    I asked because I was trying to determine the optimum way of raising queens. Say someone had only 5 hives. If they used the walk away split method, the bees in 5 of those splits could possibly make...
  7. Re: Heavy dead-out not being robbed, doesn't look CCDish. What gives?

    any larva or developing eggs? Sometimes the queen will start laying early, maybe a good warm day, or because she can't stand it - who knows. Anyway, the bees will try to keep that brood warm, but...
  8. How many nurse bees does it take to make a queen cell?

    I was giving a lecture on queen rearing, (and using a bunch of slides I stole from Michael Bush, but I did give him credit) Anyway, I realized I was covering an important point, but had no data. How...
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    Re: Queens in the grass

    any problems when raising those queens? Did you move them during a sensitive development phase? Were there too many queen cells to raise properly? How about temp changes during development. All...
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    Re: Hot hive solution

    That's a great approach.

    Here's another thay may not impact your honey production, and also prevent 5 bad hives: You can also pen her up (make up a 5 sided screen box, and press it into the wax....
  11. How long can I keep the board in my Cloak Board?

    Made 6 Cloak Boards and did some grafting. Used Nicot for several years, but didn't feel like I was a "real pro" until I had grafted. First time in 15 years of beekeeping. First hive took 4 out...
  12. Thread: First cut out?

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    Re: First cut out?

    Don't worry about it. There's a lot of talk about chilled brood and outside temps. I worried about it myself. I've done dozens of cutouts by now in all kinds of temps. I'd rather do 50-60...
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    Re: Flow Hive- this look interesting

    ha, you got me. Stream of conscious.

    Let's try again: Neat idea, media over hyped, probably not sustainable once we see it in real world situations year over year. (like, what happens if a...
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    Re: Flow Hive- this look interesting

    Just want to add my 2 cents. I’m looking at it more from a pragmatic view. Just to show where I’m coming from: 15 years beekeeping experience, averaging about 10 hives at any one time, all natural,...
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    Anything like too many nucs?

    I fed my bees early this spring with sugar boards. We had a terrible nectar season last year, then a long cold winter. Well, then we had a bunch of trees all started blooming at once. The bees...
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    Foundationless mess?

    I picked up a package of regressed bees recently. I have Langstroth, All Medium, top Bars, and started this hive in a Langstroth box with frames that had a triangle tacked to the top. They seem to...
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    OB hive - larva seen through the glass

    I built this hive over a decade ago. For the first time, they've actually allowed larva to grow against the glass. The attached is the best pic, but there are some other cells that just show the...
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    Re: SINGLE-WIDE vs. DOUBLE-WIDE ObH

    I've built a very successful OB hive, 3 mediums, 3 deeps, and can keep it running year round. I'm wondering about double wide as in end to end vs side to side. I think I've seen some like that. ...
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    Dead larva? What happened? Pics attached

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    Okay, figured that'd get someone's attention.

    Here's the scenario. 2 hives out in the sun. Booming strong hives. It's been in the mid-70's here for the last couple weeks. Well, last...
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    Re: Where can I have honey sticks made?

    This has got to be one of the weirdest things related to beekeeping. It looks so simple, just fill a plastic tube with honey, heat seal the ends. I've looked and looked myself, even perusing the...
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    Re: Trapping in an urban setting

    Actually, I called the local parks in my area and they were fine with it as long as I put them above head height and let them know where I put them. In a way, it helps them not to have bees take up...
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    Re: Cut out from behind plaster walls

    At least you're picking the right time of year. The hive should be the smallest right now. The way I do it is to drill a couple holes to figure out where the studs are, then snap vertical lines...
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    Re: Placing nucs next to mother colony

    I like making the nuc, then putting the nuc where the original hive was. There will be plenty of workers bringing in resources to the new nuc, sometimes to the point of overflowing. However, since...
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    Comb in my sugar board?

    Made some great sugar boards (kind of like sugar cake pressed in) Worked great, added a pollen patty.

    Opened it today. 75% gone, but they were building honeycomb in the sugar board frame,...
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    Re: RFID tags for theft deterrence

    Walmart is a business that looks at the bottom line. If you get a bureaucracy like the federal gov, or especially the California gov, they can take a cheap idea and drive up the cost by 1000x.
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