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    Re: Small Virgin Queen

    thanks guys! we'll see how she does.

    I don't think my grafts made it thru the cold weather. They had copius amounts of jelly during the first few days. Then a cold snap hit when the cells were...
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    Re: Stinking Hives!

    i don't see the gals working them in my part. On a side note I dislike those darn pear trees, smell like death and the berries become a huge mess when starlings move in on them to feed. Very...
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    Small Virgin Queen

    Hi Everyone,

    Swarm cells I moved into nucs started to hatch today, looks like some of the cells were ended. 2 queens are very nice super happy, hope they mate well. However in one nuc the queen...
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    Re: What to plant?

    Like michael said, What you plant is a drop in the bucket compared to whats available in the sq mile around you. I would plant what you enjoy.
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    On a warm days I don't see a problem getting into an established hive everyday. Last year I opened a few hives almost everyday to observe progress of cell building, I did not really go thru all the...
  6. Re: Bees focussed on eating honey in top medium super

    what wolfer said. They work vertically as if in a tree. The outside frames are honey, interior brood. The top boxes are typically the warmest and prefered to rear brood in during spring. I would...
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    Re: Just not active yet?

    how warm was it, sunny? Did you bang on the area, check for sound? sounds like you need to check again on a warmer day. They could be there they could be not.
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    Re: Pollen sources now in the northeast?

    maple is one of the first , they will build up nicely on it if temps are good for foraging.
  9. Thread: Cooperation

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    Re: Cooperation

    O didn't know that. I've never seen a cordovan or a queen with a brown thorax
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    Re: Sable Grafting Brush - Tips Wanted

    Thanks Daniel,

    That type of brush is exactly what im looking for.
  11. Thread: Cooperation

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    Re: Cooperation

    Neat. The old queen on the left don't look good. Her thorax has lost color. :-( How old is she?
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    Re: Treatment free question

    very good beeman! Humans are why honey bees are die. Often new beekeepers take too much honey, southern packages are hit and miss, and natural cell if you're a believer..... to name a few.
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    Re: Feeder Question

    Yes, inner cover ontop of feeder, then outer cover. I would screen the inner cover hole to keep robbers out and allow for ventilation. If you feed alot condensation can become in issue especially on...
  14. Thread: Test grafts

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    Re: Test grafts

    O yes favorite time of the year. Unfortunately we're suppose to recieve freezing temps tonight and tommorow, usually the city stays a bit warmer. Fingers crossed the open cells stay warm!
  15. Thread: Test grafts

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    Re: Test grafts

    Every beekeeper with atleast a few hives should atleast try, local on the flow queens are so nice. Our spring has been steller so far, much better than the past 2 years.

    1 and 2 day grafts... ...
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    Re: Ferral bees in old water heater

    Sounds like they absconded. The comb could have fallen off inside. How close did you get the cylinder to its original position once moved, was it rotated at all. Next time trap at the original...
  17. Thread: Test grafts

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    Re: Test grafts

    my guess too is stength. They start smooth and additional hex is added after for support.
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    Re: Sable Grafting Brush - Tips Wanted

    Thanks for all the tips. I am in the same boat right now grafting queens are at my house and the builders are at the bee yard 10 miles away. On dry hot days it doesn't take long for the little bit...
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    Re: Sugar water on foundation?

    A nuc is ready to do, center in the box, put new foundation around the perimeter. Spray foundation just before if you want. I don't use honey b healthy or spray bees. Alot of people do, especially...
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    Re: Should I re-queen this hive?

    queenless hives are almost always more aggresive. A big sucessful hive gone queenless will still be mean but not as much as the weaker one. Then you get to the point where the hive is so small its...
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    Re: Todays inspection

    looking good, drones are fine. I personally do not remove superseder cells, unless there are a few and im moving them one for a split or something. Its somewhat common for a package queen to be...
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    Re: First Time Is A Failure

    Definately close the hive during transport. Comb helps but is not necessary. Finding the queen and caging her is really important IMO, let all the bees go inside then pickup towards evening or next...
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    Re: Nuc is being robbed

    yeah you should move them or atleast try a robber screen. Generally folks place nucs away from established hives in other yard. During spring robbing shouldn't be much of an issue as there is a...
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    Re: Sable Grafting Brush - Tips Wanted

    hi guys thanks for all the replies.

    The 000 sable brush was just too expensive at my local store. They had a limited offering in that size and only the most expensive highest quality brand was...
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    Sable Grafting Brush - Tips Wanted

    I tried out a 00 sabel brush today on 40 or so grafts. It was was absolutely fantastic at picking up larva, but I had a heck of time trying to roll the larva into the cup. I assume most who use...
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