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    Re: I think the bees are smarter than me but....

    I have heard/read that if their are several queen cells it is more likely swarm prep, but if there are fewer, it is an emergency or supersedure situation. I am not sure if this is true or not. I...
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    Re: I think the bees are smarter than me but....

    That is correct, the comb does not have to be newly drawn for bees to use it to make a queen cell.

    "The inferior queens caused by using the emergency method is because the bees cannot tear down...
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    Re: I think the bees are smarter than me but....

    Year old comb should not be a problem. It is the 6/7 year old really dark, almost black, comb that might be a problem.

    I will defer to my second though in my first response to you (it is in...
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    Re: I think the bees are smarter than me but....

    The frame of eggs you gave them--is it old dark comb? If the comb is too old and dark it may be too hard for the bees to manipulate into a queen cell. There is a way to help them work with older...
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    Re: What would you do with this equipment?

    Check with your state apiarist or other state beekeeping authority to see if they have a ETO sterilization chamber at their disposal. I have read that these chambers are not common in state ag...
  6. Thread: German bees

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    Re: German bees

    If you could share the company information for the beekeeper you got that hive from, that would be great. I wouldn't mind finding out more about his honey bees. Thanks.
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    Re: Looking for Black honey bees ( German bee )

    I am also interested in dark bees. I currently have a couple of hives with a majority of very dark bees. I believe that these hives have a lot of Carniolan genetics. They are relatively calm bees...
  8. Re: Pure Breeding Without Artificial Insemination. Can This Work?

    MB,
    Do you have links to any academic research on this method? Or maybe you could encourage the folks you know who have experimented with this method to share some of their experiences? If they...
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    Re: Fertilizing eggs in drone cells

    So you are saying that the open bit is effectively sealed off by the process of being attached to the bottom of the cell?

    Maybe the diluted honey does not actually soften the "shell", but maybe...
  10. Thread: Feral Robbers

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    Re: Feral Robbers

    Thanks,
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    Re: Feral Robbers

    I do not understand your description. If you can reference a photo of what this type of robbing screen set-up looks like, it would help greatly to see it. I am just very visual I guess.
    Kyle
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    Re: German black bees in NY? (MEAN black bees..)

    Shane,
    Do you raise your own queens? Do you sell any queens? Have any photos to share? What about the temper of the solid black hives? I suppose that the temperament varies from hive to hive...
  13. Thread: Darker Bees

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    Re: Darker Bees

    Bill91143,
    Can you share the contact information on the beekeepers who sell AMM bees?
    Thanks,
    Kyle
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    Re: German black bees in NY? (MEAN black bees..)

    What breeder did you get those Texas queens from?
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    Re: Old World Carniolans

    As I understand it in the USA the USDA requires that you get approvals from APHIS (a division of the USDA) and certified inspections of apiaries overseas even in those countries where the importation...
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    Re: My plans on splitting

    I have been wondering about doing splits now myself. I have not read much about doing splits during a dearth, but I did get a couple of newly mated queens last year around the beginning of Sept....
  17. Re: Will bees move queen larva?? Weird emergency cell placement...

    If thelytoky occurs, it would not take place until after laying workers develop, right?

    Thanks,
    Kyle
  18. Re: Will bees move queen larva?? Weird emergency cell placement...

    One point of clarification on my earlier post. I had the two brood boxes of the hive in question separated by a queen excluder for at least three days. I think it was longer than that, but I can't...
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    Dave, I am so glad I found your post. I have a hive that I made queenless by first placing a queen excluder between the two deep brood boxes for 3 days--then locating the queen (she was fat and...
  20. Re: Alternative Subspecies in North Carolina (other than Italian)

    I didn't even realize that there was a company calling a strain of honey bees "All American."
    I just read "all American" as GuyDurden meaning surviving feral mutt queens raised from swarms caught in...
  21. Re: Alternative Subspecies in North Carolina (other than Italian)

    GuyDurden,

    Did you find your alternative stock? I think I kind of see things similar to what you describe in your posts. I also have the character trait of just plain contrariness--I don't...
  22. Feral hives with mostly A.m.m. genes in NC, TN or VA?

    I am looking for any news of feral European dark honey bees (Apis mellifera mellifera) in North Carolina, Southern VA or East TN. If you know of any colonies fitting this description or that you...
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    Re: German dark honey bee in NC

    I am going to start this same topic in the swarms forum--so your not loosing your mind, I am just seeing if I get more responses from other folks.
    Kyle
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    Re: German dark honey bee in NC

    Squarepeg, that is one dark queen! Did you get them into a hive? I am guessing that you did not keep them since it kind of looks like this queen bee is "leaking" a bit, so I am guessing that the...
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    Re: German dark honey bee in NC

    If I catch any dark colored feral swarms, I guess I need to send a sample to the bee lab in Beltsville to have them identified. I think I heard that they can do this there if you send them a sample...
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