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  1. Re: Any word on when bees could be released from almonds this year!

    Oh, OK, a little spillage? Fortunately by now, we have worked out many of the how not to do it.

    Jean-Marc
  2. Re: going rate for pollination of Alfalfa going to seed

    I think I was told $38 2 years ago in California. The beekeeper was having terrible issues with sprays and keeping his numbers up over the last few years. It did not seem like a worthwhile job... to...
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    Re: First Real Day of Beekeeping.

    I like to work with boxes with 9 frames. It is easier to move them around. It is good that you get through the hives. Keep your smoker going. The butterflies in stomach I have had after some stings...
  4. Re: Any word on when bees could be released from almonds this year!

    We Canadians cannot see the video Mike.

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: Splits -Tips for Finding the Queen

    Further to Mikes question, you can place the new queen in the cage on top of the frames. The queenless bees will rush to her. They will also be fanning and Nasanov scenting. Works very well after the...
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    Re: Does this seem normal?

    3.5 frames of capped brood is good, perfectly normal with a newly mated queen that is left to lay in the nuc. That initial flush of eggs can be very impressive in a new queen. We do not know how much...
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    Re: Splits -Tips for Finding the Queen

    Look for the frame with the most bees. She is on that one. If working a double, split them in two. Top box goes on lid that is sitting on double facing the other direction. Decide which box she is in...
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    Re: shakeing bees

    We do that all the time on hundreds every year and it works out most of the time. Not 100% but we do it.

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: Noble Apiaries LLC

    Lots of pollen in that frame with the bees on it. Nice.

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: Why trap pollen?

    It is a seasonal thing. Generally there is plenty of pollen in the spring, summer depends on the area. Bees will collect when there is plenty. If you remove from a trap, or full frame from the brood...
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    Re: Dead bees with small/short abdomens

    Chilled brood having been tossed out just before hatching and or varroa damage on the abdomen.

    Jean-Marc
  12. Re: Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    Hear hear loggermike. New cash into a bee business is good. From Paramount's perspective it is still cheaper to run your own bees, even at higher than market costs, than the cost of not having them....
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    Re: How would you have responded?

    Yes Phil I was thinking about the mating. Tell you what though, I sure would like to hive on the fun. Imagine shaking 8 pounds of bees for 1 queen cell. That would be a the upper limit on the 50-100...
  14. Re: Any word on when bees could be released from almonds this year!

    Sounds like a 1 in 20 to 30 kind of year. Every once in awhile you get to reap that reward because you are a participant. Right on for you guys. Sell lots of packages with those bees. Go for it.
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    Re: How would you have responded?

    Where was the caller from?

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: How would you have responded?

    The caller is from which City and State?

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: How To Go Fulltime?

    I went full time when I decided this is what I was going to do. At the time I only had two but they were divided to make five. I sold two to a friend. I got some equipment and we both ordered bees 25...
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    Re: Pollen Pricing

    Canadian price is $7/lb still wet to the producer, all you can produce. The buyers simply cannot meet the demand of the consumers.

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: What is Nosema and how can we control it?

    Hmmm, imagine that. I don't that is a big surprise. At least research confirms what beekeepers already know.

    Jean-Marc
  20. Re: Making nucs with Pseudo strips until having a queen

    Cristian:

    Why not make the nucs, let them raise cells. Virgins will get mated. After all you are taking resources from hives that want to swarm. So already they have cells started. The only issue...
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    Re: Escape boards

    gww:

    Yes exactly. Noisy but somewhat efficient. Not so good when it has just rained because bees can get chilled.

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: New gas NMC 1K loader

    Selling price?

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: How much to charge for drone brood?

    I was approached once to do this. I quoted $30/frame and that was the end of that. If the buyer views drone larvae as a delicacy good luck. If the buyer views it as cheap protein, like some other...
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    Re: Will a frame a week buy me a....

    Well he could do that but I think that 3-4 weeks is still too early for California queens. Not disturbing the other hives is a good point. He never said how many he had, so he may in fact only be...
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    Re: Will a frame a week buy me a....

    Do not panic yet. Maybe you are not queenless. Adding open brood weekly can do what you want. Knock the cells off, but seems to me that you may be awhile away from sexually mature drones and flying...
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