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    Sticky: Re: My Cell Building Methods

    5 frames is fine when they are new and just getting drawn, but they will be too tight once they start getting filled. You'll want them to store a decent band of honey on the top and sides for your...
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    Sticky: Re: My Cell Building Methods

    A divider that was offset to allow 5 frames on one side and four on the other would be a better fit, but that would create a can of worms with anything you try to match to it, such as supers. Better...
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    Sticky: Re: My Cell Building Methods

    Nice wood working job Brad!

    Those feeding holes are handy, but even better is to screen them with # 8 hardware cloth. You can use them for light ventilation if needed without the threat of robbing...
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    Re: When do yall check mating nucs?

    When do I check my mating nucs? Apparently not soon enough. Seems like I set these cells just the other day. It actually wasn't as bad as it looks. I'd prefer to have all that honey on a frame...
  5. Re: Photos of USDA based Pol-Line/Carniolan first generation cross

    You can pm me for details.

    I am not taking any more orders for shipped queens until mid July. But by then, it's usually too hot to ship. I have orders to still fill for previous requests until the...
  6. Re: Photos of USDA based Pol-Line/Carniolan first generation cross

    Here's what I had to work with. New comb sure makes it easy.

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/2015%20bees/P6180107_zpshavy7qvt.jpg

    To aviod supressing the queens, a serious...
  7. Re: Photos of USDA based Pol-Line/Carniolan first generation cross

    I'm also working on a line that will be good for colder climates. Built in winter coats. Let's see a mite latch on to that fur.
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  8. Re: Photos of USDA based Pol-Line/Carniolan first generation cross

    Here's another one that is interesting.
    A queen grafted from a 2012 three time over wintered Mountain breeder that had been mated during the time I had Glenn II Cordovan queen around.
    The consensus...
  9. Photos of USDA based Pol-Line/Carniolan first generation cross

    Along with my usual chores in the bee yard, I am alway keepng my eye open for something to work with that intrigues me. Something that impresses me every time I see it.
    This year it is a Pol-Line...
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    Re: unconventional queen rearing advice

    I'll have the rest of my orders all filled by the end of June. Then I'll take more orders for shipped queens. Most folks paid back in December & January & I sold out for spring & early summer queens...
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    Re: unconventional queen rearing advice

    Your starter/finisher cell builders have to be in excellent health and well fed to raise good cells. Just make sure you know why these colonies are duds. If they have mite issues, disease issues or...
  12. Re: Bee photo wanted for business card, earn a hundred bucks

    Here's a couple of my stickers. My cards are similar. I only use my own photos to avoid copyright infringement.

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  13. Re: Bee photo wanted for business card, earn a hundred bucks

    Oh, I win the worst nails photo.

    I got scolded for chewing my fingernails the other day. That made me laugh.. No chewing. Just constant opening of roller cages, buggered up glue bottles, etc with...
  14. Thread: Priming cells

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    Re: Priming cells

    Also, when I say I graft dry, that means I don't scoop a ton of jelly with my larva. I get enough to keep them moist and cover them immediatly with a warm damp cloth. Then get them in the starter...
  15. Thread: Priming cells

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    Re: Priming cells

    My small cells in foundationless areas (On the right in this photo) are all laid up well. Are they 4.9? I have no idea.
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  16. Thread: Priming cells

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    Re: Priming cells

    I use the Mann Lake 'grid', not sure which type it represents

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/2015%20bees/FP3Mt1_zpsln31nex8.jpg
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  17. Thread: Priming cells

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    Re: Priming cells

    I was thinking new perty lips.
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    Re: Share your graft pics

    SRatcliff -Excellent Job!
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    Poll: Re: How long does it take you find your queen(s)?

    I quit fooling around a couple years ago.

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/2015%20bees/P4050642_zpsi7oxhjjt.jpg...
  20. Thread: Priming cells

    by Lauri
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    Re: Priming cells

    I graft (Dry) with a tiny paint brush and use the grid system. My resulting cells are about the same. But my starter, cell builder colonies are in top shape and well fed. Every year I get better at...
  21. Thread: Queen envy

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    Re: Queen envy

    You guys always make me laugh :)

    Now how about some queen cell envy? :eek:

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/2015%20bees/P4230265_zpst2tb55em.jpg

    I'll let you stew on this...
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    Re: Share your graft pics

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/2015%20bees/P53003402_zpsxjwchisy.jpg

    This photo should be titled 'Tomorrow'...
  23. Re: Don't ever get to big for your britches or count your chickens before they hatch

    Frames with delicate brood, you brush. Which are usually the ones with the youngest nurse bees.

    Frames with bees and no brood or emerging brood, you can shake.
    It's everything to do with what's...
  24. Re: First crop of queens are looking good. Earliest I've ever started

    I do both, the grid and graft. When weather is warmer and I am doing more cells, I usually find the queen and put her in the grid, and at the same time I find a frame (Usually close to the one I...
  25. Re: First crop of queens are looking good. Earliest I've ever started

    Thanks Rusty, Part of it is genetics, part is nutrition.
    I placed the cells and virgins from this batch today. Check out my weather forecast for the next week. Lucky for me.
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