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    Re: queen mating flight

    You often see a lot of activity at the front of the hive with bees fanning.
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    Re: Queen right cell finisher

    Good to put a couple of pollen frames in the top box as well.

    This short paper by Wilkinson and Brown explains the concept well
  3. Re: I got 40 out of 45 Q cells capped and zero hatched???

    11 days after grafting the queen should be pretty much fully formed so if they were all pupae they must have been dead for a few days already.
    Were they still in the cell starter nuc or were they...
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    Sounds like a good set up if there is decent forage in the area other than the fruit bloom.
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    How is the pollination work going? What can you charge for renting out your colonies in your area?
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    Re: No queen again. HELP

    The problem is not with top bar hives. It would be better if you let the bees release the queen themselves in the dark and quiet of the hive.
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    Re: Requeening mistake

    Sorry Beepro but that is nonsense. If there is a queen in the box already the chance of the new introduced queen being killed is 100%
    The 2 queens do not fight each other in hand to hand combat. The...
  8. Re: Help! Neighbours bees attracted to our Ipe decking

    It's more likely that the neighbour's bees have a varroa problem and it is deformed wing virus or paralysis virus making them crawl.
    You could invite the neighbour over to see what's happening.
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    Re: Queen mating question.

    I move frames of drone brood from colonies I have selected as drone rearers into colonies I don't want to rear their own drones.
    Queens will mate with any drones in the area no matter the hive they...
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    Re: Queen mating question.

    A queen will mate with any drones although there was a paper published in Poland last year which claimed that Apis mellifera mellifera queens are more likely to mate with drones from their own...
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    Re: Clipped queens?

    I have not seen that. I mark and clip all my queens and some of them live into their 4th season. If you damage the queen by removing part of a leg for example that could induce supersedure but simple...
  12. Thread: DEAD NUCS????

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    Re: DEAD NUCS????

    Starvation? Any stores in those nucs?
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    Re: oldest larva they can make a queen from.

    4 days is definitely not enough to stop them making a queen cell from an egg laid just before the split.
    6 days is pretty safe.
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    Re: How long can you confine a virgin queen?

    8 days from emergence is no problem. The earliest a mating flight takes place is 5 or 6 days from emergence anyway.
    I have accidentally locked in queens in mating nucs for a couple of weeks and they...
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    Re: Queen Cells? Just how fragile are they?

    I think the wing problems seen sometimes are caused by chilling rather than bumping.
    24 hours from emergence the queen is pretty much fully formed so dropping a cell usually does no harm.
    Not...
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    Re: Solid Eggs, Spotty brood pattern

    Is there any chalk brood? I can't see too clearly from the pics but there might be a chalk brood mummy or two visible in a couple of the cells. These get cleared out by the workers leaving the spotty...
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    Re: First time at grafting

    You need to graft a small 12-24 hour old larva. The bees will usually clear out eggs from the cell cups.
    The larva you graft should be about the size of an egg.
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    Re: Heard Queen Piping for first time

    I got a good recording last summer of two virgin queens piping to each other in my incubator. They were individually caged.

    http://www.native-queen-bees.com/virgin-queens-piping/
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    Re: It's never enough

    That was an interesting review paper Bernhard.
    The evidence which is emerging is that the neonicotinoid threat is perhaps not as great to honey bees as some would suggest but may well be greater to...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDYJkXktIg4
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    Re: Is this a dead queen?

    Does not look like a queen to me.
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    Re: Is this a dead queen?

    Hard to tell from that photo. It might just be a bloated worker that drowned in a feeder.
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    Re: Swarm with dead Queen

    A swarm can have several virgin queens in it so maybe you are ok
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    I always find it difficult to have a discussion with someone with no sense of humour.
    Some of the off the wall banter can be the most enjoyable part of a bee forum.
    These discussions generally...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    That's why I said neonics is more of a sideshow in comparison. I didn't say they were benign.
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