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    Re: Small queen, egg laying machine…

    I am absolutely not going to get rid of her just because she is petite. Until I saw that she was laying I was concerned, but no different than your average sized queen. I make decisions based on...
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    Small queen, egg laying machine…

    Last year I placed some cells on splits on June 15th. On July 7th found evidence of mated queen but was unable to find her. On subsequent inspections through the rest of the season she was never...
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    Re: New Beekeeping Association Guidance

    A good portion of the beekeepers interested came out of a beekeeping classes I taught and another beekeeper class she taught. There was great turnout for both my classes as well as hers, and one of...
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    New Beekeeping Association Guidance

    Hey guys,

    I am precariously close to starting a new Beekeepers Association. The first meeting is in a couple of weeks and hope to gather some knowledge on what has worked well for others on...
  5. Re: Drone yard importance in reguards to genetic diversity

    Thanks for all your comments on this! I thought I might be missing a key point in regards to rearing the best queens possible.
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    I am still hoping for a more definitive answer as to why it is taught this way. I’m sure there is a very valid reason more than this is the way it has always been done.

    However, it appears that...
  7. Re: Drone yard importance in reguards to genetic diversity

    Mike, I do have plastic drone frames that I use to produce masses of drones as well as using them to some extent for verroa control when not breeding queens.

    OldTimer, Nice looking drone comb, how...
  8. Re: Drone yard importance in reguards to genetic diversity

    Maybe I should restate my question.

    Why are the text books, and queen rearing classes promoting having drone drone yards vs having the same number of drone producing colonies in your queen rearing...
  9. Drone yard importance in reguards to genetic diversity

    This year I am going to increase the number of queens I rear. Always looking to improve the quality of my queens and provide good genetic diversity, I am contemplating the importance of having...
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    Re: The National Honey Show Part 2

    Watching the videos again with the intention of analyzing what is working for you and how I can encompass that into my modest operation, it dawned on me that you have a distincut advantage over my...
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    Re: The National Honey Show Part 2

    Thank you for the clarification, I thought I might be missing something. The rest was pretty clear.
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    Re: The National Honey Show Part 2

    I understand that, but I thought you were talking about a dedicated nuc yard with no other colonies. Is it important to keep the nuc's away from strong colonies in a dedicated nuc yard?
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    Re: The National Honey Show Part 2

    Outstanding lectures from National Honey Show. I have watched all three twice and The Sustainable Apiary three times. What I have learned from these lectures has given me a far better understanding...
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