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    Re: How important is it to find the queen?

    I guess it depends on why you are going thru the hive in the first place. I rarely spend extra time hunting for a queen if I have seen what I am looking for, but, today as an example, I spent a good...
  2. Re: Detection of Illicit Drugs by Trained Honeybees (Apis mellifera)

    Do they go out killing dogs in large numbers today ? I suspect, most keep dogs as pets, and dont make the correlation that 'all dogs are bad' just because a few have been trained to do a task.
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    Re: Hive Proximity

    4 to a palette, all pushed together. It's quite normal when you numbers go up, makes a forklift the practical way to move them.
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    Re: Beekeeping Software & Privacy Concerns

    As long as the data goes out to 'the cloud', it's not private, period, end of story. Whoever owns the servers, has full access to that data, and, there are laws in place in the US, that make that...
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    How is this going to change your strategy going forward ?
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    Re: Grafted queens - overrated?

    If you are doing one or two rounds, then I agree. But, where the savings starts, is when you re-run the equipment for round 3. Using my own example, one cell builder colony, and two small groups of...
  7. Thread: the gold mine

    by grozzie2
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    Re: the gold mine

    It is easy where you are, from November thru till March, doesn't get any easier.

    At this time of year, you make up for those months, and not one of us feels sorry for you.
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    Re: unconventional queen rearing advice

    Pull the queens from the duds. wait a week. scrape all cells. Now they are queenless, and have no brood left suitable for making a queen. Put a frame of eggs in from the hive you want to be the...
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    Re: Why do northerners buy southern bees?

    Not going to happen, because in the northern climates folks cant even consider starting to graft until early May, anything prior to that and you will end up with poorly mated queens from lack of...
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    Re: Why do northerners buy southern bees?

    For some perspective, I'm a LOT farther north than what most of you folks call 'northern'. At 50N, we are well up there by most standards, albeit on the coast and living in a milder climate that the...
  11. Re: Mating nuc with virgin queen and queen cells in it

    I had this scenario show up in one of my 4 frame mating nucs last month. I checked 3 days after placing my cells, found an open cell and saw a virgin queen walking on the frames. A week later my...
  12. Re: Who does instrumental insemination of queens? Advantages and disadvantages?

    I haven't looked into the process, and have no intention of going down this road in the near term. But I am curious about one detail. How do you folks go about ensuring that the fresh new...
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    Re: How much comb is supposed to be drawn?

    To know where your bees _should_ be, you need to start understanding the life cycle of the individual bees, and the colony as a whole.

    A new package, onto brand new undrawn equipment starts with...
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    Re: Putting a Nuc into a Deep Lang

    Does it make any difference if they go in the 10 frame box at the point of pickup, or after you get them home ? Either way, they will end up in that box, so why bother with the small one for...
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    Re: Would you treat? How?

    I did a sticky board test during our first year with bees. After 24 hours the counts were zero and one. We went ahead and put thymol in the hives, then I did another test starting 24 hours after I...
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    Re: Is it too late to start this year?

    Spend a few bucks more, buy a fully established double deep hive complete with bees and comb. You'll be 2 years ahead of the curve.

    When my wife and I started out, we ended up hosting the club...
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    So, the numbers are in, did the first honey pull this last weekend. We extracted 70lb average from the hives that wintered and got the early spring feeding regime. That's actually better than last...
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    Re: Small cell frames already cut down?

    I guess it just depends what you are reading. I use all 'bog standard' stuff. Plastic frames (PF-5xx series, large cell), deep boxes for brood, medium for honey supers. Every full size hive has a...
  19. Re: Knife vs Fork, I think I am leaning toward fork.

    We used them again this weekend, first time using them for a substantial amount of boxes. We have two, and need 18 frames per load for the extractor. As in the past, it worked well for the first...
  20. Re: Knife vs Fork, I think I am leaning toward fork.

    We tried it, and it probably does work will if doing one frame at a time. The issue I ran into, by the time I've finished running the heat gun over a few frames, the wax on the first one has cooled...
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    Re: First bear attack

    When we first moved here, before we got proper fences built, the hives were inside an electric mesh fence for a few months. On at least two occaisions I found fresh bear scat along the fence line. ...
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    Re: Reducing swelling?

    Get stung regularly, your body will get used to a little bee venom, and stop reacting so badly. It worked for me, used to get a lot of swelling around stings when we first got bees. Now, a couple...
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    Re: First year package??

    On the assumption your package went into new equipment with no comb, and the queen was in a cage for a candy release, then it's roughly 4 week from install day, till the first brood starts to emerge....
  24. Thread: Interesting

    by grozzie2
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    Re: Interesting

    I go into every colony at least once a week at this time of year, main purpose is to spot any signs of swarm prep. If I find cups with larvae, or significant backfill, we do something about it. If...
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    Re: Treat swarm for mites

    That's a good way to defeat the purpose of treatment. First you knock off all the mites to get a mite-free hive, then you plant brood frames (complete with mites under the cappings) back into the...
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