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  1. Re: NY Times Editorial: "Risking Another Silent Spring".

    Sounds like you have a good head on your shoulders nabber. Finally an agreement on beesource haha!

    I have grown from seed for the past five years, but the years before that we sometimes grabbed...
  2. Re: NY Times Editorial: "Risking Another Silent Spring".

    Sorry nabber, I should have been more clear. I was more referring to the plants they sell at Home Depot (have read these are neonic seeds and there is no labeling to that effect when you buy them);...
  3. Re: NY Times Editorial: "Risking Another Silent Spring".

    My opinion on much of what has been said here can be summarized witht he comment below:



    I agree with this statement. Companies can use coated seeds if they want, unless they are deemed...
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    Re: making a split with a purchased queen

    This year I installed two bought queens with 100 percent success. This might be too late, but I would not worry about making up your nuc until you have the queen in hand.

    my process was:
    *what...
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    Re: When should I worry if a split failed?

    Ace - you calling anybody a newbie is a stretch, but I won't go down that road.

    You contradict your own statements. Since "you come to the conclusion that turning around a laying workers hive is...
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    Re: Honey quantity???

    this is what I get with crush and strain
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    Re: When should I worry if a split failed?

    Ah so I am barking up the wrong tree then, understood.
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    Re: Nuc raising own queen

    Good points JWchestnut - where I am we never really have a dearth, just a slow down. So as they say, bee keeping is local.

    I do still put my nucs on sugar feed in addition to plenty of resources...
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    Re: Nuc raising own queen

    Who told you that? A queen producer :)

    Talking with local beeks here who occasionally buy larger amounts of queens and my own limited experience of buying a half a dozen queens in the mail, I...
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    Re: When should I worry if a split failed?

    I did misread the "mate well" part I thought he originally said "did not mate" but still disagree (post 12 says why)

    Not looking into a split for 60 days IMO is asking for trouble. To each his...
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    Re: When should I worry if a split failed?

    but if they mated poorly, he would still see eggs if he checked. So he would never know if there was an issue with this hive, or if they superceeded during that 2 month period:scratch:.

    My...
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    Re: When should I worry if a split failed?

    superceeded by what? Your split would not have any eggs/larva young enough to make a new queen to supercede. They would be hopelessly queenless after the first queen attempt fails.
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    Re: Sugar dusting

    Someone told me you cannot use powdered sugar like confectioner's since it has corn starch in it. They said you need to make your own from pure cane sugar and a food processer. I have never done...
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    Re: When should I worry if a split failed?

    I wouldn't wait that long, as it seems to me this would encourage a drone laying hive.

    As Rader pointed out Bee math works. If the egg being laid counts as day one, I go 41 days, not one more...
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    Re: Black worker larvea in nuc

    Well it looks like it was overblown from my perspective. Looking much healthier, and I think they just need bees. When they got rained in, I think it killed a lot of them, then they comb looked...
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    Re: Black worker larvea in nuc

    I thought the larvae color looked off, more yellow than usual, but it could have been me misjudging after I saw some of the black brood (picture 2). Sounds like giving them another frame of emerging...
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    Re: Black worker larvea in nuc

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    Re: Black worker larvea in nuc

    Thanks for the info chem guy. I will be in my three honey producers tomorrow and home all day. Would love another pair of eyes.

    When I made this nuc, it received a frame of brood with nurse bees,...
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    Black worker larvea in nuc

    Hello all,

    I went through some nucs recently after we had a hard rain. Short version is that a couple of my nuc boxes need improvements as they took on some rain. Anyway, I noticed one nuc is...
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    Re: Should virgin queen always pipe?

    if emergence = day1, I have had proof of laying on day 12 [or day 28 if you use the system where day one = egg laid by queen]. While eggs are nice I like to wait until her capped brood has occurred...
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    Re: Should virgin queen always pipe?

    I typically check grafted cells or cells on the frame a couple days after to see if they hatched. It doesn't seem like this affected my mated queen return success rate. I check because I want to...
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    Re: Do I need a jig?

    Kevin,

    this is pretty much exactly what I do. I would be interested to see the no jig assembly faster with nail gun.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jzeiuf9e5Fk

    although I don't seat the top...
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    Re: Does his look like what I think?

    There are quite a few locally. Outside of my hives I know 3 other beeks personally with hives, then who knows how many within 5 miles from my house. I know there are some other commercial guys who...
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    Re: Do I need a jig?

    Hi Vance,

    Not saying you can't crank them out. But once you load the jig you flip the jig and you don't have to take them out or pick them up until they are done. I am sure I am telling you...
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    Re: Winter is coming...

    Just bear in mind that once the Russians crossbred with your local stock, you lose those resistant traits. So unless you plan on buying new queens each year that are pure russian mated, or just plan...
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