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    Re: M Palmer queen post

    Tell more
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    Re: M Palmer queen post

    So, I figured it out. It wasn't the spam blocker.

    It took awhile to find the mail I received from Clyderoad. Of course I now know his name and could find it in my inbox. One reason I don't like...
  3. Re: Zone 4a Hive weight needed going into winter?

    In Minnesota I would guess a double deep with cover off should weigh 145-150. With a super on 155-160.

    The lightest double deeps with bees, that I ever weighed, were about 70lb. So add to that...
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    Re: Installing Queen cells

    I give the cell 10 days after graft, and catch 16 days after giving cell. From the age of the larvae present, I would say that most queens start laying on day 11/12 after giving cell. Some wait a...
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    Re: Winter quilt AND candy, or bad idea?

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    Re: Winter quilt AND candy, or bad idea?

    The upper entrance is used in combination with the bottom entrance. The upper entrance is a notch IN the inner cover.
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    Re: M Palmer queen post

    Well, I'm sorry if I missed your request. I looked for it and couldn't find anything. Doesn't mean it didn't come, but realize I work at this 7 days a week and long hours every day. Sometimes I just...
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    Re: Winter quilt AND candy, or bad idea?

    I was here when Mr. Mountain camp talked about his use of granulated sugar to prevent excess moisture in the wintering hive. So now this use of sugar has become accepted as THE way. Even Brushy sells...
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    Re: Wintering nucs in a garage or shed

    I'm not sure how much it contributes to the wintering process. It must help to some degree. One of the first things I noticed with wintering double nuclei was how they each formed a semicircular...
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    Re: Winter quilt AND candy, or bad idea?

    I start feeding when I have all my supers off, and the goldenrod flow ends. Goldenrod can make a light colony heavy...unless of course you added supers to harvest every last bit of honey possible....
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    Re: Wintering nucs in a garage or shed

    Your porch is out of doors, yes? Exposed to the winter? His garage wasn't.

    I don't know your setup. I think I've seen a photo? Anyway, they have flight in one direction? Some sunshine? I would...
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    Re: Winter quilt AND candy, or bad idea?

    I just don't get it, this candy brick, mountain camp business. Why don't you just feed them early with 2:1 until heavy enough, and be done with it? They store it in the combs right where needed. No...
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    Re: Wintering nucs in a garage or shed

    Tried to teach a beekeeper about nucs several years ago. Took him out snd showed him every step, at different times of the year. Wintering his first bunch he got nervous and put them in the garage....
  14. Re: What am I supposed to make of these torn down queen cells?

    They look like emergency cells. Did you just make up this colony or separate brood from the queen by an excluder or distance? Probably the marked queen tore them down, but why were they there? You...
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    Re: Uniting two colonies

    I like to put the heaviest on top, as that's the way the bees do it. With multiple story hives to be united, again...heaviest box on top and lightest on bottom. In the Autumn, I don't even use paper...
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    Re: Upstate New York "winter is coming"

    Well that's different. Mostly they're moving from New York to Boulder to start a pot farm. :)
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    Re: Nuc's not building up

    Or 20
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    Re: Nuc's not building up

    So you made them up in August with a comb of brood and a comb of feed? I don't think your weak colony gave up enough resources to make up 10 proper nucs...especially if done in August. You say there...
  19. Re: split a double deep with queen available?

    Sounds like your colony is setting itself up well for winter. Good. Leave it alone. Nuc making in the north, for wintering, should be finished by August.
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    Re: Showing honey at Fairs

    I can't agree. You can prepare award winning honey without heating it a bit or filtering out anything...except what you might have unknowingly allowed to get in your honey during processing. Think...
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    Re: Showing honey at Fairs

    See if any of this helps. Watch Virginia Webb's videos.


    http://easternapiculture.org/resources/honey-show-prep.html
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    Re: Have You Smelled It Yet?

    The flow is on real nice here. Stinky bee yards. Found a mating nuc today that had a missing frame, and in the last week the bees made their own comb in that spot. They filled it with goldenrod...
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    Re: Marking a laying queen....

    I'm looking for young bees. You pick them up by the wings, place their head in the hole, press down ot the thorax a bit to hold the bee for an instant, and when she trys to get away you loosen up and...
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    Re: food coloring in syrup

    And?
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    Re: Marking a laying queen....

    It is easy
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