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    Re: Carpathian queens in the US?

    Dave Miksa had some Carpathian cells this spring. tried some and so far they look good.
  2. Thread: Mining Hives

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    Re: Mining Hives

    Glad to hear there is finally a nectar flow, see you next Sunday.
  3. Thread: Mining Hives

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    Re: Mining Hives

    Brian,
    Do you know when you're sending your first load home?

    Did some splits last week, then going back the end of next week for the final round of nucs. Some mighty chilly weather last month in...
  4. Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    Yes I did get a gooseneck and what a pleasure to tow compared to my previous tag along. I hope to get a bobcat in the next couple years- I thought I could get away with hiring operators with machines...
  5. Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    Mark,
    Could have rented a bobcat but it would have meant another round trip back to the yard. I did make arrangements for an operator w/bobcat but he never showed so being somewhat frustraited at...
  6. Re: Finally got most of my bees down south for the winter

    Hey Brian,

    Just returned from SC last night. Moved bees to out yards and did some feeding. Don't feel bad about the skidder, my guy canceled last minute so I hand loaded 120 off pallets, then back...
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    Anyone heading north around 5/11?

    Anyone looking to fill out a semi load heading north into NYS or PA around the middle of May. I have about 45 pallets in South Carolina.

    thanks,
    Ron
  8. Thread: Mating Flights

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    Re: Mating Flights

    Hi Steve,

    I made nucs at the end of Feb in SC this year, used danish buckfast cells, and just checked the first 8 and they all took but are extremly light. I won't go through the rest until I have...
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    Re: 46 Degrees and Windy/Inspector Showed Up

    So, a knowledgable keeper or inspector can determine accurate varroa levels and presence of AFB, even scale, without opening a hive. Hmmmm, very interesting. I must have more to learn then I...
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    Re: 46 Degrees and Windy/Inspector Showed Up

    You should check your states Apiary law, it may allow inspectors to come onto your property without permission. Inspectors are there to check for AFB which most states have laws requiring something...
  11. Re: increasing amount of hives (lost 6 had a question)

    I would go into this season with 24, make sure the area can support that many year round. Make nucs during swarm season and start learning how to overwinter them. Make increase or replace the...
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    Re: Unwritten rules for competing against peers

    This is the second year I've been using the MQS and never noticed any queen issues the first year, that's what I liked about it.
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    Re: Unwritten rules for competing against peers

    That's the part that is a mystery to me, I did see drone brood in mid-Jan when I treated. I also did not see signs that they tried to raise a new queen
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    Re: Unwritten rules for competing against peers

    Sounds to me like, with mite treatments a beekeeper has to realize the impact on a queen and be proactive in replacing her after so many treatments. When I look at my situation, I don't feel...
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    Re: worst winter ever?

    I've been using the MQS formic strips, just one instead of two. Maybe the formic did make a difference but I've never seen that much queen failure.

    Mike- I used the MQS for mid-Jan, it was in the...
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    Re: Unwritten rules for competing against peers

    I have heard of so many beekeepers that have lost hives this year. Some feel the cause was poor nutrition in 2012. I am certain anyone starting a nuc last year and didn't provide supplimental feed...
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    Re: worst winter ever?

    I lost about the same percentage and for the exact Same reason. Every hive with failed queen had a fair amount of bees left with unfertilized cells in the middle of the frame. In some live hives I...
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    Re: Unwritten rules for competing against peers

    I have a feeling that some of my customers who might be getting nucs elsewhere, will eventually come back. I have alway provided quality and good service.
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    Re: Unwritten rules for competing against peers

    Excellent advice from everyone. Thank you.
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    Unwritten rules for competing against peers

    I am wondering if there are some unwritten rules amoung beekeepers about competing in the same market?
    I have had a few scenarios this year with friends and fellow beekeepers competing for the same...
  21. Re: Finding colonies with failed queens, question on re-queening

    I plan on beginning to raise queens during the summer to replace last year queens, it will really be my first year attempting this. Buying queens is always a great investment for me but finacially...
  22. Re: Finding colonies with failed queens, question on re-queening

    Mike- I had to treat at least twice last year, the final was in October with MQS
  23. Finding colonies with failed queens, question on re-queening

    Going through hives yesterday in SC and came across a good percentage that had sign of failed queen/laying worker. I'm still seeing plenty of bees in most of those hives so it seems the queens failed...
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    Re: Greetings from Pennsylvania

    I would keep the bees closed in for a day before opening the entrance, I've heard of bees absconding from top bars when they are hived from packages.
    Good luck and Welcome
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    Re: Dedicated thread for advantech

    I've been using the 1/2 zip board by advantech. I am using it for lids right now, last year I made lots of lids for nuc boxes and they look as good as the day I put them on, BUT they weren't outdoors...
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