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    Re: I need tips for selling honey at farmers market

    Beeslave, I was mad enough to right a letter (email) to craiglist and I complained profusely about someone having nothing better to do than to basically harass someone selling a few jars of honey or...
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    Re: Comb rotation - what do you do?

    "it frustrates me to see people attempt science only in a really poor way."

    Thats because you frustrate yourself by a lack of observation skills. I made no reference to comb contamination!
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    Re: Comb rotation - what do you do?

    This is exactly the type of thing I wish I could devote my life to, testing theory as such as this. I have never given this much thought to old comb in reguards to wintering ability but there could...
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    Free Bees, Janesville, WI (cutout)

    I got a call for an older fella, not very good with a computer. He has bees hanging under his soffit. They might be in the open or partially. He said you can see the honey. I talked to him on the...
  5. Re: What are the cons of cell punch queen rearing?

    I think you are probably right Ray, I was hoping for some one with side by side experience to fill in on the subject. I read somewhere on the internet about a guy (maybe 60-100 years ago) who had...
  6. Re: What are the cons of cell punch queen rearing?

    interesting website. I like the square plugs and dont see any reason not to put cells directly on them.
  7. Re: What are the cons of cell punch queen rearing?

    So the only reason to put the cells in cups or something would be so you can remove the cell without damaging it when you pull it off and to have something to mash into come when you introduce the...
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    Cutout maybe? Bloomer Wisconsin

    I got a call today about honeybees under a porch. The mail man dont want to deliver the mail any more. They say they have been swatting them with a fly swatter and they are not getting attacked,...
  9. What are the cons of cell punch queen rearing?

    Are there any major negative effects in regards to rearing queens by the cell punch method. I am not referring to how quick you can produce each queen, I am referring to queen quality, cell starting...
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    Handling queen cells: 5th and 11th day

    You are not supposed to handle queens cells (at least its best not to) other than on the 5th or 11th day after grafting. The 11th day is when the queen is nearly finished and ready to hatch so this...
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    Re: Conversation on Varroa

    "Was there any mention of mesh floors and varroa, I have used them but becoming more and more sceptical as to their value."

    "Your skeptisism is not unfounded. I've given up mesh floors because I...
  12. Re: apis cerana japonica Swarm Split with apis mellifera western queen cells

    It would probably only create more problems than it would solve. Infectious diseases would then cross that a.m. has no resistance to and so forth. The best thing you can do is try to save your bee...
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    Re: Queen on the front porch . An odd occurance ?

    A quick peak will probably show you dont have any eggs right now, unless you witnessed a supercedure queen on a mating flight. This time of year is also common for that.
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    Re: Hive Beetle Explosion

    I like that IPK, bottom boars as it can easily be used for varroa monitoring or SHB Monitoring. You could also modify it to function as a feeder with a little more engineering. I dont see why not...
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    Re: Capturing feral genetics?

    I see no reason to fear spreading any pests, commercial beeks do enough of that every time they go to almonds and come back or come up from the south to produce honey or pollinate. Spreading disease...
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    Re: This years northern golden rod flow.

    "Cannabis is wind pollinated" So are many plants that bees collect pollen from. Seems to me I read in an older book that hemp produces good pollen but I cant remember.

    I started extracting the...
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    Re: Capturing feral genetics?

    "but I am curious of what kind of honey bees you have"

    apis mellifera mutts, claimed to be Italian by suppliers, open mated influence from there darkening them each generation. I even get a black...
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    Capturing feral genetics?

    I have wanted to search some of the federal forest land for feral honeybees that might exist in the norther part of my state but I simply just dont have enough time to search for bees, set swarm...
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    This years northern golden rod flow.

    My flow went from great to a screeching halt up here in Chippewa county Wisconsin and robbing is under way. Golden rod is just starting to get going so I am hoping it will produce this year so I...
  20. Re: Possible cutout in Eau Claire WI available!

    I need to stop over there yet to verify for sure he has honeybees which I will do this week on my way to work. I am quite sure its honeybees but you just never know. Tomorrow I am to busy and...
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    Re: Queen marking tube?

    beecurious, what are the parts, a med bottle, pvc tube, top ring?, mesh?, foam? And where did you get the ones I cant figure out, lol. Will disks fit through that mesh?

    Keith, I like that one,...
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    Queen marking tube?

    Never mind, I found one but if you have tried a couple different ones, please tell me which one you like the best. Thanks.

    I am using a queen marking tube to mark queens with a numbered disk. My...
  23. Possible cutout in Eau Claire WI available!

    I got a call from a guy who likely has honeybees in his attic. They were there last year and were coming through the siding. He caulked the hole last fall and they found their way out through the...
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    Re: Wisconsin soybeans - honey

    We have had warm nights but now its dipping into the 60's like normal and 80's for highs instead of the 90's and 70's at night. I will welcome the flow if it produces. If they use treated seeds...
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    Wisconsin soybeans - honey

    Has anyone ever made a honey crop on soybean in Wisconsin if its hot like it has been this year. I have noticed my bees are working it this year. Not sure if they will put up anything from it but I...
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