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    Re: German Black Bees; any left in the USA?

    I would gladly accept a treatment free queen survivor and I'll place her in a hive treatment free - if that hive lasts three years without treatment, then I would consider that a successful treatment...
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    Re: German Black Bees; any left in the USA?

    Agreed! You get the same effect as the bond method without having all your bees die and replacing them with something just as bad as what you let die off. It also helps to stop buying queens from...
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    Re: Vsh grafting this time....

    That queen cell is looking good!
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    Re: Cell builder question

    Mine are translucent. ...when do they eat the RJ? I think right away and up til the point in which they cocoon. Anyone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
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    Re: Cell builder question

    From what I've read, and this is what I do ... I keep brood of various ages next to the queen cells above the excluder .. without them, if it does get cold the bees have left the queen cells (learn...
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    Re: Cell builder question

    OK, ...took another pic today ...most the the RJ has been eaten but there's some left.

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  7. Thread: Dumb Question

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    Re: Dumb Question

    Haha! ...well me too!
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    Re: Cell builder question

    They're to be capped on Friday. I grafted last Sunday (6/5) and took this picture on Tuesday (6/7). If the weather cooperates on Saturday or Sunday, I'll go snap another picture so we can see how...
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    Re: Cell builder question

    I've used 8 frame mediums for grafting this year. 4 emerging brood frames with covering bees, 1 empty frame, 2 frames of pollen and nectar. Shake a few more bees in or just wait for the brood to...
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    Re: Vsh grafting this time....

    Nice Beepro!!
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    Re: How long can virgins be kept

    I use 5 frame medium nucs for my mating nucs. All mind are made from wood.

    Can you talk about how you're introducing them, what age are they when introducing them?
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    Re: how does this look like to you....

    I can't tell for sure by the image but it looks like there's a few good ones there. Am noticing that I would love to live and have bees right there where you have your bees! Gorgeous!
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    Re: How long can virgins be kept

    An update. Acceptance has been OK but getting them through the mated stage much more problematic. I don't know why but introducing a virgin queen and getting her mated and laying has been much less...
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    Re: Selling Queen Cells - Questions

    I've never seen $5 cells here in western Wasington - $10 seems to be the norm. Very fond of queen cells. Very high acceptance rate and take up less resources than getting queens mated and laying for...
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    Re: Grafting with reading glasses +3

    Me too! 4.5x !!
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    Re: Noisy Hive ... Mating Flights

    Nice timing, I was experiencing this today
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    Re: Hatching and Introducing Virgins

    The virgins are fed by the bees in the queen bank. Just make sure you have brood on both sides of the banking frame.

    So far I've found that releasing virgins 24+ hours after emergence is best...
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    Re: How long can virgins be kept

    "used AN" ... sorry for being dull, what is "AN"?

    Edited: Ah! Ammonium Nitrate!! ...OK, got it ...that reminds me, I have to read those threads.
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    Re: How long can virgins be kept

    I just tried this and did not have any success

    . I first placed the queen in the cage on a frame to see how the bees reacted. If they were scenting or indifferent, I released the queen and as I...
  20. Re: Introducing Virgin Queens in Full sized Colonies

    Whatcha mean beepro?
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    OK, I gotta find that thread again ..but I was just reading about someone using ammonium nitrate in their smokers. Intriguing.
  22. Re: Introducing Virgin Queens in Full sized Colonies

    This is just for the full sized colonies.

    #1. Emerged 4/13, installed 4/16
    #2. Emerged 4/18, installed 4/20
    #3 and #4: Emerged 4/28, installed 4/29 (one of these was replaced by an unknown...
  23. Re: Introducing Virgin Queens in Full sized Colonies

    As for me, introducing into full sized colonies, in a queen cage with candy, the last 5 out of 6 were accepted (that's all I've introduced to full sized colonies this year, the rest have been nucs)....
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    Re: How long can virgins be kept

    Absolutely none taken! A very interesting question and I was curious as well. I started a new thread regarding your question so this thead can stay on topic ......
  25. Introducing Virgin Queens in Full sized Colonies

    To those who have introduced virgin queens into full sized colonies, what was your success rate in her becoming a laying queen?

    A study for introducing virgin queens into nucs can be found at...
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