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    Re: how many hives?

    If you are only raising a few queens, you'll have plenty of drones in your area. This is a good read if you are raising many queens. The more drones the better!!!...
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    Re: Cost of shipping queens

    I only use the website for selling nucs. PM me or e-mail me for queen prices and availability. Thanks!
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    Re: Splits -Tips for Finding the Queen

    It's probably been mentioned in comments already but a fool proof way to split your colonies is to shake the bees from a 2 box brood chamber down into the lower box, lay down queen excluder, put the...
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    Re: Cost of shipping queens

    I ship almost everything in express flat rate envelopes. I have shoved 22 or 24 in that single envelope and had no problems at all due to over heating or lack of airflow. Just be sure to punch a...
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    Re: Beemax Nucs

    The styrofoam on the lids holds up really well. They are medium frames cut in half for mating nucs.
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    Re: Beemax Nucs

    http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x58/danwill73/2014-09-22%2013.36.01.jpg

    Here is another yard of nucs with the 1/2 frame mediums grouped in the middle. This is one of those win win bee yards....
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    Re: Beemax Nucs

    Joe there is a special Italian queen in the middle of this group of nucs! :shhhh:
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    Re: Beemax Nucs

    I have zero experience with the styrofoam nucs but here is my set up. I overwinter between 175 and 200 nucs in this fashion. Some 5 frame nucs, some double stacked 5 frame nucs and this year I...
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    Re: Beemax Nucs

    Joe, are you saying you are seeing better overwintering with styrofoam nucs vs the same size wooden nucs or are you referring to a smaller size wooden nuc?
  10. Re: Making Splits with a purchased queens

    This works great. Most split the box in half and run them as 2-4 frame nucs.
  11. Re: Making Splits with a purchased queens

    10 frame boxes. On warm days a screened bottom helps.
  12. Re: Making Splits with a purchased queens

    If I'm making a nuc and leaving it in the yard, I just shake a bunch of additional bees into the box. The older foragers fly back to the parent hive and leave young nurse bees which accept a queen...
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    Re: Pollen Pricing

    I like sundance traps.
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    Re: 'comando' screened bottom board

    I'm not making too many screened bottom boards anymore but here are some pictures of mine. They are easy to build and built to last. These are the best pictures I could find at the moment.

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    Re: Pollen Pricing

    Is that wholesale right out of the trap or are you drying and cleaning it first? Any suggestions on quicker ways to clean and dry it?
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    Re: upper entrance?

    http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x58/danwill73/2015-02-23%2019.57.24.jpg

    I've been using these lids for about a year. The bees use the upper entrance quite a bit.
  17. Re: Making Splits with a purchased queens

    100% acceptance on caged queens is not the norm. To the original poster if you are interested in using push in cages, do some research on design (the ones from the suppliers are useless in my...
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    I like to install queens using a push in cage over emerging brood. Acceptance rates are much higher!
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    Re: Whiten up the comb--how to?

    Did I mention fire? Leave in wood stove for a minimum of 24 hours there after the comb will be white.
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    Re: What is the purpose of a Nuc

    I use nucs to raise queens, provide emergency queens, provide extra brood for colonies or cell builders, I overwinter them, split them, sell them, replace winter losses with them, etc. Overwintered...
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    Re: Whiten up the comb--how to?

    This is the best answer yet. :applause:
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    Re: Whiten up the comb--how to?

    I just don't see the point. White comb does not mean clean comb. With everything encased in wax how will your "treatment" penetrate wax without destroying it? Brood combs are supposed to be dark. If...
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    Re: Whiten up the comb--how to?

    Cleaning combs to make them white? I don't know. Is there a reason you are wanting white combs? If you are wanting to sanitize combs there are a few methods. One is radiation, the other is fire. For...
  24. Re: Small cluster + Negative Temps = Indoors?

    The patties I'm talking about are winter patties or candy boards that do not produce excessive waste like pollen patties would.
  25. Re: Small cluster + Negative Temps = Indoors?

    Yes, but having that honey where they need it when we are having -15 degrees F at night is another story. A lot of colonies will consume the honey around the cluster and starve out during long cold...
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