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  1. Re: Beginner Questions - Alternatives To Sugar Water

    It all depends on what you're trying to accomplish. Are you wanting honey from the hive? How much are you willing to spend to get it (supplies, money and time)? You've got no experience with...
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    Re: Hot and heavy hive

    It depends on the queen, and the hive may be under assault by other forces (skunks, robbing, SHB's, etc) that are made worse by their queenless situation.

    Do you have a nuc you can used for a...
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    Re: How do eggs end up in a queen cup?

    I respectfully disagree. I've had more than one failing queen being replaced in this exact manner. I sometimes move failing queens to nucs to try to get the most I can out of them as my grafted...
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    Re: How do eggs end up in a queen cup?

    Supercedure cells are modified from eggs laid in regular worker brood comb. The hive realized there's something wrong with the queen and are replacing her. Swarm cells is when the queen is laying...
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    Re: Extraction Methods: Simple Draining

    If it was that easy there would be no extraction equipment manufacturers. You might want to reconsider your source.
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    Re: Dark/nasty wax

    I scrape out my solar wax melter and use whatever doesn't have enough wax to render wax as fire starters. No need to add sawdust. The old cocoons, frass, and propolis offers plenty of wicking and...
  7. Re: Amazing bee develoment video... Varroa included!

    Very cool. There's a National Geographic article on bees in this issue too but I've not yet read it.
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    Re: Pics from 4th inspection

    Incredibly wonky comb. I'd focus on getting them to draw it out correctly and replace some of the comb that's clearly more bad than good. I couldn't tell if there are 10 good frames in there that...
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    Re: Bee Lineage Question

    No one is offended. I hope my tone didn't indicate I was. I was responding more to HIVE+ in that statement, with no offense taken nor offered there either.
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    Re: Bee Lineage Question

    No worries. If he's trying to get substantially more money for his nucs claiming he's got a certain genetic line I'd be wary. As you pointed out, it's not foolproof.
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    Re: Bee Lineage Question

    When I catch a swarm I bring it home and check it after a week. If the hive is doing well and has a laying queen I move it to my apiary and move on. If the new hive gets drones out for any queens...
  12. Re: Anyone had a hive abscond in winter and return in spring?

    No dead in the hive when you checked in Feb/March? When was the last time you saw them alive? Either way, it's a swarm that like what they left.
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    Re: Relocating hives morning vs. evening

    How far away? 1-100 yards? Whenever, they'll figure it out pretty quickly. I don't worry about them reorienting. They'll follow their hives smell and by the next day. Miles away? Late evening...
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    Re: Bee Lineage Question

    How does one know where the DCA's are? How does one know which DCA a specific queen is going to visit? Unless you live on an island or you're doing artificial insemination you've got very little...
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    Re: the bee and butterfies are getting help from the Government finally!

    Exactly. The +/-57% of the population that pays Federal income taxes. I want nothing to do with subsidies in any way shape or form. Nothing is for free. The paperwork and governmental oversight...
  16. Re: Anyone had a hive abscond in winter and return in spring?

    Are you sure they 100% absconded in Feb/March? Any idea as to why? Hive's don't normally abandon unless something pretty bad is going down. Likewise if something that bad is going down they're not...
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    Re: Bee Lineage Question

    No more so than anything else. When her queen daughters go out on their respective mating flights you're automatically going to be introducing genes from a non-direct lineage source. Every time...
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    Re: Hints on spotting the queen

    I like to hunt deer/elk. When looking over an area for movement, you don't focus on anything specific. You're looking for any movement that's out of the norm. Wind has patterns and anything that's...
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    Re: Differee in bees

    Very interesting. I'd never seen quite that contrast before. Even in the first photo there are a couple lighter colored bees in the mix. Thanks for posting the pics.
  20. Thread: nucs?

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    Re: nucs?

    Try looking up a nearby beekeeping organization or beekeeper and calling them. That's probably the fastest way to find what you're looking for.
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    Re: How many bee hives do you have?

    +/-30 hives. Semi-pro? Definitely not commercial but it's also definitely gone beyond hobbiest.
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    Re: Wall Street Journal---CCD Report

    40% bees have died is what they lay person is going to take away from the article. Most are going to say "Oh CCD is still getting the bees". Case in point look how this report was called a "CCD...
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    Re: Wall Street Journal---CCD Report

    The report is only as good as the data that was reported. Garbage in, garbage out. We know nothing of those who reported or if what they reported was true. I got the request for information as I'm...
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    Re: We have a new beek here.

    I've had some nice relationships start up over beekeeping. Here's to hoping you have the same.
  25. Re: 1-Gallon Bucket Feeders - One Time Use Only?

    I would. Fill it with water and play around with it.
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