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  1. Re: five for five introducing newly hatched virgins

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    Re: Queen Cells? Just how fragile are they?

    If they are shaken or bumped at a certain stage their wings can get damaged. I had half a bar in my incubator with bad wings probably injured during transportation maybe on day eight nor nine after...
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    Re: Made splits a day early.

    Folks do it different ways. Putting them in at the same time usually works. If you wait two or three days the'll be trying to raise their own queen and sometimes are not as friendly to the foreign...
  4. Re: five for five introducing newly hatched virgins

    These queens were so fresh that they weren't ready to stretch their wings. You could probably release them in the top. I think the timing was probably the difference in that the nucs were confused...
  5. five for five introducing newly hatched virgins

    Sometimes folks wonder how to introduce virgin queens. Some of my queens started emerging in the hair roller cages as I was drawing bees for mating nucs a few days ago. I had enough cells but I...
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    Re: walk-away-split, end with cell builder?

    A cell builder has to be full of bees. It can be five frames but it has to be full of bees. So full that bees will be hanging off all the cell bars nearly down to the next bar and all the way...
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    Re: Do you use your JZBZ cups more than once?

    Saw the beatingest thing yesterday while working through some hives. I hadn't removed plastic cups in many of the nucs I started last summer. Noticed one hive was drawing a queen cell on their own...
  8. Re: Demaree or 2-queen method - has anyone done this?

    If you put the queen and brood on top of the stack with an excluder underneath, leaving a deep with eggs on the bottom and a few supers between and if they are not already in swarm mode they'll raise...
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    Re: Another queen excluder question

    I usually start w/o the excluder if I am using double deeps. The queens will invariable wander up and lay drowns. Our early flow ends the third week of may so I'll put everything they are filling...
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    Re: think i found EFB in one hive.

    A couple of years ago I was talking to one of the commercial package and suppliers nearby and trying to figure out how he got his bees strong enough to shake packages in early march. They have ten...
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    Re: How does a clippd queen swarm?

    I have seen them light in on limbs just as they typically do. (it appears that the queen does not choose where the swarm lights) When the queen fails to join them they will leave and return to the...
  12. Thread: Strange spring

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    Re: Strange spring

    I have moved from nw ga and am in Columbia county now. I have bee yards across about fifteen or twenty miles, all are gaining but two yards in particular are in an unusual flow for this particular...
  13. Re: How do you protect a weak colony from being robbed

    There are plans floating around for a "robber screen." Build a square frame the width of your entrance and about four inches tall, staple screen to the front, drill a couple of 3/8 holes in the top...
  14. Thread: Strange spring

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    Re: Strange spring

    We are not far from you if your bees are around Athens. I'm not sure that our blooms were as affected by that cold night week before last than others further north and west than us. Two weeks ago I...
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    Re: Swarm cell found, now how to prevent swarming?

    It helps to mark and clip the queens. Pick a bright color that isn't natural to the hive. The deep reds or road line yellow really don't show up as well as a bright green or baby blue. testors...
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    Re: Mark queen method?

    Just marked 65 or so with this method with no problems. The butt end of a piece of pine straw works very well to. This paint is not real thick and it can run if you get too much on your stick. If...
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    Re: think i found EFB in one hive.

    It could be yellow jasmine poisoning or it could be efb. I would not take a chance. it will spread. I had one apiary that more than half the hives caught it. If there is an inordinate amount of...
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    Re: Price for a rotted out hive with bees?

    Offer what you would take if you were selling similar hives.
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    Re: Black plasticell and Wax foundation

    I wouldn't hesitate to put a package on plastic foundation. If there is a good flow or if you are feeding a three pound package will draw out five or six frames in a week. They'll draw the rest by...
  20. Thread: Clipping Wings

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    Re: Clipping Wings

    The bees will leave with virgin queens quite often. (I have picked as many as seven virgins out of a single swarm. I discovered along the way that swarms that abscond often do so because they have...
  21. Thread: Clipping Wings

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    Re: Clipping Wings

    Whether to clip or not is pretty simple. You can clip your queen and guarantee that she will not fly away with half your bees or you can clip her and at least have a bit of control. Yes, you'll...
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    Re: 9 frame spacer plans

    save yourself the trouble and just eyeball them. Once everything is covered with propolis the spacers won't work well anyway.
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    Re: Booming to dead in 5 weeks

    The bees needed honey or syrup. These patties may have sugar in them but the bees cannot survive on them.
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    Re: New fresh cut lumber

    It is pretty dicey using fully green lumber for your boxes. Green lumber works okay for bottoms and lids. Lumber shrinks very little over its length so shrinking leading to a smaller box isn't a...
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    Re: Booming to dead in 5 weeks

    You mentioned pollen patties....was there syrup or honey? Otherwise, I'd suspect nosema.
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