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    Re: 2 or 3 frame deeps for mating

    All interesting! Thanks.
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    Re: 2 or 3 frame deeps for mating

    That is my experience also Justin. We spread them out and face the entrances in different directions. The successful returns went up. I have seen queens drift a fair distance returning from mating...
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    Re: 2 or 3 frame deeps for mating

    Michael I have seen your stacks of mating nucs before. How do you keep queens from drifting to the wrong hole. We try to spread our nucs out as much as space will allow. Does each box have it's own...
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    Re: 2 or 3 frame deeps for mating

    I haven't paid that much attention, both seem to work well. I only run a few of each. The bulk of my queens are produced in a different style nuc. 1/2 frame mediums.
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    Re: Mark queen method?

    Elmer's painters pens from walmart. I keep one black/brown for notes on the lid and one current year queen color in my pocket at all times. They seem to work and hold up well. Make sure the queen is...
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    Re: 2 or 3 frame deeps for mating

    Justin, For dividing a 10 frame deep into compartments I like the 3 framers. It gives more room to look for and grab a queen if she is running around on the bottom. It also gives enough room to shove...
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    Re: Whiten up the comb--how to?

    Still trying to figure out the point of "white comb" myself...White comb does not mean disease free comb.
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    Re: Treating Package w/OA Dribble

    My opinion yes they will abscond. One of the things that makes them stick to a new hive is the pheromone of the queen. Old comb and hive smells will help them to stay but their is no substitute for...
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    Re: MAXANT customer service

    Had another fine transaction with Maxant this week. Quality products and great people, always a pleasure to deal with!
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    Re: Drawing out mating frames

    Both ways will work fine. A feeder on top of the colony will help entice them to move up as well.
  11. Thread: Ohio

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    Re: Ohio

    Williams Honey Bees offering pollination in Southern Ohio.
    740-703-3941
    Frankfort, Ohio
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    Re: Is anyone in NE Ohio?

    http://www.portagecountybeekeepers.com/

    Good place to start. Summit county beekeepers is also a group to look into. They are very active on their facebook page.
  13. Re: Is Mann Lake trying the bait and switch?

    Mann Lake is a good company. I got a Christmas present this year delivered to my front door. Yeah, yeah I know my wife told me, I spent to much money, but still! I'm pretty sure every week they have...
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    Re: Uncapping knife suggestions

    That's an interesting idea. I wonder if anyone has tried an electric carving knife, I have one that I never use that might get used this season just to see if it works.
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    Re: Should I close up the entrace?

    I leave the entrances on the larger opening all year long. If the colony is a newly installed split or getting robbed I will close the entrance down some. We just got hammered with a snow storm, -5...
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    Re: Scent Lines For Swarms?

    I agree, I think it would confuse them and possibly cause the swarm to land elsewhere. Imagine thousands of bloodhounds out tracking in every direction. If it's there they will find it, whether they...
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    Re: Swarm trap success rates?

    I usually have 40-50% catch on them. Some spots are consistent year after year, while others are a flop. If I check them often I have caught up to 3 swarms in the same spot, just keep removing the...
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    Re: Best Way To Expand In Year Two?

    Learn the basics before jumping into queen rearing. The box you are referring to is called a starter box or swarm box. One of many ways to start cells. You'd also need a finisher to complete the...
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    Re: Best Way To Expand In Year Two?

    My opinion, with new hives you don't need anything for queen rearing. You don't have the capability as in the volume of bees to be grafting/building cells. A capping scratcher is a good buy and good...
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    Re: Best Way To Expand In Year Two?

    http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x58/danwill73/8-12-13%20044.jpg

    Sorry pictures are not in order. Grab queen by queens off the frame with your dominate hand, switch to non dominate hand holding...
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    Re: Best Way To Expand In Year Two?

    http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x58/danwill73/8-12-13%20048.jpg
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    Re: Best Way To Expand In Year Two?

    http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x58/danwill73/8-12-13%20052.jpg

    Ever notice how outgoing kids are? Sometimes it worries me! :eek: This is my boy, he was 4 at the time. Practice on drones and...
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    Re: Uncapping knife suggestions

    No cold knifes will work just fine on new comb, just use more of a sawing motion. With a shallow frame it is easy to do as the blade on the cold knife is plenty long. Running 10 frames in a box...
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    Re: Uncapping knife suggestions

    Hey I'm not sure how many hives you are running but for years I used a cold uncapping knife. (basically a serrated bread knife) Then upgraded to a Cowen uncapper. I've used a hot knife on a few...
  25. Re: To feed or not to feed...that is the question

    There are different species of maple (at least in Ohio) and they all start to bloom at different times. Change of elevation or which side of the hill the tree is on will affect when they bloom.
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