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    Re: Did I injure queen when marking?

    I would practice on drones. They are replaceable, queens not so much.
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    Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

    18455
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    Re: suprise for my fiancee

    Well then maybe it's worth going for. It might be exactly what he needs. Best of luck!
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    Re: suprise for my fiancee

    I'm a Veteran and find beekeeping very therapeutic- but I chose to take up beekeeping. I would echo Brian's post above- make sure it's something he wants. Beekeeping is not for everybody.
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    Re: Carniolan Honey Production

    I've been using a lot of Strachan's NWC Queens also and like them a lot. Good honey producers and very easy to work with.
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    Re: Front Range SNOW !!!

    Well we got snow again. Pretty much melted today. The high temp was 39 degrees. My higher elevation hives have about a 25% loss of queens since this weather has set. Hoping for some warmer temps. I...
  7. Re: Hello From the Colorado Rockies...Were back...and still looking?

    Welcome
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    Re: Supercedure & Queen Failure?

    Michael: That was what I was thinking, but never experienced it before. As I looked at my notes the failures are only in the higher elevation hives which have had more days of confinement due to cold...
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    Re: Supercedure & Queen Failure?

    They have a lot of stored pollen as it was warm early with lots of pollen. I have been feeding syrup and pollen patties. I kept sugar bricks on until this past weekend. They have been storing syrup....
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    Supercedure & Queen Failure?

    In Colorado we have had a lot of cold rainy weather over the past month.

    I seem to be experiencing a high rate of supersedures and queen failures.

    These are overwintered hives, overwintered...
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    Re: When to throw in throw towel?

    Shaking them out: It's not giving up- it's a good management decision.
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    Re: first time selling nucs question

    WBVC- If you buy Overwintered nucs they are well established.
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    Re: Electric netting fence for bears

    I assuming it working for you?
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    Electric netting fence for bears

    Anyone using the electric netting to protect hives from bears?

    Has it worked well for you?

    I'm considering it for seasonal hive placements.

    Thanks, Rich
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    Re: No queen

    Either way you need brood whether taking from the other packages or doing a combine and letting them populate the queenless hive. If you put a mated queen in with a bunch of old foragers they will...
  16. Thread: No queen

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    Re: No queen

    I would do a combine and then after the population builds up and it warms up split it and add a mated queen.
  17. Thread: nuc prices?

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    Re: nuc prices?

    This year I've been seeing prices between $120 and $200 a Nuc in Colorado.
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    Re: Queen right cell finisher

    I don't- most of my honey frames are in the bottom deep. I rotate open brood to the upper box then place capped brood below the excluder every 7 to 10 days.
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    Re: Queen right cell finisher

    That's what I'm using this year. I have 3 deeps. The bottom 2 have the queen. The upper one has the cells with a queen excluder between the 2nd and 3rd deep. I've been using it as a queen right queen...
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    Re: Sucsessful Queen Introduction tips.

    Harry: Thanks for a great thread. I've always gone in and pulled the queen cages on day 3, then leave them alone for 7 days. I will be changing the way I introduce queens.

    Do you have a...
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    Re: no place for new queen to lay.

    Would it be worth extracting a couple of frames and see if you can get the queen to establish a brood nest.
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    Re: I'm Thinking EFB Please Confirm

    Send a sample to the Bee Lab in Beltsville, MD and you will know for sure.
  23. Re: from grafting to selling strong nuc, time period?

    There are a bunch of different configurations for overwintering Nucs. I'm using the double nuc which works well. Others I know just use 2 five frame nucs stacked. There are some excellent past...
  24. Re: from grafting to selling strong nuc, time period?

    That's why beekeeping is local!
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    Re: How do YOU harvest brood for mating nucs?

    WBVC- I would consider pulling two dividers, leaving the center divider, then add 2 four frame supers to the top for overwintering. You can also use the four frame supers as mating Nucs during the...
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