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    Re: April splits

    Allen, I was wondering the same thing...thanks for asking..

    Jean-Marc; I'm also curious to know wheather your grafting your own queens or do you also outsource your queens? When i was first...
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    Re: April splits

    Just amazing Jean-Marc...no doubt hired help would be necessary. So, just to be clear, 2 brood frames and 2 frames of bees makes 4 frames in total; yes? Various stages of brood I presurne? I realize...
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    Re: April splits

    @ crocodilu911: I appreciate the thorough details reply...sounds very resonable and doable..I will implement and see how it's goes next time. Also, thanks for the encouraging words...good to know I'm...
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    Re: April splits

    Jean-Marc; how long doest it take you to do 600 splits in one day? Do you install mated queens in them? How many brood frams do you use? Do you feed immediately and do you also give pollen patty?...
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    Re: Megabee For Spring Buildup

    Ditto to what Liljake83 says...I tried several of the powder forms of brood builders with early spring buildup in mind and I always came back to findainly mainly ants in there and a few bees that...
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    Re: Is this frame ok to reuse?

    If your meant "residue" than I say yes, it's better than mold residue. It will kill mold spores, but you should air dry the frames afterward. The better alternative is to scrape that wax off all...
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    Re: Question on feeding neighboring bees.

    I agree with your sentiments.
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    Re: Is this frame ok to reuse?

    I'd soak it in bleach water first..mold is never a good thing...
  9. Thread: Dud Queen?

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    Re: Dud Queen?

    I can't site the literature off the top of my head but I have read that, according to the masters (Doolittle, Miller, etc.) that a queen will communicate her vitality to the nurse bees whom determine...
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    Re: Dud Queen?

    Have you consudered banking her for some time and let the other raise a new queen?
  11. Thread: Dud Queen?

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    Re: Dud Queen?

    If the queen is truly a dud, the nurse bees would know and create supperseadure cells within a week. Check back in 7 days. Otherwise, she never mated when it was end of the season due to lack of...
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    Re: MDA Splitter Technique

    Hi Shannon, more or less, you would need the filling items:
    1. A cell starter (that's basically two nuc boxes with some minor modifications necessary).
    2. A grafting frame- which you're basically...
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    Re: MDA Splitter Technique

    My 2 cents...I have contacted Mel directly on several occasions and asked him to clarify some things, and he spent ample time answering my questions. Note- although the web site provides all the...
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    Re: beekeeping insurance

    A thousand dollars upfront for a year; I don't think one can consider that very affordable.
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    Re: How to start a beekeeping club

    HTC, I've heard about this Roberts Rule's...is ur some sort of presidency?
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    Re: Should the hives be combined??

    Mr. Palmer; any particular reason why not to bother looking for either queen? Besides the typical reason that most would sugest that the stronger of the two will survive, etc...I have heard that in...
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    Re: An oxalic vaporizer that WORKS in 30 sec

    Count me in..please PM me with the pertinent info.
  18. Re: Getting real tired of melting down capping on the stove..other options??

    Depending on the scale your dealing with, it doesn't have to be that expensive; you can accomplish a large amount of wax cakes just using 5 gallon (food grade) buckets and very hot water. You can...
  19. Re: Absconding/swarming: Is it dearth or the Florida heat?

    @SR; I haven't see them fly back casue there up there longer than I ever have time to stick around, but when I come back the next day, their not on the branch. They must be coming back in the evening...
  20. Absconding/swarming: Is it dearth or the Florida heat?

    5th year beek here, running 60+ hives..been in a dearth over 6 weeks now at my main apiary location. Surrounded by swamp land and small farms, and some residential. My other yard, in town, always...
  21. Re: Q: Too early for a nuc destined for overwintering?

    I would conclude with Mr. Palmer...what is your drone population like?
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    Re: Mann Lake Experiences

    I started buying from Mann Lake over Dadant beginning of this year.I quickly realized their wooden products are far superior and cut very well. Cannot say the same about the latter. In addition, I...
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    Re: Michael Palmer The Sustainable Apiary

    Hi Michael, please explain what exactly do you mean by "brood source"? I understanding that splits somehow aid or facilitate mite control by virtue of overloading the mite to brood ratio to the point...
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    Re: Michael Palmer The Sustainable Apiary

    You da man, mike!
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    Re: Moving Nuc 50 Feet

    Hi John,

    I have faced this same predicament myself, because i didn't have another yard or location. In short, you can either just move the hive and let the field force find their hive via...
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