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  1. Re: Another failed attempt at grafting. Advise needed!

    That's good to know about the roller cages. I think that will be the answer. Protects them from building comb all around the cells also. I have 10 I think, so that will be my next try. I just...
  2. Re: Another failed attempt at grafting. Advise needed!

    Thank you all for the responses. I may abandon the QR cell finisher and go to queenless cell finisher.
  3. Re: Another failed attempt at grafting. Advise needed!

    Is an incubator a safer way to go after the cells are capped? I just knew this time was going to be a success. I attempted grafting before this attempt in my observation using it as the queenless...
  4. Another failed attempt at grafting. Advise needed!

    Hello,

    My last attempt at grafting starting off good and ended bad. I made a cell starter from nurse bees from 2 different colonies. It was a 5 frame nuc with the screen around the bottom for...
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    Re: Possible drone laying queen

    Thank you very much sir! Thank you for all of your information sharing.
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    Possible drone laying queen

    Hello,

    This year the weather has been terrible in GA. I had one hive develope a drone laying queen. I was able to spot her, kill her and I gave the hive a queen cell. This hive recovered fine. ...
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    Re: 1 lb containers with lids & labels

    I print mine all of the time. I used onlinelables.com. These labels worked well for my 1lb plastic containers I got from sailors plastics. ...
  8. Re: I just saw a new queen sting a worker bee! Interesting

    I did not think about that. Cool.
  9. I just saw a new queen sting a worker bee! Interesting

    I have an observation hive in my house. It swarmed 9 days ago on Father's Day. I had been taking 2 frames of capped brood out every week and a half or so to use the resources and to attempt to curve...
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    Re: Hive check - do I need to do anything?

    If it were me, I will leave them alone for about 20 days from when you saw the swarm and see if you see the queen or eggs. Especially if you saw swarm cells. I hate taking the chance on killing a...
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    Re: Bonterra Bees Swingview with top entrance?

    I have a little burr comb on the top and bottom. Not that big of a deal. Bee space everywhere else is good. You will be satisfied with bonterra. The plan purchase does include all plans. I love...
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    Two swarms in one location.

    I witnessed one of my hives swarm. I watched them collect in a pine tree to high to retrieve. Then about 15 minutes later, the hive next to the original hive swarmed and collected in the same...
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    Re: Ultra Breeze vs Mann Lake's vented

    I have the Mann lake. Love it! The brass zipper slide did fail after a few months. I just replaced it from one at wall mart for a couple of dollars.
  14. Using apilife var in an observation hive.

    I built an observation hive following bonterras plans. Comming out of winter I have notice dead mites on the bottom interior of the hive. Also have noted several deformed wings on bees along with...
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    Re: Bonterra Bees Swingview with top entrance?

    I used the bonterra plans last year and put a top entrance due to the same reasons with no problem at all.
  16. Using apilife var in an observation hive.

    I built an observation hive following bonterras plans. Comming out of winter I have notice dead mites on the bottom interior of the hive. Also have noted several deformed wings on bees along with...
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    Re: Wet looking comb during inspection.

    I have not had to deal with the SHB slime yet. Could the Beatles have slimmed the frames over the winter then died off in the cold leaving a wet frame with no SHB larvae in it? Therefore leaving a...
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    Re: Wet looking comb during inspection.

    I am hoping its just the nectar. I just never seen it that way. Also, there were no bees on the frames at all. No SHB larvae were present. No odor and the comb appeared to be in tact. As soon as...
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    Re: Wet looking comb during inspection.

    No feeder was on it. Still had honey left. I will check in about a week to see what it looks like then.
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    Wet looking comb during inspection.

    Went into a hive today in Georgia. Temp was about 60. This was a late swarm that was caught last year. It is in one deep and one medium super full of honey from another hive. Bees look to be a...
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    Re: Share Your Website

    Great thread! Here is my Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/GibsonBeeFarm
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    Re: Feeding on warmer days

    I put mason jar feeders through the inner covers today on 18 hives today. Temp was in the 70's. they did not take a drop! Some are light. I guess they did not feel that they needed it. Oh well,...
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    Re: Feeding on warmer days

    Thanks for the response. I think I will check to see if any is light and feed those. The next three days show around 70 high and lower 50's low.
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    Feeding on warmer days

    Just curious, on warmer days in the winter (65-70), can you feed lighter hives 2:1 sugar syrup? Or is this not a good option? I assume drying time would be an issue. Thanks
  25. Re: Using an observation hive to raise queens. Will this work?

    Thanks for the response. I think it would be a blast to watch. Also, I may need to put on a cut down queen excluder for about 7 days to let the larvae and eggs get too old for the bees to make more...
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