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    Re: Is it normal to not react to a sting?

    Mostly I don't swell or itch anymore. I can usually feel where the sting was for 5 minutes or so. Sometimes the back of my hand will have a little swelling and sometimes a knuckle will feel stiff...
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    Re: Queen takes flight

    I haven't bought queens for several years (2007 I think), but I always assumed that queens in cages could fly since they were only slightly larger than the attendant bees. If I got a cage without...
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    Re: Newb questions

    Chalkbrood becomes a problem when the hive grows slowly from it. Most clears up at some point, but requeening is ultimately what will stop it. I think that it has to do with the bees hygienic...
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    Re: Location for Extraction

    How much are you extracting?

    1. If the barn is open and you extract when the flow is over, the barn option will be an epic memorable mistake. You will have to extract twice. Once in the...
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    Re: Queen Excluder

    My experience mirrors grozzie2. With wet supers all of the cells from last years extracted frames will be repaired in about 24 hours. I do produce cut comb honey along with liquid extracted honey. ...
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    Re: we're coming in hot

    Banging boxes together works for me. If I have bees left on the sides of boxes that I'm transferring bees from a good wack gets them out.
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    Re: It's Time to Spray

    My hives are in my orchard too. Just spray in the evening or early morning before they start to fly. Don't spray when they are blooming. I spray right over the hives with malathion and diazinon...
  8. Re: Queen spotted but not laying or at least not laying well.

    On the other hand all of those cells look like drone cells. I don't think a queen will be laying worker brood in those cells. Are all your frames foundationless? Are there any worker brood sized...
  9. Re: With no mouths to feed , honey is simply increased !

    Yeah, I completely missed that part.
  10. Re: With no mouths to feed , honey is simply increased !

    That is one advantage of removing the queen. I've always thought that if I really wanted to go completely treatment free I would just kill all of my queens on the 4th of July (our flow continues for...
  11. Re: With no mouths to feed , honey is simply increased !

    Well I would say that 30 days before the flow would time it so that she would just start laying and they would start feeding brood again just when the flow starts. There are threads on here by...
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    Re: Hot wire uncapper

    What about using the wire that we used (maybe some still do) use for wiring frames? I have my old embeder hooked to an old train controller that you can dial the amount of current that you want to...
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    Re: Going to give grafting a go tomorrow...

    When I first started raising queens I also found that returning foraging bees were a concern. They are a bigger concern for your mating nucs. Now I make them up a day ahead and try to always have...
  14. Thread: Scared Noob

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    Re: Scared Noob

    I like seeing dead bees on the landing board during winter. It means that the hive hasn't given up and is trying to keep the hive in order. I don't see larva often except when I've been in the hive...
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    Re: Going to give grafting a go tomorrow...

    When I first started raising my own queens, I was surprised at how many bees it took to raise them.
  16. Re: Uncapped Honey (Green Honey) along with Capped Honey on a frame extract or not?

    19% honey doesn't shake out either. Our capped honey here ranges from 15% to 17.5%. So even if some around the edges is at 19% it will all average out when mixed in the extractor. I use a...
  17. Re: things I have learned in my first 3 weeks

    #2 No they don't, but if you flick them they won't be as mad. You herd bees with smoke.
    #3 Are you calling the bottom of the cell the lower wall as it is hanging? If so, no they don't lay the eggs...
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    Re: tips on obtaining land for apiary

    I'll second the Craigslist idea. I had nucs for sale and by the end of the first day they were gone. Then couple of people said that they really weren't sure if they wanted to be a beekeeper but...
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    Re: Queen Caging Tips

    I went from normally using gloves to almost never using gloves when I started raising queens. There are too many things that you can't (very easily) do with them on. I do get stung sometimes, but...
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    Re: Carniolan Honey Production

    Just because that's the limit doesn't mean that all queens always lay at their limit. The first year I had carni's I was shocked at the cluster size. I was pretty sure that they were doomed. By...
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    Re: smoker question

    Are you plugging the top or the air intake hole?
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    Re: Queen Caging Tips

    I practiced with drones (no stinger). Now picking up queens by the wings seems much easier than any other method of catching them.
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    Re: eggs removed from nicot box

    I'm not positive I always made sure of that either. I used a Jenter for several years, but graft now. There have been other threads on here from people that have had eggs removed. That never...
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    Re: Carniolan Honey Production

    Strachen's queens are the one's that I was talking about in post #3. Those are very likely different than carni's that you would get in Europe.
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    Re: eggs removed from nicot box

    Are you leaving it in the center of the brood nest after releasing the queen?
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