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    Re: Queenless hives

    I would make the two or 3 frame nucs up and spread the cells between them. I have good luck mating queen cells every month except January in Florida. If they don't get mated, combine in 20 days and...
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    Re: Custom labels from Hetrick Honey Bees

    She did a nice job on my labels. Professional operation.
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    Re: trouble with shb in mating nucs

    I use screen bottom Nucs set up off the ground with one beetle blaster. Presently using 40 nucs to mate cells. I have had a few with beetles and put in a second blaster and it has worked so far. It...
  4. Re: Today my lovely gentle girls turned into angry little ummmm vixens

    It sounds like they are queen less, hungry or have been shut up due to rain or clouds for a extended time. Try in the middle of the day in full sun. Try to move super slow and minimum smoke. If they...
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    Re: Crock pot for wax melting?

    I use one to melt wax cell cups for grafting by holding the cup to the outside of the crock pot for a few seconds and then stick them to the cell bars. I also use a crock pot to melt wax. I just use...
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    Re: Observations from first graft attempt

    My best results are in a totally bloodless and queen less nuc. 1 frame honey, 1 frame pollen and 2 frames of drawn comb. Feeder bucket and closed up tight with screened bottom. Shake a few frames of...
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    Requeening with cells

    I want to re queen all of my hives(100) can I split and put a cell in everything and check in 15-20 days or should I break everything down and find the old queens and remove them, wait a day and...
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    Re: Queen cells and virgins

    Finally success. Both queens are laying. One has half a frame of brood in just the last few days. I guess you can't rush nature.
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    Re: Queen cells and virgins

    Well I checked her today along with another Nuc with a cell from the same graft. I found both Queens. They are both healthy looking and moving around normally. I have had a one gallon feeder on them...
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    Re: Queen cells and virgins

    I will check her in a few days. I sure hope she makes it.She was grafted from a survivor hive that is 15 years old on a ranch property that I own. Her genetics should be real strong. It was a fairly...
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    Re: Queen cells and virgins

    Just checked a nuc that had a cell installed on 3-29 and I saw the virgin 4-12 with no eggs or brood. Today I opened the lid of that nuc and saw a pile of bees in the center on top of the top bars of...
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    Re: Queen cells and virgins

    I have had about 50% success this year with queen cells developing into a laying queen. I have heard from others in Florida with the same results. The wind and cold in March really had an impact. I...
  13. Thread: Florida

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    Re: Florida

    100 plus hives available June 2013 for pollination in West coast of Florida. Call Jim 941-915-6674
  14. Re: Beginner Queen Rearing using the Joseph Clemens Starter/Finisher

    David, thank you for working on this thread. I have studied your info and read 3 queen books this winter. I live in south west Florida and it is early Spring here. 80degrees during the day now and 60...
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    Re: stocking the mating nuc

    Yes, I am talking about my cell builder Nuc. My. Bad. I am having a great time in my second year with bees and my first early season grafting queens. My first Queen just started laying 2 days ago.Jim
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    Re: stocking the mating nuc

    I put in at least one frame of brood and two if they have pollen or honey around the edge.i put in frames of sealed and open brood with the nurse bees that are on the frames. I shake 3 or 4 frames of...
  17. Re: Daily Death Rate Observed for an Indoor Winter Hive

    I am in sunny south west Florida. Daily lows at mid 40's and High's in mid 70's. I have hives with at least a cup or two of bees on the ground outside the entrance. My hives have 1 or 2 frames of...
  18. Re: Seeking Plans for NUC with Screened Bottom Board

    Extremely simple method is to put 1x2 firing strips on the bottom of the box and then staple the 1/8" hardware cloth to the firing strips. It works good for me. On the front strip I use a skill saw...
  19. Re: queen rearing mid stae florida on the west coast

    Just learning in Sarasota
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    Re: Brazilian Pepper

    Just starting in Sarasota area.
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    Re: Cutouts and AHB

    How soon do you Re-Queen after you get the swarm home? Do they calm down right away? How long does it take for them to be docile?Thank you for your responses
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    Re: Swarming in the Southeast

    I am in west central Florida. I have seen 4 swarms in the tree above my hives in the last two weeks. finally put a small 4 frame nuc box up in the tree. Within one hour a swarm was in the box. I put...
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    first swarm questions

    I have 20 hives on my property. They are all close together on a waist high rack. Last Friday I was looking out the window of my house and noticed a swarm directly above my hives.The swarm was on a...
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    Re: hive top feeder

    I have 20 of these feeders and had about 6 that would get bees in the syrup. I caulked the area where the screen meets the plastic all the way around. Now zero bees in the syrup. I really like the...
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    Re: Any ideas why my bees like corn?

    It sounds like a deer feeder, like a sweeny brand with a battery and a motor. The movement of corn in the feeder slightly grinds up the corn and makes a fine dust or corn meal.All insects like the...
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