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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    My spring results came back with a mean of 3.8 million - max yard was 6.2 million, min yard was 0.5 million. My fall average was 0.35 million with max yard of 1 million and min yard of 0. I haven't...
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    Re: Going to give grafting a go tomorrow...

    I agree with Dave. When I have had a surplus I have opened cells with a large variation in size to find that the queens inside to be basically identical in size. I think having a surplus of royal...
  3. Re: Maxant 3100-H (hand crank model)... Should I order?

    Stacie, how many hives and/or how many supers will you need to extract?
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    Re: Queen Caging Tips

    I catch her by the wings with my right hand, hold her by the thorax in my left hand and mark her and then point her head first into the cage.

    If she's facing in an awkward direction, I will gently...
  5. Re: I got 40 out of 45 Q cells capped and zero hatched???

    I think you are probably right, what can be interpreted as a poor take due to grafting error, could just as easily be the cell builder only being strong enough to start a certain number of cells.
  6. Re: I got 40 out of 45 Q cells capped and zero hatched???

    If it is a lack of confidence in grafting take, a guy could graft 45 and then 24-48 hours check the take and reduce the number of cells to 15-20.
  7. Re: Why I decided to buy my equipment, instead of build it.

    Yep, I am buying equipment using plastic frames for the same reason. I prefer wood frames, but don't have the time assemble them. Winter is for skiing and spending time with family.
  8. Re: I got 40 out of 45 Q cells capped and zero hatched???

    This is obviously ideal, but viable cells can still be produced without this surplus - I don't think a lack of royal jelly explains why none of them emerged. Perhaps something disease related.
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    Re: Queen cell installation

    Thanks, So most of them tear them down after the inserted cell emerges?
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    Re: Queen cell installation

    Jim, are you checking these at 3 weeks after inserting the cells? How often do you think they decide to continue to raise their own cells?
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    Can this really happen? Bees are usually pretty good at managing their resources. Wouldn't they abandon/tear down some cells rather than try raise more than their resources allowed?
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    Re: Queen breeding question

    As Robbin indicated. Queens from a given hive/yard will fly past their hive/yard's DCA's to prevent inbreeding. Nature favours diversity. Of course in an isolated mating situation they will mate...
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    Re: Sucsessful Queen Introduction tips.

    Harry, do you leave the hive queenless for a specific period of time before introduction? 1 hour? 24 hours? 48 hours?

    Thanks again,
  14. Re: Glass or Plexiglass for solar wax melter - Advantages & Disadvantages

    This, but I think I paid even less.
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    Re: Queen Cells too big for Cell Protectors

    I thought the protectors were more for putting cells in to requeen a queenright hive.
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    Re: snow bound hives/locations

    Snow is such a great insulator. I am always amazed at how heavy singles are in the spring when they have been completely burried.
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    Re: Queen Rearing for Hobbyists

    Thanks David, I am probably looking for 50-60 cells for the season. Originally I had planned to produce 2 or 3 larger batches using a full size starter, but I am starting to think that to start off...
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    Re: Queen Rearing for Hobbyists

    David,

    How many cells do you graft each time to get the 10-20 cells? 20? more?

    Thanks,
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    Re: Maximize first year nuc honey production

    A full size colony basically won't draw comb until every available cell is filled with something. With no space to put the nectar, the bees begin to produce wax and draw comb. Extracted comb is...
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    Re: Maximize first year nuc honey production

    You could put the excluder on top of the deep and then put on your medium with 6 drawn frames and 4 foundation less. You don't need to wait for the main flow to do this and the extra space will help...
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    Re: Maximize first year nuc honey production

    I'm not sure if it is the same in your area, but we have a dearth after dandelions. Feeding thought this period will help. Decide how you want to winter and set the hives up that way. You will...
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    Re: Electric Fence Ground Rods? 3 Needed?

    Keep testing throughout the season. A good ground in spring can become a lousy ground in dry weather. Here's a yard I set up yesterday:

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    Re: queen and were she will lay

    As Ray said as things pick up and warm up they will push the broodnest downward. She will move down sooner if you leave the ladder comb between the boxes.
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    Re: Splits or Split Down

    12 3-4 frame splits sounds too aggressive. I think you would have better success with 4-5. One you have set them up, stay out them for 4 weeks. Check for queens/eggs then. There is nothing to be...
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    Poll: Re: How long does it take you find your queen(s)?

    Yep
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