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    Re: Raising my first batch of queens...

    I would definiteley re-introduce her. If you put her back along with a couple frames of the bees that she is with now - all the better. I'm always nervous about putting a queen I really like into...
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    Re: I think I have a laying worker...

    I wouldn't assume too quickly that you have laying workers. Queens can hide sometimes. Until you see 3-4 eggs in a cell, I wouldn't worry too much. Some of my hives are producing drones like mad...
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    Re: CA drought effect--April

    I would keep an eye on how much honey stores they have. Right now I couldn't feed my bees if I wanted to - they won't take it. They are getting all the real nectar they want. Every year in Ca is a...
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    Is that with only medium frames? Would I be corect to assume that there is more trouble getting the bottom attached with deep frames?
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    I have an awful lot of "brood cramping" and foundation. When they want to raise drones, I don't think anything will stop them.
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    I've got a lot of rite cell in my hives with drone cells all over the place. They have built tons of drone brood even on top of regular comb, which makes for very messy frames. It seems to me like...
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    Does it make sense to use foundation in the supers (mediums) and go foundationless in the broodnest? This would provide frames for honey extraction that are much less prone to blowouts, I would...
  8. Re: Starter hive not interested in raising a queen??

    Yes, after several days of the starter showing zero interest of raising queen, there are now 4 capped queen cells in the hive. So I know for sure now that there is no queen in the hive, as I...
  9. Re: Starter hive not interested in raising a queen??

    Yeah, I agree this certainly sounds like a queen must be in there. For that to be the case, that means that a wild queen wandering around out there would have had to have found my starter within...
  10. Starter hive not interested in raising a queen??

    I set up a queen nuc (5 deep frames) as a starter hive, just as I did last year. I grafted last year successfully and got a few really nice queens out of it, so I have had some success at it before....
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    Re: First grafting session of 2014 a success!!

    I grafted a few queens last year with this exact method and they turned out great and are great layers now. This year I tried twice with 2 cups or so each time and not one graft took. The bees were...
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    Re: Hi everybody from bees247

    Greetings from a few hours south!
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    Re: What is a queen castle?

    It's a nice way to have 3-4 queens in one box - so you can have 3-4 separate colonies (i.e. 2 frames each) in one compact spot. I used one for mating queens.

    Michael, do you have a provision for...
  14. Thread: Lost Queen Bee

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    Re: Lost Queen Bee

    Sorry to hear about your heavy losses. Our bee club down here had a lot of losses during the cold snap too. One guy lost 20 out of 25. Hopefully you can bounce back this year. The good news is that...
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    Re: Lost Queen Bee

    If you haven't opened the hive then you don't know if there is brood or not. If there is very young larva and eggs then you should be in good shape. Here in southern CA my hives are making drones...
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    Re: Engineers and Bees

    Mechanical / aerospace engineering for me. Maybe I was destined for this?
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    Re: almonds long on bees?

    Well there is a pretty large aqueduct bringing water down from the delta - as long its allowed to flow.
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    Re: Tobacco Ringspot Virus in Honeybees.

    Here's a short video on the subject: http://acsh.org/2014/01/latest-buzz-bee-colony-collapse-disorder-virus-pesticide-problem/

    It would explain why Australia doesn't have CCD even though...
  19. Sticky: Re: CCD/Neonicotinoid Data (Studies, Articles, Links)

    Some interesting new research about plant viruses: http://acsh.org/2014/01/latest-buzz-bee-colony-collapse-disorder-virus-pesticide-problem/
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    Re: Getting started in pollination

    What is the minimum number of hives that I would need to get into it?
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    Re: Getting started in pollination

    Yeah, if one beekeeper could supply all 1.5 million hives that would certainly be much simpler for the grower, but I doubt that's going to happen. I guess I am asking more about what the actual...
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    Getting started in pollination

    I am trying to find out exactly how one would get started in almond pollination. I live only a couple hours drive from the almond orchards. I was thinking of gathering together as many hives as...
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    Re: California hive sales 2014

    Whereabouts will you be exactly? Are you selling by the pallet or individual hives?
  24. Re: How to Raise Queen Bees - Hands-on Classes and/ or Good Reference Books

    I used this manual: http://www.uaex.edu/Other_Areas/publications/pdf/MP518.pdf

    It is very simple and easy to follow. I raised several queens last summer using this method exactly and it worked...
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    Re: New from Sonora, CA

    Hi JakeH,

    Welcome to the forum. I am several hours south of you. Yes, it has been quite a drought here, and very warm. I thought my bees were going to hunker down for at least a couple months,...
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