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    Re: Beekeeping in Jamaica

    Hi Guys

    Looking at Tomas's photos, you'll see that more than just foreign interns are attending. Obviously they are locals. And yes, some of those look like they are Rastafarian. But it's hard...
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    Re: Aficanized bees are fake

    Hi Guys

    I think there were a few words left off of the original post.

    >There are no killer bees.

    Should read: "There are no killer bees here". And maybe ",yet" should be also added for...
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    Re: Yep, bees in the smoker. Wait....What?

    >I'm always up for a story.

    Ok here goes!

    About 15 years ago, I was commercial beekeeper in Wyoming. I'd just finished a season testing a few small cell hives and was amazed at the results....
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    Re: Yep, bees in the smoker. Wait....What?

    Hi Guys

    Bees inside the smoker? Yes! And much more. I've seen bees so riled that they smothered book matches as they were being struck, preventing lighting the smoker!

    When the panicked...
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    Re: Do you use your JZBZ cups more than once?

    Hi Tim and Everyone

    Neat!

    The real need to clean those cups was a result of what happens to them after they're removed from a hive and before they are used again. Most of them end up rattling...
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    Re: Priming cells

    Hi AstroBee

    Neat.

    I tried the JZ-BZ tool. Figured I was too fat fingered to make it work efficiently. Looks like I just couldn't figure it out. ;)

    -dm
  7. Re: How many nurse bees does it take to make a queen cell?

    Hi Guys

    Well IF



    there are enough healthy, well fed nurse bees.
    they are motivated to raise a queen.
    proper age larva are available.
  8. Re: Any problem with adding brood to a finisher with cells?

    Hi Guys

    And be sure to check more than just the brood frames for spurious cells.

    Although rare, I've had bees become frustrated at rearing lots of cells and producing no queens. They moved a...
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    Re: Priming cells

    Hi Guys

    Priming? Use to. Thought it was necessary for grafting and an additional hedge against low humidity problems.

    But a Chinese grafting tool cured any need for priming when grafting. And...
  10. Re: What's the oldest a larva can be to make a quality queen?

    Hi Guys

    While looking at different queen rearing possibilities, I did a little test grafting using vertical eggs through 4 day old larva.



    eggs - poor acceptance, inter-morphs, very hard...
  11. Re: How many nurse bees does it take to make a queen cell?

    Hi Guys

    Another thought on queen cell length versus queen quality.

    It's not so much the length of the cell that determines the quality of a queen, but the amount of royal jelly available to the...
  12. Re: How many nurse bees does it take to make a queen cell?

    Hi Guys

    Steve Taber talks writes about Liu/Peng's two studies, pg. 20, Breeding Super Bees. He says:

    " , , , that 200 young nurse bees are sufficient to raise a good queen capable of mating and...
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    Sticky: Re: My Cell Building Methods

    Hi Guys

    Michael's methodology is a great way to setup a free flying starter finisher. It's my favorite and most consistently successful way to raise queens. Many others, Laidlaw, Taber, etc use...
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    Re: Do you use your JZBZ cups more than once?

    http://web.archive.org/web/20140529131900/http://talkingstick.me/bees/reclaim-plastic-queen-cups/
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    Re: Do you use your JZBZ cups more than once?

    Hi Guys

    I've found that, besides pathogens, using JZBZ cups more than just a few times, without cleaning them up, reduces acceptance.

    I would reuse cups but toss unaccepted cups aside,...
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    Re: Do bees have better health in a TBH ?

    Hi jbuzz and everyone

    I've had much the same experience when running tbhs next to Langs. This difference was so unexpected that it changed the way I looked at and kept bees. I've think the...
  17. Re: where to put the entrance in a TBH in northern climate ?

    Hi Guys

    I've done a little test. I put bottom entrances on the both the end and the sides of a tbh. And I let the bees choose.

    They liked the side entrance and ignored the end entrance. Here's...
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    Re: Mark queen method?

    Hi Guys

    The easiest and safest way to mark a queen involves using a vibrant, good quality latex hobby paint, and a modified metal rod or nail whose diameter is the same as the spot on the queen....
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    Re: Do you use your JZBZ cups more than once?

    Hi Guys

    I'm now retired. But have raised thousands of queens through decades. And I reclaimed JZBZ cups without any loss in efficiency. Here's how:
    ...
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    Sticky: Re: Bee Natural Site Archived

    Hi Shellig

    The Sketchup files aren't available. However, I've attached a image with the dimenstions. Hope it works for you.

    This hive was designed for my needs in Wyoming. It's big, wide, and...
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    Sticky: Bee Natural Site Archived

    The old BWrangler has hung up his Bee Natural website spurs.

    Although Bee Natural is no longer maintained, an archived copy is still preserved on the Wayback Machine at:
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    Bee Natural Site Archived

    Sorry! Accidently duplicated this post. Please delete this one.

    Thanks.
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    Re: New: TBH Design Advice

    Hi Guys

    I written a little about tbh design. And I've done some experimenting.

    The bees:


    don't care about sloped sides and will attach comb when it needs reinforcing.
    definately prefer...
  24. Re: Replace the queen of quick and simple way : is it true?

    Placement was based on the beekeeper's convience. The only criteria was that it be placed above the broodnest. That's away from the queen and where young bees congregate.

    In practice:

    - time...
  25. Re: Replace the queen of quick and simple way : is it true?

    Hi Guys

    Way back in my Wyoming commercial bee days, I'd raise about 4500 cells/year and use them this way. Initially, during the first 3 years I think, detailed records were kept.Success was...
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