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    Re: Queen rearing: 100 per month

    Thank you all for the great advice, this is the kind of info you don't find in the books. Right now I am like a sponge and am absorbing it all. I think it is going to take me several seasons to sort...
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    Re: Queen rearing: 100 per month

    That would be nice, how long did it take you to build the reputation and clientele?



    Something for me to think about and good to know the quantity and method others are using. At this point I...
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    Re: Queen rearing: 100 per month

    Being able to reliably produce 100 robust queens per month is no little thing. You need lots and lots of bees! Starter, cell builders, mating nucs, nucs, drone colonies, mother queen colonies along...
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    Re: Queen rearing: 100 per month

    deknow, how did these queens perform?
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    Re: Queen rearing: 100 per month

    With that approach you'd basically generate a monthly batch of 100 cells all at the same time. If I remember correctly brother Adam's method was designed for one massive batch of cells once a year to...
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    Re: Queen rearing: 100 per month

    I am guessing that that would equate to 1-2 double deep hives for the number of queens I am proposing? Allocate for two queen banks.
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    Re: Queen rearing: 100 per month

    Okay, those are both good refinements that I underestimated and will definitely bump up the nuc count.



    Good input and consistent with hedges. In terms of gear, nuc boxes are clearly the...
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    Queen rearing: 100 per month

    I would like to produce roughly 100 mated laying queens/month, 25 queens/week.
    I am trying to scope out how many bees, boxes, frames would be required.

    The first year would be focused on filling...
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    Re: Good Nurse Bees (Young our Old)?

    I agree with that!

    Thank you Michael Palmer, that is a certainly a very telling photo of what to aim for. Plus, thanks for providing your means of how you obtain it!
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    Re: Good Nurse Bees (Young our Old)?

    Thank you for posting the link kilocharlie. What a great resource to learn from and try out.
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    Re: Good Nurse Bees (Young our Old)?

    Ok, that is juicy stuff. I would love to see the details. Thanks
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    Re: Culling Emerged Queens

    Great advice. It is difficult to drop the attachment to any initial success.
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    Culling Emerged Queens

    Do you cull newly emerged queens based on looks (size, shape, color) only, or do you what until they start laying before you cull or both? What criteria do you use to cull at the emerged state. I've...
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    Re: mannlake?

    I have both Mann Lake and Kelly Frames. I prefer the Mann Lakes since they are so much quicker to assemble, they feel much more solid and the free shipping is a big plus. I buy the wedge tops, since...
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    Re: Cells emerge early

    I've been noting queens emerging 10.5 days after grafting which would be day 14, I thought that was early.
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    Re: Good Nurse Bees (Young our Old)?

    Some subtle details have been clarified for me.

    1) Primarily, what age bee makes a good nurse? Well, bees greater that 5 days old do, Smith was not wrong. Those fury little beggars make poor...
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    Re: Good Nurse Bees (Young our Old)?

    Yes, makes a lot of sense. Not always easy cutting through the all the chaff.
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    Good Nurse Bees (Young our Old)?

    Is it true that in order rear high quality queens your cell starter/builder has to be be chock full of young bees (5-15 days old)? What is your experience with this? Have you experienced field bees...
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    Re: Value of FACEBOOK ?

    Back at you. Very nice photos, BTW.
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    Re: What bee books inspire you?

    Yes I agree with that! Okay, spending too much time on the computer already....
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    Re: What bee books inspire you?

    The WAM book is a bit out of bed with the rest of the bunch, but for me it is very inspiring. I mentioned to a friend that I'd like to try building a few top-bar hives, he recommended Les Crowders...
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    Re: What bee books inspire you?

    I've been wanting to read the Richard Taylor books and I have not heard of A year in an out apiary. I will definitely look into those. Both of the Jay Smith books I read from your compendium which...
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    Re: What bee books inspire you?

    This looks like a great one. I definitely will check it out.
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    What bee books inspire you?

    I have several books on my shelf but these are the ones that really get me excited. These are the ones I read over and over again, have ear marked and scribbled notes all over. Mostly a bunch of...
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    Re: Value of FACEBOOK ?

    You will never know until you run the experiment for yourself. Just created a facebook page and just started posting on this forum.

    facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RedstoneQueenBees
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