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  1. Re: What to do with packages that have killed their queens

    Find local queen or order a new queen.

    You could also take a frame of eggs and insert it into the hive that is queenless and let them make thier own queen.

    Worst case is to combine the...
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    Re: HTK Beesupply

    I bought nucs from chris at htk 2 years ago and some equipment. In my experiance he was excellent to deal with. I did however pick my items up since I am in driving distance (about 2 hours 1 way...
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    Re: What's going on in this picture

    Washing the frames before grafting. Thats whay I do. The old dark comb is great to see the larva.

    Wash, shake out, dry...insert into hive for laying then grafting.

    Just water.
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    Re: Russell SKC bees

    1. Compare their overwintering abilities, small, medium, or large cluster? (It's been too uncommon of a year here to learn anything.)

    Larger than normal cluster however used a lot less of the...
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    Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2012

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    Maples started blooming today...just a bit early
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    Re: Where to get mead?

    Thanks Vance!

    I will have to be honest on the honey, I just recently moved and relocated my hives so I have no idea what kind of honey I will get. It is a mixture of hay fields, forest mainly...
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    Re: OW in triple deeps

    Interesting and makes sense. More space, more bees and they can possibly out grow a mite issue.

    What amount of stores do you see in the spring and how much does it cut out on spring feeding?
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    Re: Where to get mead?

    I bought a small bottle today, not much bigger than a long neck beer bottle and it was quite costly...


    Tried it, wife tried it, both loved it.

    I am planning to make some this year now!
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    Re: Where to get mead?

    Thanks the one is pretty darn close!

    Thanks again
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    Where to get mead?

    I am not a drinker however I would like to try some to see if I like it...where can I get some?

    Yah I know check locally, which I have to no luck finding any...any virginians or near by have some...
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    Re: Russell apiaries

    I order quite a few last year...

    First order had some issue with a new fondant they used in the queen cages and had a bad turn out. Russells replaced the queens with upgraded versions. All of...
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    Re: Post Office and shipping of bees/queens

    exactly what I ment thank you BG
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    Post Office and shipping of bees/queens

    Just a heads up on shipping bees and queens this year.

    This may not affect all but it does me so I can only assume it will affect more.

    This past year the Postal Services closed down and...
  14. Re: CNN Article on Honey Bee’s decline “Not that big a deal”

    Should have domesticated deer...
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    Re: My 2/2012 Small Cell Apiary Status

    Visual inspections of hive and board count. Had no reason to do wash or powder.

    Also wanted to add, other than essential oils, HBH and HBH amino, I did not treat with anything. I do sprinkle a...
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    Re: My 2/2012 Small Cell Apiary Status

    I switched over to small cell this 2011 season in my home apiary.

    So far 8/8 in this apiary are doing fine. Only problem I have had is lite hives due to this very mild winter. I have basically 0...
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    Re: late payment

    Maybe escrow next time, that is a smart move in my humble opinion.
  18. Re: BeeMax deep quad mini mating nuc and swarm box pics

    Curious what is that pan looking thing under the hive?
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    Re: Too Much Help?

    Got to love it...good laugh for the day
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    Re: 2 New Queens From J.C.

    Sunkist Cord.
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    Re: dont laugh

    I'm Sorry....but....LOL

    Kinda like me doing indian dance earlier when bees got up my pants leg...where were the cameras.
  22. Thread: Russians

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    Re: Russians

    I guess I will post about my experiance with russians.

    I raise them and they have performed well. I manage my hives so that swarming has not been a problem. Requeening is an issue and they do...
  23. Re: The best way of requeening with your own raised queens is?

    I have had good luck in making a hive queenless for about 5 days. On the 5th or 6th day I go into the hive and pop all the queen cells and wait a few hours. Then I have pre-made nucs I will remove...
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    Re: Help ID these please

    Looks like pollen traps to me
  25. Re: Is it ok if my wax foundation kind of "bows" in the middle when I install it?

    I had this happen to a few hudred sheets out of a lot of small cell. Even after trimming the sheets they still bowed. Didnt have time to fix every sheet but the bees seem to chew the wax and are...
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