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    Re: Can 2 swarms be combined?

    I woudl not pinch a queen. a good queen plus a bad queen is still better laying rate than just a good queen. Winter is really not that far away and you need to build up. Do the Palmer's two queen...
  2. Thread: Grafting an egg?

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    Re: Grafting an egg?

    just reviving this old thread, but it certainly seems interesting that they will raise a supersedure cell with an egg in it, but won't do that for a plastic cup with an egg. What if a cup with an...
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    Supering 3 queen castles

    I have seen enough information where it is fairly safe to keep two-queen castles and super them through a queen excluder. How about 3, or even 4 queen castles. Is that a viable option, assuming all...
  4. Re: OTS queen rearing VS grafting. I've got to decide which way to go

    I am going to drive Mike's point once again. Use fresh combs with fresh wax cells on them. Bees will break down the wax and build you nice cells if the cells are not overused from brood rearing. ...
  5. Re: keeping new queen from mating w/ siblings... overkill?

    What a great overview. Thanks.
  6. Re: Queen/brood isolation for varroa trapping (anyone with experience?)

    Can be much done faster with this same trap frame if you remove all of the young brood to another colony and place two frames a few days apart. Then all of the varroa will be attracted to the new...
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    Re: Changing out old comb

    Good to know, I can then safely apply it to plastic foundation for a quicker drawing out of comb.
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    Re: Changing out old comb

    ok, So HUGE THUMBS UP for the steam melter, especially for old wax. I tried steaming frames in a deep box with 1500W clothes steamer from the top and it works very well. It took about 2.5 hours to...
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    Tool to check hives from the bottom

    My hives are on 18 inch high stands. I would like to inspect them in a manner that Mike Palmer checks his hives, by laying them on their backs. Mine are not on the ground, so I do not have the...
  10. Re: keeping new queen from mating w/ siblings... overkill?

    I suppose I will stir up the discussion. Have you folks seen "more than honey", the scene from carnica production, where the queen must have been mating about 50 yards from the mating nuc with 500...
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    Re: Two cutdowns and a combine

    time of the year plays a difference, specifically the amount of bee traffic makes a difference. In a summer/spring, I'd be surprised if they don't eliminate all of the paper in 36 hours or less.
  12. Thread: nuc boxes

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    Re: nuc boxes

    You are forgetting that Mike P uses them as 4 frame nucs, not 5 frame nucs. And for that reason even at 8.25" they are plenty big. I found it kind of combersome to add two stories of split deeps on...
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    Re: When to add protein patties

    I am a little south of you. Last year, March 2nd, is when the bees had their first natural pollen extravaganza, and about 10 days later I had 2 frames of capped brood. I'd say you could do it around...
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    Re: "lier or a fool"

    That actually did cross my mind, but I figured that "plugging" woudl happen a little later, not in the early spring. THat early it woudl be mostly devoid of pollen which was eaten last fall to raise...
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    Re: "lier or a fool"

    Walt,

    THinking more about your system. So basically the key to backfilling is when they reach the honey reserve overhead.
    Assume one does not checkerboard. Assume they reached the reserve and...
  16. Re: Interim report on effectivenes of quilt boxes in very cold weather

    if you go that route, make the pillowcase much larger than you think. Otherwise you'll have a bunch of empty space around the sides.
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    Re: Accelerated Queen Rearing

    I like Bee Wrangler's Ideas, but it seems that from management point of view, a simple queenless queen bank for virgins would solve all of those issues w/o a need to worry about workers turning...
  18. Re: Interim report on effectivenes of quilt boxes in very cold weather

    Ok, so here is one of the sources that talks about R value of wood shavings. http://hometeamhomeinspections.blogspot.com/2008/07/would-wood-insulate.html. It is about 2.5. A little lower than I...
  19. Re: Interim report on effectivenes of quilt boxes in very cold weather

    I think shavings have R3 per inch, so definitely you are having insulation effect. It is kind of handy to know if they are raising brood by placing your hand inside the shavings. If it is in the...
  20. Re: 5-frame deep nucleus hive with all mediums..

    Nucs are almost always sold as deeps. And frankly, nucs are bought as deeps too. So you'll always have to deal with deeps one way or the other. Why don't you just make a 5 frame medium box and let...
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    Re: Changing out old comb

    Grozzie, I think Frank has mentioned that he is paying 4 times what the new frames are worth, if I may paraphrase his earlier post.
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    Re: Changing out old comb

    So what happens to the condensed water from the steam? Does it not pour out along with the wax in the steam melter?
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    Re: Changing out old comb

    Let me understand this clearly. If I user solar melter, I get very little to none wax out of the old comb. If I boil it in the pot and then run through a sieve (like Fat Beeman shows on his...
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    Re: Rite Cell Foundation

    Yes you can graft off the plastic foundation if you have fresh wax cell walls. If you have 2 or more layers of cacoons, not so easy. You can guess how I know that.
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    Re: Rite Cell Foundation

    plastic foundation seems to be able to handle hot wax being brushed on it without too much deformity. I tried doing the same with Green Drone frames, and they buckle a little, so beware.
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