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    Re: Beginner's mistakes

    In addition to the camera, or if you don't have one convenient, put a voice recording app on your phone and talk your way through the inspection. Talk about everything you see/notice. Old school...
  2. Re: Feasable to mark existing queen for identification?

    In addition to, or in lieu of marking, how many people clip the wings? Doesn't seem as common practice anymore.
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    Re: Late Season Try

    Interesting experiment Pat. I'm still seeing a few drones over on this side of the Sabine. Couple of years ago, I had a hive swarm toward the end of September. They made a new queen but never really...
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    Poll: Re: re-discovered SIMPLE 2 queen method

    I had a weak nuc that dwindled down to just two medium frames after a split. I took the telescoping cover off one of my strong hives, leaving the inner cover in place with a honey super below. Put...
  5. Thread: Mad (wo)Men

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    Re: Mad (wo)Men

    Why were you looking for queen cells? If you suspect no queen, then that would explain the hostility. I did splits last week and they were none too happy about me moving their queen to a nuc.
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    Yes indeed, newer comb is much softer. Simply placed the tip of the tool right below the desired cells and rake downward gently.
  7. Thread: Grafting Tips

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    Re: Grafting Tips

    :applause: Thanks for sharing with those of us learning...or in my case, trying to learn.
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    I'm beginning my 3rd year, so we'll be dangerous together! Two wrongs might garner enough attention from the elders to make us right??? :rolleyes:
    I'm interested to see how it turns out for you so...
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    Can you use a grafting calendar to time cutting out the cells, substituting the graft date with notch date?
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    Re: To deep? Two deep? Or Too deep?

    Lots of variables here. there are ways to deal with all of them, depending on your goals (honey production, queen rearing, etc). In the end, do whatever you wish.
    Going into my third year and only a...
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    Re: Location Location Location

    I'd say 1.2 x length of the horses' neck. As long as they can't reach to knock'm over.
  12. Re: Pay your state bee fees! I was a fugitive from justice

    Uh, actually 1-10 hives are free for class A. You linked old info.
    http://legis.la.gov/Legis/Law.aspx?d=85980
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    Re: One small success, one giant step!

    Congrats !! I tried my first round last week. :( :( :( Zero out of 10.
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    Re: Mean bees or just normal

    Two weeks ago, my bees wanted my head on a platter. Today I dug through and marked the queen with just a few headbutts.
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    Re: Timing the split

    What about leaving the old queen, take a couple frames of eggs/open brood and pollen/honey and put that in a nuc? Shake in some extra nurse bees too. Or if you raise your own queens, give the nuc a...
  16. Re: Is it considered standard practice to split a hive each year?

    I've read another method that I believe Lauri mentioned, and would like input\thoughts.
    This method sort of combines splits and queen rearing, so may not work for someone just starting out with one...
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    Re: Treating Package w/OA Dribble

    I say buy 4 packages, treat 2 with OA (by whatever method), hive'm up and see what happens.
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    Re: concrete pad for hive

    Maybe make the legs of your TB adjustable so it can be re-leveled as needed?
  19. Thread: Cell Builder

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    Re: Cell Builder

    Well shucks. At least the weather looks promising next week with highs getting up to a notch above 70. Keep at it. :popcorn:

    I'm working on my game plan for next week, just in case mother nature...
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    Re: WHAT DEFINES FERAL BEES

    feral
    adjective fe·ral \ˈfir-əl, ˈfer-; ˈfe-rəl\

    : of, relating to, or resembling a wild beast

    —used to describe an animal (such as a cat or dog) that has escaped and become wild
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    Re: what direction should a hive face

    This is what I do as well. I've notice the cutouts that have been done over the last two years, entrance direction is irrelevant, as well as internal arrangement or volume. What I HAVE noticed upon...
  22. Thread: Cell Builder

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    Re: Cell Builder

    I run all 8-frame mediums, so keep that in consideration.

    75 degrees yesterday, 33 and sleet right now. The joys of queen rearing! Lol
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    Re: Cell Builder

    We actually had some sunshine today!:applause: Strongest hive had a major traffic jam at the entrance...orientation flights, pollen coming in, etc. Opened it up to find they already had box 4 drawn...
  24. Thread: Cell Builder

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    Re: Cell Builder

    Drones showing up here too. Due to all the rain, I've cancelled any grafting practice for another couple weeks. Will try to sneak in tomorrow and open side of the brood nests to keep swarming out of...
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    Re: When to give the boot

    Mother nature had different plans. :(
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