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    Re: Bees and their returns

    Oh shut up!
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    Re: Low acceptance rate...

    Davel,

    So glad to see your post. I am in the same boat!. However, every time I graft acceptance is going up. My acceptance seems to be following the weather here. I am using David Lafernley's/...
  3. Thread: Cell builder

    by McCoslin
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    Re: Cell builder

    Try this Pyro.. works well on limited resources:http://doorgarden.com/11/simple-honey-bee-queen-rearing-for-beginners
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    Re: First graft testing

    I'm so glad my bees are no where near yours.
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    Re: New at queen rearing... please help!

    OTS is a management tool, grafting is quality replication.
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    Re: Feeding bees and the feeder setup

    Use in hive frame feeders... easy peasy.
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    Re: Bee's in the sawdust

    I've been cutting up pine boards in the shop making bee stuff and the bees are interested. Maybe sap for propolis?
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    Re: What's a typical nuc cost?

    My first year selling five frame Nucs , $135.00. Bee are not used for commercial pollination and have only used OAV for mite control.
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    Re: Preferred woods for nuc building

    Hi Billboard,

    Almost any kind of plywood for bottoms, 3/4 pine w/ box joints for sides. Top can be any kind of plywood also, close to 3/4". I attach my bottoms solid so you can get by with thinner...
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    Re: Can a split be very near its donor hive?

    That should work. Another thought... you could do a split, put the new hive where your existing main hive is and move the main donor hive, insurance that the new split will be strong w/ foragers....
  11. Re: My plan going in to winter... any input would be GREATLY appreciated

    Hey Kyle,
    Just curious why your treating again for mites if you did three rounds in August? Is your mite count still high? I treated 3 rounds in late August/early Sept and plan on doing a single...
  12. Re: Winter prep - where do I need dead air space?

    Look at Keith Jarrett's youtube video on how to feed patties. You feed patties between two boxes not on top. The bees will not break cluster to go to the patties on top. It's very easy to do and your...
  13. Re: Hive on Steroids? Swarm Cells and Supercedure cells. Should I be Happy or Concern

    JRG13, thanks for the clarification. As far as just letting the hive go... not happening just in case those are swarm cells.
  14. Re: Hive on Steroids? Swarm Cells and Supercedure cells. Should I be Happy or Concern

    Gary suggested the same thing and I think it is an outstanding idea. Never would have thought of that... duh! So far this queen has had an exceptional performance and would hate to see something...
  15. Re: contamination with pesticides in wax and pollen

    Great Article... Thanks!
  16. Re: Hive on Steroids? Swarm Cells and Supercedure cells. Should I be Happy or Concern

    Beestudent, I destroyed the cells at the bottom of the frames (those are referred to as swarm cells). I am not sure what you mean by "did your queen get properly mated?". The existing queen surely...
  17. Re: Hive on Steroids? Swarm Cells and Supercedure cells. Should I be Happy or Concern

    Gary, yes we did get a little rain. Yes all the cells had royal jelly; the swarm cells that I destroyed were viable with larva. The supercedure cells also contained royal jelly and larva and were...
  18. Hive on Steroids? Swarm Cells and Supercedure cells. Should I be Happy or Concerned?

    I am a second year beek. Learned grafting this year and went from 6 to 25 hives. I have one hive, Q was mated Sept 1, has now filled out second deep, solid laying pattern, eggs, larva, six frames of...
  19. Thread: Homemade OAV

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    Re: Homemade OAV

    Good job, if my store bought one tanks, I'm going to give that a try.
  20. Thread: Homemade OAV

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    Re: Homemade OAV

    Ditto That!
  21. Re: HELP!! Hornets living directly under my hive!

    Can't you wait until night fall and move the hive? At least enough to get to the hornet's nest?
  22. Thread: TF and mites

    by McCoslin
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    Re: TF and mites

    Try checking out Randy Oliver's site. A lot of info on OAD and OAV. I went with OAV as my bees were not building up like they should this spring. I did a sugar shake and sure enough had mites, quite...
  23. Thread: mite numbers

    by McCoslin
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    Re: mite numbers

    Just finish my 3rd cycle of treating w/ OAV. I treat 3 times 5-7 days apart as worker bee cycle is 21 days. Bees are PO'd for about an hour. No harm to queens or brood. I did the same treatment this...
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    Re: uniting hives/laying workers

    I added a laying worker hive to a fairly new hive just a few weeks ago using the newspaper method and it worked out fine.The laying workers did not resume laying. Like you I was tempted to just let...
  25. Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    I'm on my way to Lowes to buy a respirator. Ever have a whiff of OAV.... I could believe it would kill tracheal mites!!
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