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    Re: How much are my bees worth?

    I appreciate everyone's responses. I have decided not to sell my bees. It is good to know what everything is worth though.
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    Re: Do you pull honey this early?

    If you are planning on splitting your colonies then I wouldn't extract because you will need that honey for your new splits. Instead I would evenly divide all the stores (bees, capped and uncapped...
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    How much are my bees worth?

    It looks like I may be moving half way across the country in the next month or two and unfortunately it isnt practical for me to take my bees with me so I'm going to have to sell my small operation...
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    Making Overnight Splits

    I am planning to make some "overnight splits" , as outlined here https://brookfieldfarmhoney.wordpress.com/2011/05/02/over-night-beehive-splits-what-a-difference-a-day-makes-this-spring/. After the...
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    Wax Flavored Honey

    I recently did a crush and strain on a deep super of honey that I've had in my freezer for about three years. I was using it for demonstrations but when I took it out of the freezer this last time...
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    Re: Water Question

    In my experience (which by the way is very limited) the water that comes out of my reverse osmosis does just fine. I drink this water every day and to me is about the best you can get.
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    Should I requeen now or later?

    About a week ago I put my first ever batch of queens in mating nucs. This will be my only batch this year. Next year I would like to try again from new stock. Should I buy this new queen this year so...
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    Re: Ripe queen cell in Starter/Finishr

    Thanks every body for your thoughts. This Hive now has no queen cell. I removed it last night. It should now be ready to take queen cells in 3 days when the eggs hatch.
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    Michael,
    Do you know of an online source that sell a blend similar to what you describe? Any idea how many lbs/acre I should be planting this?
  10. What kind of Clover should I be getting for my bees?

    This July I am going to kill the ground cover in my orchard. Right now it is fescue and poison ivy. In August or September I will be planting clover for my bees. Any thoughts on what kind of clover I...
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    Re: Ripe queen cell in Starter/Finishr

    It sounds like I should kill this ripe Q-cell and procede with a queenless starter/finisher. Any advice here? Anything special I should do with the brood and stores? I should tell you that this...
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    Re: Ripe queen cell in Starter/Finishr

    Normally with a queen rite starter/finisher you use a queen excluder between hive bodies. Queen on bottom and queen cells on top. Will this still work with a virgin queen? If it does will I still...
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    Ripe queen cell in Starter/Finishr

    I started a batch of queen cells in a Nicot system last night. If thigs go right I will be putting cells in a starter finisher in 3 days. The problem I am having is when I looked over the colony that...
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    Re: What to do with mating nucs

    nothing, but I was thinking more about the bees and the resources that may be stored in those combs.
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    What to do with mating nucs

    I was just wondering what everyone does with there mating nucs at the end of the season. I plan on mating in 3 to 5 frame deep nucs and then let them grow to full strength increase colonies. If this...
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    Re: Fumagilin for queens

    Do you think this would also include feeding pollen/pollen supplements or syrup or any kind?

    I don't feed now and would like to continue this practice as much as possible in my hope-to-be future...
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    Re: bees in the attic- need advice for remove

    Here is a link to the stuff I used for my suction line....
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    Re: bees in the attic- need advice for remove

    When I do a cutout the first thing I do is estamate the time required to do the entire job. I charge one hours labor for this but then take the much off the final bill. This keeps me from running...
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    Re: Over-wintered Queens

    To avoid the fighting issues try a double screen. http://www.beesource.com/build-it-yourself/double-screen-board/
    If you put a divider down the middle of it you can use it for double nucs. This year...
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    Re: Queen prices

    Have you considered teaching a class or two or three that would cover this? If the price was right I would seriously consider a trip to MS for the queen breeding class.
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    Re: Nicot Queen System

    I ordered my copy on the Dec. 27th and I'm still waiting. I know it's coming from Canada and that we have had some holidays between then and now but I just wish it would get here.
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    Re: First time queen breeder

    I just finished Queen Rearing Essentials and it didn't really touch on breeding at all.
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    Re: First time queen breeder

    rrussell,

    What do you think the minimum number of queens would be that should be bought in a year for someone that only produces 20 to 30 queens a season to maintain diversity? Could I buy one...
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    Re: Fumagilin for queens

    I wish this country would pass some kind of legislation preventing any kind of chemical treatment of bees and other agriculturals. This would cause some major losses up front but over time livestock...
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    Re: First time queen breeder

    How many "Generations" would be considered "Feral"?

    I get all my stock from cut outs, mainly from residential areas, in a fairly large city with no known managed colonies near by. So I am assuming...
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