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    Re: October Queen

    Keep feeding them, and keep your eye on them. If you don't get a mated, laying queenie throwing off a good brood pattern, you can newspaper combine them with a medium-strength hive if there is enough...
  2. Re: Can I use unhatched queens to make swarm lures?

    Try a product called Swarm Catch, and another called Bee Boost. I used to get them from Mann Lake. I've had very good results with them. Others make queen juice out of vodka and pinched queens that...
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    Re: Ready Date Calendar

    I hand-printed mine, and have masters made up for copying. One is laminated and stays in the bee shed. Mine are a bit more detailed than Laurie's. A block for traits known, % behaviors, open mated or...
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    Re: # Hives Needed For Breeding

    Michael Bush is giving you the hint - breed to increase your apiary, capture swarms, buy from different bloodlines, etc. If open mating, I'd consider 50 colonies a minimum for drone flooding in a...
  5. Re: Follower boards to reduce 10 frame hive

    It sounds like some of yall are describing "hive dummies" when talking about "follower boards". Dr. C.C. Miller described hive dummies in his book, "Fifty Years Among the Bees". It is a frame made...
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    Re: Article on Bee Thievery

    1. Get your number from your county agricultural comissioner or state bee inspector.
    2. Brand you name and number on every wooden surface.
    3. Before assembling boxes, drill a hole sideways into one...
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    Re: Looking for DIY plans

    My first step would be to order every bee supply catalog you ever heard of and look at all the pictures.

    I'd also ask a lot of beekeepers about their units pros and cons, and do a search here on...
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    Re: 2 small extractors instead of 1 big one?

    David - it strikes me that one question to ask is, "How big is my operation going to get?" You could go to one large extractor plus your current 9-frame in anticipation of getting a second large one...
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    Re: Can you use Polyester in smokers?

    I agree with Beeman - Don't use polyester in the smoker. Sawdust is an option if the pine needles are too wet - you can just make a run of frames or whatever you are low on for next year and be...
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    Re: seed exchange

    I'm looking for basswood, a.k.a. Silver Linden trees - enough for a club of about 50 members, say 250 seeds.

    Also seeking goldenrod, Tulip Poplar, Tupelo, and Bald Cypress / Pond cypress.

    I...
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    Re: Mel Disselkoen method

    MMP -

    I tried it a year ago and it worked well. My only complaints were that it used up too much precious brood and it allows them to make queens other than the cells I selected due to incomplete...
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    Re: Mel Disselkoen method

    Oops! double post :(
  13. California Applicator licensing for MAQS?

    Does anyone know specifics on obtaining an applicator's license for using Formic acid treatments such as MAQS in California?
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    Re: Move over Waggle Dance!

    Well, at least not all here on beesource is serious... Does she break dance too?
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    Re: Frame saver extracting.

    It strikes me that a stamped sheet of metal attached to the comb face of both sides of the frame would be far stronger than a perimeter strip. You might be onto a new product, and I feel pretty sure...
  16. Re: New solution for AFB and verroa mites?????

    Oldtimer - thanks for the link. The data table says it all - no conclusion.
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    Re: Making hand holds on bee boxes

    Congratulations, Cleo! You're a YouTube star!
    What is the best blade to use? I'm guessing a blade with lots of set and a low ATB?
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    Re: Homemade Ezyloader and management

    Cristian - Design the rig for at least 10 times the load of your heaviest pallet. Force (Kg x gravity) x lever arm length (meters) equals "moment". This needs to be stronger than your heaviest...
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    Re: Newbie inner cover question

    Many are now using screened bottom boards and applying finely-powdered sugar as a standard practice at the end of every inspection during the year, not just in the Fall. This does help keep the mites...
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    Re: Frame saver extracting.

    I've sometimes replaced a bad top bar or a side bar, if the rest of the frame wasn't too old, then given it back to the bees to patch up for a week or two, extracting it later after they repaired the...
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    Re: Newbie inner cover question

    The inner cover falls into "hobbyist quality" equipment. Commercials don't bother with them, but they are a better set up if you have only a few colonies.

    The outer cover having a rim helps keep...
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    Re: Wintering Inner Cover or Shims

    I make up flippable, insulated inner covers for wintering. One side is a candy fondant board, the other is a vented top. They are 2" thick with styrene foam in between. In summer, I use screened...
  23. Re: Why would workers ball young queen in a nuke?

    Balling behavior is the opposite of acceptance.

    One of the things beekeepers do in manipulating bees is to constantly put new queens on old comb, instead of letting bees swarm and make new comb....
  24. Re: Newly Mated Queen time to getting up to speed at laying

    Neighbors are indeed a consideration, and horse stalls are a favorite hiving place for any swarms escaping your yard. Re-queening with gentle is a great option. Buckfasts and Carniolan bees come to...
  25. Re: Starter vs Finisher differences questions

    It is a simplified statement, and scale has a bit to do with it. It seems to hold true the smaller the hive. In any case, raising queens puts load on a hive, so trying to raise lots of queens in a...
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