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  1. Thread: grafting?

    by Southern_Sun
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    Re: grafting?

    Our breeders all use 000 paintbrushes, sable not synthetic. Lick them between each graft to keep the point sharp. I've tried a whole lot of flasher and more expensive grafting tools. This works the...
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    Re: German Chinese or other

    We use sable (non synthetic) paint brushes 000 size. I have tried a number of other flasher and more expensive devices but this has given me the best percentage and quickest graft of the lot.
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    Re: Mini nuc percentages

    Cheers for the responses guys.. We find that the mini's are good for matings early in the season as they use less resources and we have no problems with finding enough bees, I can accept the lower...
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    Re: what breed of bee are you using

    I use Italians, and have not found any of the problems that others seem to have with them (ie not shutting down in winter, slow build up, poor honey production).

    My hives definately shut down...
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    Mini nuc percentages

    Hi

    We currently breed with a combination of full-sized frame nucs and polystyrene mini nucs. Although we generally run at around 82-85% from cell to queen for our full sized nucs our percentage...
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    Re: Brood in the supers

    We just put those frames into a 'brood box' ( a special box with mesh top and bottom), shake a few frames of extra bees into them, and take them back to the yard (making sure to keep them out of the...
  7. Thanks for that, lol, as soon as I posted the...

    Thanks for that, lol, as soon as I posted the thread I found this site too. It should do the trick!!
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    Down here in New Zealand we are not allowed to...

    Down here in New Zealand we are not allowed to treat for AFB. If we discover it we gas the bees burn all of the frames and acrap any wax, honey or propolis off the boxes and feeders. Plastic feeders...
  9. Looking for a free computerised hive management program

    Hi Guys

    Does anyone have access to or knowledge of a free hive management program. I am looking to tidy up my site records and as we increase our hive numbers and movements the traditional record...
  10. We operate with both mini and full size nucs,...

    We operate with both mini and full size nucs, although the minis clearly require less resources to start they seem to have consistently lower mating percentages.

    Although we have tried using...
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