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  1. Re: Bred for propolis production and/or prolific drawing of comb

    Please do let folks know how things progress.
    Thanks,
    Kyle
  2. Re: What flowers are supplying the polen in NC now? (northwest Piedmont)

    Was at a meeting of my local beekeepers club this evening and found out that many folks have noticed the same orange (and some noticed the tan) that we are talking about in this thread. However,...
  3. What flowers are supplying the polen in NC now? (northwest Piedmont)

    I noticed some of my bees bringing in pollen yesterday. This is the first time in 4 years of beekeeping when I have seen the bees collecting pollen at this time of year. I don't know what is...
  4. Re: Bred for propolis production and/or prolific drawing of comb

    That would have been cool if you had. You'd probably have a ton of beekeepers lining up to purchase queens from you. :)

    I have not raised many queens myself, so I don't think I'll be buying a...
  5. Bred for propolis production and/or prolific drawing of comb

    I am wondering if anyone knows of any honey bee breeders breeding lines which are heavy propolizers?
    I am also interested in finding out about honey bee breeders breeding lines which readily and...
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    Re: I think the bees are smarter than me but....

    I have heard/read that if their are several queen cells it is more likely swarm prep, but if there are fewer, it is an emergency or supersedure situation. I am not sure if this is true or not. I...
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    Re: I think the bees are smarter than me but....

    That is correct, the comb does not have to be newly drawn for bees to use it to make a queen cell.

    "The inferior queens caused by using the emergency method is because the bees cannot tear down...
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    Re: I think the bees are smarter than me but....

    Year old comb should not be a problem. It is the 6/7 year old really dark, almost black, comb that might be a problem.

    I will defer to my second though in my first response to you (it is in...
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    Re: I think the bees are smarter than me but....

    The frame of eggs you gave them--is it old dark comb? If the comb is too old and dark it may be too hard for the bees to manipulate into a queen cell. There is a way to help them work with older...
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    Re: What would you do with this equipment?

    Check with your state apiarist or other state beekeeping authority to see if they have a ETO sterilization chamber at their disposal. I have read that these chambers are not common in state ag...
  11. Thread: German bees

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    Re: German bees

    If you could share the company information for the beekeeper you got that hive from, that would be great. I wouldn't mind finding out more about his honey bees. Thanks.
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    Re: Looking for Black honey bees ( German bee )

    I am also interested in dark bees. I currently have a couple of hives with a majority of very dark bees. I believe that these hives have a lot of Carniolan genetics. They are relatively calm bees...
  13. Re: Pure Breeding Without Artificial Insemination. Can This Work?

    MB,
    Do you have links to any academic research on this method? Or maybe you could encourage the folks you know who have experimented with this method to share some of their experiences? If they...
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    Re: Fertilizing eggs in drone cells

    So you are saying that the open bit is effectively sealed off by the process of being attached to the bottom of the cell?

    Maybe the diluted honey does not actually soften the "shell", but maybe...
  15. Thread: Feral Robbers

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    Re: Feral Robbers

    Thanks,
  16. Thread: Feral Robbers

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    Re: Feral Robbers

    I do not understand your description. If you can reference a photo of what this type of robbing screen set-up looks like, it would help greatly to see it. I am just very visual I guess.
    Kyle
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    Re: German black bees in NY? (MEAN black bees..)

    Shane,
    Do you raise your own queens? Do you sell any queens? Have any photos to share? What about the temper of the solid black hives? I suppose that the temperament varies from hive to hive...
  18. Thread: Darker Bees

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    Re: Darker Bees

    Bill91143,
    Can you share the contact information on the beekeepers who sell AMM bees?
    Thanks,
    Kyle
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    Re: German black bees in NY? (MEAN black bees..)

    What breeder did you get those Texas queens from?
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    Re: Old World Carniolans

    As I understand it in the USA the USDA requires that you get approvals from APHIS (a division of the USDA) and certified inspections of apiaries overseas even in those countries where the importation...
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    Re: My plans on splitting

    I have been wondering about doing splits now myself. I have not read much about doing splits during a dearth, but I did get a couple of newly mated queens last year around the beginning of Sept....
  22. Re: Will bees move queen larva?? Weird emergency cell placement...

    If thelytoky occurs, it would not take place until after laying workers develop, right?

    Thanks,
    Kyle
  23. Re: Will bees move queen larva?? Weird emergency cell placement...

    One point of clarification on my earlier post. I had the two brood boxes of the hive in question separated by a queen excluder for at least three days. I think it was longer than that, but I can't...
  24. Re: Will bees move queen larva?? Weird emergency cell placement...

    Dave, I am so glad I found your post. I have a hive that I made queenless by first placing a queen excluder between the two deep brood boxes for 3 days--then locating the queen (she was fat and...
  25. Re: Alternative Subspecies in North Carolina (other than Italian)

    I didn't even realize that there was a company calling a strain of honey bees "All American."
    I just read "all American" as GuyDurden meaning surviving feral mutt queens raised from swarms caught in...
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