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    Re: Mysterious Queen Color Changes

    Ok. So it is not supercedure, unless someone snuck in there and marked the queens that had been raised in all six hives.

    And the original queens were very yellow Italians, less than a year old.
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    Mysterious Queen Color Changes

    I have a friend who has been keeping bees for a few years less than I have, but he asked me a question that I could not answer. He purchased 6 queens this spring--all Italian and very yellow....
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    Re: Queen Cups have Larvae with New Queen

    Cliffton, if I understand your situation correctly, these larvae must be from the original queen, so they would carry any AHB genetics, and would also open-mate with drones that are likely...
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    Re: New Incubator Pics

    Johnny, I think you will find the temp to be more consistent with the probe close to the heat source, not at the top of the box as some have suggested. The further the thermostat probe is from the...
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    Re: Nicot system for larger scale production

    To reply to the original post: Yes, the Nicot/Jenter can work even on a commercial scale.

    A year or two ago I attended a queen rearing class sponsored by our state. The guest speaker was supposed...
  6. Thread: New From SC

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    Re: New From SC

    Welcome to the forum, and the addiction of beekeeping. I am originally from SC my self, and may retire there someday. We still vacation in Garden City Beach every year. Didn't start keeping bees...
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    Re: Q Cells capped too soon?

    I think NY is right. If so, be prepared for these queens to emerge early as well. If you follow the calendar, you could find that one emerged early and killed the rest.

    Interesting corollary to...
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    Re: Easy swarm trap placement

    I have a deer stand that I use to hold a swarm trap, and have caught one each of the last two years. Be careful climbing down with it, and change is out quickly. You might catch multiples!
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    Re: NICOT/Mann Lake problem

    Reviving this old thread because I had a similar experience today. Inserted the queen last Sunday and she laid beautifully in every cell. Released her on Monday. Went back today to transfer larvae...
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    Re: question about bars to start with

    My experience is very limited (only one year with one KTBH). I started it with a small swarm, and only used 10 frames. They drew perfectly straight combs. My biggest mistake was when I started adding...
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    Re: queen cells

    Congrats! I have been trying to get my queen rearing going here but too cold. We had temps in the teens this morning. Last year we had already had highs of 80 degrees by now. Good luck.
  12. Re: screen bottom board or not, that is the question, building a new TBH

    I added a #8 screen to mine, covered by a 1x6 that was attached by screws. My plan was to be able to remove the board in the heat of summer if the bees started bearding excessively. The mite drop was...
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    Re: Purvis Production Queens - no more

    Attended a queen rearing class taught by Dann last Saturday. He said he was getting out of bees because of his back. Old injuries that were becoming debilitating. Hopes to spend his time teaching...
  14. Re: Ever encountered hostility from other beekeepers over your TBH?

    It seems to be all about leadership. TBHs have a kind of celebrity status right now in our area. When I decided to build one last year, I built two and gave one to our club president. He had great...
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    Re: Breeder queens

    Just heard Dann Purvis teach a queen rearing course last Saturday, and he is selling some breeders this year for $275.
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    Re: How Much Gear Ready in Advance?

    Adam, the answer to your question must reflect your plans for expansion, and the type of expansion you wish to pursue. I have about 40 hives counting a dozen nucs that I am over-wintering. I...
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    Re: 10 office rules

    Why is this in the joke category? I think some of these would actually work! :)
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    Re: Feral Hive Comb Orientation

    My experience mostly agrees with Maddox. In 5 years of doing cutouts, I have seen about every combination of orientation and entrance combinations you might imagine. The only continuous thing I see...
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    Re: Is This What I Think It Is?

    A small swarm trap works but you have to check it often to keep it from becoming overcrowded. You have to move them the same week they move in. And using standard frames makes it immeasurably easier...
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    Re: What metal to use for deeps?

    Walter Kelley has them in their catalog.
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    A question about bee orientation

    The hypothetical question: Do bees orient more about North-South, arrangement of landmarks, or left-right?

    The real life situation: I had a group of eight nucs that I needed to move about 50 yards...
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    Re: Direct introduction

    Sorry for your loss, but I am glad that you posted this story. I started twenty nucs during the summer and supplied them with purchased queen, about half of which I directly introduced, and the other...
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    Re: Six queens in one hive!

    Did you use the two towers made of 5 frame nucs, or did you use full size boxes?
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    Re: How many use the Marburg Swarm Box?

    Thanks for asking the question, as I had never heard about the Marburg box. May have to build one of those.

    Sorry, but I can't speak directly to your question, as I have been using the Cloake...
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    Re: Repair to an UltraBreeze veil rip?

    I love my UB, and had similar tears from sticking my head in tight places when doing a cut out. Sewed it up with black Spider Wire fishing line. Held for a while, but not a great long time solution....
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