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  1. Thread: Black bees

    by Velbert
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    Re: Black bees

    When the hair on the bee gets worn off they are all black underneath. That black bee looks old and I figure it's worn off its hair. If it were a truly black bee it would be a fuzzy look but black.
  2. Re: Virgin queen released into laying worker nuc...advice please

    If the queen is still in the nuc.
    Take your hive tool a knock off the capping on 1 frame of the drone brood that the workers had layer so they can clean out the combs make way for the queen to lay....
  3. Re: are flying virgin queens always followed by a drone comet?

    Oh ok
  4. Re: are flying virgin queens always followed by a drone comet?

    When a Drone hooks up to the queen
    And is mating it only Last a few seconds

    Something like 3 or 4 seconds it's over there is a pop as he disconnect an the drone falls.
  5. Re: Bigger IS better for mating nucs - or so the numbers seem to indicate...

    Yes remilling top and bottom bars I buy the commercial frames from dadants
  6. Re: Bigger IS better for mating nucs - or so the numbers seem to indicate...

    pol-line really like how they lay in 4 1/2 length medium depth frames

    http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g307/vlwbee/20140616_185406.jpg
  7. Re: Another failed attempt at grafting. Advise needed!

    These were started and finished by a medium 4 frame half length Nuc free flying

    http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g307/vlwbee/20140526_114828.jpg
  8. Re: how cold can a hive get before damage to brood???????

    if there is enough bees to cover the brood and stores to eat they will be fine
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    Re: shaving dowm comb

    use a new built comb on plasticell that has not had any brood in them, and use a hive tool to scrape it down. think there is one on my u-tube
    vlwbee123
  10. Thread: grafting

    by Velbert
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    Re: grafting

    when I down load it, it shows the hive and labels on the left and at top left it has a security warning and it says ENABLE CONTENT CLICK IT
  11. Thread: grafting

    by Velbert
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    Re: grafting

    Instruction doc link

    https://app.box.com/shared/rm81halgk0
  12. Thread: grafting

    by Velbert
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    Re: grafting

    Her is a link to an microsoft Access chart that i put to gather, for those who might want to keep record of raising queens and grafting. You will need Microsoft Access to open this. your computer...
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    Re: How long for Virgin Queen to mate?

    They will go on mating flight from 5-7 days from hatching if weather permits, then in 3 to 4 days she starts to lay after being mated, have seen them laying as early as 9 day's after Hatching to 14...
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    Re: Mature drones in your area

    http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g307/vlwbee/20140329_155252.jpg

    To me this is a beautiful sight to see
  15. Re: Placing mating nucs in area with high number feral colonies

    I had more swarms go into hives with old dark brood combs.
    Never have had one go into one with foundation.

    I would get some 5 frame deep nuc boxes put a couple of empty dark brood combs in them...
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    Re: Plasticell Foundation

    I like it used it for years.
    They don't build it as fast as wax foundation

    It produces straight durable combs
  17. Re: Placing mating nucs in area with high number feral colonies

    I have also noticed the wild colonies do not have drones as early as a man kept hive it may be 2 to 4 weeks later
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    Re: Double Mating Nuc Boxes

    The bees will build a comb in the feeder when your looking for queen she might be in the feeder laying in the piece of comb. I would leave it in place.
    Certain time they will fill it with honey but...
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    Re: Queen castle vs mini mating nucs

    If you place on top of a strong hive to build your getting combs a lot of the time that are to thick for brooding cause they will start puting honey in them.

    I can stock the nuc on foundation with...
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    Re: Queen castle vs mini mating nucs

    I like the single units a Medium or deep frame

    The link below is how to set up and start a mini nuc on FOUNDATION.

    https://app.box.com/s/37dw8fnpibahe7b8ztn6
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    Re: Polishing JZBZ cups

    If they are new and no bust in them i will just physical blow them out and graft into them
    I think its a wasted step for the plastic cell cups.

    Now if you are using wax cups i like puting them in...
  22. Re: How I plan on overwintering 40 mating nucs on mini frames

    I think i got the bee fever don't know it they will make it to 1st of April before wanting to swarm

    http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g307/vlwbee/20140224_150824.jpg
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    Re: Solid Brood - as a bad thing?

    don't mistake a solid brood pattern as not having a VSH trait because in early spring mite load are not as high, if they don't have any other problems the brood will be solid.
  24. Re: How I plan on overwintering 40 mating nucs on mini frames

    Over wintered Mating Nuc 2/21/2014

    http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g307/vlwbee/20140222_121503.jpg

    ...
  25. Re: How I plan on overwintering 40 mating nucs on mini frames

    don't know the full story but if you will feed heavy in the fall and let them store a lot for wintering.
    and you need to feed where they can get it fast like a hive top feeder or a division board...
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