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    Re: Help. Queen cells torn down.

    Should we have brushed the attached bees off of the cell cups when we moved the queen cells from the starter to the finisher? Should we have not dumped the nurse bees from the starter directly into...
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    Re: Help. Queen cells torn down.

    "when you say larva above the excluder, was that on the 25th as well?"

    Yes. We'll likely inspect it today and see if there is young brood above the excluder.
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    Re: Hive Entrance Direction

    In our area, the sun rises in the east.
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    Re: Help. Queen cells torn down.

    Thank you, Stuart, Ray, and Kilo.
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    Re: Swarm trap size study?

    CW, my recollection of Dr. Seeley's studies is that his comparisons were ancillary to his studies of communication and decision making, and only about 3 different volumes were compared. As best I...
  6. Re: What sliding compound miter saw should I buy?

    I also use a Craftsman radial arm saw instead of a chopsaw. It cost about what the blade on it cost, but it is remarkably accurate, quick and versatile to use.
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    Re: Help. Queen cells torn down.

    Stuart, very good questions, by the way.
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    Re: Help. Queen cells torn down.

    We put the queen below the excluder on March 18th just before we moved the cells into the cell finisher. We checked for queen cells. There weren't any.
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    Help. Queen cells torn down.

    Tuesday, March 17th in the morning, we made a closed, well ventilated, cell starter with nurse bees from several hives. That afternoon, we grafted one to two day old larvae into 22 JZ-BZ cups. We...
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    Re: Swarm Trap With No Comb

    "What are the odds of catching some bees with only lemon grass oil?"

    For us, about as good as with both. I'm not aware of any studies, but this would be interesting to study. For us, if the bees...
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    Re: Cutout Hive Volume

    "how much comb are you keeping, ..."

    For us, less brood has been more successful. As I have gained experience, I have framed less and less brood from cutouts. A very good beekeeper friend, before...
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    Re: What do you use to store staples?

    Thank you for the ideas.
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    Re: Hive Entrance Direction

    "I'm just wondering in what direction most beekeepers point the entrances of their hives, N, S, E, W?"

    Ours face south or southeast.

    "And do you think that it helps for any specific reason?"
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    What do you use to store staples?

    I've been using a canvas bag to store the various size staples I use (1/2", 1", 1 1/4", 1 1/2"). It ends up being a big mess that I have to reorganize every few months. I want to buy or build a handy...
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    Re: To use or not to use a QUEEN EXLCUDER

    +1. Excluders are handy for certain parts of queen rearing, cutouts, and swarm gathering.
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    Re: no eggs, 4 queen cells

    "So, how do I monitor them to ensure they succeed in raising a new queen?"

    In your particular situation right now, I would pull a frame of the youngest larvae you can find in hive #1, brush the...
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    Re: Ants in swarm trap

    Yes, and the honey.
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    Re: Need to wash my ventilated jacket...

    After it is fully unzipped, try pulling the opposite side than you would think away from the zipper.
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    "Any specific reasons for adding the extra space??"

    I think that it is a complex algorithm taking into account propolis, having room to separate frames to pull them out, avoiding rolling bees,...
  20. Re: Hive body goof. What size shims to rework to?

    The size depends on what you are using the shim to do. I would either leave it as is till I needed it or cut one each of:
    3/16" to give beespace and keep from crushing bees when I don't want to use...
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    Re: Elevated Hive Location?

    "My question is are there any cons to having a hive on a second story deck."

    Being on the second story deck should be fine for the bees. You will want to think through how you will move boxes of...
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    Re: Smokers is there a difference or what

    http://www.dadant.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=91_103&products_id=45
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    Re: requeening - what's best

    With those two choices, I would go with the out of region, treatment free bees from a harsh winter climate. The reason is that they seem reasonably calculated to have disease resistance and winter...
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    Re: Whats optimum size for swarm traps

    A firkin.
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    Re: Black fondation

    There are a number of sources on the Internet for deep sized black plastic foundation. If your fellow beekeeper is aware of this, he was probably not making a particular recommendation about the...
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