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  1. Re: Not sure how to mate queens by the numbers

    Yes, for 30 queens per batch plan on 45 mating nucs. Success can vary during certain times of year.
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    Re: Carniolan VSH Queens For Sale

    Not at this time. I am combining mating nucs and requeening some of my colonies. Might have some in a few weeks but I don't know for sure, so not taking any orders at this time.
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    Re: Struggling with queen cells...

    What he said!
  4. Re: Banking queens that haven't laid yet?

    Give her more nurse bees and let her lay. Banking till next year? Not a good idea and probably won't work anyway. Build her up with brood and bees and let her overwinter in a nuc.
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    Re: Grafting tips?

    No open brood in the cell builder and overflowing with bees helps acceptance. I have found poor takes sometimes and most generally they started cells of their own on frames of open brood. Set up your...
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    Re: Carniolan VSH Queens For Sale

    California to pollinate almonds, not to my knowledge. I know some have went south to pollinate peaches and two sideline beekeepers in Ohio have used them to pollinate apples and pumpkins. Most of my...
  7. Re: New Yorkers question about Minnesota Hygenic Queen procurment / Beekeeping in Nor

    Just stumbled across this post. Thanks for the kind words everyone. Glad our queens and nucs have done well for you.
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    Carniolan VSH Queens For Sale

    VSH Carniolans for sale out of VP Queen Bees' breeder queens. All my mating yards are flooded with drones from overwintered colonies. I run a sustainable operation, my losses are replaced each spring...
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    Re: Queens and genetics

    I have purchased II breeder queens from reputable queen breeders for years and don't regret it at all. My stock has improved and my hives are booming. Starting with good breeder queens (my second...
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    Marking queens video

    http://https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=864233176964923&notif_t=like

    I always see questions on how to mark queens. Here's a video we did this week for another forum.
  11. Re: Overwintering with Pop-up greenhouse?

    Critical temps is hard to say. We have had negative temps for days and the bees do well providing they have a large enough winter cluster and access to carbs. I would say your problem with a pop up...
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    Re: Queens and genetics

    Larvae receive half their genetic make up from their mother and their father. Want better queens pick from your best hive and flood the area with as many drones from your best colonies as you can....
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    Re: Adding a Nuc to a weaker hive

    Good advice. If you have plenty of honey and pollen in the hive, nutrition is not your problem. If they are laying solid frames of eggs but later the pattern is spotty that narrows it down to brood...
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    Re: Loose techniques in queen rearing

    Adding bees from one colony to another I shake the bees on top of the brood nest or in front of the colony. The young nurse bees will walk in with no problems and the old foragers will fly back to...
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    Re: 2 or 3 frame deeps for mating

    All interesting! Thanks.
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    Re: 2 or 3 frame deeps for mating

    That is my experience also Justin. We spread them out and face the entrances in different directions. The successful returns went up. I have seen queens drift a fair distance returning from mating...
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    Re: 2 or 3 frame deeps for mating

    Michael I have seen your stacks of mating nucs before. How do you keep queens from drifting to the wrong hole. We try to spread our nucs out as much as space will allow. Does each box have it's own...
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    Re: 2 or 3 frame deeps for mating

    I haven't paid that much attention, both seem to work well. I only run a few of each. The bulk of my queens are produced in a different style nuc. 1/2 frame mediums.
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    Re: Mark queen method?

    Elmer's painters pens from walmart. I keep one black/brown for notes on the lid and one current year queen color in my pocket at all times. They seem to work and hold up well. Make sure the queen is...
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    Re: 2 or 3 frame deeps for mating

    Justin, For dividing a 10 frame deep into compartments I like the 3 framers. It gives more room to look for and grab a queen if she is running around on the bottom. It also gives enough room to shove...
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    Re: Whiten up the comb--how to?

    Still trying to figure out the point of "white comb" myself...White comb does not mean disease free comb.
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    Re: Treating Package w/OA Dribble

    My opinion yes they will abscond. One of the things that makes them stick to a new hive is the pheromone of the queen. Old comb and hive smells will help them to stay but their is no substitute for...
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    Re: MAXANT customer service

    Had another fine transaction with Maxant this week. Quality products and great people, always a pleasure to deal with!
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    Re: Drawing out mating frames

    Both ways will work fine. A feeder on top of the colony will help entice them to move up as well.
  25. Thread: Ohio

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    Re: Ohio

    Williams Honey Bees offering pollination in Southern Ohio.
    740-703-3941
    Frankfort, Ohio
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