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    Re: Raising queens

    Watched the video you posted Eduardo, yes that is probably the simplest way to get some queen cells. As to quality, notching the comb as he did can produce good quality cells. The reason is that if...
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    Re: mice out in winter?

    And Wow, Google must really be watching me. I'm reading the mice thread, and the Ad I see to the right of the screen is for mouse removal. :eek:
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    Re: mice out in winter?

    All my life I've used mouse guards like this on all hives every winter.

    However there's sometimes mice get in first and are trapped inside once the guard goes on. They don't survive once the guard...
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    Re: Bees have vanished

    No mistake Hobo you asked a question. :)

    Thanks for the explanation Crofter now I see what he was referring to.
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    Re: Bees have vanished

    That's what some people think.

    What happens is in a hive with a normal brood nest, roughly 80% of the mites at any one time are inside a brood cell, and roughly 20% are walking around (phoretic)....
  6. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Agree with that. A good portion of the people that influenced me to go TF are gone now. There was a lot of talk at the time about their "success" but once they had big losses they just quietly...
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    Re: Bees have vanished

    That's the problem Hobo, it does not kill a whole lot of mites.

    Some people mostly new players, get the impression that if they sugar dust the entire hive they will get rid of the mites,...
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    Re: Bees have vanished

    Well sounds like you've had a great experience.

    Commercial beekeepers of course need top producing bees. But they also cannot mess around with hives dying of mites, or having production affected...
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    Re: what would you do?

    Yes.
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporising Bulk Hives

    Hmm those Italians might be hitting the vino at Christmas.

    But keep us posted, there has been a few from Beesource wanting to buy one but didn't want to mess with the language barrier, so if you...
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    Re: Raising queens

    Thanks Nater37 :)

    Eduardo, the cells can be transported for that amount of time provided the larvae are floating in plenty of royal jelly but the main thing is to stop them drying out, or...
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    Re: Raising queens

    I do it at home, the cell raising hives are at home.

    Here is a link to what I do http://www.beesource.com/resources/elements-of-beekeeping/raising-queen-cells-without-grafting-cut-cell-method/
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    Re: Raising queens

    Not quite, I cut strips from a comb with young larvae and stick the strips to the bar with hot wax, then put them in a queenless hive so the bees will make them into queen cells.
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    Re: Raising queens

    Hi Nater37
    I don't use plastic cups the cells are raised on wax, like this.

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v509/waspwing/queen%20breeding/queencells_zps823b179b.jpg
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    Re: Bees have vanished

    Al you are not alone in this, every year thousands of beekeepers experience the same thing, some leave the hobby disillusioned.

    Sounds like you did the best for your bees you knew how, based on...
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    Re: utresept

    If you have "hard" treatments, whatever that is, scheduled, I don't see a need to do a "soft" treatment first.
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    Re: Raising queens

    here's a pic how it's done on a comb with brood. As per what the others said the cell must be where the bees can keep it at the right temperature. Which is on other brood. For this cell I couldn't...
  18. Re: Two general questions for seasoned beekeepers (for fun)

    Great thread and some excellent insights, a lot of wisdom in some of those short sentences.

    1. As per others, learn from the bees, observe closely, don't dismiss anything as a mystery or "just...
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    Re: Melissa's questions

    An interesting thread and some good advice from both sides of the treatment / no treatment camp.

    Melissa I think some of what lies behind your initial question is a matter of beekeeping...
  20. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    A while back I sold a bunch of queens to a bee club. Soon got feedback that several of the queens had not been accepted by the bees, they were killed.

    I spoke with the people who had lost queens....
  21. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Yes but there has to be a gap between each package for ventilation, as long as your vehicle is moving they are OK. But if you are not moving they cannot be left in the sun very long they get too hot...
  22. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Queen cells is the main one but also the behaviour of the bees, ie (not always) but sometimes they can just stop work plus be extremely docile. Again not always, but sometimes the brood pattern can...
  23. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    That was the method we used in fall after honey harvest, the now 2 deep hives would be boiling with bees. It was to make packages to send overseas, our fall being Northen Hemisphere spring. We would...
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    Re: My DIY OA Vaporizer!

    If it takes a long time to vaporise the 2 grams, you will be blowing a lot of hot air into the hive. I'm wondering if that could be resolved by shortening the distance between the hopper & the main...
  25. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Thanks AstroBee I always value your opinion.

    Got to let this thread get back on topic, but first just for anyone thinking of making packages it's easier than you may think. Just find the queen,...
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