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    Frame style queen introduction cage ?

    I'm using a frame style queen introduction cage, similar to the one Brushy mountain sells. How long should I keep the queen in the cage before opening the gate and releasing her ?
  2. looking for a Primus German Pipe style smoker

    I am looking for a new or good condition used Primus German pipe style smoker. They look really neat and id like to have one just for the fun of it, does any one know where I can get one ???...
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    8 frame tube style screen bottom board

    I'm looking for a screen bottom board with a "tube style" receptacle that sits under the srcreenthat can bee filled with oil for an 8-frame hive. I see a lot of these avalable for 10-frame hives but...
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    Safe water content in honey?

    I took some honey off last week, 50 lbs, it was 85% or more capped. I think it is mainly wildflower and Basswood. i have checked the water conternt with an acurate refractometer and it it 17.5%...
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    Re: Russell? Beating a dead horse?

    all i can say is this, i ordered a small number of queens from Russel on Feb 15th 2012, i paid via paypal at the time i paced the order and have heard NOTHING from Russel to date! I have sent several...
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    Using cloake board causing supersedeture?

    I raised my first batch of queens the middle of this May. I use a Cloake Board exactly as perscribed by Sue Cobey in her " The Cloake Board Method of queen rearing" article. Every thing went very...
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    Honey bee class wavier resoure ?

    I am going to be teaching a educational class about Honey Bees at a local Bio-dynamic farm, it's a basic itroductory class, not a full blown bee keeping class. But the students wil have direct...
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    Best way to place a ripe queen cell?

    What is the best way to place a ripe queen cell in a 5-frame nuc? some say to stick it to the comb, some say to hang it between the frames, Ect..... I am using JZ-BZ wide base cell cups, Any advice...
  9. Re: Best time to introduce queen cells to nucs?

    Thank you, this info and callender are very helpfull!
  10. Best time to introduce queen cells to nucs?

    I am raisind some queens using a cloake board and grafting this year, i will be installing the cells in 5 frame nuc boxes. How many days after the graft is the optimal time to install the queen cell ?
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    "cloake board" Verses "starter & finisher"

    i am going to raise a small number of my own queens this spring, i have ran bees for quite a while, but i have not raise my own queens yet. I have some good stock i would like to popagate.
    It would...
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    Re: Opinions on screened inner covers

    i think Michael Bush hit on the crux of my question, here is a bit of a refinement of it. So assuming that 92-89 degrees F in the hive is roughly optimal for comb drawing and nectar evaporation (...
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    Opinions on screened inner covers

    I would like to get some opinions and info on the use of screened inner covers. I use open screened bottom boards this time of years, and i'm wondering if using screend inner covers as well would be...
  14. New queen laying multipule eggs is cells ?

    I have a new localy bred queen in one of my colonies, i have been keeping an eye on her to see how she is preforming, she is laying a nice tight patten and all is looking good. But yester day i...
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    Re: bees getting ready to swarm??? What to do?

    i would like to say thank you to every one who replied to my post, the information has been very helpfull. From what has been said i believe i will split the colonies and hope for the best. I would...
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    bees getting ready to swarm??? What to do?

    two of my hive are very strong, i have been keeping an eye on them. They both have an entire box of undrawn comb on top of the brood nest, so i thought i was giving them enought room. i checked them...
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    going price for of over winter colonys

    I'm wonering and intereted in what the going reasonable price for a healthy and strong over winterd colony(consisting of 2 deeps) would be this spring in the northen midwest, MI, WI & MN, assuming...
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    Re: LOTS of dead bees and no idea why

    I realy appreciate every one imput and help. two of my hives are hygenic Italians (queens froh OHB), two are localy caught swarms, and one is Carnolian. The Italians were treeted for mites in the...
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    Re: LOTS of dead bees and no idea why

    i took a quick look when we had the warm snap and the all still have plenty of honey
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    Re: LOTS of dead bees and no idea why

    i took a quick look when we had the warm snap and the all still have plenty of honey
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    LOTS of dead bees and no idea why

    I have five hives in the yard near my house. I live in MI There was a normal amount of dead bees (1cup or so) at the entrances when the really cold weather hit in the end of Nov. last week we had a...
  22. dead bees packed in just behind the entrane reducer

    I walled by my 5 hives this morning and saw that the entrances were blocked with snow after last nights lake affect, i cleared out the entrances and found about 1 cup of dead bees just inside the...
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    Shimmed top cover for better wintering"

    I am thinking of trying a new winter ventelation method this year with 3 of my "2-deep" 10 frame hives. i am thinking of putting 3/4 in wood shimms in the inside corners of the telescoping top...
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