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    Re: Deals of Bottles or containers

    My customers prefer plastic. The hex jars were a total failure. I use 8oz, 1lb, 2lb., and quart jars all from Mann Lake. Oops, quart jars are from Walmart.
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    Re: Fall Comb Building

    I would guess that they could at least draw the few frames that you want to extract coopdog. JMGI, you have more experience than me, you don't think they would? Jmgi, any predictions on the fall...
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    Re: Fall Comb Building

    They make a beautiful bright yellow wax during goldenrod bloom.
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    Re: Products like Mann Lake Ultra bee.

    Check out 2.7 http://www.extension.org/pages/28844/honey-bee-nutrition#2.8._Pollen_Nutrition_May_Play_a_Role_in_CCD
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    Re: Products like Mann Lake Ultra bee.

    If we would have had more of a dry summer I would have considered it this year, but I'm unwilling to strip off supers with the chance of farmers letting the mint and alfalfa bloom. The Ultrabee says...
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    Re: Products like Mann Lake Ultra bee.

    I have used it during dearth conditions up here, Michigan. They eat it way faster than they do during the spring, but obviously the hive populations are bigger this time of year. I also don't have...
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    Re: Moving Honey Super

    Treat now with hopguard! It is approved for use with supers on.
  8. Re: Hello from Central Michigan, Lansing Area

    Welcome! Sounds like you have found COMB. You will do well.
  9. Re: What do you use for smoker fuel? Any tips on keeping it lit?

    Stuff the smoker full of pine needles, wood bedding, etc., then light the lower side with a propane torch. Get it glowing hot! Since I switched to this method I haven't had it go out on me yet, and...
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    Re: Italian-carniolan hybrid breeder

    Yes, but what about the daughters from that F1?
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    Re: Italian-carniolan hybrid breeder

    Doc- Yes, that must be what she is, seems how she is a dark color.
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    Re: Italian-carniolan hybrid breeder

    This was a purchased open-mated breeder queen, not one of my own creations. Besides the defensiveness, she is an awesome queen. Her pattern is way better than any of my other queens. I was thinking...
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    Italian-carniolan hybrid breeder

    Would her daughters tend to be a little less defensive, or does it all just depend on the drones? I have about a dozen in mating nucs and I'm wondering if I should obtain a different breeder.
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    Re: Suggestion for forum

    Many users do not include a profile. So if you get a suggestion from them, you have no idea how much merit to give it. Is this person a first year beekeeper or a 30 year commercial beekeeper? I just...
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    Suggestion for forum

    It would be very helpful if there was an easy way to visually see how long a poster has been a beekeeper. Maybe the old very experienced beekeepers names could be a different color, or have a certain...
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    Re: RJ removed,cells left dry

    If you didn't have your builder overflowing with bees you still would have gotten some take, and undoubtedly reduced royal jelly feeding. So I don't think that was your main issue. The only other...
  17. Re: The Smell of Beeswax: What Makes it Strong?

    I noticed last year during the goldenrod flow that the bees built some really beautiful bright yellow comb. So I wonder if their nectar source has something to do with the smell of the beeswax also.
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    Re: RJ removed,cells left dry

    What kind of starter?

    In my limited experience, the only time I have had a complete failure is when open brood was placed next to the new grafts.
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    Re: Removing bees off cells?

    Thanks for the responses. What are you using for your brush. Normal bee brush, or feather?
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    Removing bees off cells?

    Are there any tricks to getting the nurse bees off cells other than just brushing them off? It takes a long time and then the nurses just land back on the grafts. What I normally do is remove the...
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    Re: Drone brood everywhere

    Hey neighbor,

    That sounds very similar to my situation. I also found empty queen cups in the center area of the frames, none were on the bottoms. My drone brood was also very orderly. If you were...
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    Re: Drone brood everywhere

    Well, nasty wind today but I went ahead and broke-up the hive. I gave each deep a frame of open brood with eggs. I fully inspected the bottom deep which had about 4 frames of sealed worker brood, and...
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    Re: Drone brood everywhere

    Thanks for the help guys! What should I do about all the drones that have already emerged, which is many thousands? I think I have more drones than workers. I still have sealed worker brood but that...
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    Re: Drone brood everywhere

    How many frames of drone brood would be typical for a swarming colony? If I were to guess, I bet I would have the equivalent of 10 frames of drone brood, both sides of frames.
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    Drone brood everywhere

    Just inspected my strongest hive, was my strongest anyway. Two weeks ago all seemed well. Lots of sealed brood, 2 frames of drone brood, lots of honey and pollen, didn't see queen but this is a three...
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