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    Re: Queen success! (So far)

    A virgin queen from this years 1st batch.

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    Re: Self Service Honey Stand

    We had an honor stand for a while. Our only problems were with the City concerned about traffic on residential streets, and we had two little boys steal honey and dump it all over our sidewalk.

    I...
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    Re: Nuc Box Dimensions for the top deep

    Here is the link to the video Bees of SC mentioned.

    https://youtu.be/VW7CPXLClmY
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    Re: Nuc Box Dimensions for the top deep

    I built some 8 1/8" nucs out of 3/4" which hold 4 frames, with a lot of room on both sides of the frames. The bees build cross comb with this design, as expected.

    My next batch, I plan to use 1/2"...
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    Re: Let's have a voice

    I used them this last summer, and I like the concept.

    Because of the burr comb between the outside frames and the side of the box, I plan on changing the sides from a 3/4" board to 1/2" ply. Then...
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    Re: An interesting syrup mixing setup

    I do think it would be better with hot water. I plan to add a water heater element eventually.

    When this pump goes out, I think I will also boost it to a 1/2 HP.

    Or maybe a fire truck with a...
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    Re: An interesting syrup mixing setup

    Stop by in two weeks, you can help me feed Bees. :)
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    Re: An interesting syrup mixing setup

    Yes. Last Sunday in fact. 200 lbs of sugar and 100 lbs of water, straight from the garden hose.
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    Re: An interesting syrup mixing setup

    I am not sure if I've mentioned it or not.... I use cold water straight from the tap in my setup.

    I'm certain hot water would be better, but this works good.
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    Re: An interesting syrup mixing setup

    I like the 3-way valve idea, unfortunately they're not available on a Sunday in small town U.S.A.

    I wouldn't use the boiler valve/washing machine hose over again if I was building another. It is...
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    Re: How do YOU mix 50 gallons of syrup?

    The sump pump in a barrel method is what I use. It works well. I plan to add a water heater element eventually.

    See the video below.
    https://youtu.be/09SAYHyz9os
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    Honey container sizes

    How many different sizes and styles of honey containers do you offer? I would like to minimize what we have to have on hand when bottling, and would like to hear from others on what you use.

    We...
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    Re: Queen success! (So far)

    How's that for a brood pattern?

    Very happy.

    http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz187/djastram/Bees/Screenshot%20from%202015-08-02%20175858_zpsm8pnzvcd.png
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    Re: Young larva too young?

    Well I tried grafting again today. Turned most of them into mush, but I think I got 30 of them transferred ok. If I close one eye, and get real close, I can see the larva.

    I didn't have any...
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    Re: Young larva too young?

    Oops. Thanks folks.
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    Re: Young larva too young?

    I started round 3 today. I found my favorite queen on the 2nd frame in. Her hive is booming, and I was afraid I'd never find her. 3 deeps & 5 mediums. She is a Broke-T 2014 queen.

    The Starter has...
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    Re: Young larva too young?

    As closely as I can, except for the Nicot part. Also I cage the cells. Darn full time job gets in the way.
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    Re: Young larva too young?

    No. I remove the box with the queen, rotate it 180 and place it behind the now queen less section for a starter, then reunite the two the next day for a finisher.
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    Re: Young larva too young?

    Great replies!

    To be clear, I am using the nicot system, and only transferring cups with larva.

    I started another starter last Sunday with 7 frames of capped brood above an excluder. I'll be...
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    Young larva too young?

    I started a new round of queens, and I just happened to pull my nicot grid at a time when their were still eggs, and very young larva. Most of the larva had almost no jelly yet.

    I only got 9 out...
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    Re: Queen success! (So far)

    I inspected my starter/finisher colony that I used for this last batch of cells. It has 13 deep frames of capped brood. I guess the nurse bees have been busy.

    Unbelievable!
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    Thanks for all the pics. I forgot about this thread until now.

    Does your box have a hole in it? How do the bees get into the feeder?
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    Re: Queen success! (So far)

    Mated and laying.

    She's kinda runny, is she just young yet?

    http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz187/djastram/Bees/new%20queen_zps716vdchu.png
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    Re: Queen success! (So far)

    The 1st time I tried grafting with a Chinese grafting tool. I knew right away it wasn't gonna work for me. I have very poor vision. This time I used the Nicot grid.
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    Re: Queen success! (So far)

    I used a Nicot grid for "grafting", I can't see very well. I set up the starter/finisher as Michael Palmer describes in the National Honey Show video on Youtube.
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