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  1. Re: What are the cons of cell punch queen rearing?

    If you use new comb and slightly heat your punch you will not have any issues with getting perfect cells every time. I think you could take some hot wax and place them directly to cell bars. i use...
  2. Thread: Cell punch

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    Re: Cell punch

    I use comb that is newly drawn out it makes it much easier to punch out the cells. if you use comb that has cocoons in it, it is near impossible to get good cells without tearing them all to pieces....
  3. Thread: Cell punch

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    Re: Cell punch

    I also take my lips and place on the other end of the copper tube and blow the comb out of the tube. I do have a bolt i use to push out the graft on occasions when I have a stubborn one.
  4. Thread: Cell punch

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    Re: Cell punch

    I have drilled holes in my bars for my dowels to fit in. take your time drilling the holes or the wood will split. You could also glue the dowels with wax as well. The bees will take them with what...
  5. Thread: Cell punch

    by little55
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    Re: Cell punch

    Cell punch is the only method I have used and have had great success with it. I normally punch about 40 cells at a time i usually get about 35 to take. I took a piece of 3/8 copper pipe and a reaming...
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    Re: More important ?

    I have always made a plan then when the heat is on I tend to change it. Then I sometimes look back and wish I had stuck to it.
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    More important ?

    Which is more important, to have a plan for the season and stick to it or to be able to adjust your plan during the season?
    Experience needed.
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    Re: Russell's AMM's

    I live in the foothills of the Appalachains in North East AL and I have always suspected a high percentage of AMM genes in my bees. The bees I have are very workable in a flow but as soon as there is...
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    Re: Thanks, beginners

    Walt
    I've been at it going on five years now. When I told some of the guys in the local clubs about checkerboarding they looked at me like I have two heads. Some of them are respected members of the...
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    Re: Critique my swarm handeling

    My sister had a swarm in their yard a few weeks ago so her husband caught them and put them in a box. I could not get there until about 30 min before dark. When I got there we were under a tornado...
  11. Re: Alabama Beeks: How are you doing after the tornadoes?

    Just got generator going I have power lines and trees down in my yard. Looks like bees are all ok we are very blessed. We had several close calls. It is a weird feeling watching tornadoes passing by...
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    Two overwintered queens

    I went to check my 24 hour old grafts today to find 1 out of 42 accepted. I looked closer and I found new eggs in my cell builder then there she was. When I made my cell builder I found one queen and...
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    Re: Queen cells and laying worker hives???

    I was thinking you might think of using some type of cell protector for the cell to keep them from tearing it down.
  14. Re: Aggressive Splitting -- How many splits can I get?

    I went from 12 to 38 last year. At the end of winter it looks like I will have 25 hives and 2 nucs make it. I also made 720 lbs of honey so I didn't go for broke. I have about decided it is tough to...
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    Re: Harvesting honey

    I use a fume board to squirt it on. I use honey robber if the temps are not more than 85 degrees it takes longer for the bees to leave. You can try to crack one corner so the fumes circulate...
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    Re: Hybrid Vigor vs. Natural Vigor

    Are Minnesota Hygienic hybrid vigor or natural? The genetics are well documented.
  17. Thread: Hive Heat

    by little55
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    Re: Hive Heat

    I have entertained the thought of taking 2 thermostats and a 5w light bulb to regulate the inside temps and the outside temps as an experiment. What I mean by outside temp is when temps get below say...
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    Re: When to buy breeder queen

    Mutts may not always not bee the prettiest animals but from mutts the strong survive and the weak mixes die off. The sure death in inbreeding! quote

    If this is an absolute then we would not have...
  19. Thread: Intentions

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    Re: Intentions

    I have 28 hives and hope to expand to about 50 after all is said and done. I am going to make several mating nucs prob around 25 or so, so a lot of my expansion depends on how well those nucs hold...
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    Re: using all meduim frames

    Trust me I have thought about going all med but I was just thinking for the same amount of space as 2 deep boxes you will have 3 med boxes. The draw back would be more boxes, frames, and foundation....
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    Re: advice

    Its a funny thing this subject came up. I have about an acre and a half of muscadines. I talked my wife into getting two hives for pollenation about three years ago. I later learned honeybees do not...
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    Re: Hello from Alabama

    Hello from Snead,AL
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    banking old queens

    I was wandering if I could bank my old queens in the hive they were in until new queens mate and are laying. I thought about putting them in laying cages in a honey super above the brood. Will this...
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    Re: Hello from Bama

    Hello from Blount county
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    Re: Moving a hive... 50 feet.

    I was told by another beek on this subject to put a piece of plywood or paneling over the entrance after the move to make the bees have to re-orient. Flying out of the sides of the wood or barrier...
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