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  1. Re: I'd like to tap the cumulative knowledge of commercial beekeepers

    But as you know, can only push them so far horizontally.

    This keeps the broodnest compact, yet still has room for several frames of brood.

    I know you keep yours a lot tighter than this. I...
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    Re: Critters attacking my hives

    It's amazing how much wildlife is drawn to the bees. No problems though, fence is pretty hot. Watching out for bee poachers, vandals and honey robbers, whether man or beast. Might have to make some...
  3. Re: I'd like to tap the cumulative knowledge of commercial beekeepers

    I keep talking about these custom built double queen units that are supered with standard equipment. So easy to make even a girl can do it. :rolleyes: Holds 15 deep frames (or jumbo's) on each...
  4. Re: Shipping queen cells? How long will they survive?

    Well fed Virgin queens, if handled correctly, ship very well.
  5. Re: Accepting a few more small orders for June-Summer queens

    Sold out for shipped orders until July.


    If you need a queen or two this summer, just give me a call to see what I have available.
    No shipping much over 82 degrees on both ends.

    Local...
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    Re: jumbo or extra-large hive bodies - source?

    Here is the actual operational stage so far, started mid summer with 5 frames of bees, capped queen cells and once mated and laying well, more drawn frames since they were started late and main flow...
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    Re: jumbo or extra-large hive bodies - source?

    Here's the 2 queen long hive design that takes standard frames or custom deeps

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/2015%202%20-queen%20long%20hive/P1290115_zpsbqmyhmiz.jpg
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    Re: jumbo or extra-large hive bodies - source?

    Thought I'd show you how the new hives are turning out since the subject is jumbo frames (Larger uninterrupted laying surface) comb.
    This one has top bars and will run foundationless or partial...
  9. Re: When do you add pollen supplements to promote brood rearing in winter/spring

    How do you describe a smell in words?

    Very warm, earthy, sweet, pungent. Once you smell it, you'll know it.

    It's the smell of something amazing developing quietly in the dark, secluded privacy...
  10. Re: When do you add pollen supplements to promote brood rearing in winter/spring

    First week in January 2016:

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    Mid-late January-Dry Bee Pro. I have several pans around the yard:

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    In 2 weeks I'll be putting on wet patties if temps allow opening of hives,...
  11. Thread: Winter feeding

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    Re: Winter feeding

    Want more sugar block details?

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?320581-Sugar-block-bread-or-Beez-MRE-Z
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    Re: Queen excluders & lower entrance colonies

    I did use an excluder last year to finish some honey on top a larger hive and later found an unmarked queen and most of the colony up in what was left of the honey, the box's below pretty much...
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    Re: Queen excluders & lower entrance colonies

    Keeping that bottom box populated without the use of an excluder can be managed by not allowing it to become void of feed, forcing the bees to move the broodnest up closer to feed above.
    Being aware...
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    Re: Queen excluders & lower entrance colonies

    This is first a photo from just a couple days ago. Second pic is from about this time a couple years ago.

    These big hives are ridiculous, but I allow a few of them every year to overwinter...
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    Re: Queen excluders & lower entrance colonies

    I use them occasionally, as MB said, mostly for queen rearing or for running 2 queen colonies. I also would use them in those very larger colonies that are in towering hives. No need to let the...
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    Re: Getting Mating Nuc Foundation Drawn

    It doesn't take them long if you do it right.

    I don't make up mating nucs too strong with too much brood or they get overpopulated too fast. Plenty of bees though to keep brood warm and allow for...
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    Re: Getting Mating Nuc Foundation Drawn

    I just came in for coffee and have to get back to work. But for a real quick answer:

    The best is to Put your full box of mini frames in the original location of a decent overwintered hive. Shake...
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    Re: 'Sugar block bread' or 'Beez MRE'Z'?

    I can tell you that a couple years ago, I had made a batch of sugar blocks and left off the BeePro. It was obvious the colonies with those blocks did not do as well as those with the protein topping....
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    Re: 'Sugar block bread' or 'Beez MRE'Z'?

    I have only seen the syrup stored before, never the creamy collection. But I don't get into the hives after I install the blocks unless I have a hive knocked over in winter. Even then I rarely get...
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    'Sugar block bread' or 'Beez MRE'Z'?

    Want to know what they do with a sugar block?

    Do they consume it or store it? Check it out.

    First, let me describe the situation.
    This single queen colony was installed in this long hive last...
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    Re: They are all dead...

    Personally I wouldn't keep any (First generation) southern bred queens in my climate. Even those Pol-Line queens I bought from the East Coast that are from a similar climate as mine are derived USDA...
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    Re: They are all dead...

    Although I can see some weaknesses in this report, it is still good information.

    http://mysare.sare.org/mySARE/ProjectReport.aspx?do=viewRept&pn=FNE10-694&y=2010&t=1
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    Re: They are all dead...

    Why pinch her unless you think she is a poor performer?
    There are folks that have package failures as you say, folks that have collected local swarms that missed the queen, folks that have...
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    Re: They are all dead...

    Here's another difference I have see between my current line of Carniolan Hybrids and some of the early 'Italian' bees I had as package bees from a commercial line. I say 'Italian' because that was...
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    Re: They are all dead...

    We are every fortunate, Our climate is actually about perfect for any strain of bee, as long as you know their traits and needs.

    Italians typically will brood more prolifically at any given...
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