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    Re: Summers goldenrod is good this year

    With the 4th year drought we are having now this year
    has no goldenrod flow. Everything is turning brown
    and crispy out there including the GRs. Maybe their
    roots are still good for a regrow the...
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    Another test graft

    Hi, All!

    Did another graft tonight to put in the cell builder that was made queen less 2
    days ago. Going to see how many will take and then transfer these cells into
    a fairly crowded cell...
  3. Thread: backfilling

    by beepro
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    Re: backfilling

    Is the knapweed an invasive specie like the Borage? Another name for it is the starthistle, correct?
    How is the knapweed honey taste like much like the clovers?
    If I broadcast the seeds in my...
  4. Re: How long should I wait till concluding that a split queen is a dud?

    Even when they take the patty and syrup, they will not tear down the
    already built queen cell be it a supersedure or a swarm cell. This is because
    they want to supersede the queen eventually. The...
  5. Re: How long should I wait till concluding that a split queen is a dud?

    Some queen bees will stop laying during a dearth. They will pick up again
    in the Fall flow. This is good to control the mites for some beekeepers. To stimulate her
    to lay give her a light syrup...
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    Re: Queen success! (So far)

    The summer queen bees are a bit smaller than the Spring bees.
    Maybe it has something to do with the amount of RJ deposited.
    I believe they will grow a bit bigger in their second year. As long as...
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    3 virgins, 1 marked queen, big mistakes!

    Hi, All!


    Earlier in the week I found 4 torn out queen cells and a hatched queen from
    my jar cell experiment nuc. So the virgin from my jar had escaped out of the hole and finished off these...
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    Re: Considering drinking the Kool-aid

    "When I see a lot of walkers or dfv I'm tempted."

    If you know that your bees are resistant then don't treat them. This is
    a gamble on their ability to survive the winter or not. When this...
  9. Re: Too late for bees to draw out foundation (August) ?

    If you anticipate a Fall flow coming then you can feed them to
    draw out the comb. Mine is still making new comb on a half foundation frame.
    They should draw out new comb if you make a stronger...
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    Re: Honey Bees Love Catnip!

    Yes, a heavy duty stock fence will do until
    they grow bigger. Have plenty of those around in my
    yard. Thanks much.
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    Re: Considering drinking the Kool-aid

    During that time it was at the early Spring expansion when everything was blooming.
    I only gave them the pollen sub. when natural pollen was plenty around. They were down
    to 1.5 frame of bees and...
  12. Thread: Split Swaps

    by beepro
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    Re: Split Swaps

    If you have enough genetic diversity in your local DCA then you don't
    need to do a nuc swap. The reason is your virgin queens will mate with
    whatever is out there anyway. And if you are in a...
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    Re: Considering drinking the Kool-aid

    "Still I'm torn, if I do treat then I feel like I failed but certainly felt like that this spring when I lost one unexpectedly."

    In following the mite and bee cycle, I did not treat last year. ...
  14. Thread: Grafting tips?

    by beepro
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    Re: Grafting tips?

    Also take a look at your starter and finisher hive. Are they well fed and
    teaming with young nurse bees? Yes, the hive condition is the most important
    on the grafted larvae.
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    Re: Vurgin Queen Question?

    I don't like the LWs hive either.
    In the Spring time around 1.5 months when it is still cold outside. In
    the summer time around 3 weeks max without a laying queen. They will
    be more active to lay...
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    Re: Honey Bees Love Catnip!

    We have feral cats in our yard year round.
    I guess the cats like the catnip or catmint too?
    Will the cats ruin my plants if I grow them in my yard for the bees?
    This is my concern all along that...
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    Re: 4KC--My little jar cell experiment!

    Here are the evidence, folks!

    Another virgin queen just hatched yesterday inside the little jar. As you can see this queen was very well fed with a quarter
    inch of RJ still remaining inside the...
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    Re: Borage in the Southeast

    Be very careful where you put them in the garden. Once established thousand of seeds will
    take over your garden every year. They are consider invasive here! The trick is not to let the seeds to...
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    Re: Queen, Nicot Syistem

    Why not just buy a few local queens so that they all can
    overwinter. You can continue to make more queen cells to do a few
    splits if there are enough bees for the Fall flow. The queens that you...
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    Re: Virgin queen with tattered wings

    Thanks for the clarification.
    Yes, this was what I suspected all along, adding new frames of foreign bees from another hive into
    a virgin or mated queen existing hive. Either one will get the...
  21. Re: How concerned about inbreeding are you backyard nuc/queen producers?

    If there are other bee colonies around your apiary then you don't have to worry about
    inbreeding. Over here I keep the Cordovan bees. In the outside environment almost 90% is
    the carnis drones. ...
  22. Thread: I need bees!

    by beepro
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    Re: I need bees!

    Well, you can certainly give them newly hatched bees on a frame. Or combine with
    another nuc hive to make this hive stronger. Since my hives are closer together when I'm
    desperate I'll just move a...
  23. Thread: Sunflower patch

    by beepro
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    Re: Sunflower patch

    Yes, it makes sense not to try the oil sunflower when you have plenty already.
    Why not try the Russian, mammoth, teddy or the skyscraper. The teddy and
    skyscraper they like too. With that many...
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    Re: Borage Plantation in North India

    Welcome to Bee Source!

    Over here I'm trying to
    get rid of them as fast as I can. If you start now chances are that they will bloom in mid-October.
    If the condition is too cold then they might...
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    Re: Grafting in Summer Heat

    I have a standard 10 frame hive box that the bees keep on trying to supercede their
    queen since mid-April. So every week they made these huge queen cells full of RJ. And every weekend I
    cut...
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