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  1. Thread: Priming cells

    by jim lyon
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    Re: Priming cells

    We occasionally see long cells similar to Lauri's picture. It's usually because the larvae has detached from the rj and the bees continue to lengthen the cell in an attempt to contain it. Never...
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    Re: Is it just me?

    Good idea. Just tried it........no change (both devices are iOS 8.3). Its ok, I don't use much of my data plan anyway. You know cell carriers, always looking out for your best interests by...
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    Re: Is it just me?

    Perhaps the two events aren't related but I'm thinking the problems began right after having to login. Not a big deal to me, at least now I know the "cure".
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    Re: Is it just me?

    Not me. Just tried it again with wifi and still nothing. Maybe it's a Verizon plot to sell more data. ;)
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    Good question. If you are using an excluder then it's a moot point. If not and you are using an uncapper then it's up to the vigilance of the operator. I have reason to believe that bacteria plate...
  6. Re: How many nurse bees does it take to make a queen cell?

    I would think it would be virtually impossible to calculate. When I pull a frame of uncapped cells I expect them to be a mass of bees with the underlying cells not even visible.
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    Re: Is it just me?

    Something odd is afoot. I am unable to connect with 2 different devices while on wifi but they both connect just fine when switching off the wifi and using a cell phone data plan. No problems using...
  8. Re: How many nurse bees does it take to make a queen cell?

    I would agree IF there is a rj surplus it's a moot point. My, observations are that there is a direct relationship between rj levels in queen cells 24 to 48 hours after grafting and the length of...
  9. Re: How many nurse bees does it take to make a queen cell?

    I routinely see smaller queen cells and they, almost without exception, come from either a weaker builder or they are at the very end of a bar on a stronger builder and usually don't have their cups...
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    Re: Definition of a nuc?

    David, I don't disagree with anything you are saying, my OP was my opinion and an open ended request for other opinions. Yes, everything has a market value and if buyer and seller are satisfied,...
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    Re: Definition of a nuc?

    Adam, we used to raise lots of 4 combers (a divided 10 frame deep) and they work but timing is critical as they grow out of them so quickly. My goal was always to have them transferred into full ten...
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    Re: Definition of a nuc?

    I think long enough that she has clearly been accepted and settled. At least a week, maybe two? I've never sold 5 comb nucs but I have sold singles by the truckload and with those ALL of the brood...
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    Re: Definition of a nuc?

    Interesting and perhaps true but isn't there also some inherent risk in caging and releasing or reintroducing and also the possibility the hive might sense a problem because of the resulting brood...
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    Definition of a nuc?

    Seems to me there is a awfully lot of variability in what folks consider nucs. I think it's important that customers ask their suppliers exactly what they are getting and just as importantly when to...
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    Re: well now what?

    Exactly. Nothing wrong with caged queens per se but I would expect the producer to have checked the introduction to confirm the new queen was out and laying. At that point why not remove the cage?
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    Re: well now what?

    To me a queen cage in a nuc is something of a red flag. I would think the great majority of nucs are raised with cells meaning the queen has been mated in the box she is delivered in and has been...
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    Re: well now what?

    I'm with Mike on this one. If I were selling nucs, the last thing I would do is take the time to cage a nice laying queen just for the purpose of showing her off at delivery. I guess lots of people...
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    Re: Pollination Off a 16' trailer

    Herb. In your experience, how often will a pollination customer allow as many as 20 hives in one spot without insisting that they be scattered a bit?
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    Re: Warning to the wise

    The only thing that's relevant is the current level of feed in the hives. If they starve now you have not only lost a hive but also all the honey and feed costs that got them well into April. A...
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    Re: Overturn truck Seattle

    Because it's so easy to do with camera phones, I routinely snap a picture of each load of bees we load, including a closeup of the trucks nameplate with MC and DOT #'s. It's nice to have a visual,...
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    Re: Warning to the wise

    Vance is quite right, assume nothing. A timely feeding can pay back a hundred fold. You don't know anything for sure until you check your hives. Because my son was more vigilant than I, we spent...
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    Re: I can't believe the cost of nucs this year!

    I guess I don't get it. The price of bees is one arrived at between two bee keepers. Sometimes it's more of a sellers market and sometimes it's more of a buyers market but the point is it's a free...
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    Re: Primed CB Thread Question

    A timely question this year for sure. The short answer is (except for lightening and hard driving rain) you just keep on keeping on. The more miserable weather you split bees in the better the...
  24. Re: Any problem with adding brood to a finisher with cells?

    David, I wouldn't be concerned about having grafts of two different ages in your builder it's something we do quite regularly. It is a good idea, though, to keep at least some open brood in your...
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    Re: Been registered for awhile

    Welcome! Only the great Oz (aka Barry) is powerful enough to make that change. My guess is he will eventually read this, ask you to tap your heals 3 times and say something like "there's no place...
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