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  1. Thread: Priming cells

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    Re: Priming cells

    Also, when I say I graft dry, that means I don't scoop a ton of jelly with my larva. I get enough to keep them moist and cover them immediatly with a warm damp cloth. Then get them in the starter...
  2. Thread: Priming cells

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    Re: Priming cells

    My small cells in foundationless areas (On the right in this photo) are all laid up well. Are they 4.9? I have no idea.
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  3. Thread: Priming cells

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    Re: Priming cells

    I use the Mann Lake 'grid', not sure which type it represents

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/2015%20bees/FP3Mt1_zpsln31nex8.jpg
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  4. Thread: Priming cells

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    Re: Priming cells

    I was thinking new perty lips.
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    Re: Share your graft pics

    SRatcliff -Excellent Job!
  6. Poll: Re: How long does it take you find your queen(s)?

    I quit fooling around a couple years ago.

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/2015%20bees/P4050642_zpsi7oxhjjt.jpg...
  7. Thread: Priming cells

    by Lauri
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    Re: Priming cells

    I graft (Dry) with a tiny paint brush and use the grid system. My resulting cells are about the same. But my starter, cell builder colonies are in top shape and well fed. Every year I get better at...
  8. Thread: Queen envy

    by Lauri
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    Re: Queen envy

    You guys always make me laugh :)

    Now how about some queen cell envy? :eek:

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/2015%20bees/P4230265_zpst2tb55em.jpg

    I'll let you stew on this...
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    Re: Share your graft pics

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/2015%20bees/P53003402_zpsxjwchisy.jpg

    This photo should be titled 'Tomorrow'...
  10. Re: Don't ever get to big for your britches or count your chickens before they hatch

    Frames with delicate brood, you brush. Which are usually the ones with the youngest nurse bees.

    Frames with bees and no brood or emerging brood, you can shake.
    It's everything to do with what's...
  11. Re: First crop of queens are looking good. Earliest I've ever started

    I do both, the grid and graft. When weather is warmer and I am doing more cells, I usually find the queen and put her in the grid, and at the same time I find a frame (Usually close to the one I...
  12. Re: First crop of queens are looking good. Earliest I've ever started

    Thanks Rusty, Part of it is genetics, part is nutrition.
    I placed the cells and virgins from this batch today. Check out my weather forecast for the next week. Lucky for me.
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  13. Re: First crop of queens are looking good. Earliest I've ever started

    Heres an early supercedure queen, Mated sometime in early march.

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/2015%20bees/P4120797_zpsgh8njoec.jpg

    But I get a bigger thorax when I graft...
  14. First crop of queens are looking good. Earliest I've ever started

    Still using the 2012 breeder queens.

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/tweety4926002/P4120819_zpsn0te7gfr.jpg
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    Re: need ideas to promote drone production

    Overwintered colonies (Over wintered queens)+ good nutrition+ the right designed frame in the right places (center of the frame has foundation-sides are foundationless) = controlled drone production...
  16. Thread: Wild Turkeys

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    Re: Wild Turkeys

    Apiary security is no problem...

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/2015%20bees/P8010372_zpsugu4oyqs.jpg
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    Re: Well this certainly isn't good.

    Notice how chewed up her wings are. If I try to introduce a virgin queen into a hostile colony, the first thing they go for is her wings and legs.

    So I'm guessing this is how the superior queen...
  18. Re: Just when i thought my bees had made it through the winter..... UGH

    :gh:

    Now I know what this icon is. It IS Brian in the middle.
    But it is Graham and myself with our hands around his neck.
  19. Re: Just when i thought my bees had made it through the winter..... UGH

    I don't even know how to respond to that.

    Your perception of what I do here is not correct.
  20. Re: Just when i thought my bees had made it through the winter..... UGH

    Brian, I've only been doing this for 4 years. Going now into my 5th. Building my equipment, making my own increases and getting into queen rearing has been my only focus. I need to try to cover all...
  21. Re: Just when i thought my bees had made it through the winter..... UGH

    I just set up a couple hives with excluders yesterday. I'll do a few batches in about 10 days if the forecast looks favorable. I'll use a cloake board system for the first couple test batches, but...
  22. Re: Just when i thought my bees had made it through the winter..... UGH

    Maintaining and feeding (to stimulate brood rearing late summer) the large colonies post flow.
    I've had great luck with hives this size. Even though I go into winter with populations like this, they...
  23. Re: Just when i thought my bees had made it through the winter..... UGH

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  24. Re: Just when i thought my bees had made it through the winter..... UGH

    I want to know who is getting hugged in your icon? Is that you and me hugging Brian?
  25. Re: Just when i thought my bees had made it through the winter..... UGH

    I wish that were true. That would mean I'd had a good rest, I'm skinny and needed to eat. :D
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