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    wingless queen??

    Has anyone ever come across a queen that otherwise looks healthy and is laying well go "wingless". My only guess is that the workers chewed them off her. So far other keepers I've checked with never...
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    I've used all 3 types. The Poly Nuc's have worked...

    I've used all 3 types. The Poly Nuc's have worked the best.
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    $6 your not going to find good quality. The...

    $6 your not going to find good quality. The cheapest queens that were of good quality came from a beekeeper in Tx for $10.
  4. Thread: bees in bulk

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    I looked at 2 yards this past spring that were...

    I looked at 2 yards this past spring that were double deeps with healthy strong bee's. Price was $125 ea. Equipment was in good condition. SOLD!
    I would of payed a higher price up to 140-150 per...
  5. Thread: BEEMAX HIVES?

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    My Beemax hives have produced on average...

    My Beemax hives have produced on average 40-50lb's more honey than my standard wooden. Durability is somewhat of a problem however. The bee's do winter over nicely in them.
  6. Thread: small cell

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    I found no difference is mite loads using small...

    I found no difference is mite loads using small cell. One test yard I set up used half small cell the other half reg. foundation. Found both to have a equal amt of mites.
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    You can try to bait with yellowjacket traps,...

    You can try to bait with yellowjacket traps, however my experience has found that the traps did catch alot of yellowjackets I still had them in the hive. As far as yellojacket brood, there are a...
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    although most yellojackets nest either in the...

    although most yellojackets nest either in the ground and wall cavities, some do nest in tree's, eve's of buildings, etc. Nest's would appear to be a "smaller" version of a hornets nest. If the nest...
  9. I agree to re-instate the ban on importing more...

    I agree to re-instate the ban on importing more bee's, Whats next before the proper action is taken?
  10. I'm in eastern NY and have seen hive beetle's...

    I'm in eastern NY and have seen hive beetle's here as well. First time. They did make a mess of a fellow beekeepers nuc and some have been found running for there lives in a couple of other hives,...
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    If you don't need to place a hive there until...

    If you don't need to place a hive there until next season I would hold off on making a nuc now. If you have a strong colony I would split it in the spring and then to it's new location. Just my...
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    This time of year you can even put out some sugar...

    This time of year you can even put out some sugar syrup as bait. yellowjackets will go for this no problem. Hornets are a little harder, you may have to locate a nest to collect these in sufficient...
  13. Thread: Unhappy colony

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    Have the bee's been clustering like this before...

    Have the bee's been clustering like this before you opened the hive? My guess if there were no egg's, brood or queen cells that your hive went queenless. That would also explain there increased...
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    queens

    I will be offering Carni's and Russians in 08. I am not taking orders yet, pricing due in Nov. visit www.PeacefulValleyBeeFarm.com
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    Nice looking hive. Wish we had a few like this...

    Nice looking hive. Wish we had a few like this one in our area.
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    Most likely the yellowjackets are looking for...

    Most likely the yellowjackets are looking for more brood or weakened bee's being removed from the colony. I have one hive myself with a large mite count and all the deformed bee's some with mites...
  17. Thread: Vermont

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    Pollination Service for Western Vermont

    Contract pollination for farms and orchards in western Vermont. Contact us for a quote. www.PeacefulValleyBeeFarm.com, peacefulvalleybeefarm@yahoo.com or 518-248-6068
  18. Thread: Massachusetts

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    Pollination Service for Eastern Mass.

    Provide contract pollination service for eastern Mass farms and orchards. Contact us for a quote. www.PeacefulValleyBeeFarm.com, peacefulvalleybeefarm@yahoo.com or 518-248-6068
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    I started using 8 frame for pollination. More...

    I started using 8 frame for pollination. More benefits. That being said I only use 10 frame for my honey production, splits,etc.
  20. Thread: Paper wasps

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    They do not reuse an old nest and usually you...

    They do not reuse an old nest and usually you will only have 1 queen. I did have a aerial yellowjacket nest that relocated that contained 3 laying queens.
    This was the first time I had ever come...
  21. Thread: Paper wasps

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    I collected and studied wasps, yellowjackets and...

    I collected and studied wasps, yellowjackets and baldfaced hornets for years in addition to my beekeeping. I have found that there numbers in some areas have been on the decline for several reasons....
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    How long were the split's queenless? I have found...

    How long were the split's queenless? I have found that immediatly requeening a fresh split has a lower rate of success. Usually I will make my split's and leave them queenless for 3 days, then...
  23. Thread: New York

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    Pollination Service

    Peaceful Valley Bee Farm providing crop pollination to small fruit orchards and vegetable farmers. Spring and Summer hive rental. Please contact us for a quote. Alsio include the crop or crops in...
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    People are funny. I was charging $4 per pound and...

    People are funny. I was charging $4 per pound and was told by the people buying that i should be charging more.
  25. Italians seem to always produce brood. Carniolans...

    Italians seem to always produce brood. Carniolans will slow or shut down brood rearing without resources.
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