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  1. Re: What's a fair price for a frame of brood and bees?

    Last summer I gave $18.50 for 20 frames of brood and bees from a commericial beek. This was enough for me to make 10 2 frame starts, and the queens were extra...The com beek was very willing to do...
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    Re: Holy crap I am sold on the Sustainable Apiary model!

    I have also been riding the Nuc train this summer..I overwintered 15 nucs 5/5 and 5/5/5 and they are now expanded to 17 production hives and 13 additional nucs so far..I'm taking this theory one step...
  3. Re: How Can You Tell if The Girls Are In a Bad Mood?

    When you take off the outer cover, and the bees are coming out of the hole in the inner cover like a roman candle,,,,That can be a sign....LOL...mine were requeening themselves and my smoker went ...
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    Re: Cell Punch vs. Grafting comparison

    Congrats OFG and they look great.
    Success rate of 75% is great.Are you using your own wax cell cups also??Mid summer is a great time to experiment with grafting as the bees are very responsive to...
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    Re: RPM Requirements for a Honey Extractor

    I realize some of these statements will be relitive but,,,,2 of my friends have some realy OLD extractors and they have a single speed 1/2 hp motor 1750 rpm motors with a 2 inch pully on the motor...
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    Re: NUC robbing screen

    Here's a robbing screen that worked for me on short notice and stopped the frenzey that was happening.

    http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f21/McBee7/IMG_20150620_205458544_zpsvl56099j.jpg
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  7. Re: Want to pull hive top feeder with burr and brood?

    It sounds like its long past time to remove the feeder. If you have enough bees,syrup/ honey, and brood to fill 2 deeps and you cant lift them they are probably out of room and if they are out of...
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    Re: First honey pull for 2015

    Congrats on your first honey of the season..
    Honey is also flowing strong here, mine have been making honey all spring but I just kept spreading it around
    all the hives and nucs and making some...
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    Re: My First Nicot Queen Attempt

    Sorry but I must correct myself :(
    The brood seen in the above pics cannot be from my queens.
    6 days is not enough time for a queen to emerge, get mated, lay viable eggs, hatch in 3 days, and be a...
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    Re: Best time of day for split

    If you make the split a bit light and put it in the original position, they will have enough nurse bees to take care of the existing brood plus you get most of the field bees to bring in the...
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    Re: My First Nicot Queen Attempt

    6 days ago I hurriedly placed 2 cells in nucs to avoid an already emerged virgin in my starter/finisher, and here's what I found when I checked the nucs today.
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    Re: Burr Between Frame and Box

    What Rusty said X3
    I have some 5 frame nucs that are a bit roomy, But I don't mind it because it allows me to use a frame feeder and still have room for 4 frames. I also have that extra comb in the...
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    Re: Nuc expectations?

    The splits I'm making right now for overwinter 5 over 5 nucs are probably twice what you have there.
    2 mostly full frames of brood/eggs/pollen/honey 1 or 2 frames of mostly drawn comb and a...
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    Re: Finding Drone Concentration Areas

    Here is a interesting video related to drone fishing, you can draw your own conclusion.

    https://youtu.be/WgtDhNeg9_Y

    ==McBee7==
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    Re: Any tips for trimming comb from q-cells

    I second Knicelys solution. I just viewed a eastern block utube video , where the gent heated up a non-serated paring knife with a small propane torch and trimmed off the q-cells nicely. I had one a...
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    Re: Small scale queen rearing

    I agree with jrbbees, Increase essentials is a great book, I bought it about a month ago and refer back to it often...

    ==McBee7==
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    Re: My First Nicot Queen Attempt

    Yes, Its exciting considering this spring I already spent $250 on queens and am finding out I CAN do this queen rearing thing myself :)
    It seems like some peps transfer (maybe just me) the eggs to...
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    Re: My First Nicot Queen Attempt

    Yesterday on June 7 sunday I was making up 3 nucs to accept the 3 queens that would soon emerg and I thought I would check the cell bar with the queen cells and discovered that the first one had...
  19. Thread: I'm pumped!

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    Re: I'm pumped!

    Congratulations Brad. I've got a couple of queens due to emerge this week that I raised myself, and am very anxious also. Would love to see some pics of your queens .

    ==McBee7==
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    Re: My First Nicot Queen Attempt

    Great info BeeOne and great looking cell builder (thats a LOT of bees). What kind of success rates have you had and how long have you been using the nicot system? Any additional info would be great,...
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    Re: My First Nicot Queen Attempt

    Thanks for the great pic and comments BeeOne.
    Here is a pic of when I removed the cell cup frame from my starter/finisher..
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    Re: My First Nicot Queen Attempt

    Here's a link to a different take on the nicot system and varies things a bit, judge for yourself which parts are applicable to your needs.
    http://nicot.homestead.com/easynicot.html
    And David, I...
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    Re: My First Nicot Queen Attempt

    Was wondering BeeDeeTee, if in that amount of time does the queen lay up the whole cassette (110) cells and do you inspect each cell you move onto the frame or just pick some cups and move them? Or...
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    Re: My First Nicot Queen Attempt

    Well here is what I've got, looks like 3, a small and 2 jumbos, at least in my eyes :)
    http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f21/McBee7/IMG_20150603_191715857_HDR_zpsngjo33yo.jpg
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    My First Nicot Queen Attempt

    This is my first Nicot queen rearing attempt. Six days ago on monday I put a young carni queen into the nicot queen laying cassette and left her alone in a queenless nuc for 3 days and then inspected...
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