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  1. Thread: mating flights

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    Re: mating flights

    It depends on the time of year and daily temps. In my area this time of year, drone flights begin to pick up around 4-4:30 and go till about 6. There is activity before and after this time frame,...
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    Re: What Breed do you prefer for operation?

    Talk to some beekeepers in your area... Good bees and good management make for some really great crops. Unfortunately, I think many beekeepers never get to see good stock... There really is a...
  3. Re: Help with Expenisve Breeder queen introduction problem

    For research projects I used to use a lot of SDI (Single Drone Inseminated) queens. They were always a challenge to get introduced as the bees did not really care for them. To makes up nucs that...
  4. Re: Opposite of feeding. Killing bees for honey production

    Italians tend to function better as a whole with that larger cluster, whereas Carniolans can function relatively more efficiently with their smaller clusters. It is how they have adapted... Each...
  5. Re: Help with Expenisve Breeder queen introduction problem

    I will cloud the waters a little...:) IF you are going to use push in cages, try and cover a little uncapped honey too. It goes a long way towards survival. That being said, I do not like or use...
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    Re: terrible swarming issues in midwest??

    Aaron,

    I always appreciate feedback on the queens! They are working girls and must perform in commercial operations. This has been another strange season for us, but what is new? It seemed like...
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    Re: terrible swarming issues in midwest??

    acbz,

    We had heavy swarming in our area this year. This spring the triggers seemed to be a great spring build up followed by crazy temperature fluctuations. We would go from cool, almost cold to...
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    Re: Queen Cage Shipping Boxes

    Koehnen was the original designer and manufacturer of the boxes.

    http://www.koehnen.com/#!products/ccib
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    Re: The difference between retarded and brilliant?

    Great story! Thanks for sharing.
  10. Re: Who does instrumental insemination of queens? Advantages and disadvantages?

    Four weeks is the "average" length of time observed for un-mated virgin queens to lay. If they are prevented from taking a mating flight that will at some point begin laying regardless.

    Pure is...
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    Re: really, I'm not joking

    It is really nice how polite all of you have been! It is a difficult proposition and the value of someone's time and expertise. My dad would sometimes tell me, "people can't afford experience".
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    Re: Finding Drone Concentration Areas

    Does wind direction impact position relative to tree rows?

    I don't know on this. A protected open field area is a common site for a DCA, but there is variation.

    How high up should I look?
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  13. Thread: defective bees

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    Re: defective bees

    Malnourished? Not enough food during development and no fat reserves at emergence.
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    Re: avoiding a genetic bottleneck when buying bees

    A quick and cheap way to pickup locally adapted stock/genetics... Learn how to raise queens and place nucs with cells out around your area very early in the season. Place them early enough so that...
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    Re: Trucking Co to haul honey in midwest?

    Thanks Jim, I will get a quote from them them.
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    Re: Trucking Co to haul honey in midwest?

    Would he go further east, or just loads in between CA and Dakotas? Specifically SD to OH.

    Thanks
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    Trucking Co to haul honey in midwest?

    Does anyone have a contact for a trucking company that will haul drums of honey in the midwest?

    I am not sure where to ask this, so if it does not belong here, please let me know...

    Thanks
  18. Re: Who does instrumental insemination of queens? Advantages and disadvantages?

    You are correct, it is hardwired in, but suppressed once the physiological change of egg development occurs. Age of the queen is one way this occurs. At around 4 weeks of age, queens initiate egg...
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    Re: Finding Drone Concentration Areas

    A caged virgin queen and helium balloon and some string will help you. Sheltered areas in the terrain are preferred. Walk the fields in the late afternoon when you see plenty of drone activity at ...
  20. Re: Who does instrumental insemination of queens? Advantages and disadvantages?

    I think this is a fair observation. Not all queens are created equal. The point I believe Sue was trying to make is that in a fair comparison performed by an experienced queen rearer and...
  21. Re: Who does instrumental insemination of queens? Advantages and disadvantages?

    It is similar to poultry in that records and progeny testing are essential. We set up yards with only drone mother colonies and try to collect drones from 50-60 drone mother colonies at a time for a...
  22. Thread: Red honey?

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    Re: Red honey?

    Jim,

    Do you have Catalpa trees in your area? Some of the older beekeepers around me say if conditions and timing are just right Catalpa produces a reddish honey. I have seen the honey, but...
  23. Re: Who does instrumental insemination of queens? Advantages and disadvantages?

    Not that I know of. We normally offer a training class each fall, but this year, we just have too many other commitments. Sue offers training in Washington, maybe it would be a nice vacation...
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    Re: HELP!! EFB, PMS, other???

    Starvation? I don't see any nectar or honey and there are so few bees covering that brood. Could be some PMS accentuated by the splitting stress, but I don't know your mite levels...
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    Thanks for the update!

    I think when beekeepers manage their bees like livestock, and manage them effectively, the results are impressive. Give them the resources they need when they need it so...
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