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    Re: Making up Mating Nucs

    I agree with Lauri - don't let them be queenless for more than the 2 days it takes the cell to hatch. I use a full 10-frame deep Langstroth box with 3 vertical slots down the insides of the 16 1/4"...
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    Re: Help me find the queen

    You could take them indoors where it is T-shirt warm (like mid 60's or higher). Open up the hive mid-day, gently brush the bees off the frames with a goose or buzzard feather and into a box with a...
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    Re: Confused about winter feeding

    -10 C is about 14 degrees F, right? Sad about the 2 colonies lost, but that is getting cold. Maybe go to a straw bale winter bee house. Straw bale houses are something like R-30 insulation. Maybe...
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    Re: to split or not to split

    About the only way I've ever gotten both honey and increase is to not split (letting one box grow it's own queen), but to evenly divide up the brood frames and the honey of a strong, 2-box colony and...
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    Re: Confused about winter feeding

    Janne - I take it you're getting some weather warm enough to inspect your hives...What's it been like up there on Vancouver? How cold?

    I ask because if it does get down to crunchy cold (with first...
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    Re: 9 weeks later: Varroa update

    Tim - I hate to oppose what others say in their posts, but we typically feed 2:1 sugar to syrup (67/33) this time of year. I do the same with feeder tops, though, placing a box around them, but...
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    Re: Swarm Queems

    A colony that small is probably best left to fend for themselves. If they die, they weren't supposed to make it. If they make it, they are probably excellent bees. They are so small that a fresh...
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    Re: Mixing bee races with new hives

    Mixing races won't help when you're new and small-scale. If you plan on early pollination contracts, skip the Russians. They won't build up in time. If your area has a slow, late first nectar /...
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    Re: Question about winter/spring build up

    If I were in your part of Texas, I'd try to start feeding pollen substitute about 38 days (20 days for workers to emerge, 18 more until they start flying forage missions) before your best guess at...
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    Re: Honeybee Genetics and Breeding Bees

    Good to hear somebody still has 4 & 5 year old queens! I note the good 2-year-olds for candidates go to the drone yards, if they score high enough. Strong colonies of 2nd-year queens seem to always...
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    Re: bee yard location?

    I ask in areas with good forage, and figure I have to donate a birdbath for the bees to water in along with honey and a bottle of mead (I'll also trade work for bee rent, but you'd need a good...
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    Re: Checking hive during winter.

    nhoyt - There is a learning curve in beekeeping, often steep the first few years. Try to accept that there will be losses, keep ordering bees, trapping swarms, vacuuming & cutting out established...
  13. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Ross - You only match those in the Marin data group with 15 years experience TF using the same breed of bees and who raise the same bloodline(s), except that you're in Texas, they are in Kaliphornya....
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    Re: Queen rearing equipment

    You're on the right track. You don't have to buy that system yet if you don't want to spend the money, that would be good for later when you're doing 100 queens a batch. 4 colonies probably won't...
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    Re: Winter storage in Warm areas

    We have to get an applicator's license in California to use para-dichloro-benzine, and it must be aired out for 2 or 3 weeks before re-using again (early January for almond season). Zap the moths...
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    Re: Frame Groves top and bottom

    Don't cut the bottom one until you need it. It will just be a weak spot until then. When you do, use a router, also glue in a strip of wood to fill the old lip, and tack a U-shaped strip of sheet...
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    Re: Sad thing about equipment

    What did I win? That happens so often I can tell the bees from the yellowjackets by taste.

    Laketrout - That's only ONE of the many rites of passage. Hearing a Mormon beekeeper "not cuss" after a...
  18. Re: What are your thoughts on using medium supers exclusively?

    Queens sometimes lay more brood in 2 deeps than in 3 mediums in cold, Northern climates, otherwise, all mediums makes a lot of sense.

    I run all 10-frame Langstroth 6 5/8" mediums (phasing out the...
  19. Re: are you wondering if they are still alive inside?

    I can often guess which beekeepers will make it to Spring with the same bees as they had in the Fall - the ones who use IPM measures and treat for mites in mid-August, treat for nosema, check for...
  20. Re: are you wondering if they are still alive inside?

    No.
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    Re: Packages or 3 frame nucs?

    e-spice,
    You might want to read Dr. Lawrence John Connor's book, Increase Essentials, 2nd edition. It gives the reasons why a nucleus colony is better than a package of bees, and some more of the...
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    Re: Making Spring Splits

    Another thing to watch for in spring is when they get very crowded, they may be getting ready to swarm. That's when I'd pull a frame from the brood nest and replace it with an empty frame, otherwise,...
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    Re: 3/8" of 7/16" staples for frames

    I will probably change over to 18 gage, 1/4" narrow crown x 2" staples for both frames and hives. The 9/16" crown x 2 " staples that I use for boxes damage too much wood. I use Titebond III glue on...
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    Re: Queen rearing equipment

    One piece of equipment that really helps in most methods is a queen excluder. I put them in between every box, then look for eggs 4 or 5 days later. The boxes with eggs have queens. This elliminates...
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    Re: Drone rearing

    1) Raise a large apiary. 2) Habitually eliminate drones from colonies with undesirable traits (use a fork, check for mites while you're at it), and re-queen them with queens from bloodlines with...
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