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    Re: Requeening for brood break questions

    I swap the box positions in the Spring, as early as I can, and look for queen cells every 10 days for way too long. Mine are intentional mongrels made up from stock collected as swarms from a colony...
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    Re: Requeening for brood break questions

    I was going with the younger queen, less swarm prone theory. Most of the colonies I start as NUCs w/ a queen cell tend to not be interested in swarming the next Spring.
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    Requeening for brood break questions

    Hello, I have grafted and reared queens to make my own increase splits in the Spring for several years. I would now like to rear some to re-queen to cause brood-break as well as perhaps have my...
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    Re: Bees swarming in fall?

    If there is a heavy Autumn flow in your area they can swarm. If they are crowded they can swarm, etc... The two largest swarms I have caught were both in Sept of the same year. We have a huge...
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    Re: Smoker fuel?

    Baler twine is treated with chemicals to deter rodents and resist rot. A lot of burlap is treated too. Using it in a smoker isn't the best idea for the bees. I use yellow birch bark to light the...
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    Re: To paint or not

    I think the logic the non-paint theory uses is that the boxes would be able to dry out between rains. I may just have to turn this into an experiment. Doing some painted, some Tung oil, some raw...
  7. Re: BWeaver queens, mite tolerant yes, aggressive yes, make good crosses yes

    Thank you for taking the time. I messaged them.
  8. Re: BWeaver queens, mite tolerant yes, aggressive yes, make good crosses yes

    Do you have a contact number for the Canadian Buckfast queen seller? They used to run an ad in one of the magazines, haven't seen it lately and am considering ordering.
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    To paint or not

    I just built 9 deeps and 11 mediums. I am considering going paintless. My last inspection with state inspector, 2 years ago, we discussed that many are going to no paint, using the belief that the...
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    Re: Old frames, are they use able?

    One method is that with a hive with 2 deep bodies, cycle out 4 frames per year for a 5-year renewal. The theory is that this helps avoid a build up of pollutants of one form or another, as well as...
  11. Re: Possible Queen cells on first inspection?

    If it was my hive and I found a queen, eggs, and larvae as you have stated, and the brood pattern of those eggs and larvae resembled the photos that are available of good brood patterns- I would...
  12. Re: How Quickly Can a Honey Super Bee Filled?

    I have seen repeatedly that strong hives can draw and fill, but not fully ripen, a medium super(new crimp-wire real wax foundation) in one week when working a good flow of goldenrod.
  13. Re: How to get bees from a hive body with no frames

    Thank you for your suggestions. I had planned on this being done in the Spring. They did the cut out in the Summer sometime. The new comb is actually at an angle and surprisingly not attached to the...
  14. How to get bees from a hive body with no frames

    Hello, I was asked to look at and give pointers on a couple hives that were acquired by removal from a tree. When I arrived and began inspecting, what I found was that the bees were simply put into...
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    Moving Queen Cells

    Can queen cells be laid flat on day 10, to travel 8-10 miles, when they are removed from finisher or will that damage them?
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    Re: Worst place to get stung?

    Inside the nostril and the hollow behind the knee.
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    The larvae breathe through small holes in their...

    The larvae breathe through small holes in their sides called spiracles, by dipping the tool in jelly and touching it to the upside of the larva I think you might run the risk of blocking these . Just...
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    As a farmer and beekeeper, I have been planting...

    As a farmer and beekeeper, I have been planting alsike clover and trefoil mixed with timothy, cut when trefoil is half bloom you still get high quality first cutting and the bees get some too.
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    what is the cost?

    what is the cost?
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    seems they would try

    seems they would try
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    How much does it cost to attend the conference...

    How much does it cost to attend the conference etc...?
  22. thanks for the info.

    thanks for the info.
  23. My question is refering to now, how many are...

    My question is refering to now, how many are normal this time of year?
  24. How many dead bees are normal for untreated hives?

    How many dead bees are normal on the bottom board of an untreated hive this time of year? I scraped about 1 1/2 cups out of each hive bottom board.
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    I don't know your weather, for me it would be...

    I don't know your weather, for me it would be late April early May when it gets nice.
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