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    Re: Proximity of Resources in Finisher

    If it is any consolation, I do not move pollen frames in my finishers. I use three story queen right finishers. The boxes are 5 frame boxes, so three story nucs. I do put young open brood on...
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    Re: Have a Few Questions About Commercial Beekeeping

    Don't be too hard on him/her... Ambition is a good thing, but it can be difficult to know what you don't know, especially in a new area.

    WA Bees, you have received some sound advice here, and...
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    Re: Does this look like EFB to you?

    Not really. I think the spotty brood is due to a competition for space. Once the colony starts the pattern of mixed ages, it will carry on. A good way to check it is to insert a completely empty...
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    Re: Lost 2 nice colonies in OHs in a month

    From your description, I first thought, plugged entrance/ventilation, pesticide, or starvation... From the pic on your other posting, it looks very much like starvation. It appears as though the...
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    Re: Early Queen Emergence... 2nd year in a row

    Those are some early queens! Typically I count on cells to be sealed approximately 5.5 days after grafting and emerge pretty close to day 16 in the spring when temps are a little cooler, maybe a...
  6. Thread: Is this EFB?

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    Re: Is this EFB?

    It does look like it may be the early stages of an EFB infection, but the dark markings on the closeup of the larvae also make me suspect PMS too. Do you have any pics of a younger frame of brood...
  7. Thread: Queen cells

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    Re: Queen cells

    Generally a queen right hive will gladly finish started cells above an excluder. Just put your started cells between a couple of frames of open brood above the excluder, but start your cells in a...
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    Re: Using a package as a cell builder

    It is doable, but you will have to pack about 5 pounds of bees or so into a nuc. A couple of frames of brood will hold the bees in the cell builder/nuc. Keep in mind the package bees are getting...
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    Re: Ultra Bee/ pollen sub question

    In my experience with cold weather feeding, it is really hard to push the bees using pollen sub. It is more than just food... To grow bees, you need food, water, warm temps, and "waste management",...
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    Re: Supplemental Bumble Bee Nest Setups

    In my limited experience with placing nest boxes, it can be pretty hit and miss. Try a quick search for "Marla Spivak and bumble bees". She has co-authored some how to books on raising bumble bees....
  11. Thread: Counterfeit honey

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    Re: Counterfeit honey

    When there seems to be a level of dishonesty or apathy leading to improved profits it is difficult to change the "system". Not impossible, but difficult. I think all the influential points of...
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    Re: Breeding bees in Phoenix.

    I spent time at ASU working in the honey bee lab. AHB were a constant problem. To maintain European lines we had to inseminate queens or purchase outside naturally mated queens. The first...
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    Re: How to Install a New Queen Bee

    It is tough to tell from the short clip. It could be pms or it could be European, or both. Sometimes a short break in the brood is enough with European in that the initial brood from the new queen...
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    Re: What grafts look like

    I had to chuckle when I read this... I use a camera setup in a similar way, just on the opposite end with a little more mature queen. :) Perhaps I need to start from the beginning...
  15. Re: ideal room set up for grafting and brood comb manipulation

    1. The larvae are a lot tougher than most realize. Graft at your kitchen table, in the bee yard, in your truck...

    2. The critical thing to consider is humidity. Keep them moist by using a damp...
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    Re: What grafts look like

    Very cool Dean!
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    Re: Value of 5 gallons of cappings

    Is that 60# for the contents of all 12 buckets or 60# per bucket. Perhaps you know the work of rendering a small batch of wax. They are not worth much...
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    Re: Indoor wintering - set them out

    Looking good Ian! Are you breathing a little easier?
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    Re: Small Queen Rearing Operation

    Rich,

    I think you will get estimates all over the board. Unfortunately it is not a simple equation... Most of the production will rely on the efficiency and skill of the operator. Pick a...
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    Re: How young were you when you first raised queens?

    About 9 or 10 years old. When I have taught queen rearing classes and the kids come along, they are often quite good with the grafting tool! Let have a try, what do you have to lose?
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    Re: 2016 spring package production.

    It has been cooler in the southeast. From those I have talked with they are gearing up and may start just about on time, but will be slow to gain capacity for shipping. Cooler temps and lack of...
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    Re: cell builder feeding

    Jim, I think you are spot on with your assessment. I have been in operations where there are issues in the cell builders. When I look closely, I can often find a very mild foulbrood infection,...
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    Re: cell builder feeding

    If you decide to "treat" your cell builders/finishers, perhaps it would be best to do so in advance of putting cells in them.
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    Re: Expensive Breeder Queens are a waste of money...

    Every situation is different, but I hear the question often, is a breeder queen worth it? It depends on the beekeeper's operation and needs. I start by asking the beekeeper, what type of operation...
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    Re: Feeding Indoor Bees

    That has not been a concern. The bees come and go on the sugar, depending on the outside temp. The picture I posted was from a warmer day, 40-50 degrees, if I remember correctly. On colder days,...
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