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  1. Re: When making nucs with queen cells, how long to feed?

    On a nuc split usually there isn't enough field bees as they all went back to the old colony.
    That is why I feed them. Doesn't matter right away or 3 days later because they don't know that
    they...
  2. Re: When making nucs with queen cells, how long to feed?

    I will feed them until they backfill the nest. Then once the new queen started laying I will put in an
    extra frame of comb for her to lay. The excess syrup will be use to feed the new larvae in...
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    Re: when to add queen during a split.

    This issue has been addressed many times here if you would do a search.
    The young newly hatched bees will accept a new queen readily than the older
    field/nurse bees which tend to be more aggressive...
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    Re: How to put the queen in the hive.

    By a few more days, you mean when they all stopped balling her you mean?
    You think this may take 1 or 2 weeks time or sooner before that?
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    Re: How to put the queen in the hive.

    Using this Laidlaw queen intro cage, how long the queen has to stay inside before she can be
    released or take the cage off the comb?
  6. Thread: My first graft

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    Re: My first graft

    Only 1 qc remain from the graft. But they feed her well in the larva stage of development.
    It is almost 1.5" all filled with RJ next to a hive tool. Not sure why they covered it with combs but...
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    Re: How to put the queen in the hive.

    At one time I baby sit less than 1 frame of worker bees that was queenless thru out the winter.
    Came early Spring they were eager to have a new queen. So I bought them a new laying queen just to...
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    Re: Please identify this wildflower for me!:-)

    Yes, the pic matched the golden ragwort pics. I'd like to call it 'the little yellow daisy' flowers.
    More of a pollen source I think. Where can I get some seeds to grow them?
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    Re: How to put the queen in the hive.

    You can place the cage inside between the 2 frames. I make a small wire hook to hang
    the small cage so it would not fall off to the bottom. Don't do it at night because
    they will need to get use...
  10. Thread: My first graft

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    Re: My first graft

    No, I did not. I only put in for 4 hours. And then made my graft.
    So far this is a fairly strong hive making a new queen now. Only one cell
    survived now since the other one didn't make it. This...
  11. Thread: My blueberries

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    Re: My blueberries

    Yes, all honey bees need to store honey for the winter time. This depends on the type of bees you have and
    the available nectar and pollen source in your local area.
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    Re: How often to inspect?

    Just out of curiosity I inspected my big hive every other week and inspected my nuc hives everyday sometimes 2x a day.
    I think my bees are getting sick of me doing this to them everyday. If they...
  13. Thread: My first graft

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    Re: My first graft

    Thanks for all the good tips. I was thinking since these cups are not damaged I can reuse them. I believe
    in reduce, recycle and reuse. You can call me cheap or frugal I don't mind. Helping the...
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    Re: Swarm cell surprise , Advice needed

    I had squished the queen before out of an accident without knowing it.
    Things happened when we are least expected. Don't be too harsh on yourself but to
    fix it. That's all we can do to make...
  15. Thread: My first graft

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    My first graft

    Hi, All! Today I did my first test graft using 8 small plastic cups. Trying to find the right age larvae to graft
    is hard using smaller cells comb. But I did it just for a test run. Hopefully...
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    Re: Swarm cell surprise , Advice needed

    I don't think you did the wrong thing although it could of bee improved better for future reference.
    Rather than taking the chance that the virgin did not make it back after her mating flight ( I...
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    Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    I think we all have different taste buds. I bet mixing the clover and buckwheat will taste good though with the right
    combination of course. Remember that bees will forage a 3 mile radius for...
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    Re: Balling a newly marked queen

    Have you try other paint on the market before? I am using non toxic without odor/smell
    fast drying acrylic paint. One thin layer of TB-2 follow by a layer of paint then sealed it off
    with another...
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    Re: Do bees "waste time" on certain plants?

    Both are correct. Depending on what the hive needs the workers will switch between pollen and nectar
    plants. When they are raising broods they collected many different varieties from the pollen...
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    Lost one gain one

    Hi, All! Last week I had 2 virgin on their mating flight. One disappeared for 3 days that I inspected the hive for 3 consecutive days. She had
    been going out for the whole week without any...
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    Re: How often to inspect?

    What is your purpose of inspecting the hive?
    Although there is no general rule of when to inspect after installation I would recommend 2 weeks for the package and one week
    for the nuc hives. From...
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    Re: Balling a newly marked queen

    Nope, this will cause suffocation since all the workers want to go in to ball the queen at the same time. I had done this before with bad result.
    Within minutes the marking tube will be jam packed...
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    Re: How are nucs made?

    I agree. Making nucs will help increase your hives significantly. Besides, it is fun making new strong queens while the
    flow is on. Everyone is happy!
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    Re: Keeping Africanized Bees or not

    How about keeping both the gentle and productive hives? A few website I visited said they are keeping and selecting their
    queens just for this purpose as well as others like mite and disease...
  25. Re: Best Beekeeping Calendar - For keeping Track!

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?293294-Record-keeping&highlight=excel

    Nope, sorry I don't have one. But using the search button I found something interesting. I would say it is...
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