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    Re: Overwintering Nucs Set-up Pictures

    I recently reread MP's posts on making nucs and creating cell starters and it convinced me that I need to find more of Kirk Webster's and Brother Adam's writings. Of course, I am using all mediums in...
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    Re: First Grafting Attempt

    Thanks for the imput. Although I do not know if I will do this again, this particular colony was hopelessly queenless as the queen was caged, removed, and then a very expensive breeder unsuccessfully...
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    Re: TNT drama: Bones Honey spreads E -coli

    Preposterous! Coliforms cannot survive in the high sugar, hyperosmolar environment of honey. Maybe they were thinking of spore formers?
  4. Thread: Feeding honey

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    Re: Feeding honey

    Feeding honey to bees is an excellent method of spreading American Foulbrood. The practice runs contrary to best practices and could spread disease within your apiary, even when the diluted honey has...
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    Re: Is summer dearth the time to make splits?

    I would make side by side splits at the very beginning of the next strong flow (goldenrod in PA). To me, "side by side" means that one colony gets the original location and the original queen. Then...
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    First Grafting Attempt

    So I just tried my first round of grafting with a queen derived from Michael Palmer's stock. I got 7/8 takes in a very small but strong starter colony. I need about 8 mated queens for the year and...
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    Re: Apis cerana japonica

    Is japonica in any way different from the rest of A. cerana? Does A. cerana have varieties the way some people think A. mellifera does?
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    Re: What to do with extra queen I ordered?

    Maybe it would be informative to consider the etymology of hobbiest and commercialist. The goals of these two groups are sometimes at odds and beesource is interesting because it incorperates both...
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    Re: letting a starter nuc also fnish

    Velbert, you always have very good, succinct queen rearing advice. I love it as my bee reading time has recently given way to bee keeping time.
  10. Thread: Queen question

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    Re: Queen question

    Velbert is also right about the "other swarm" contingency.
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    Re: Queen question

    I think that it depends on the amount of *nectar* being brought into the hive. Two weeks would be very soon, four weeks a tad late.
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    Re: Hygienic Brood Pattern

    Thanks, good replies all
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    Hygienic Brood Pattern

    Does anyone know of a way to differentiate between the brood pattern of a highly hygienic colony and that of a queen who lays poorly. I am mostly interested in visual differences as opposed to liquid...
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    Re: Ale yeast?

    safale-05 is a rapid fermenter that tolerates high alcohol and low nutrients (for a beer yeast) under a variety of temperatures. It has a very clean to slightly rose ester profile in meads and...
  15. Thread: Uncapping Plane

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    Re: Uncapping Plane

    Thanks. I will re-adjust the depth setting. By flat, do you mean horizontal or vertical?
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    Re: what breed of bee are you using

    Most of the above seems true to my small apiary experience with NWC, yugoslav carnies, Carn (SMR) X Russian, Russian X Cordovan Italian and Minn Hygienic. I would hasten to add that Russians are...
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    Re: Legal threat to move bees out of town

    Its not hard for even the most ignorant of people to kill all of your hives. Such poisonings are very hard to prove and easy to perpetrate due to the widespread use of insecticides. Follow Michael's...
  18. Thread: Uncapping Plane

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    Uncapping Plane

    I recently took the plunge and decided to move away from comb honey production and bought a large extractor (Maxant) for medium super extraction. The uncapping plane that I also bought works for a...
  19. Thread: Miller method??

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    Re: Miller method??

    Like many requeening methods, the Miller method works best in times of natural population growth in the hive. It you don't have a strong flow on after robbing the colonies, you might need to mimic a...
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    Listen to Ben, especially with that amount of...

    Listen to Ben, especially with that amount of fermentables in the yeast. Sfale-04 should work nicely for this recipe.
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    + 1 on this answer. APHIS, a branch of the...

    + 1 on this answer.

    APHIS, a branch of the USDA regulates animal importation. As a USDA accredited veterinarian, I can tell you that this guy has no concept of how the regulatory agencies...
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    I typically move the queen on into a lower box or...

    I typically move the queen on into a lower box or boxes (mediums) containing either nothing but pollen, nectar or empty cells (preferred). The queen is given 1 or two frames of nurse bees to attend...
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    Swarm Cells with Demaree Method

    I've been thinking about the Demaree method lately and a thought occurred to me that had never occurred before...


    Why doesn't Demareeing hives trigger swarm cell formation in the non-queened...
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    I don't know if anyone has done this, but the question could be addressed by feeding colonies in darkness and increasing day length while cooling colonies. The question is very interesting, but not...
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    Easy enough. Just stay clear of warm, arid...

    Easy enough. Just stay clear of warm, arid regions as the fishing is badly infested with AHB.
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