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    Re: My wax dipping tank setup

    'tis a thing of beauty. Have you considered becoming a professional dipper in the winter? If you could work out a profitable rate it might help you fund your journey to 1000 hives.
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    Re: Clipping Wings

    I do with my production queens. I have been doing it for 2 years. It does not stop swarming, but it does buy enough time to allow you to intervene if a hive has developed swarm cells between...
  3. Re: Queen mating flights - alone or with workers?

    Jonathon that is a handsome looking queen. Thanks for the video. I am fascinated by how this works. I respect research and researchers, but have just as much respect for the observations of people...
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    Re: caged cell in horizontal?

    Rookie, please link the video. It sounds interesting.
  5. Re: Queen mating flights - alone or with workers?

    Joe, the context Les Crowder provides is just general information upon how a queen gets to the DCA. This makes it sound like the "escorting" of queens to a DCA is more normal than not.
  6. Re: Queen mating flights - alone or with workers?

    Thanks to all for your observations. The way the whole thing works so reliably is fascinating to me.
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    Re: Queen Excluder Frame

    WBVC, yes the hole is in the box to allow the drones to exit. As you point out, if the hole was in the excluder the queen would go through it and render the compartment useless as an isolation...
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    Re: Queen Excluder Frame

    http://i1110.photobucket.com/albums/h456/AdrianQuineyWI/Queen%20compartment%20-%20Breeder%20Hive/2012-03-11125937.jpg

    I used a Mann Lake plastic queen excluder, and hot glued the bottom join...
  9. Queen mating flights - alone or with workers?

    I was just reading "Top Bar Beekeeping" by Crowder - it was the only beekeeping book at the local library I hadn't read. On page 17 he says "A few days after a queen hatches, she is led out of the...
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    Re: Lost half my hives today

    Wolfpen. You may want to consider cutting, pasting, and posting this in the commercial forum. Those guys have had lots more experience in the financial side of beekeeping than most of us...
  11. Re: Establishing Nucs in the Same Yard

    If you are entering your winter down there it might be advisable to make up some robbing screens.
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    Re: Torn-Down QC's In Mating Nucs

    Thanks Alistair, that is very doable.
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    Re: Torn-Down QC's In Mating Nucs

    Oldtimer, it is timely for me that you write that about 48hr cells. My question is regarding to strength. How strong would you say the nuc that finishes them needs to be? I am interested in that...
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    Re: What is going on with this nuc

    Is it possible that you accidentally killed the queen, and they have had to work on replacing her?
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    Re: Palmer Double Nuc

    Mike, I am a believer. However, I have not exploited the brood factory potential of nucs as I am not clear on the nuances of brood factory balance. I have been growing those for increase into...
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    Re: Nuc Entrance Size

    On my nucs here in WI, a very different climate, I drill 3/4" holes 3 inches from the top. In winter I reduce that to about half size by cutting up plastic wine corks and fitting segments in. I...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    Earl, remember to never tell your neighbors what those little brown spots are...
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    Re: TRUCKS post a picture of your rig!

    Charlie, it's a '99 4runner manual, but it has 2015 rear differential...
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    Re: nucs - winter feed usage

    Doc, I was hoping the data would be useful. I see from this website that overwintering nucs is taking off in MI. http://northernbeenetwork.org/directory/categories/selling-nucs I bet Michael Palmer...
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    Re: TRUCKS post a picture of your rig!

    Thanks Charlie, not a rope but top quality sisal string. It was a Sunday and I decided to dress up.
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    Re: nucs - winter feed usage

    Thanks Pat, I try and get them to have 50 pounds of stores before Fall is over. There is about a month to go before we get Dandelions an Fruit bloom. I have some scale hive readings somewhere for...
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    nucs - winter feed usage

    Last year on March 9th (2014) I weighed 13 five over 5 frame nucs and concluded that since the fall they lost an average of 24 pounds. The range in weight loss ran from 19 to 36 pounds. I didn't...
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    Re: TRUCKS post a picture of your rig!

    http://i1110.photobucket.com/albums/h456/AdrianQuineyWI/IMG_0851_zpsybsnjymj.jpg
  24. Re: Added frame of bees to small nuc - didn't work so well...

    After the winter that wasn't here in MN/WI (2011/2 if memory serves) I had the same situation. I did it a different way, I shook a frame of bees off at the entrance of the nuc. The foragers flew...
  25. Re: How long do you wait for mating to occur?

    I use 3 weeks post-emergence as a cut-off in deciding if I have a viable egg-laying queen.
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