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    Re: Evaluating Queens - How long before you know?

    Totally up to you and what you have in your apiary. Pick the best from whatever you have. Just do it!! Doesn't matter if you have 10 hives or 100, pick the best you have with whatever traits you...
  2. Re: how many pounds of honey sales is a normal day for you at a market selling honey?

    Now that's a loaded or unloaded question.. Depends how many other honey sellers are at the market. Depends how many resellers of honey are at the market. Depends whether it's early or late in the...
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    Re: all in one queen cells cast in wax

    Will you be mounting that bar on a frame?? I'd think the weight of the bees and some warm weather might have an effect?? Also how are you thinking of removing the cell from the bar??

    Nice to...
  4. Thread: Swarm traps

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    Re: Swarm traps

    I don't know about "bands", but I know I have to be discreet where I place them and get them once they're filled right away or they're gone!! It's the public areas, I can't disclose since then those...
  5. Thread: Swarm traps

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    Re: Swarm traps

    Odfrank you're lucky that no one is walking away with your traps not placed higher!! I HAVE to place them where it takes a ladder to get to or they're gone as soon as the bees move in. One of the...
  6. Re: Have not even started and already discouraged...

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    Exactly, know your enemy:
  7. Re: Have not even started and already discouraged...

    JustinH - " If you want to be treatment free, it’s better to start with treatment free bees. I ordered mine from Wolf Creek Apiaries about an hour from me. Their bees are treatment free",

    Just...
  8. Re: Have not even started and already discouraged...

    Good golly MB that's the worst advice I've ever heard. Last years results of the BIP was 27% fewer losses by treating. Juhani has it right when he says there are so many other things to learn...
  9. Thread: Mating Nucs

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    Re: Mating Nucs

    Exactly, it's all about location. Some of you have nice long seasons which allows you to make use of other resources, equipment, etc.. You may get 2,3,4 more brood cycles than some of us with short...
  10. Re: Q: Why not use historic photos as evidence in the cell size debate

    Sounds good to me, let's see your ruler and what you've found!
  11. Thread: Mating Nucs

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    Re: Mating Nucs

    It's very simple Adam and Ben. Try making up the mating nucs with your full size frames this year. Make up your 2, 3, or 4 frame units. See how your resources stretch to get all your queen cells...
  12. Thread: Mike Palmer Nuc

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    Re: Mike Palmer Nuc

    And Tubbs Mississippi winters are right up there with Vermont winters right? But not sure what the correlation is anyway!
  13. Re: What is the smallest "winterable" unit for Northern Climates?

    I've gone as small as a 3 frame med. stacked and insulated and made it in a mild winter in CO. 3 frame Deep, insulated and stacked with candy board has worked in most winters here as low as -19...
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    Re: The craze over 5- frame nucs

    It probably depends also on what your willing and able to lift. I find the 5 frame nucs the most convenient and versatile piece of equipment I have. I use them for swarms, swarm traps, splits,...
  15. Re: How do you prevent robbing during fall inspection?

    Yes, it takes all the fun out of it when you have robbers waiting over your shoulder to get in. Make sure you know what you're looking for, get in and get out. Have extra covers waiting. If you...
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    Re: Maxant bottling tank?

    I have the Maxant 16 gal. bottler and love it. I heat it up once a week for a couple hours for my weekend Farmers Markets. Add honey each week from the warming box and let the bottler take care of...
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    Re: Open Feeding (Open Feeders) methods

    Thanks, Ian
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    Re: Open Feeding (Open Feeders) methods

    So, a quick question on the use of straw on the feeders. My thought is a big mess once it gets "sogged" up on the wood floats. Do you replace it with each filling of the feeders?? I've used just...
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    I would crack a box between the bottom two designated brood boxes and see where the cluster is. Don't need to open it all the way. My guess is the bottom's are empty, either one or two, and the...
  20. Thread: Missing Bee's

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    Re: Missing Bee's

    Did you treat for mites or check for mites? Any idea why they were weak to start?
  21. Re: Frustrated with VSH and looking for suggestions

    "First, Why woudl some specific level of build up be necessary. IF the evaluation is being made according to most and least. 1 is more than 0. So one mite could very well be enough to make a...
  22. Re: Frustrated with VSH and looking for suggestions

    What's not clear is it doesn't seem like there's enough time for varroa to build up in the short time frame until they are making counts and evaluations.. It also seems that varroa is being added...
  23. Re: Frustrated with VSH and looking for suggestions

    Thanks for the explanation. The Facebook link that was previously provided may have grouped both studies together. I'm impressed that enough "material" from one drone is able to provide such...
  24. Re: Single 5 frame Nucs...who over winters these in colder, wet locations

    McBee what are you using to winter indoors???
  25. Re: Frustrated with VSH and looking for suggestions

    I believe the link provided, Arista Bee Research used the drones from just one source, which they described as 1 drone. I doubt there's enough material to get a quality insemination with just 1...
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