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    Re: Splits vs Grafting for increase?

    Well that might be a little harsh....but I definitely don't have hives that I to climb a ladder to put supers on ;)
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    Re: Splits vs Grafting for increase?

    Of course you are right, but if you are using brood breaks to help with mite control instead of other means then splits by way of notching are a good way to go.
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    Re: Splits vs Grafting for increase?

    If you are raising 100 hives, yes.....but it you are raising less than you can make almost that many queens from a good producer by notching and splitting the original hive 2x per year. 19 splits...
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    Re: Splits vs Grafting for increase?

    +1
  5. Re: Bees dont want to move up into the 2nd deep

    If the temps are in the 80's and 90's there is no reason you can't split the brood nest. I regularly put an empty frame of foundation right smack in the middle of the brood nest to get it drawn out.
  6. Re: Remedy for a nuc with a laying worker?

    double post :scratch:
  7. Re: Remedy for a nuc with a laying worker?

    THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO BE AWARE OF! Another option is take all of the frames out of the LW hive except one, get ALL of the bees off them and give them to another hive (freeze them if you like, I...
  8. Thread: I'am Done

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    Re: I'am Done

    Do you have a mentor? You could save yourself a lot of frustration by consulting someone (or reading more), I agree with everyone above, I'm betting you have had two queens in that hive several times...
  9. Thread: Gloves

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    Re: Gloves

    I use these and love them!...
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    Re: Varroa found in Australia?

    "The Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) said the single hive was found last week within the hollow metal support of a container stand."

    I'm guessing the "container stand" was off...
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    Re: How old are your queens?

    Not sure what you mean. :scratch: I'm totally serious.....at least about being surprised at the age of queens people are using (I'm not normally a very serious person in general). I've read (but not...
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    Re: How old are your queens?

    I don't think about it on a regular basis, I'm just surprised at the number of 3 and 4 year old queens. I don't care about honey production so I don't really think about that either. I just know I...
  13. Thread: varroa

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    Re: varroa

    This is all VERY entertaining! :applause: I can't wait until the "small cell" thread gets to a fevered pitch! :lookout:
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    Re: How old are your queens?

    Pretty cool to see how many keep queens for several years. :thumbsup:
  15. Re: Ah Crap.. If my queen falls out of the hive, can she fly back or is she toast?

    Why? Do you have eggs/larva? You can just notch the bottom of some cells and let them make a few new queens.
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    How old are your queens?

    I just got done reading most of the post on swarm prevention and I was a little surprised at the age some people keep their queens. How old are your oldest queens?
  17. Re: When to use or skip the smoker? Newbie question

    I light my smoker every time....but I can't just look in the top ;)
  18. Re: New Home Grown Queen but have questions?

    I'd give her until July 5th (aprox 30 days) then if you don't see eggs add a frame of open brood from your other hive. If they don't make queen cells then she is in there somewhere. If they do then...
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    Interesting find on my robber screen

    Last night I split a booming hive into 4. The original hive had a booming population and was queenless for about a week and had a robbing screen on. When I split the hive I took the robbing screen...
  20. Re: Question on new package and queen cells (with larva)

    Awesome, that is what I figured and what I did. I just wanted to make sure they were not going to swarm right after being installed. And yes the queen cells were on the brood I placed in the hive....
  21. Question on new package and queen cells (with larva)

    Background, I'm in my 3rd year of beekeeping. Started with one swarm and overwintered, following spring bought 5 nucs, into winter with 10 hives came out with 8. Split my hives in the spring enter...
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    Re: Random black bee

    I got a package because I wanted the drones also. She started laying and had brood today, she is also getting bigger so I don't know if she was banked and quit laying or what :scratch: I didn't...
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    Re: Random black bee

    This is exactly what I thought when I seen her :scratch: Only time will tell, I won't be ordering again.
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    Re: Random black bee

    Yes, but I didn't know about them prior to ordering. I found them on ebay and the pictures they posted of one of their black queens had me logging into my paypal account before I knew what the heck...
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    Re: Random black bee

    SD, Here is a pic of a queen I just got in a package, she is super black (not the greatest pic though), she is suppose to be a "Georgian Mt Grey Caucasian Honey Bees". Before you get your hopes up...
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