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  1. Thread: Need Opinions

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    Re: Need Opinions

    Andrew. As the OP titled his post "Need Opinions", that is what I gave, my opinion, based on my experiences with queen cells. Since you asked for an academic answer, I will attempt to give one...
  2. Thread: Need Opinions

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    I would wait and see what happens with the queen cell. Technically they are not queenless if they have a cell. Laying workers would not start for a couple of weeks or so, if something happens to the...
  3. Thread: Queen envy

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    Re: Queen envy

    I love looking at those big queens too, but sometimes when it comes to queens, size doesn't matter. I have had dinky looking queens preform beautifully, and nice looking queens preform poorly, (and...
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    Re: First Install, Flubbed It

    Welcome to bee keeping! And welcome to the first of many mistakes! After years, I still make them all the time. The key is that you learn from them. And thanks for the laugh.
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    Queen Cells? Just how fragile are they?

    I have always treated my QC's as if I were holding my child for the first time with my wife watching. Always keeping them in a vertical position, never bumping or jarring them, keeping them warm etc....
  6. Re: Mid May Package installs, any special concerns

    I'm not sure when the flow begins and ends in your area, but my advice is that you might have to feed them longer, than if you received them at the start of your flow. I know for my area the flow is...
  7. Re: Don't ever get to big for your britches or count your chickens before they hatch

    You were right oldtimer, had 23 cells started this time. Looks like they are going to be ok, now that I got the queen out. Thanks.
  8. Re: Don't ever get to big for your britches or count your chickens before they hatch

    Jim, good point. Something else then? :scratch:
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    Re: Swarm cell questions

    If I find swarm cell for sure, sometime I will take the queen out with a few frames of brood and bees. This makes the bees think they have swarmed. If the hive is strong enough, I will take some of...
  10. Re: Don't ever get to big for your britches or count your chickens before they hatch

    Thanks oldtimer. I did move her out of the starter. I will try and graft again today.
  11. Don't ever get to big for your britches or count your chickens before they hatch

    First graft of the season, everything is prepared, cell stater is nice and strong, grafting frame and cells are good and polished, frame I am going to graft from has just the right age larva. All...
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    Re: When to make splits?

    If you do a walk away, it will be 15 or 16 days until she emerges, another couple to gather strength to fly. So if the drones are flying good in your area by then, go for it!
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    Re: When to make splits?

    If you see drones flying in and out if you hives, make some splits.
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    Re: Keep an empty hive in the beeyard?

    I leave empties in my yards all the time. I will find an occasional spider in one, but that is about all.
  15. Thread: ABJ Update

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    Re: ABJ Update

    Who paid for the article to be written? Follow the money, and you will usually find someone with some type of an agenda.

    Took my own advice and searched the author and the institute she works...
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    Re: trying foundationless frames

    Shinbone. I agree there is nothing "natural" about the way we keep bees now, but I think we are discussing two different motives here for keeping bees. I have no interest in honey, other than to...
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    Re: trying foundationless frames

    Not sure if I agree with that one shinbone. All my hives are foundationless and I produce and sell queens, make increases, and sell nucs. If you mean do I interfere by making cell builders for...
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    Re: why nucs so late?

    As someone who sells nucs, I want to evaluate each and every nuc I sell. I don't want to sell someone a nuc, that they have been looking forward to all winter, to have an inferior queen. That being...
  19. Re: Price to charge for one or two drawn frames with Queen? / Queens Castle

    The price debate has raged several times back and forth here on bee source. Some things to think about: What is the average cost of a local mated queen in your area? A frame of brood usually...
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    Re: trying foundationless frames

    Agree. The use of foundationless frames has actually been a selling point in my operation. It also saves me time and money, by not buying foundation, and not having to put it in frames. I also...
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    Re: New package questions

    I can answer number 3. New packages need lots of feed because of all the comb they need to build. I would feed until you see capped stores.
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    Re: Drones in central Ohio

    Good feeling isn't it? I know some beekeepers in my area hate drone comb, I love seeing it.
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    Re: Mite on drone pupae?

    Next inspection, take your hive tool and open up some capped drone brood to see if they all have mites on them. Even hygienic bees can collapse from mites.
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    Re: Swarm / Re-Queening Question Please!

    It might be a few days yet until you see eggs. The hive usually swarms when the cells are capped. The virgin queen will emerge a few days later, will take a couple days to get strong, then taking...
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    Re: Feeding in 35 degree weather

    Pop the top, lay down some newspapeer on the top bars, and pour about five pounds of sugar on the paper. Put an empty super without frames over that, and put the top back on. Don't lose them now,...
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