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  1. Thread: Grafting

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    Re: Grafting

    Totally agree, the Royal jelly is removed after acceptance but helps keep the Larvae from drying out until back with the bees
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    Re: Bee-Pro® Pollen Substitute

    I am reading this thread with interest as we have a Mann Lake distributor over here in the UK now, like most I have been trying many recipes over the years and Bee pro does have some good reports...
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    There is one thing that care needs to be used when using the forceps, if they are adjusted incorrectly the sting can be damaged leading to the queen being superceded
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    Re: ever consider electric treatment?

    We have a guy in the UK called John Harding, he has written a book about Ley lines and bees, he keeps bees on ley lines, theses are areas where the earths energy comes to the surface, this he says in...
  5. Thread: Mating Nucs

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    Re: Mating Nucs

    Depends how many you are filling, for a small amount you could put a brood on a floor with closed entrance then qx another brood, find queen and put her and frame to one side and shake enough frames...
  6. Thread: Mating Nucs

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    Re: Mating Nucs

    Mike, what do you find? I find queens mated in smaller boxes come into lay faster,due to the need for brood, in Nucs there is still a lot of nurse bees and brood hatching so there does not seem to be...
  7. Thread: Mating Nucs

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    Re: Mating Nucs

    The amount of bees you need to make up a mating nuc depends on the size of the nuc! In the uk ther are numerous sizes! Mostly polystyrene unless they are home built with half size frames. A bit mor...
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    Re: Commercial Pollen Traps

    I had not thought of SHB, we are fortunate and do not have them at present, in answer to you question GM they do not get much debris from above due to the design, the bees travel down a covered slot...
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    Re: Commercial Pollen Traps

    The beauty of the type that replace the floor and have a drawer is if the weather turns wet the pollen in the drawer stays dry and can be harvested without disturbing the bees, it can either be...
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    You don't know how lucky you are with a choice of isolated sites in this little country Beekuk
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    Re: Breeder queens to play with

    Is this with a plan to get treatment free stock or just stock improvement and genetic diversity
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    Re: A pollen question.

    I will try and get some taken this w/end and upload to the site.
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    Juhani, I have been full of intention to use Dartmoor, the excellent beekeeper that has the permissions to use it has offered but its about 145 miles from me and unfortunately I do a full time job as...
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    Just another idea DB, do you have anyone within range of you that does have resistant colonies, if so could you do a deal and take droneless mating nucs with virgin queen to them for mating, just an...
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    Re: A pollen question.

    I have traps that were designed by a local beekeeper in the uk, I have made my own copy with a modification or two the pollen mesh is mounted on a swivel so that the trap can be opened to allow bees...
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    The trouble with trying to trap in drones in any strong colony is that when they have the instinct to fly they just all pile out together and can block the hive entrance, here because they are not...
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    I have done that myself, apiary only had eight colonies in it, on inspection I pulled the drone comb in one on emergence day and marked drones green as they emerged, the following week every colony...
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    We have such a project in the UK, its being done slightly differently but with the same aim, I know Ron well and he spends countless hours in this project, have a look at this website to see what he...
  19. Re: Isolated Matings without owning an island. mondscheinbegattung method.

    Large greenhouses have been tried before with no result, not enough free flying space was i think the reason given, the evening mating system must work otherwise no one would be doing it, if you just...
  20. Re: Isolated Matings without owning an island. mondscheinbegattung method.

    and in this country with our very un predictable weather it would be a big gamble as if you can get the bees to raise queens the quality of them is usually not as good as mid season when its their...
  21. Re: Isolated Matings without owning an island. mondscheinbegattung method.

    Don't forget bees need water, pollen and nectar in abundance for queens to be reared and mated
  22. Re: Isolated Matings without owning an island. mondscheinbegattung method.

    And there was an article about Joe Horners work in August 2013 ABJ complete with some pics of the little railway
    kev www.sarumbeesupplies.co.uk
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    Juhani: In my particular case the good drones (naturally mite resistant genetics) comprise the surrounding feral population; the non-resistant drones are in my hives and the hives of other beekeepers...
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    Re: Breeding Better Drones

    This thread has an interesting post by Pete in it http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?261854-Isolated-Matings-without-owning-an-island-mondscheinbegattung-method&highlight=joe+horner ...
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    Re: Dartinton hive questions

    As a UK beekeeper I have an example of both the Dartington and Beehaus, yes uk National 14x12 frames and definitely not low maintainanc., Its basically two hives in one as the long box has a movable...
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