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    Re: Nurse bees from starer to finisher

    Thanks.. As soon as the weather allows I'll start again and put some open brood above the excluder.. I think I knew to do it that way but with fall and winter I forgot. I should have read over my...
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    Nurse bees from starer to finisher

    If I want to add the nurse bees from my finisher to the starter should I just put them in the top with the grafts or send them in the front door? If I am to send them in the front should this...
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    How to put "Nuc-ed" bees into a TBH

    I don't have a TBH, I have however met a new beekeeper who is wanting to start out with a TBH and I have agreed to give her the bees. I generally give away or sell at a very low price one or two...
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    Which come first the Splits or Queens???

    Let me start by saying that this might be a stupid question. I am okay with that.

    What are your opinions? Would it be better to raise queens and then use them in splits or make splits and use...
  5. Thread: washing Jars

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    washing Jars

    Does anyone wash NEW Mason jars before filling them or do you just take the lid off and fill?
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    Re: Threshold for spliting

    About 30 percent but I did not do fall splits or breed queens last year. This is a new method for me, I am going to try it for a couple of years and see how it goes. It makes more ecological sense...
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    Re: Threshold for spliting

    I have already done my fall splits for this year. I did them in the last couple weeks of Aug at the end of the sour wood flow. Which is basically the same time people treat here. This year I did...
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    Threshold for spliting

    I guess I am treatment free. I use IPM and buy resistant stock and graft from those and my best queens to put in to nucs. I haven't treated in 5 years but I am not apposed to "soft chem" treatment...
  9. Re: Marking a queen..what can you use use for "paint"

    I go to Wal-mart and buy paint markers in the arts and craft section. They have worked well for me and are cheep.
  10. Re: Will staggered Elevation of hives increase honey production?

    Yes bears are a potential issue, but they have a couple of great pyrenees that stay with the sheep and the hives will be in close proximity. Plus I generally only have bear issues in early spring...
  11. Re: Will staggered Elevation of hives increase honey production?

    I guess I was thinking in terms of bloom time on plants. There is a noticeable difference here in Western NC the higher you get you enter another micro climate
  12. Will staggered Elevation of hives increase honey production?

    My 20 hives have a current forage area ranging from 1500-3600 ft. I met a couple with a small goat farm that live a the upper edge of my current area. They said they would like to have 4-5 hives on...
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    Queen cells encased in comb and honey?

    One bar of my last graft is encased in nectar the cells are capped will they hatch as usual or are the done for.
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    Re: Need plans for Queen cell incubator

    Thanks, I am feeling better about doing this.
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    Re: Need plans for Queen cell incubator

    Do you think forced air is better or is it ok ether way?
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    Re: Need plans for Queen cell incubator

    Thanks, Maybe scared is too strong a word, more like apprehensive. I can follow directions but I have limited experience with wiring, so I would both like to make one and not start a fire. These...
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    Need plans for Queen cell incubator

    I would like to make a small and simple incubator to hold at the most 45 cells for 24-36 hours. So, I can pull cells the night before I take them to their new home. I have looked at chicken...
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    Late summer splits?

    I want to do late splits for mite control and nucs to cover winter losses but I am not sure how strong to make the nucs and if i need to feed to parent hive. I live in zone 7a in western NC...
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    Re: larva time lapse photos

    I have found the same thing. My eyes are good (my ears not-so much) so if i use +3 reading glasses i have poorer results than just going after the smallest larva i see with the naked eye. sorry,...
  20. Re: Estblished queen found no eggs/larva just capped brood?

    I am going to take this an another hive and deliver them tonight with the understanding that i will provide a new queen if this one fails. Does that sound like and appropriate course of action? She...
  21. Re: Estblished queen found no eggs/larva just capped brood?

    She has caped brood thats is from her. I made this up for a friend with mediums by putting a super of her frames over a strong brood box of mine. Once she had established some eggs and brood i...
  22. Estblished queen found no eggs/larva just capped brood?

    Just look in a Nuc that I was going to take to someone and found no eggs or larva. I then found a marked queen everything else in the hive looks good cells are polished storing honey pollen coming...
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    Re: Cloake Board & moving brood

    I think you should be fine the nurse bees don't need to do anything to capped brood and when the brood emerges you got more nurse bees.
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    Re: How long to full size after mating?

    Thanks, I am making queens for myself and any friends that might need them. I would only pinch one that had a poor brood pattern after a couple of months or was too defensive. I'm really just...
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    How long to full size after mating?

    Just looked at a couple of queens that should have been mating the last few days and they look smallish. I know that they have been out and about burning calories but how long after mating does it...
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