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    Re: Old Man Grafting

    I used to take off my glasses when I was transplanting piles of tiny seedlings. These were so tiny they make grafting age larva, look like telephone poles. That was back when I was 40 y.o. or...
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    Re: colonies absconding from nucs

    In my area, deep shade and a cooling (high pressure fogging system) help to keep my nucs occupied and functional. I already know that any the sun can reach, will either be dead or quickly abandoned....
  3. Re: Where to find local forage information?

    For me, the best resource for determining what you are asking about, is to watch the returning foragers at your hives. Then to drive, walk, and hike around within the normal foraging distance of your...
  4. Re: Dearth near Pittsburgh? What plants to help?

    I live on a one acre property. I plant a few flowering plants, so I can watch the bees and butterflies, but have no delusions that I am contributing more than a minuscule amount of forage for either....
  5. Re: Hole Saw Sizes for bee escape and feeders

    I just use a regular 3/8" diameter drill bit, or sometimes a 3/8" spade bit - either work just fine. I'm not even sure they make hole saws that small.
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    Re: raising queens next to AHB...

    To encourage drone production, I use some foundationless frames. I use some Pierco green plastic drone frames, and I use some beeswax drone foundation. Most important, since the majority of my frames...
  7. Re: Is it normal for a queen's abdomen to darken over time?

    It would. I see noticeable darkening in less time.

    With Cordovan Italian queens, most become a little darker, each month, until they are twelve months old. After that, I haven't noticed any...
  8. Re: Is it normal for a queen's abdomen to darken over time?

    Honey bees only have one exoskeleton, which serves them for their entire adult lives. They do not grow new outer shells, as some other insects do. Workers aren't usually around for very long, but...
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    Re: Should I stop feeding?

    Michael Bush,
    Thanks for pointing that out. I unintentionally omitted the 3/8" hole I place in the super/box immediately below the excluder. Here it is in this illustration ->


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    Re: raising queens next to AHB...

    I think you meant, AHB (Africanized Honey Bees), not abh.

    I am in the heart of AHB territory. Or so I've heard said. All I know is that many colonies of honey bees, in my area, especially those...
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    Re: Should I stop feeding?

    Browser issue - duplicate post.
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    Re: Should I stop feeding?

    Browser issue - duplicate post.
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    Re: Should I stop feeding?

    Should you stop feeding?

    A very good question, and answers can be quite complicated, but it seems you are asking even more complex questions in your opening post. To be honest, the best answers...
  14. Re: Converting 8 to 10 frame boxes, how to arrange frames

    Dane,
    It sounds like you are going forward with well thought-out plans. I believe those are the best type. It is good to have a reason for what you are doing. That way, if things don't work as...
  15. Re: Converting 8 to 10 frame boxes, how to arrange frames

    If there is much honey in the lower boxes, after your transition, most of the honey should be in the boxes above the brood nest.

    But, for me, I wouldn't be going the direction you describe. Have...
  16. Re: 7D nails for supers and hive bodies (Galvanized vs hot dipped, vs electro-galvani

    I've discovered that, here in the desert Southwest, nails, even ring shank nails, begin walking out of the wood within a few months. Then the boards, even those assembled using box joints (composed...
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    Re: Bee pro and brewers yeast

    I sure hope so. I've been making my own pollen substitute, this same way for almost a decade, now, and I store the ingredients - BeePro and Brewer's Yeast in my laundry room, between uses.

    I...
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    Re: Raising vs. Buying a queen?

    There is nothing wrong with purchasing a queen from a reputable queen producer - chances are fairly good that your hive will be back in business, sooner than raising another of their own replacement...
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    Re: Brood box full of honey

    If he can get them out of the hive. :D
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    Re: nuc taken over by flies

    Most likely those, "maggots" are not maggots (fly larva), but rather, SHB larva.
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    Re: Want to work bare handed?

    I work barehanded too. I distract them from my hands by exhaling through my nose. They seem much more interested in stinging me in the nostrils and upper lip than they do my hands.

    Just yesterday...
  22. Re: Drone comb, lots of references to it, but what is it?

    gman1001,

    The dimensions that Michael Bush has posted for the different cell sizes, worker size cells and drone size cells, I believe, are measurements from cell wall to the opposite cell wall,...
  23. Re: The simplest bottom board used with top entrance only

    I build or adjust all of my equipment, full-size and nuc, so Top Bars are flush/even with the tops of the supers, and bee space is below the Bottom Bars. Or, sometimes I custom make my nucs with bee...
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    Re: How Late is to Late?

    Here in the Sonoran Desert of Tucson, Arizona - for many seasons I have been able to continue raising small batches of queens, right through the winter. And, though there is often a dearth, as long...
  25. Re: Laying worker hive with larva in queen cell

    Falconite,
    It sounds like a good time to obtain a replacement queen, then remove the present drone laying queen and introduce the new replacement queen. Sooner is better.
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