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    Re: Why is it such a bad queen rearing year???

    Rak, did you bought the vsh or Cordovan queens from Orland?
    And are they the gentle type bees too?
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    Re: Keeping the hobby under control

    You can try the tf option on all of your hives especially during the
    winter time. Comes next Spring to see how many you still have left.
    This will surely reduced their number if not.
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    Re: How much from two acres of buckwheat?

    The seller definitely don't know the source of their buckwheat seeds.
    I bought 5 lbs. growing them in my garden. But the blooms seem to be
    short lived. They don't have the continuous blooming...
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    Re: Proximity of Resources in Finisher

    Well, if you already have enough young queens for next Spring expansion then
    you don't need that many mated queens now. The more extra queens I can
    overwinter the more options I have for the...
  5. Re: All queen cells capped, roller cages on, queens ready to hatch any day, now what?

    Soar, also check on the unsuccessful mating nuc that the queen is MIA now.
    Those the workers will gravitate toward the mated queen right nucs too.
    I usually do my night or before the sundown mating...
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    Re: Proximity of Resources in Finisher

    You don't have to look forward on next Spring time to do this. Use the
    pollen frames cell raised method that I just posted here.
    Try it to see if during the summer dearth that you can also...
  7. Re: 6 cups grafted. Killed over 20 in the process.

    Of the 4 seasons that I've been grafting I don't believe that I had killed up to 1000
    larvae yet. Maybe in the 100s maybe. It is such a wasted of bee resource when there is
    a better alternative...
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    Re: Graft on Pollen frames--2 year results are in

    I like to repeat this experiment again using the newly bought
    Cordovan queen. As long as you can get the 6 body sections on the
    queen well fed and developed then she will be a good laying one. I...
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    Re: First Graft of the Year

    My communication with my seller is a really close one from
    the time I put in the order to the time that the queen package arrived at
    the transfer station. I usually go there to pick up the package...
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    Re: How soon do I need a queen

    Yes, during the summer time a failed nuc is more likely to produce the
    LWs. In the early Spring there is more time before they turn into one often a week or 2
    more. Since I make my after the...
  11. Re: Think I just smelled goldenrod being processed!

    Huh, the climate change caused the Golden rods to bloom earlier?
    That may or may not be a good thing depending on what the hive situation is.
    Too bad the GR only have a definite number of blooms...
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    Re: How soon do I need a queen

    If you use the wrong age larvae they will attempt to make the
    emergency queens using the older larvae because no young larvae/eggs are
    present when you added the frame in. So make sure they have...
  13. Re: 6 cups grafted. Killed over 20 in the process.

    I'm working on a homemade non-graft frame now with
    the queen bee already inside pending for her to lay.
    If this little bee experiment is successful I will not need to do
    anymore grafting from now...
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    Re: Hiring using H2A Visa

    It is hard to work with newbie beekeepers.
    You have to train them and see if it is a compatible relationship first.
    A seasoned beekeeper already know how to handle the bees without dropping
    the...
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    Re: Could anyone identify this bee for me?

    And welcome to Bee Source too, AuraiC!
  16. Re: Think I just smelled goldenrod being processed!

    Over here the early GR is just about to be done.
    But the late Autumn blooming variety has yet to bloom.
    It is better if there are succession planting of both types.
    Maybe one day I will see both...
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    Re: Queen intro situation for newbie

    I'm not sure about the queen's venom gets weaker for queens rarely
    sting once they're mated and laying. A queen's scent or pheromone will
    become weaker as time goes by when she became older. I...
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    Re: Dearth?

    Milkweeds are consider invasive specie. Once established it is hard to get
    rid of them that they reseeded readily.
    They can withstand the summer drought and the honey bees will work
    them when...
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    Re: Queen intro situation for newbie

    In this little queen intro experiment, the smaller queen nuc hive also have the qc's made that I took out
    the day before. Both the larger queen nuc and the smaller queen nuc have young larvae and...
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    Re: Graft on Pollen frames--2 year results are in

    Hope you have an open mind when it comes to the queen rearing improvement process.
    I'm sorry but my newly mated queen cannot stay in their mating nuc for long.
    They are the really prolific laying...
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    Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    To prevent the mark color from being groom off I put a dab of the TB glue
    on her thorax first. When the glue is almost dry in a few minutes then I put on
    that year's bee color. The white dot may...
  22. Re: All queen cells capped, roller cages on, queens ready to hatch any day, now what?

    Jw, your observation is the same as mine about the return mated or newly emerged virgin queen.
    The bees facing the same entrance can clearly smell the new queen scent and drifted toward her.
    A...
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    Re: Graft on Pollen frames--2 year results are in

    In one of M Palmer's you tube vids, he put the pollen into the pollen frame for the
    bees to eat. So this idea stem from his inspiration.
    JW, when you have 20 colonies you can make a bee bomb...
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    Re: Queen intro situation for newbie

    An update:

    So the larger queen got balled again by the 3rd nuc hive's worker bees. I found her
    yesterday morning with a clump of bees on her. She's all dead!
    Then I look into the non-graft...
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    Queen intro situation for newbie

    Hi, All!


    Just experienced a rather remarkable situation from my 2 queens introduction.
    How would you handle this situation if it were you?

    Background: Brought 2 commercial farm Cordovan...
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