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    No mites still check?

    Hi, All!
    I have on purpose make the hives queen less so that their mite population went down.
    But all spring and summer long I have never seen any mite on my bees. I keep the hygenic
    Cordovan...
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    Re: Old Man Grafting

    Aha, I don't know what you mean by 'old' man.
    You look like a 4 y.o. playing with his toys. See how serious you are at it?
    Retake this pic again in about 20 years from now.
  3. Thread: Nyger seeds

    by beepro
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    Re: Nyger seeds

    Update: I tested these harvested seeds to see if they will grow again.
    Yep, many sprouted on a mulched plot even though there is a drought going
    on right now. So if no moisture they will not...
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    Re: Mendocino county planting for my bees.

    You can try Canola for a quick harvest. The bees seem to like them too. I saw them hauling in
    the pollen but not sure how much nectar from them.
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    Re: Queen Rearing Woes...

    Yep, timing is everything. I went in there a day late and the workers had chewed
    out all the qcs. They are above a QE. Maybe to not put them on top of a QR hive the next
    time. I believe that...
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    Re: Funny looking Queen

    I don't think the carni mutt will mix too well with the cordovan.
    Where can I get some of those Cordovan queens? And are they the
    lighter or dark eyes Cordo queens?
  7. Thread: Failing Queens

    by beepro
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    Re: Failing Queens

    I have the same issue with queens that suddenly disappeared from the hive. Everything is
    growing well before. After that there are many swarm/supercedure cells made.
    Remember that each batch of...
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    Re: Goldenrod already?

    Thanks for the Rose of Sharon pics. I often thought about what my bees are bringing white pollen while
    their entire bodies are covered in white dust. Now I know.
    The goldenrods I planted in our...
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    Re: first attempt at grafting

    Johns, are you going to make some nuc hive or put the new queen into a fully mature hive?
    Also, is it too late to do a graft or there is still enough time until the Fall?
  10. Re: Dearth near Pittsburgh? What plants to help?

    Right now is kinda late but you can plant some goldenrod for next year's harvest. I
    planted some baby rootlets that are doing well in my area for the drought.
    I am trying some Nyger seeds right...
  11. Re: What's your strategy for growing your apiaries?

    I once fed them watermelon juice inside the hive using an inverted
    canning jar. They went bad about a day or so.
    I believe they mixed the fruit juice with the rest of the
    collected nectar. So...
  12. Re: What's your strategy for growing your apiaries?

    Notching or not they still make qcs out of desperation.
    Try to do a search and you will see.
  13. Same hive Multi-Queens with multi-excluders on?

    Hi, All! This is an experiment I am thinking about before trying.
    My situation is I want to make some Fall queens with limited bee resources.
    There are 4 qcs in a top medium hive now with a...
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    Re: Combining 2 queen right colonies

    Ace, I like to test theory and application in real life for my beekeeping experience. This is the best way
    for me to learn about what works and not. So reading here said queens are better after...
  15. Thread: Dark Queen

    by beepro
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    Re: Dark Queen

    That one look like the one Laurie has.

    BH, does the cold chill affect the Cordovan queens too? I don't want her color to turn
    darker than what it is as I have some Cordovan qcs right now in the...
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    Re: Hygienic behavior?

    Good answer, Walt. Always learned a lot from you.

    Shannon, you may have a drone laying queen. But not sure what's going on until you
    can confirm it. I got such a queen earlier this Spring.
  17. Thread: Nyger seeds

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    Re: Nyger seeds

    Because this is a controlled environment to plant them I don't see how they
    will grow the next year. The drought will get them if not water well. I am happy if
    no maintenance will get them...
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    Re: Combining 2 queen right colonies

    I combined 2 weak hives (not many foragers) into one about a week ago to test out its strength after the combine.
    Never have I seen so many foragers carrying water and pollen into this hive. The...
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    Re: Frame feeders: making a no-drown top

    I have the plastic inside feeder too but because it drowns a lot of bees I don't use it anymore.
    Instead, I use a quart canning jar with a #8 window screen wire mesh and a piece of plastic to poke...
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    Re: seasonal creek for bee planting

    Yes, you can definitely plant for your bees anywhere around your property.
    I had tried with success the canola, borage, nyger, mustard, loquat, pumpkin,
    cukes, blackberry, etc. During a dearth...
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    seasonal creek for bee planting

    Hi, All!
    I have 2 seasonal creeks running behind our house here. During the summer time the water level is
    low but in the rainy season these creeks are fully flooded. Running along the bank of...
  22. Re: Removing queen cells from plastic foundation.

    KC, yes if you use the foundation less frames they tend to have the drone cells. However, during the Spring flow and after the drones had hatched that they have enough drones, I put in a new...
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    Re: JZBZs queen cage features?

    Be very careful when releasing the attendants because the queen might fly away if done outside.
    I learned it the hard way when doing this that using a plastic bag will not help either. So a closed...
  24. Re: Migrating failed nuc bees back into original hive

    It depends on how crowded a hive you make them for the queen rearing process.
    I now have a 4 frames nuc hive to rear some queens from. I don't need a lot of queens just
    a few but they very often...
  25. Re: Removing queen cells from plastic foundation.

    On the old black brood comb it is harder for the bees to expand the base of the cell to
    add more RJ. I think the queen larva will not be well fed.
    I have both plastic and foundation less frames...
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