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    Re: Question about nursery cage

    Using queen cells is the best practice: no cages, no protectors just well fed bees.
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    Re: how i graft

    God taught me a lesson yesterday when I grafted 30 and got maybe a half of them accepted though the starter was properly made. I wasn't in my best shape.

    This morning I took the frame from where I...
  3. Re: To Mow or Not to Mow-Near Hive-any opinion on this one

    I like manual tools. They are silent and keeps you in good shape.
    I don't know how things stay in your country but in mine all summer long I keep hearing those mowing machines. When summer ends...
  4. Re: ? - Developing Warre comb in advance using Langstroth hives

    I would cut a frame of brood and put it in a warre box and place the box on the place of the lang.

    or better

    make a Taranov split and with the same frame of brood populate the new warre

    or...
  5. Re: To Mow or Not to Mow-Near Hive-any opinion on this one

    Don't mow if you like flowers :)
    I only mow cause I have bottom entrances and I do it only in front of the entrance. I use a scythe.
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    Re: Question about nursery cage

    Too much work for nothing: I checked a bit this morning and already found a dead queen and depopulations. I haven't used minis.

    Using queen cells is the best practice.

    Now I have to start...
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    Re: Question about nursery cage

    I've managed to use almost all the queens and cells. They look pretty large to me and all the cells had extra royal jelly left in them after hatching.
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    Re: cells into mating nucs

    From Jay Smith

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=18766&stc=1
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    Re: Question about nursery cage

    It's day 16 and I have 6 queens hatched so far. The nurse bees are on the cage probably feeding them. Tomorrow I'll try to make some mini nucs. The nurse cage is very basic and I use home made wax...
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    Re: Treated first time today

    I use foundation less frames. This leads to many many drones. The chances that my queens mate with drones from my apiary are high. Maybe this is one of the key factors in the equation. Anyway... I'm...
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    Question about nursery cage

    I made some nucs today but I still had 15 QC's which I put in a home made nursery cage. I placed the cage in the 3rd box of a good hive. I've moved a frame of brood near the cage.

    How critical are...
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    Re: C.C. Miller swarm cure

    Thanks for the links. I like reading.
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    Re: Treated first time today

    It's interesting to see people arguing on this subject. In my country these kind of topics does not come in anyone's mind. If ever mentioned it is ignored.
    Kirk Webster has great documentation on...
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    Poll: Re: Treatment Free Steps

    I did the same last year but it didn't work quite smooth. The previous winter being very mild, brood started early and varroa multiplied by the ton. I had 40% losses this winter. Luckily this year...
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    C.C. Miller swarm cure

    Yesterday I was reading "50 Years Among the Bees" and ran into this method that I found very useful if one would want to keep his colonies strong through the season:

    After destroying all the QC's,...
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    Re: how i graft

    Grafting is easy. Making queens is easy. The whole apiary management is harder.
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    Re: Wintering Nucs

    I think this a very good practice rather then equalize colonies. It helps with selection a lot.
    I already defined my plan for this season: I have 7 production hives and 9 singles that I decided to...
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    Re: Trying to go foundationless

    This is my second season foundation less. I find it very easy. Sometimes you need to fix welded frames - I only had one situation of this kind last year.
    I have 16 hives so far drawing lots of drone...
  19. Re: From Overwintered Nuc into Production hive early.

    You move it into a single first and add the second deep when almost crowded. During the first flow I think you may put shallow frames inside the deep box, then move it up; it's easier when using a...
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    Re: Open starter vs. closed

    Just to conclude a bit:

    One should use an open starter like in M. Palmer method and closed when the starter is formed with bees taken from the nearby colonies. I noticed last year that even nurse...
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    Sticky: Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    Off topic:
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?312248-Open-starter-vs-closed

    Sorry for posting here but I got no answer.
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    Open starter vs. closed

    I left my starter closed from evening till dawn when I opened it. It's been 4-5 m from the donor colonies. When I arrived home this afternoon I found not so many bees in it. However almost all of the...
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    Sticky: Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    I think this is the easiest method for a small operation that will definitely produce good queens. Despite this, yesterday I used the cell starter method. The main flow has just started and I want to...
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    Re: Bees and Chickens

    This winter I will isolate bees from chickens. I think they might bother the bees though as they step on the hives. There aren't any problems in summer but I'm not sure about winter.
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    Sticky: Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    I'm really interested in a very simple way of raising queens and most of all natural way with the least interference on the human side.

    How about letting the bees do the job and eventually helping...
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