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    Re: Strange year and now swarms

    I try not to move swarm boxes until after dark - many that I move earlier in the day do leave. A frame of open brood will also usually keep them at home. Do not check on the bees for a week or so...
  2. Will virgin queen dispose of new queen cells?

    Installed queen cells 4/11 in nucs. Rain & wind for a few days so no good flight days until yesterday. Opened several nucs to peek and found virgin queens and capped queen cells. The newly capped...
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    Re: How much time do I have?

    I did a cut out today east of Kansas City that had eight capped swarm cells and plenty of drones. Swarm season will be early. If there are no eggs or brood in the cells you still have time - at...
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    Re: Cutout hive- add brood or wait?

    If you do enough cut outs one will occasionally go bad. If you know you have the queen, keep her in the new box with an excluder. Don't fret the bad ones - learn and improve.
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    Re: Shipping Queen Cells?

    My last batch of 40 cells from Miksa resulted in 36 laying queens. 5 where direct release virgin queens and these were all well received. Nucs/splits were made the afternoon before the cells were...
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    Re: Spring buildup questions

    Alot of variables. Start with hive #1. Sometimes the bees are slow to take up syrup with fumigillin if the bees were not started with plain syrup prior to the fumigillin or maybe the bees are using...
  7. Thread: What to do?

    by RicDuck
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    Re: What to do?

    My strong hives have drones now. Bees in Temple TX.
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    Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2010

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    Re: The do nots in beekeeping

    I was using my natural quick clamps. Next time I will visit a phone booth and change into my Super Beeman costume and be faster than a speeding nail gun!!
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    Re: The do nots in beekeeping

    If you are the one holding the box you should also be the one with your finger on the nail gun trigger. Or at least explain that roles could quickly be reversed.
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    I suggest giving the package bees 7-8 frames of...

    I suggest giving the package bees 7-8 frames of drawn comb and leaving 2-3 frames in your bait hive. Package will build up quicker and bait hive will still be very attractive for a swarm.
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    Glad to see you made it to the forum

    You can remove the plug in the cardboard nuc when you get the bees home. Transfer the frames of bees, brood, pollen & honey into your boxes once the bees calm down in a few hours or the following...
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    Prewire frames

    I prewire some frames using a staple gun on one face of the frame, wire strung both vertically and horizonally with wire 1.5 inches apart. Rubberbands corner to corner will ussually hold most cured...
  14. It appears the bees tried to requeen themselves...

    It appears the bees tried to requeen themselves late in the season. Maybe she never was bred or not enough time to produce needed bees to get through winter. I tap the frame containing the dead...
  15. Thread: Feb. Queens???

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    Tried Hawai - no go. Queen cells maybe but...

    Tried Hawai - no go. Queen cells maybe but trying to cover cost of traveling to TX and selling excess nucs from queens bred early in Tx may reduce future repeat customer (AHB).
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    I really want to know who is supplying queens for...

    I really want to know who is supplying queens for the splits coming off of almonds. Australia is last on the list because of all the possible problems. Looking for 60-90 queens early if any...
  17. Thread: Feb. Queens???

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    Feb. Queens???

    Where do you get your early queens?

    Thanks
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    I would move them without screens. Looks like no...

    I would move them without screens. Looks like no flying for quite awhile.
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    Milk, Wine, Honey tank

    Recently acquired a stainless tank from a small local winery. Originally an insulated/jacketed milk tank with a compressor converted to use with a glycol system. Are there any concerns about...
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    Not really wings but just growth where the wings...

    Not really wings but just growth where the wings start. Thanks
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    How old is this cell?

    I tore apart a queen cell and the queen inside has defined legs, ridged abdomen, slits of purple on the eyes, visable mouth parts and wings roughly 1/8 inch long. Can someone estimate how long until...
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    Large rubber bands around entire frame and push...

    Large rubber bands around entire frame and push in cages works well with plastic foundation.
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    Honey plants?

    Thanks. Then what plants are used during honey flow?
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    Early spring build up TX

    What do bees use in Texas for early build up and how soon does it start? Relatives are interested in keeping a few hives near Temple. Courious cousins want to know!!!
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    Wholesale honey????

    I appears current supply of honey will match retail projections until next summer. Who are the buyers of wholesale honey in midwest? Are samples sent? Do wholesale buyers want drums/barrels or can...
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