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    Re: Wax production and summer solstice...

    As others have said, feed, feed, feed.

    seawrath, just keep an eye on that box with foundation. Sometimes bees will scrape off the wax during a dearth, which then makes them reluctant to drawn new...
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    Re: Picking the queen, to cage her?

    Get some thin nitrile gloves and have at it. Make sure they fit well at the tips of your fingers. Chance of stinging while wearing them is very low and they still allow for very precise operations....
  3. Re: Feeding package without feeding established hive?

    Chances are high that they will not cap this honey. Its not terribly uncommon for the bees to leave some of it uncapped during the dearth. I suspect that you'll find a good amount of the honey eaten...
  4. Re: Feeding package without feeding established hive?

    Isn't your main honey flow long gone by now? You can always extract the honey you have now and then feed both. I typically pull all spring honey in early June and then feed if necessary. Most...
  5. Re: Maximum and best time between splits and adding new queen

    There are 2 threads in the Consumer Report forum. Here's one: http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?301041-Kelleys
  6. Re: Maximum and best time between splits and adding new queen

    Yeah, one week is way too long. If you don't want to raise them yourselves, then wait till you have the queens in your possession before doing the splits. I've had success with much much less than 12...
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    Re: My son gave me this last night.

    Seems like you're getting through loud and clear. Really awesome - thanks for sharing. Some of my most cherished keepsakes are cards that my son has drawn. They can communicate things in pictures...
  8. Re: Opposite of feeding. Killing bees for honey production

    You say 2 full deeps, but how much honey was in those boxes? To be safe, a big monster (true) Italian colony will need about 70-90 lbs of stores in VA, with last year closer to the 90 mark. Other...
  9. Re: Help with Expenisve Breeder queen introduction problem

    As others have suggested, don't give up. Things happen, shake it off and move on. You had problems with the first attempt that may have injured her, or there may have been other unseen things that...
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    Re: Honey Dew From Oak Trees?

    Gotta agree with this. Several years back, my colonies produced some of the worst tasting honey I've ever had. This nasty honey was collected during the summer dearth. At first it didn't seem bad,...
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    Re: Mating nucs with robber screens

    Brandy

    Do believe that the reason for the bad luck is the screen or other issues related to the time of year, e.g., Dragonflies, other?
  12. Re: Help with Expenisve Breeder queen introduction problem

    Not sure I believe the above is completely true. Yes, at times you can run into supercedure issues, but when I see this I report this back to the breeder. I believe that breeders would provide some...
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    Re: Mating nucs with robber screens

    Thanks guys. Great feedback!
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    Mating nucs with robber screens

    A local beekeeper wanted to use robber screens on a mating nuc. I don't use them (never have), so I'm unsure if they impede a queens mating experience.

    Anyone have experience on this?
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    Re: New Package - Sugar Water NOT Punctured

    Couldn't agree more. My comments were making the assumption that the OP did due diligence in the treatment of this package in question. MANY, MANY things could have happened particularly since we're...
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    Re: New Package - Sugar Water NOT Punctured

    Every package supplier manages them slightly differently (particularly when there's a retailer/reseller in the loop). I don't know how long these sat at the retailer (or other places in their...
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    Re: New Package - Sugar Water NOT Punctured

    I think this is a very weak example of a bee supplier. There was an obvious mistake made in making this package. Such a mistake may not immediately show itself. Whether the bees looked good or not...
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    Re: Swarm at the DC Capitol

    +1
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    Re: Much too good for the common folk.

    No, I don't think so. I've stopped selling queens to anyone who calls me and says: "Help I'm queenless and I need a new queen ASAP". I would say that 80% of these are killed by resident virgins or...
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    Re: Cell Punch vs. Grafting comparison

    Congrats on your success. A couple of the cells on the cell punch bar are very long. I've not had great luck from cells that are really long and somewhat skinny. I'll be interested to hear what you...
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    Re: Bee Blower

    Is anyone concerned that the exhaust on most blowers is directed forward (towards the supers)?
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    Re: Grafted queens - overrated?

    Not sure anyone said, or even implied, such a statement. If that's what you've taken away from this discussion, then I think you've misinterpreted the responses.



    Where is it that you hear all...
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    Re: Very small emergency cells this year?...

    No. Any e-cells I saw this year were pretty decent. I generally don't force many of these, but the few I saw were fine. I did have a cell builder run out of gas and make some dinker cells. I just...
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    Re: John and Carol Harbo

    Wow, you should have immediately grafted this.

    Glad to hear it worked out.
  25. Re: Whats happened to my bees? - Bees in mini nuc black and hairless after 4 days

    Bees look black when they get overheated. They have a shiny appearance since their hairs are matted down, which is why I said greasy. Kind of like the greasy hair styles of the 1950's.
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