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    Virgin queens

    what methods do you use to install virgin queens in a hive? I am looking for consistence results .
    johns Bees
  2. Thread: Black bees

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    Re: Black bees

    I did a cut out for a lady she even gave me a 100.00 dollars when I was done. don't get me wrong I like money as much as the next guy .
    but the real prize came in the form of a large black queen ....
  3. Re: Can I still try grafting/raising some queens?

    If you are in a dearth it can be hard to make the bees make a queen but you can always feed feed feed and try out here on the west coast in Wash. state my cell supplier is still making cells but it...
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    Re: Queen raising book/dvd

    Boone look for a book by Laurence Connor titled Essential Queen rearing very good book for the person trying to rear queens . I got my copy for 16.00 dollars on amazon
    Johns Bees
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    Re: first attempt at grafting

    Beepro, The queens that come out of this graft if they make it are going into hives that need a replacement queen . here in washington you can raise queens until I would guess late august . last year...
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    first attempt at grafting

    Grafted for the first time yesterday 15 cell cups of the jzbz variety now waiting to see if any make it to the capped queen cell stage
    with any luck I should get at least 5 viable cells . the queen...
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    two swarms one day

    I caught two swarms today it was great . I looked out the bathroom window and said wow thats a lot of bees then I saw the swarm it almost did not fit in the five gallon bucket. After I caught the...
  8. Thread: queen cells

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    queen cells

    Lets see placed two queen cells one each in a nuc . nuc A cell hatched and I saw the queen no eggs or larve
    Nuc B original queen cell was torn down by the bees and they made a new one of there own...
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    bees all gone

    Hived a cut out the other day the next day all the bees are gone they even left the comb with open and sealed brood there where four large pieces
    I used rubber bands to hold them in he frames. there...
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    First cut out of the season

    Did my first cut out it was simple . the bees moved in to an old electrical panel box on the outside of the house . I pried open the lid and there they where all four large combs.
    used a shovel like...
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    Re: Western Washington Beekeepers 2014

    well so far this year I have had on swarm call . the swarm was a big one weighed it when we got home 5 pounds of bees
    the queen really took off and I have had to put on two honey supers already and...
  12. Thread: Fall NUCS

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    Fall NUCS

    placed queen cells in the nucs today they hatch tomorrow. in about three weeks we should have mated and laying queens.
    .My cells came from a Glen breeder. I hope they do good for me as I have heard...
  13. Thread: queen cells

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    queen cells

    How soon should you make up nucs before you put in a queen cell. ie, one hour? one day ?
    thanks Johns bees
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    queen not laying

    I have a hive that was queenless this spring when i opened it up for inspection. There were no eggs and no larva just some capped drone cells.
    So I purchased a new Italian queen an placed her in...
  15. Thread: swarm size

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    swarm size

    Hey I was Wondering if swarm size has been used as an indicator to determine what size of brood nest the swarm queen will maintain.
    what I am saying is will a queen from a large swarm keep a large...
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    First Swarm of the season

    Got my first call to come get a swarm . The lady said it was big but you know when other people judge things you just have to see for your self. The lady was right I weighed the swarm when we got...
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    they just disappeared.

    Checked on my big hive two deeps and a shallow all the bees are gone not even a dead body . I wrapped this hive in mid October tar paper all around and insulation on top with wind breaks all around....
  18. Re: Tips for not killing a bunch of bees when putting a hive back together anyone?

    I like to slide my supers slowly back in to place. As for the top covers (this will not work with a migratory cover ) I like to put four screws one in each corner. I screw them down to bee space...
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    Re: Western Washington Beekeepers

    I only harvested two frames for my self and left 8 for the bees .
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    Re: Queen Rearing Books

    Queen rearing essentials By Lawrence John Conner
    Johns Bees
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    Re: Cordovan carniolans or causasians

    I took Dr. Sue Cobeys queen rearing class in august of last year and asked her why don't carniolans come in the cordovan color. She told me that carniolans do come in cordovan that they are more of...
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    Beeline in Rochester Washington

    Great products and service and the price is right . Thiis place is a 45 minute drive for me which really isn't bad. but the guy told me they have another franchise closer to me and next time I won't...
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    another swarm caught

    Caught another one It was in a barn behind some hay bales. they already had three pieces of comb drawn out but they came along peaceful
    now they live in a nuc box in my bee yard . These are some...
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    Re: Cordovan queen breeders in Canada

    It is because of cost.. I talked with Sue Cobey in 2012 at her queen rearing class and I was told that it cost alot to rear carniolan cordovan bees
  25. Re: Western Washington Beekeepers how many lbs of honey do you leave for overwinterin

    I over winter in two deeps with 7 to 8 frames of honey. I also place a pollen patty in the hive before I wrap them up for the winter in november. I won't open the hive again til the end of march ...
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