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  1. Re: Buckfast? Italian? Carni? All Mutts..........???

    I've tried Rweaver Buckfast and they are great bees. I wouldn't call them Buckfast though.
    They build up massive colonies during the flow and were some of my top producers but a little on the hot...
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    Re: Losing Queen Bee

    You might want to start thinking about getting another queen. She can return but many times she will land in the grass somewhere and never return
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    Re: Variation in queen emergence time?

    In colder weather you could usually add a day or two before they hatch.
  4. Thread: How long?

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    Re: How long?

    The main source right now in your location is probably blackberry which is a tanish brown. Not seeing much yellow coming in
  5. Re: Attach foundation using only wax as fastener under the top bar?

    I find that they will draw foundation faster once they get it started. I remove frames from nucs every week to put in cell builders and I can tell you that the frames with foundation get fully drawn...
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    Re: How to put the queen in the hive.

    Glad your queen got there.
    I would put the cage in the hive in between the topbars of two frames with the cap still on the candy for a day or two. Then go back after a day or two and pull the cap...
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    Re: Confining bees in a new nuc??

    Yes the frames of brood i use to make nucs are emerging brood. With two frames of emerging brood, in a few days the nuc will be busting at the seems.
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    Re: Confining bees in a new nuc??

    I've made hundreds of nucs that stayed in the same yard and never had problems with all the bees leaving. The older bees will return to the original hive but the young nurse bees will stay.

    The...
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    Re: Small queen, egg laying machine…

    I personally never really worried much on queen size.

    I have small queens producing massive colonies and small queens that get re queen because they preform poorly.

    I have very large queens...
  10. Re: Catch Swarm in Nuc or 8 Frame Medium, which is best and why?

    I like 1/2'' plywood nucs for catching swarms.
    There lite and all one piece.
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    Re: JZBZ or Benton queen cages?

    One more vote for JZBZ cages. They fit nicely between frames.
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    Re: Bee Weaver Queens

    Yes they must have got better because the ones I have are nowhere near what Bush described. I wouldnt call them gentle but they are great bees and very much workable.
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    Re: Bee Weaver Queens

    I tried a few. They were great bees except they were a little on the hot side. They were workable though just had to move slow. Built up into massive colonies and made alot of honey
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    Re: Half Frame Queen Mating Nuc

    I make grow boxes for half frames. Mine hold 15 frames.
    I use them to catch swarms. I stock all my matting nucs from swarms I catch.
    A good size swarm will fill all 15 frames with comb and brood...
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    When I started beekeeping I decided to go treatment free because basically I just didn't want to learn another step.

    I always said that if I start running into problems I wouldn't hesitate to...
  16. Re: Reuse of hive parts when exposed European foulbrood

    The few times I had hives with EFB I gave them a few frames of capped brood and a young queen and it cleared up on its own. I found with EFB once the hive gets week they are doomed. The frames of...
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    Re: Grouping nucs

    Im in Louisiana and I make most of my nucs after the main flow. We have just enough of a trickle flow to keep them alive until the fall flow which they take off on and overwinter with no problem....
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    Re: Foundation & Drawn Comb

    My best results is to put on a box of drawn comb and once they start working it take the box of drawn comb off and place a super of foundation right above the broods nest. Then put the box of drawn...
  19. Re: Which come first the Splits or Queens???

    When I make up nucs I use queen cells. Its just easier for me to use cells instated of matted queens.
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    Re: Small Cell Claims Debunked

    Well it surly doesn't take a decade for mites to kill a colony. I been having about 40 colonies , some with small cell, some with natural cell and some with large cell all treatment free. Last year I...
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    Re: waxing plastic foundation

    I also found that if you add the super of foundation over the brood nest and re stack the drawn supers back on top (bottom supering)they dray the plastic out quicker.
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    Re: waxing plastic foundation

    I agree rite-cell does not need to be re waxed. The bees draw them out nicely right out of the box.
    One thing I want to add is if you do roll on extra wax make sure you dont fill in the cells too...
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    Re: wax cup dimensions?

    1/4 seems a bit small. I use a 3/8 dow rod. I wet the rod and dip each cell three times in the wax. I make them about the same height as the JZBZ cups.
    I use wax cups and JZBZ cups and get about...
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    Re: Clarifying 'Treatment Free'

    It always seems that the treatment free forum always has the most conflict.
    I read this entire subject and it seems everyone is putting mike down for trying to develop good resistant stock. Maybe he...
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    Re: How many hives?

    I started out with one hive just so i can get some honey for myself.
    Well, in a few years this number grew to about 40. This year i have about about 30 production colonies and 20 nucs. Planning to...
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