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    Re: quality of 2013 package queens from GA/AL?

    Uhhh, you can take Alabama out of the package production equation. I hear Ed Norman might have shaken a handful of packages last year, and maybe Janet Parker at Bostic Hills Farms did too, but...
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    Re: quality of 2013 package queens from GA/AL?

    gmcharlie, now you're not making any sense. If you have enough beekeeper skills to manipulate your colonies to yield enough honey to earn 50K in sales, then you have the level of beekeeper skill to...
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    Re: quality of 2013 package queens from GA/AL?

    GM, you continue to miss several key points. No one is suggesting nucs follow a business model like packages, whereas they're made, then shipped out, then turned into a profit. Some nuc producers...
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    Re: quality of 2013 package queens from GA/AL?

    Johnny, I agree. I'm your next door neighbor in Alabama. Since moving to Alabama from Virginia, I've discovered Fred Rossman's queens have truly performed the best for me out of any stock in my...
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    Re: quality of 2013 package queens from GA/AL?

    As true as north is north. The truth will set those guys free, ...maybe... ...maybe not.

    Reminds me of the 1972 film, Poseidon Adventure, when Gene Hackman leads his group of survivors "up"...
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    Re: quality of 2013 package queens from GA/AL?

    I'm trying to follow ya. I hear ya, but trying to understand. In my attempt to understand I'll use me as an example: I sell my 1lb bottles for $7 each. In Alabama, it's hard to push the Keynesian...
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    Re: quality of 2013 package queens from GA/AL?

    Johnny, it would seem common sense that packages installed on comb would do better, than the same package installed on foundation. All of the packages I ever got (huge number of 6--rolling eyes), I...
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    Re: quality of 2013 package queens from GA/AL?

    Greetings Astro, and fellow Virginian. I left the Commonwealth in 2010 but consider myself an expatriot. In my tiny experience, I find I make more money selling bees than honey. And I like making...
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    Re: quality of 2013 package queens from GA/AL?

    I'll add my two cents in here.

    I've got a whopping 6 years of beekeeping experience <insert sarcasm icon here>, currently maintain around 35 colonies today, and have bought or gotten 6 packages...
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    Sticky: Re: Do you know your bee laws?

    The Great State of Alabama (perhaps the most restrictive bee law among all states in the nation):

    http://law.onecle.com/alabama/agriculture/2-14-1.html
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    Re: Any comments on Bob Brachmann's Russians?

    Ditto, ditto, ditto, and everything everyone above has said. Bob Brachmann's Russians are the first and only Russians I have ever had to make honey for me. Gentle as lambs, too. Bob's is the best...
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    Re: Looking for Gallon-sized mason jars

    Mark, true assumption. I guess I'm seeking some normalcy (to describe constancy) in the mouth size. I contemplate drilling 2.5 inch holes in migratory covers, large enough to invert a jar with...
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    Looking for Gallon-sized mason jars

    ...yet still has the 3-inch opening just like the standard mason jars.

    I've seen some very very old ones, antiques, maybe. Does anyone still make them? If so, a source?
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    Re: Reports from Auburn Symposium?

    We are a crazy bunch, ain't we James? I'm so crazy I'm up at midnite when I should be sound asleep. Alabama could stand to become more like Tennessee, a state which genuinely promotes its...
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    Re: Who's your daddy

    Ummm, that would probably be me.
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    Re: Who's your daddy

    No, ...thank you... for making me think. It's been a very informative thread. I believe I actually learned something.
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    Re: Reports from Auburn Symposium?

    LOL! No, it's called Verizon!
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    Re: Who's your daddy

    Ah, yeah yeah yeah, ok that makes sense, I think...I've read about diploid drones, ...and don't the workers pull these "malformed/mutated" pupae out of cells? And can't female workers be haploid? ...
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    Re: Who's your daddy

    Great photo, Ben. May I use it in an instructional slide show?
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    Re: Who's your daddy

    No disrespect to lazyshooter, but I'm confused by his comment...is it truly the drone carries the other half of the queens genes? I thought the drone carried the carbon copy of her genes.
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    Re: Reports from Auburn Symposium?

    ...Until one of us snaps you out of your trout fishing, gold panning, day-dreams with a real fist fight. LOLLLL. :-P

    By the way, thanks for the accomodations and breakfast yeasterday, you're too...
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    Re: Who's your daddy

    Ok, I need to learn something, and I've not quite got it (my 2nd grade teacher told me once I had a hard head in 1972--that was before politically correct education...she didn't care if she hurt my...
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    Re: Reports from Auburn Symposium?

    Possibly so, Vance. I've been very fortunate in my measly 5 years of keeping bees that I always personally experienced a good comaraderie (sp?) between myself and the commercial folks. I think we...
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    Re: Reports from Auburn Symposium?

    ycity, your loss is our gain, for sure. Jim admits the transition is scary, but like the "Cheers" TV theme show song, ...go where everybody knows your name, Jim is an Alabama son and feels at home...
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    Re: Reports from Auburn Symposium?

    Well, Ted, I thought you'd at least get some education on how to take a punch from an angry ALFA member. I did my best to try to demonstrate! Yuk, yuk!

    Here are Jim Tew's slides: ...
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