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  1. Re: Stacked 5 frame nucs as queen rearing units

    I'm going to try my nuc cell builder again during the fall goldenrod flow and crowd the bees more to see if I can get more cells built.
  2. Re: Stacked 5 frame nucs as queen rearing units

    Thanks for the link Dan.
    Ben
  3. Stacked 5 frame nucs as queen rearing units

    I am trying to learn to raise my own queens using five frame nucs stacked. How many frames of bees are needed to produce 6 or 8 good queen cells? I tried the cloake method. I built a cloake board...
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    Re: How do I measure "8-10 oz" of bees?

    My uncle used to stock baby nucs with a Spam can full of bees shaken from donor hives.
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    Re: Cordovan Queen Question

    I have had trouble keeping my cordovans from starving or crashing from mites. I was able to overwinter a 5 frame nuc with a cordovan queen which built up to a full size colony this spring. I plan...
  6. Re: Need advice from a beek who is a brick mason

    My dad is a brick mason, so I helped mix mortar, carry bricks, build scaffolding etc for about 15 years before I graduated from college. I'm not for killing bees when they can be saved, but this...
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    Re: How to create a top entrance

    Drill holes in the supers below the hand hold. Close them when they are not needed.
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    Re: variable queen quality

    I like the koehnen cordovan italians. They are the most productive that I have tried, but also eat the most. I have been trying not to treat for mites except powdered sugar and screened bottom...
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    Re: variable queen quality

    Thanks for the reply. I was just wondering what other folks were seeing as far as queen quality. I have raised dogs, rabbits, sheep, goats, pigeons and chickens. With any animal breeding there is...
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    variable queen quality

    I have used small numbers of queens (4 to 8) from 6 different queen breeders. They have been different types of queens NWC, Russian, Russian hybrid, Survivor, and Italian. About half have been good...
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    Re: Too late to start this year

    If you set up a bait hive you might catch a swarm. I caught two swarms in bait hives this week. I did not have any lemon grass oil to entice them, so I used some old dark brood comb. I have good...
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    Re: drone layer versus laying workers?

    Thanks for the replies. I think I'll give them a frame of young brood from another hive once a week until they build back up. Maybe they will take some of the young larvae and raise a new queen. ...
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    Re: Easy top exit

    The easiest upper entrance is a hole drilled in the hive body or super. All my hives are in mediums, and all have a 1 1/8th hole drilled below the hand hold. The bottom holes are plugged with beer...
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    drone layer versus laying workers?

    I have a 4 frame medium nuc that had a fall queen installed last October. It had a queen a month ago when I checked. Now it has lots of drone brood layed in workers size cells so that they stick up...
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    Re: North Texas folk

    I have seen swarms in early March in some years, before any of the trees leaf out. Our main honey flow is mid May to mid June; it is usually indian blanket and horsemint. If you watch craigslist in...
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    Re: dead workers with full pollen baskets

    It did not look like pesticide since there weren't many dead bees. The cold weather make since though. I can see how they would be too cold and weak to make it inside the hive. Thanks for your...
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    dead workers with full pollen baskets

    I have seen several of my colonies with dead, or very slow moving workers with full pollen baskets. Some of the dead/very slow bees are on the ground some are on the landing board, and some are on...
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    Re: varroa control with sbb and powdered sugar

    I have 2 hives headed by queens I bought as "mite resistant" queens. They are fall queens from 2007 and have only had occasional dustings with powdered sugar. So I don't know if the sbb and dusting...
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    Re: varroa control with sbb and powdered sugar

    Thanks for the advice.
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    varroa control with sbb and powdered sugar

    Does a single deep broodnest allow for better mite drop than 2 or 3 mediums?
    Seems like the frames would need to be perfectly aligned vertically to allow mites to fall thru the sbb. When dusting a...
  21. Re: gluing 1 x 4's together for 6 5/8th supers?

    Thanks for the advice. I think I'll just glue them. I planning on building about 30 mediums this winter to use next year.
  22. gluing 1 x 4's together for 6 5/8th supers?

    I have a bunch of 1 x 4 5/8ths lumber that I would like to glue together for 6 5/8ths supers. I have a biscuit joiner that I could use to make the joint a little stronger. Or I could just glue...
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    Re: wooden ware question

    I built my screened bottoms out of 2 x 3 cedar fence rails. No rot or bug damage so far.
  24. Thread: Ants!

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    Re: Ants!

    Thanks for the cinnamon suggestion. I'll give that a try this week.
  25. Thread: Ants!

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    Re: Ants!

    Thanks for the replys. I went to check the nuc that had the most ants yesterday. I had seen some swarm or supercedure cells, but not the queen so I thought I'd check. This 10 frame NWC nuc was...
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