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    Re: Queen cells on plastic comb

    Not that unusual up North. One key to it is using a scale to weigh your hives in the late fall. A 2-deep box colony should weigh no less than 130 lbs. If it weighs less, it must be fed. If your area...
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    Re: 48 Hour Queen Cells

    I should mention that Michael Palmer leaves his queen cells queenless until they are capped (5 days after grafting) before re-uniting the mother queen with the cell builder colony, as he figures that...
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    Re: Queen cells on plastic comb

    Sounds about right, and those pill bottles should make excellent hatching/incubator bottles. Good luck.
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    Re: Queen cells on plastic comb

    Cutting through plastic foundation wouldn't be a bad idea, I hadn't thought of it. Accomplishing that without hurting a 10-day queen cell would be a bit of a difficult trick, I'd suppose. I'll give...
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    Re: Queen cells on plastic comb

    No, Just down to the plastic. You could warm it up a bit with a candle, but don't kill the queen in the cell....
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    Re: How to put the queen in the hive.

    It depends on the queen, and probably the weather, too. Some queens take longer than others to begin laying eggs. Dr. Harry Laidlaw let some go as long as a month, and it resulted in a good queen!...
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    Re: Queen cells on plastic comb

    A sharpened, 1-inch diameter, metal tube works great, and damages less comb than the hive tool. A grafting spoon or a toothpick works to pry it off if it does not come off in the tube.

    Same tool,...
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    Re: How to put the queen in the hive.

    Do not release a queen that is being attacked! Attacking bees form a ball over the queen in the cage. Give her a few more days.

    When there is no ball, and they are feeding her, release her. Not...
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    Re: How to put the queen in the hive.

    I strongly recommend making up some Laidlaw queen introduction cages.

    These are made up from 3/4" x 7/8" (19 mm x 22 mm) sticks of wood into a rectangle 6" x 8" x 7/8" (150 mm x 204 mm x 22 mm)...
  10. Re: Never, Never, Never and Never again wear.....

    And love watching reruns of "I Dream of Genie"???

    So, anyways, my typical bee suit is socks, blue jeans (any type), a long sleeve T-shirt, giant size 60 bee pants (I'm a 37 waist) that come up to...
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    Re: worst spot you have been stung.

    Queen rearing days are the worst, with all the hive manipulations they get progressively more annoyed. Two years ago I took between 450 and 700 stings in one day. It was hot, maybe 90 F, so I wore no...
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    Sticky: Re: Pollination prices

    Some of my buddies averaged $242, $210.50, and $193.25 respectively. I heard, but have not confirmed, as high as $250. Lots of complaints about colonies coming in under estimates.

    It seems that...
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    Re: My Cell Building Methods

    Thank you for the response. I saw the video of you lecturing in GB to which lakebilly provided the link after I posted the question, very helpful lecture, BTW. Bravo!, and thank you lakebilly!

    So,...
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    Re: My Cell Building Methods

    Just curious, Michael, exactly when and where you add the 7 frames of capped brood to the 5 or 6 capped already in the bottom box of the CB colony?

    Also, how many days before you repeat the cycle?...
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    Re: Hive Box Manufacture

    Incidentally, two beehive boxes and a Miller-type hive top feeder toppled down a hillside last week. The boxes are about 5 years old, all stapled profusely, glued with Titebond III, treated with...
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    Re: How often to requeen

    Oldtimer -
    Right on target, as you usually are! Now that the combs are repaired, she's laying a very solid, wall-to-wall brood pattern, with the only holes along the wires in the foundation. Lost my...
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    Re: 48 Hour Queen Cells

    Adrian -

    Please read carefully the link mentioned by Ray Marler in his post #23 of this thread. It is from 2006, and the real information is from a bloke named Bob Russell of New Zealand (please...
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    Re: How often to requeen

    I've got an odd one...a swarm I caught in mid-November has a small, dented, and bent queen, but her daughter workers seem to love to repair broken honeycomb nice and straight! Momma queen has a...
  19. Re: Drone yard importance in reguards to genetic diversity

    I'll weigh in on the opposite end of genetic diversity.

    Drone yards are for flooding an area with high quality drones with a specific trait being promoted, especially in an area free of other...
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    Re: How often to requeen

    Incidentally, keeping that many more queens on hand for re-queening twice a year requires either very astute queen banking, or running nucleus colonies. I do have queen banks, but I strongly prefer...
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    Re: Good queen rearing book for beginners

    I'd recommend a full 10-frame box because it is easier to put extra frames of capped brood in it a week before you start, ensuring you have the crowding you want, plus room for pollen and a frame of...
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    Re: Good queen rearing book for beginners

    Burns - thank you for the link! Nice list.

    Everyone - great posts. I vote 5 stars!

    I'll add a bit about Dr. Laidlaw...The earliest book of his that I have found was written with Dr, John Eckert...
  23. Re: I need tips for selling honey at farmers market

    A few more points to add to the farmer's market selling question(s): Have a variety of quantities so that prices run from high to low. Someone who has only a couple of dollars might buy a small...
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    Sticky: Re: Post your bloom dates 2014!

    Bradford Callery Pear began blooming in late December, came into full bloom about the first week of January this year. WAY early, but it is a record hot and dry January so far here in Southern...
  25. Re: How to Raise Queen Bees - Hands-on Classes and/ or Good Reference Books

    Dr. Susan Cobey has a double-assignment. She teaches at both U.C. Davis, and at Washington State University, and I suppose she would be at WSU now, but I am not entirely sure.

    An old email for...
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