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  1. Re: Removing Queen Cells from PLASTIC foundation

    Same question a few weeks ago...use the search box.
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    Re: Advice on my sticky queen situation

    Don't kill those supercedure cells!

    If neither one hatches, and you can get a queen, get it and introduce her using a Laidlaw cage, but if either or both of the supercedure cells hatch, use the...
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    Re: When to harvest queen cells

    I'd build my nucs on Sunday and plant the QC's on Monday.

    Several queen rearing calendars exist. Try the search box. I wouldn't try it without one. Mine are laminated and tacked to each starter,...
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Sounds like Max Schroedinger, or maybe Richard Feynman. Good guys to quote - neither was prone to ultracrepidarian chutzpah nor to Bravo Sierra much, though Feynman could be mischievous.

    Sorry,...
  5. Thread: Honey pump

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    Re: Honey pump

    It looks like some of the parts are not 304 stainless steel. Keep an eye on it, keep it cleaner-than-new, don't let it get corroded in a food processing environment.
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    Re: branding wooden ware

    Mine is set up with 2 torches aimed at the iron in a drill press. The table is set up with 3 stops for the boxes. Change boxes, pull the handle down for 3 seconds. I find this saves time, not by...
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    Re: Need a SBB?

    Just curious...how many hives do you run? If you run enough colonies to consider pallets, then make or buy S.B.B. pallets with the shims (and W-clips) built-in over the #8HC. You can make sticky...
  8. Re: Considering all medium box hives, any reasons not to?

    Rolfton - I'll not veer too far from JWC or Lauri - I have been trying to phase out my deeps in favor of the 6 5/8" medium 10-framers, but I do notice the superior brood laying pattern in the deeps,...
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    I was going to avoid commenting in this thread, specifically due to the risk of being ultracrepidarian, but I really like your whole quote. I've edited it some, but so much enjoy the part I've left...
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    Re: Queenless Nucs Behave Differently

    They can look somewhat confused or nervous until the queen has been laying eggs for a day or two (or more) and her pheromone production comes up. They may think they are queenless until she does.
  11. Thread: Bee breeds

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    Re: Bee breeds

    To his original post, Michael Bush's reply is exactly correct, mine is extraneous.

    I guess I think that Beesource is for those that want to look over information. You don't have to read it all,...
  12. Thread: Bee breeds

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    Re: Bee breeds

    Breeding is different than mere queen rearing, good buddy. ;)

    I did not want to frustrate y'all in trying to obtain Laidlaw & Page's Queen Rearing and Bee Breeding, as its out of print at present....
  13. Thread: egg stuck

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    Re: egg stuck

    Things CAN get a bit strange when there isn't enough room.

    Janne - your guess sounds like it's eggzactly on the money.

    I wish I had eyesight like you guys have! I have to whip out loupes for...
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    Re: Analyzing sugar roll results

    Steve, Mark, Michael B, and Juhani - Thank you guys! great thread, and VERY timely :)

    It's treatment day (August 15), IPM people.
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    Re: Minnesota Hygienic / VSH ?

    Hygenic behaviors are perhaps related to recessive traits, and show up in varying degrees in most bees. It is a good thing to breed for, as it tends to lead to lower mite counts, and lower occurrence...
  16. Thread: Bee breeds

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    Re: Bee breeds

    Maple - I suggest reading a book titled, In Search of the Best Strains of Bees Second Edition, by Brother Adam of Buckfast Abbey in England. ISBN 0-907908-06-3 published by Peacock Press, copyright...
  17. Re: Plantings for Bee Friendly Environment

    First of all, allow me to gripe - Beesource should not kick us off the page by timing us out so goddamn fast.

    I appologize. It happens way too often.

    This is a great question. If more...
  18. Re: How can I make hive boxes that are perfectly stackable-a necessary requirement.

    vdot - Please notice the very practical advice given on posts #4, #11, #54, and #74.

    I have made my entire apiary on a table saw bought at a garage sale for $25.00, a router bought from a pawn...
  19. Re: Can I still try grafting/raising some queens?

    I agree with giving it a try, but with the admonition that you probably ought to make only a few queens, and put some drone comb in a strong colony immediately. If they fail to make drones, you could...
  20. Re: Q: Too early for a nuc destined for overwintering?

    wildbranch2007 - Thank you for that old link!
  21. Re: Best time to graft, morning or evening?

    If you read Michael Palmer's method, he re-arranges the hive in the morning and grafts in the afternoon. That means you isolate the Breeder queen in the morning 4 days before grafting.

    It's hard...
  22. Re: Will Robber bees kill capped queen cells in a finisher hive?

    Check around the honey in the queen starter/finisher hive...does it appear torn up with little or no honey? If so, robbers got in and won the fight. They may have torn down the QC's, but the colony...
  23. Re: A question on the progression of cells -> mating nucs -> customer.

    I think you are getting the drift - the process is planned on a queen rearing calendar.

    In the winter, before you start, you build a number of queen bank frames and queen cages to go in them. You...
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    Re: How Much Effort

    Gary -
    I'm in expansion mode, and recently moved shop, so calculations are done in reverse order as if I'm where I want to be next year, looking back.

    Before starting, go and get your county...
  25. Re: Groeb Farms, Inc., Case No. 13-58200 (WS) United States Bankruptcy Court, Easte

    Anybody spotting their hives and anonymously posting the locations should be sure to have an alibi ready for whatever could happen...
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