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    Re: Best way to release queen to new nuc

    Its best to introduce the queen the next day after making the nuc but I often introduce a caged queen the same time I make the nucs with great success. Mainly because of the lack of time I have with...
  2. How everyone's Honey Flow Looking like This Year.

    Looks Like the flow in South Louisiana will be WELL above average this year.
    The colder winter we had made the clover and blackberry bloom all at the same time this year which made for a real...
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    Re: Best way to release queen to new nuc

    Sounds like you got it under control. Your method should be safe.

    I personally dont keep the cork on. I make the nuc and then put the cage in and remove the cork on the candy end all at the same...
  4. Re: Help figuring what I did wrong. 3rd attempt

    I get the best results using the JZBZ cups right out of the bag. Dont dip them in wax and dont prime them and see how it works out for you.
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    Re: How quick can a frame get drawn?

    When I put a frame of foundation in the middle of a strong nuc during a flow they will build it out in a few hours.
  6. Re: What's the best way to get bees out of supers for extracting?

    It smells a lot better than Bee Go
  7. Re: What's the best way to get bees out of supers for extracting?

    If you only have a couple hives, shaking the frames off is a good method to use.

    I cant do that with 50 hives so Fume boards with bee quick are by far the fastest and easiest.
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    Re: type of queen is this

    Exactly
    All bees are mutts in my opinion. No pure strains, I just call them Honeybees.
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    Re: grafting of eggs?

    Yes its been tried and it doesn't work
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    Re: East Texas Flow Questions

    Do yall have Chinese Tallow trees in your area? I know they have alot around the Houston area. If you do you should get a good crop. The tallow is our main flow and its just starting to bloom in...
  11. Thread: Most hives?

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    Re: Most hives?

    Came into the year with 40. I now have between 50 to 60 which I think is going to be my max. Its starting to feel more like work than a hobby.
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    Re: Could I have prevented this swarm?

    The best way I found to slow down swarming is to just keep giving them more room. Such as adding supers.
    Notice I said slow down. You could do everything right and use all the methods out there but...
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    Re: Just got these in the mail today!

    Push in cages work the best in my opinion. It lets the queen start laying which helps with the acceptance. After she lays in all the cells under the push in cage just pull the cage off and she goes...
  14. Thread: Comb honey

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    Re: Comb honey

    Its called chunk honey and its very common. Its pieces of capped comb honey put in mason jars and then filled with honey. Its sells for a premium around here.
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    Re: Foundationless 10 frame box

    Always put a good drawn comb, I like putting a brood comb, in the center of the box. This will give them a guide to use and help them draw comb from the top bars down.
  16. Thread: Comb honey

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    Re: Comb honey

    I like to use foundationless frames for making comb honey so ill know where the wax is coming from.
    If you make chunk honey,which is what you described, you dont need to freeze the honey comb. If...
  17. Re: Comb pretty beat up after extracting - will it always be wavy/crazy after this?

    The bees will make it look like new again.
    You could use a fillet knife are bread knife. They would be faster than a capping scratcher and neater
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    Re: Hot Uncapping Knife

    No, not really. A bread knife will pull some wax off the foundation but a good thin fillet knife makes a clean cut.
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    Re: cutting and sticking queen cells

    I cut out the cell with enough comb on top and place it in between the top bars. Then bring the top bars in to snugly hold the cell.
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    Re: When should one requeen a hive

    It depends on the reason you want to re queen.
    The only reason I would re-queen a hive is if the old queen just isn't doing a good enough job. Pinch the queen and add a new one the next day.

    If...
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    Re: Hot Uncapping Knife

    I use just a hand fillet knife. It needs to be thin. I dont even use a sawing motion. I cut through a medium frame in one swipe.
    I just did 40 supers with this, so it definitely works.
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    Re: Hot Uncapping Knife

    Cold Fillet knife. Slices right through effortlessly.
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    Re: Hot Uncapping Knife

    Never understood the point of a hot knife. I used them and never liked them. I think someone just had too much time on their hands when they invented it.

    I use a thin fillet knife. You could get...
  24. Re: What's the best method for shipping queens ?

    In my area its pretty much above 85 from March through September
  25. Re: Does temperature delay queen graft development

    Temperature could affect them by a day or so.
    If you grafted on 5/8 you dont want to put them in the nucs on 5/10. They wont even be fully capped yet. You should put them in on 5/18
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