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    Re: Double Nuc Question

    To answer your question 1. If one queen
    (Assume starts with splits) gets laying or is more pheromone the screened will allow scent to travel and bees will migrate to other box. 2. If one queen is...
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    Re: Taking Old Queens

    I would agree that also that a queen that was made late in the year(fall) may also be your best layer as she was properly mated with adequate number of drones. A spring queen made too early in the...
  3. Re: Amount of bees for cell starter/finisher for small number of queen cells

    Michael is right. I tried to recover my winter losses from 2014 last year and was attempting to graft. I feel my grafting got better, but the bees would only make so many queens. The good queens I...
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    Re: Capped queen cell in new nuc

    eventually we are all going to deal with AHB. their genetics will just be incorporated into the areas. you will just have to eliminate hives that become too hot, and mate replacements earlier in the...
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    Re: Capped queen cell in new nuc

    Too ways to look at this one is a good nuc should be packed with bees and almost in a swarm condition. That's the sign of a healthy hive. The second issue is the queen cell is capped and the hive may...
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    Re: Methods to Combat Hive Beetles

    Spell checker changed words. Plastic foundation is what I meant
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    Re: Methods to Combat Hive Beetles

    Winter 2014 was very cold and I had lots of losses. However I didn't see a small hive beetle till mid June. So cold may be a partial deterrent. I've also tried to keepers comb in hives so the bees...
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    Re: Royal jelly lasts for??????

    Thanks
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    Re: Royal jelly lasts for??????

    Would you explain how/ why you prime cups. Do you draw this out in 1cc syringe? Sterile/ nonsterile?
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    Re: Equipment cost?

    I've used Miller bee. They were quick and reasonable on price. Here's the rub if you order enough
    $$ many times shipping is free. Also certain times of year is free shipping. Now if you think about...
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    Re: Bullet holes for Christmas

    I got one for Christmas. I hope I can camoflauge it enough its not stolen
  12. Re: Large beehive causing a buzz in Robertson County, KY

    I had one in my hometown about 4 weeks ago. Didn't know it was a big deal. Couldn't get the bees, because of the cold. If I had it 6 weeks earlier I could have forced fed sugar water.
  13. Thread: wax moth comb

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    wax moth comb

    I had comb that had wax moths this year. I placed them in the freezers and have kept them there. Its plastic, do I need to scrape.thecomb or will the bees clean it up if I place it nextnto the brood...
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    Re: First Graft Date

    are they sexually mature or just when you see them?
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    Re: Mouse invader/what to do with honey?

    I wouldn't feed it back to the bees. I realize that there are things the bees pick up that aren't edible IMHO, but if I remember there is a virus that mice carry that is harmful to humans. I would...
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    Re: Management Strategy Impasse

    I made so many splits last year, that provided a natural brood break in the mite cycle, and I removed about 1000 drone larvae to check for mites and didn't see a single one. The cold last year I...
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    Re: Management Strategy Impasse

    your story mimics mine. Last year I had 90% losses- starvation, rob outs, late swarms, yellow jackets, cold and while I cant prove it Im sure I had mites. This year was attempts to replace bees. I...
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    Re: "Sustainability" in the small apiary

    while I don't have a lot of experience with beekeeping, I do have a degree in biology. Genetically, most bees that aren't artificially inseminated are "mutts". Even if they are artificially...
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    Re: No Stores Going into Winter

    The sugar syrup I fed this year the bees dried out tip it was back th sugar solid. While I know they can eat it, but I think they need water to digest it. I'm nervous as winter is getting an early...
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    Re: Ground treatment for small hive beetle

    Its funny. In the summer I saw LOTS of SHB on the bottom board, but did not see any on comb or top bars. I think the bees ran them there and were keeping them there. I need to check how they are...
  21. Re: Raising queens/ is it practical for a hobbyist?

    As far as raising queens. Ive tried grafting, and I get 3-5 queens out of 30 grafts. What I would suggest is take 3 frames, one pollen, one honey, and one brood( most times this is on each frame),...
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    Re: Farming practices on my bees

    I agree with FT above. 2-3 hives allow you to learn. I started with one. "to see if I like it". I figured I could always sell it if I didn't. Currently I have 27, on my way to what I think will be 40
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    Re: Warning on the nests

    This story needs alcohol in you and the words, " Bubba watch this..."
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    Re: Mike Palmer nuc versus 5 or 4 frame nucs

    I talked to MP about this very issue, about a month ago. Why don't you ask him, he posts regularly and has always been helpful on here.
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    Re: Fall Feeding Strategy?

    I realize all beekeeping is local. Ive been feeding for a while. I have been checking all hives on about a 2 week schedule. Last week I lost a swarm/ I do have capped queen cells, and will go...
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