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    Re: Veil only...no suit. Thoughts?

    This is how we do all of our queen work. It is a lot more comfortable in the heat of the summer also. The bees will teach you how to be gentle with them. I do throw on gloves for moving bees and...
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    "This issue is a greater problem with "all mediums" as the honey crown and the drone edges occupy a greater proportion of the available space.

    Again, I don't want to litigate the issue of whether...
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    Re: Another newbee question

    Assuming a three pound package... I would estimate a range of 2-3 weeks in moderate weather with keeping the feeding constant. It can go faster if there is any sort of flow on.
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    Re: How Many Frames of Pollen Do They Need?

    It has been my experience that my best pollen gathers have been my best producers overall. Research has also show that pollen hoarding is a heritable trait and bees with this trait tend to live...
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    I think bees know what they need and where they need it for the most part. Here is an interesting experiment: Take several swarms or packages and hive them in boxes containing drone/honey storage...
  6. Thread: deeps vs mediums

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    Re: deeps vs mediums

    How about we average it out over 100 brood nests in a session?
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    Re: deeps vs mediums

    I would take that bet! Assuming you are running a double deep brood nest?


    There are a few tricks... the key us to look in the box she is in first.
  8. Thread: Mite count.

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    Re: Mite count.

    Were the queens from us marked? It is very useful to know if they swarmed or superseded.

    Adapted to local environment is a good thing and our goal also, but in drought or flood years the bees...
  9. Thread: Mite count.

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    Re: Mite count.

    Hello Dan, interesting thread. As second year queens they should really start to show how well or not they are dealing with mites. Those clusters sound small. I would be curious to know if they...
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    Brood on 6 & 5/8 inch frames

    Looking for a west coast source of brood on western frames. I would like to get 400 or more frames. Negotiable on price. PM me if you are interested
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    They will maker worker cells on it if it is in the right position in the brood nest at the right time of the year.
  12. Thread: Queen rearing PNW

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    Re: Queen rearing PNW

    Our queens mate with great success starting at about 60 degrees F. Some varieties of bees may fly better at cooler temperatures.

    If you are seeing lots of swarms in April that is a clue that...
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    Re: deeps vs mediums

    For example if your brood area is 10-frame two deeps versus 3 10-frame mediums one has 20 vs 30 frames to work with... that a lot more nucs and very efficient for us even with 8 frame units.
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    Re: deeps vs mediums

    One can not escape the fact that if you are an intensive nuc operation one will be able to get way more nucs made from westerns/mediums. Most of our mating nucs are a two-way medium... 4 frames per...
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    Is there any data out there that shows less drones= more productivity? I have never seen it. Well mated queens with good genetics are the most important factor in productivity in my opinion.
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    We are starting to run a lot of foundationless natural cell combs... Works great when you remember one good comb leads to another. You will see a lot more drone comb, which is an asset for us since...
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    Re: deeps vs mediums

    I love how many folks are planning on beekeeping well into there senior years.



    We run mostly 8 frame westerns (6& 5/8 inch frames). 8 frame works well for us... 20% more pollination units...
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    Re: Queen rearing PNW

    You can start anytime there are abundant mature drones...
  19. Re: Finding some queen cells with the queens upside down

    What are the ages of the cells? If the virgins are mature and they hatch and are not immediately attended by nurse bees the will crawl back in looking for jelly remnants to eat. The get stuck there...
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    Re: Could you do this in a TBH?

    Just make sure they cluster on the queen and you should be ok. A real cold night could chill the queen if there are not enough bees on her cage. The sooner you get them out of the package the...
  21. Re: Queens and nucs from Old Sol 2014.... Survivor Stock, F1 Caucasians, VSH/SMR

    You can just reserve by getting on our email list. Send to oldsolbees@gmail.com and put 2014 nuc order in the subject line and include your contact info and quantity in the body. We usually have a...
  22. Re: Queens and nucs from Old Sol 2014.... Survivor Stock, F1 Caucasians, VSH/SMR

    For those that would like to estimate shipping on the 4 frame nucs:

    Use Fedex shipping calculator and select standard overnight to 2 day express. Our zip code is 97537 and the weight should be in...
  23. Re: Queens and nucs from Old Sol 2014.... Survivor Stock, F1 Caucasians, VSH/SMR

    You could PM me now... Not sure I should put my cell phone on here. Email is good to oldsolbees@gmail.com I am working on communications this morning.

    Its been a busy week... 5 semi loads of...
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    Re: Could you do this in a TBH?

    The disadvantage of this method are that if a cold snap occurs before the bees exit the cage they will not get a proper cluster formed on the queen and she could become chilled. It is better to...
  25. Re: Queens and nucs from Old Sol 2014.... Survivor Stock, F1 Caucasians, VSH/SMR

    Fedex overnight shipping would be $185 for standard, and $127 for two day. These numbers are from the online FedEx shipping calculator and may very a little. The nuc would be $130
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