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    Re: Queen Breeders Beware!

    No, I didn't do a background check. I didn't think I had to. I had dealt with Manuel last year and trusted him because of that. I didn't realize he was not ordering the queen cells for himself, but...
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    Queen Breeders Beware!

    Do not sell to either Manuel Espitia or Byron Ramsey in Modesto/Hughson, CA. Or to anyone associated with them. They do not pay their bills and owe us over $1500 for queen cells shipped to and...
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    Interesting Research

    Here's an article and video regarding interesting research that is being done at UC Davis.

    http://www.smartplanet.com/business/blog/smart-takes/can-bees-be-trained-to-prevent-plant-disease/7480/
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    Re: Should I dump them?

    I completely agree with making sure you don't have a laying virgin. I have had to deal with many laying workers. There are several ways to deal with it, but my most successful way has been this:
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    Re: Do laying workers make queen cells?

    I agree. The bees are very frustrated when they don't have a queen, but a bad layer. They try to make a queen out of anything they can, but are unable to with an unfertilized egg. If you want them to...
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    Re: Rossman Apiaries in Moulton, Georgia

    I've been in retail before. The idea that 'the customer is always right' is bogus! There are so many factors that go into a product that you can't just blame it on the person you are talking with....
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    Re: Rossman Apiaries in Moulton, Georgia

    Yes, their online system is manual. It is so much better to just call and speak with someone. They are very friendly and easy to deal with. If something is wrong, they are good about getting things...
  8. Thread: 2010 packages

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    Re: 2010 packages

    If you can get them, Rossmans has great packages. They mostly come from their own hives and are very good about their weights. However, you have to order early!!
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    Re: A commercial beekeepers nightmare

    The bees may not be nice after watering them, but as long as you have water on them, they will stay in the hive. Marla was suggesting to spray the foam on the ones that were off the truck, which...
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    Re: raising queens after honey flow?

    Open feeding can be dangerous. You are putting sugar into all the hives around, which mostly means the stronger ones. The only hives that really need feed are the starter/finishers. They need the...
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    Re: raising queens after honey flow?

    I know this is kinda late, considering the amount of responses you have already received, but I wanted to share with you what I have learned, being in South Georgia. Before and after the honey flow...
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    Re: Duration to keep a hive at an out-apiary

    Totally agree with Shannon. I make in-yard splits with brood and young bees. My husband likes to make a small split, move the parent hive to another spot in the yard and put the new, small split in...
  13. Thread: New to posting

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    Re: New to posting

    I think he just didn't want people to think he was a nice guy :D A class is a very good idea! There are a ton of breeders in Florida that I am sure would be happy to teach a class on it, this would...
  14. Thread: New to posting

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    New to posting

    Hello, my name is Canaan Best. I have heard a lot about this web forum from my husband, but did not find it necessary for me until he got mad when I wanted to post something under his name. He...
  15. Thread: mated queens

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    Re: mated queens

    I am in south Ga and have been having a strange mating pattern also. It seems the because of the strange weather lately, the queens are taking longer to mate and not quite starting up as quickly as...
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    Re: Cell Building Hive

    I have done both the cloak board method and the swarm box method. Both have been successful, but the swarm box is much more. If you don't leave the cloak board in long enough then the bees don't do...
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