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  1. Re: Full bee suit and jacket/veil combo recommendations?

    Humm, you are in CO, you might want to consider moving towards shorts and t-shirt. That said, if you need to get a suit, the Ultra Breeze type are probably the best option.
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    Re: Queen Colors?

    I mostly use testors paint with bamboo skewer. Like JClemens, I tend to use florescent shades that are in the same family as the international colors but I do not use yellow. I sometimes mix my own...
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    Re: quality of 2013 package queens from GA/AL?

    Located in MD, USA. Received 10 packages from GA on April 6th and installed them all within 18 hours of being shaken. They all looked great and had very active and alert queens. All were set for...
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    Re: Bees appear frozen in place?

    Buzz, JRG13 has it right considering the added information. You probably have any nurse bees that would remain with young and new hatchlings (if any) in the nuc. Nucs need to be relocated to ensure...
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    Re: Bees appear frozen in place?

    At 40 degrees they are probably trying to maintain temperature around whatever patch of brood they have. Are they still in a 5 frame box or something larger? Are they well fed? Depending how the...
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    Re: Push in queen induction cage

    No pdf is needed folks, this is pretty simple stuff:
    1. Cut square of HW cloth;
    2. snip sides, and;
    3. fold.

    http://www.glenn-apiaries.com/QnIntroInstr.html
    ...
  7. Re: Why not a file cabinet type hive with brood box drawers?

    This was the one that I was thinking of:

    http://www.mellifera.de/mellifera/mellifera.praxis.forschung/mellifera.einraumbeute/index.html
  8. Re: Why not a file cabinet type hive with brood box drawers?

    Thanks Bernhard, I do not think that is the same design that I saw, but cool all the same. I might have to do some searching.
  9. Re: Why not a file cabinet type hive with brood box drawers?

    @Bernhard, are you referring to something like the Dartington Hive or a German equivalent. I recall seeing a design once on a translated German webpage. I recalled the frames as being narrower and...
  10. Re: Why not a file cabinet type hive with brood box drawers?

    yup, The AZ hive or Alberti-Znidersic Hive is more or less what you are talking about. I've seen photos of modified versions of these that follow similar principles using horizontal bars as frame...
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    Re: 030913 - first sign of mating today

    Thanks Squarepeg! We had L=36 and H=59; Our winter/spring weather tends to fluctuate into mid-late April. Immediately followed by summer.
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    Re: 030913 - first sign of mating today

    @squarepeg, what were your high and low temps today?
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    Re: 030913 - first sign of mating today

    Kensington, MD, 10.3 miles North of the U.S. Capitol Building, I saw a few drones taking flights as well. I was surprised, I thought it was a little early, but an awesome sign. Thanks for starting...
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    Re: Cut out under house: looking for input

    Oh yes, I thought those things would have been understood or assumed. And, you should be prepared to stung, regardless of the bee suit you use. Every extraction is unique, but if you end up with...
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    Re: Push in queen induction cage

    What MP said!

    I will add that I have used them sized 2x2 to 4x7. I see the HCloth push in cage as standard item for the bee management box or bucket, I keep them in a manila envelope and craft...
  16. Re: nectar flow related to growing degree days

    I have been following plant blooms casually, and kept alert to what plants the bees were hitting at what time of year. Last summer there were some unusual shifts in bee behavior late in the season...
  17. Re: Raising Queens by the light of the silvery moon

    If only raising 1-4 batches of queens and trying to follow natural methods this book will yield some approach and some very specific grafting windows. To be honest, I am not sure that grafting was...
  18. Re: Raising Queens by the light of the silvery moon

    Moon phase logic is all about gravitational pull. The referenced book is probably between 10-15 dollars and is in its 50th year production. The primary author just passed away. Her son carries on,...
  19. Re: Raising Queens by the light of the silvery moon

    Grant,

    I recommend that you purchase the 2013 edition of this book: http://www.amazon.com/American-Biodynamic-Sowing-Planting-Calendar/dp/0863159184

    I read one a few years back b/c it was...
  20. Re: 2013 double mating nuc design-photos and parts

    "My husband keeps telling me I should use sanding sealer first, but..."

    Lauri,

    You can skip the sanding sealer and reduce the woods tendency to blotch-up by saturating the pine with a mineral...
  21. Re: 2013 double mating nuc design-photos and parts

    Lauri,

    Interesting photos thanks for sharing. The fencing hanging is kinda cool; your idea or borrowed. Do they hang vertically or tilt a bit? How long does the urethane coating last? Do you...
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    Re: 5 frame breeding nuc

    JJ-MP's advice is spot on, but to be clear, you do not want to cage that new queen you want to keep her free and laying. Caging and banking are advanced techniques that are predominantly used in...
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    Re: Dadant small cell foundation

    Hey we can agree to disagree if you want....I stand firm on the queen size issue. Smaller workers, tend to produce slightly smaller drone cells and queen cups. Its tough to talk in absolutes b/c the...
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    Re: Dadant small cell foundation

    Donna,

    I noticed your comments about "foundationless" and "mixed results" and it has further peaked my interest. I am interested in learning a little more your methods, general climatic...
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    Re: Dadant small cell foundation

    I have no experience with 5.1, but plenty with their 4.9 Foundation. I have used only 4.9 since 2007, and have used it for the installation of LC or unknown packages, nucs, and swarms with success....
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