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    Re: Strong Hopelessly Queenless NUC

    Check again in a few more days, could be a virgin running around in that nuc.
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    Re: JZBZs queen cage features?

    If you read the OP carefully, you will see that the JZBZ queen cage has a built in excluder. Most mated queens cant fit thru a standard excluder, so there shouldnt be much concern about a queen...
  3. Re: Why the tall stacks of supers, why not take some and process??

    I have hives right now that are 3 deeps and 6 mediums high, and I wish I could pull off some boxes, but sometimes the nectar comes into a hive faster than the bees can ripen and cap it, so I get...
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    Re: Not catching swarms - what gives?

    i second that a single 5 frame deep nuc box is too small for most swarms. I used to use 2 5 frame medium nucs stacked, giving about 1/3 more space to a swarm, but still didnt catch to many using...
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    Re: is this chalk brood?

    looks like the dead bees have picked up a mold or other fungus. that is not chalk brood, chalkbrood effects the larve just after capping, not adult bees like in those photos.
    If your bees arent...
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    Re: Swarms in Upstate NY, anybody seeing any?

    I have only had 2 swarm calls this year, and have only caught 3 swarms total. Usually i have dozens of calls. I think that a number of managed hives died during the winter, and a number of feral...
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    Re: Mating Nuc question

    yes, mating nucs can and will swarm just like any hive.
  8. Re: Transporting hives to pollination jobs w/o a forklift

    I have a 16' flat deck trailer with ramps, and i use a hive truck to move one at a time. I have each on a bottom board and can put them on 4 ways once on the trailer. I can move 40 double deeps at...
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    Re: June Nuc Swarmed

    One deep? I think if thats your plan, then you had better get used to swarming issues. I normally run 2 deeps for brood and many times it is 3 deeps for brood. Even a deep and a medium probably...
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    Re: Acceptable percentages

    90% is an excellent rate of return for mated queens. Are you saying that once they start laying that they are good to go, or are you waiting and examining brood frames after a few weeks. I ususally...
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    Re: Checking hives without gloves?

    I have and use gloves on occasion, such as splitting hives in a holding yard, when there are tons of bees and hundreds of hives to go through. I also wear them pulling honey. Other than that, I...
  12. Thread: Acorn frames

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    Re: Acorn frames

    The A on the older frames is probably the indicator that they use for specifying what die the frame was formed in. Many large manufacturers use multiple dies to produce products and being able to...
  13. Re: My Steps to become a Commercial Beekeeper - Needing Critique

    DanielY- Are you planting cells in your mating nucs, or are you placing virgin queens in there. If you are putting virgins in the nucs, that may be part of your success issue. Most beeks I know...
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    Re: commercial beekeeping

    hpm08161947-
    that is also an option. running a double pollination, such as carolina blueberries and then to NY for apples or blueberries with the same hives. I am assuming that you mean 100 hives...
  15. Thread: Selling honey

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    Re: Selling honey

    I am with andrew, I mostly wholesale but i retail about 20% of my honey or so. I prefer 1 and 2 pound glass classic glass jars. I used to sell the 8 oz. also, but demand wasnt that great for them,...
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    Re: commercial beekeeping

    I have been thinking and planning for a few years on how I can make upwards of 20k a year running around 100 hives. 30k? I dont know for sure, some years maybe, but I wouldnt bank on it. Heres my...
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    Re: When is it OK to Peek?

    Just because there are flowers bloomed, doesnt automatically mean that there is nectar available. Putting some syrup on to help the bees build combs doesnt mean they are going to store away tons of...
  18. Re: My Steps to become a Commercial Beekeeper - Needing Critique

    I find it interesting that people always use the words commercial and full time interchangeably. If someone with 50 hives claims that they are a commercial beekeeper, the full time guys get...
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    Re: Anyone harvest honey around July 4th?

    Mark,

    I agree, i usually start harvesting honey the last week of July, or first week of august. This year though, I already have hives with boxes full of honey and supers just went on this week...
  20. Re: What do you use for your tools at the bee yard?

    Yeah the truck seat can take a beating from a hive tool, but it also took a shot from that screw driver I put in my back pocket also.
    I usually carry a 3 gallon pail with some misc tools and smoker...
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    Re: type of queen is this

    Just because they have a black spot on them doesnt make them Italian. Thats like saying that every white truck is a Ford.

    I do agree that just about every queen is a mix of some kind, with...
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    Re: Best Way to Sell Bees

    As a seller of nucs, I prefer when folks do not bring their own equipment into my yard, just to much hassle. That being said, I go through each nuc that I sell, with the customer, so that they can...
  23. Re: Help! I screwed up my first cut-down split - Does it need to be corrected urgent

    You need not worry so much. Its the end of may and you made a split, they should be fine. Allow the bees time to raise a queen and get her mated. Check back again in the end of june to sew if...
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    Re: When to use your incubator?

    I set my incubator to 91 degrees and about 40 % humidity
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    Re: I'll Take Your Old Queens

    I assume you are going to pay for all the things you would like. Overnight shipping is expensive, and catching queens and caging takes a little time and there is some expense. Unless you plan on...
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