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  1. Re: It's too complicated nowadays. What were the good ole' days like?

    Jw, nah, no names and charlatan was probably a poor choice of adjective other than for russell who absolutely fit the mold. Other associations, were more I think, a couple individuals who probably...
  2. Re: It's too complicated nowadays. What were the good ole' days like?

    Jim, No mystique or voodoo, basically came to a realization that my "bee breeding" wasn't going to produce a super bee, "live or let die" evolution tactics weren't going to be a quick fix, falling...
  3. Re: It's too complicated nowadays. What were the good ole' days like?

    I bought my first package in 1966 mail otder from the Sears farm catalog. I was 12 and doing the scout beekeeping merit badge. My counselor Cmdr. Mumford in Annapolis, MD kept Italians so that was...
  4. Re: What would happen if a colony were simply dumped in the wild?

    There is an old saying...
    A swarm in May will make hay-
    A swarm in June is worth a silver spoon-
    A swarm in July, not worth a fly.
    Even a freak natural swarm after the end of June where most...
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    Re: Correct way?

    Moving a frame with eggs and open larvae insures that there will be larvae young enough to be of use.
  6. Thread: 12 oz bear

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    Re: 12 oz bear

    LOL Peter, I just drove down Chalk Point Rd an hour ago. I actually live on Owensville Rd in the Pennbrooke community near Owensville if you know the area. My local competitor has his honey in the...
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    Re: Quick question about MAQS

    The first time I used them right after they replaced miteaway-II, I peeled the paper wicking off like you did. I did not understand the directions I guess. Put it on 15 hives to try it out and lost...
  8. Thread: 12 oz bear

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    Re: 12 oz bear

    $10-1 lb., $18-2 lb., $25-3 lb. or quart jar, $35-5 lb., $240-60 lb. pail, $18-section box, $9-round. These are my retail and what I suggest my retail outlets price at, but most of them are pricing...
  9. Thread: 12 oz bear

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    Re: 12 oz bear

    I am in the Washington DC area and it supports some good retail pricing. I sell my 12 oz bears for $5.00 retail but mostly wholesale them for 3.50. My retailers get anywhere from 5.00 to 7.50 for...
  10. Thread: 12 oz bear

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    Re: 12 oz bear

    I get 20-25 lbs per 8 frame medium so 30-36 12 oz bears per super. I am using an electric extractor so the frames are pretty dry when spun.
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    Re: Instrumental insemination, CO2 time

    Well, all that and I failed to tell you that they go into the bank to await the second CO2 treatment prior to being placed into nucs. I was wondering if the reason Astro was treating prior was to...
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    Re: Instrumental insemination, CO2 time

    Joe did have an explanation for why it wasn't as needed for fall queens, but it is foggy in my mind now what the reasoning was, and I don't have it in my notes to refer back to. I usually inseminate...
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    Re: Instrumental insemination, CO2 time

    Is there an advantage to doing a 5 minute CO2 treatment the day prior? I have not done that before. I have been running CO2 during insemination, and then glue on my ID tag, cage her, and make sure...
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    Re: question on selling nucs

    I usually sell my deep nucs in cardboard boxes and I plug them up at dark the evening before my pickup dates, but the medium nucs I give 7 frames and load into the purchaser's equipment. I tried...
  15. Re: Is this swarm ok locked up for 48 hours?

    Squirt them with some syrup on the screen if you want. Keep them cool and they should be fine until tomorrow.
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    Re: Empty drone comb- Keep it?

    A pretty good percentage of my honey frames are drawn on drone foundation. They store honey in the larger cells just fine, and it extracts easier with some of the heavier bodied honeys.
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    Re: Running low on foragers?

    Feed them inside the hive with a well reduced entrance and a robbing screen.
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    Re: Carnolian queen what color ???

    Color doesn't mean much anymore. Traditionally carniolan queens are dark brown striped or black, but I have some that vary in shade right up to blond. Carniolan traits are the important thing that...
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    Re: Bees keep leaving!!! HELP!

    Did you get the queen moved?
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    Re: Capped Queen Cell there for weeks

    Check the tip of the cell and see if the door swung shut again after emergence.
  21. Re: Captured swarm appears to be queenless - when/how to requeen

    Since you have eggs in there I suspect that mating flights have occurred already and you should be fine moving it. At least I probably would either outcome if it were mine. If I did have to requeen I...
  22. Re: Captured swarm appears to be queenless - when/how to requeen

    You didn't give the time frame from acquiring the swarm and inspecting, but I think it more likely you have a newly mated queen. The swarm probably contained a virgin queen rather than an older mated...
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    Re: Honey flow in Mid-Atlantic region

    Annapolis, MD and seeing similar scenario. Blk locust started blooming 10 days ago and it has rained enough for 8 of those days there was very little foraging. Saw the first open tulip poplar...
  24. Re: Queens and Packages: Slow release vs. releasing her right away

    Based on your other thread, you placed a queen excluder between the brood box and bottom board? Take it out now without doing a deep inspection or in a week or 10 days when you check for eggs. In the...
  25. Re: virus ridden colony - do I need to scrap and start over?

    Have you had a sample tested at Beltsville for tracheal mites?
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