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    Re: Mated Queen who can tell

    although my comments are off topic; I have noticed that bought from far away queens, in my anecdotal experience, have a much higher rate of supercedure than the ones I raised on my own this year. ...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Lauri - you comments echo my intended approach as well - I use the tools I can without treating first. A "hands off" philosophy for me doesn't mean a hands off approach; I am monitoring/managing the...
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    Re: Mated Queen who can tell

    Thanks Rader :)




    +1
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    I agree with you Michael (in that intense selection may not be a wise course). IMO variation and exposure are key to good adaptable stock from humans to dogs to bees. I just don't have the years in...
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    Re: Mated Queen who can tell

    How many queens do you produce each year? I would be curious to know what a typical queen rearer needs to produce to be successful.

    For my climate I emphasize the word *want*

    At about 67%...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    I agree with the philosophy of selection (select the fewest number of traits possible to allow variation). I only select breeding hives from 1. winter survivor hives; 2. excessive aggressiveness. ...
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    Re: Mated Queen who can tell

    do you mean the comb placement or pattern of the eggs or the actual look of the eggs (fertile/nonfertile)? I haven't heard about this before, please do tell.




    this is why I always waited to...
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    Re: Worst mistake of 2014.

    install mouse guards.... first big snow we had allowed a mice into the upper entrances of a couple of my nucs....
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    Re: Mated Queen who can tell

    I can only post my experience of queen rearing from grafts and from splits for one year. Queen rearing takes a lot of time and resources. I can't see how you would want to make queens, *while...
  10. Thread: 2015 plans

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    Re: 2015 plans

    1. Update my hive stands so I have enough space for any nucs I want to raise (have a better organized apiary).
    2. Update my SBB's for ease of winterizing (mouse guard set up, board insert...
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    Re: HoneyBees and Appletrees

    What I have observed is that the bees will work apple blossoms only if there isn't anything else going on. When they do, it will be for several days and that is it (per cultivar). If you don't see...
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    Re: queenless -enough time to requeen?

    I would say queen rearing is not ideal but it is possible. Better to try than to do nothing as you can always combine later if queen rearing fails to yield a mated queen. there are no shortage of...
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    Re: Wintering weights for colonies

    That is what I am working towards this year :)

    But I am thinking it would be like any nuc you build. If it is a 10 frame medium (bottom box) I would be looking for the following:

    Full capped...
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    Re: This is a big mistake

    +1 to rader - just use an inner cover and put a medium on it.

    I actually use a couple shims and don't put the jar over the whole (so if the jar leaks it won't fall on the brood straight away). ...
  15. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    I agree. Let's start with the first post on this thread.

    The thread should have been entitled. " New Beeks - Be careful about interchanging your frames, you may spread disease". You would have...
  16. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    You can't blame that on mediums, foudationless, newbies, or newbies with money. You can blame it on one irresponsible ignorant "bee haver" person. I am willing to bet that he was irresponsible in...
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    Re: Fall split questions/ advisable?

    If I were you, I would only do a split if you could get a mated queen as it is getting late in the season to raise your own queen (at least it is here).

    a. If you split confirm you can get a...
  18. Re: Bees under screened Bottom board - swarm?

    Exactly haha!

    Some of my nucs went from intended 1-2 box 8 frame meds to working on the 4th box nucs. i.e. A full sized hive.

    I did know some of them would be bigger based on when I made them...
  19. Re: What to do with 2nd super that isn't being filled.

    If you want to encourage them to start drawing it out, I would try one of two things:
    1. take 1 or two frames of capped honey and move them up into the empty super and move 1 or two down into the...
  20. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    This thread is laughable. At the core of it is a whiny complaint about how new people think they know everything. Get over yourselves.

    This is a common theme in every hobby, and many things in...
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    Re: Wintering weights for colonies

    Michael Bush says in his book that a full 8 frame medium is an ideal size for a nuc and overwintering. Now the trick is getting your cluster size appropriate to the 8 frame medium (I assum he must...
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    Re: Wintering weights for colonies

    Well that is the issue I am having this year but on the reverse end. I built my mid season nucs and many are too strong and now they are all moving into the third or fourth boxes (8 and 10 frame...
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    Re: Wintering weights for colonies

    Come on Ace, don't sugar coat it. Just tell us what you really think ;)

    I don't have 30 years of experience, but too much honey seems a bit crazy to me. I think the honey needed is directly...
  24. Re: Bees under screened Bottom board - swarm?

    I was waiting for you to chime in haha

    Maybe if I quit my day job...
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    Re: Drone cells at the end of August

    Could be a lot of things. Are you seeing day old eggs in your hive? I assume no queen cells?

    I have a couple hives with symptoms like that too. In my case one is an about to swarm nuc, the...
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