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    Re: nuc sales agreement

    Often enough I let people know that they are welcomed to stop by and make their own nucs. I tell them that anything in this or that hive is up for grabs in making up a nuc. Usually the ones who are...
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    Re: nuc sales agreement

    Roughly, what time of the year are you doing this in your area?
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    Re: bees in the supers

    Do you have a reference for this? I've heard 6 days being mentioned in the past, and I've also heard 10-11 days as the average age when nurse bees fly out to void themselves.
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    Re: Beekeeper of the year criteria

    Thanks for the feedback everyone. One way we've been thinking about how to implement the nomination/voting process is to provide index cards ( either stamped with club logo, or signed by one of the...
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    Beekeeper of the year criteria

    My local bee club wants to implement a beekeeper/club member of the year award. We're looking for input as to what criteria should be used to determine who gets the award, so that it doesn't turn...
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    Re: Found 2 queens on one comb

    Vance, how do you know they were young queens? I've seen 2 queens lay on the opposite sides of the frame, but it's always been mother-daughter combo.
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    Re: Should I go with Saskatraz packages

    +2.


    Statement of the year so far :applause:
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    Re: My 21 deep frame observation hive

    I'll bet. Next time you make that presentation, let me know. You're only a 5 hour drive away:D
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    Re: Cost of package in 1959

    $2.99
    Can you post a photo of the receipt once you reveal the price? Would love to see it.
  10. Re: Can freshly extracted frames get diseases from cleanup bees?

    I've stored extracted frames over winter in weathertight sealed containers from Container Store just fine. Every now and then I would get wax moths larvae in them, but no major damage. I usually...
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    Re: Major losses in Michigan

    Location would be very helpful. Also what's considered late nuc? I make my last batch of nucs last week of July/first week of August. Wintering is on par with full size hives.
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    Re: spotty brood.....

    Had a similar situation last year at my workplace, but in late may/early June. 1 hive had spotty brood on 7-8 frames, but no visible disease or damage to bees or brood. I was suspecting that it was a...
  13. Re: 2019 package bee prices very high with major suppliers, why?

    Yup. Randy Oliver was a speaker at our annual Bee Forum yesterday and his almost 5 hour long presentation boiled down to a few things; do the right thing at the right time and propagate the local...
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    Re: Saskatraz Updates?

    Compared to what? Can you post a picture of saskatraz brood pattern and another queen's pattern from your hives? Interested to see what the difference looks like.
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    Re: Wintering loss Survey

    How did you get 48 beekeepers to respond? I've been sending out winter loss surveys for the past 3 years to Chicago beekeepers and response rate is horrible. Last year's response was 20 beekeepers...
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    Re: Bees Under Screened Bottom Board - Again

    I don't have an answer to your problem, but I've had bees take up residence underneath screen bottom boards in the past a few times. In all cases it involved a virgin queen coming back from mating...
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    Re: Honey to attract bees to a water source

    I've done this in the past. I'd put a spoonful of honey into a bird bath type feeder. I don't know if it helped or not, but bees used it.
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    Re: frame exchange with nucs.

    msl,
    can you provide links to those statistics?

    No frame exchange for me when I sell nucs, the price of the nuc includes my costs of new frames.
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    Re: Winter Beekeeping Manifesto

    Solid list. Although I prefer to overwinter in 3 boxes whenever possible.
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    Re: Roller type uncapping punches - any good?

    Everything crofter said plus the first time I used the roller I was mislead by it's results. The roller punctures the cappings and I was looking for open cells ( based on experience of uncapping with...
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    Re: Cell size survey.

    Not from the core of the brood nest. Yes, there's time when it's really a pita to remove the frames because they have been glued together by bees. More often than not I'll space out frames in supers.
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    Re: Cell size survey.

    Good question. I like that 1.25" frames make the brood nest more compacted and tighter, and that seems to be helpful in winter and spring brood up. I also like the fact that I can fit an extra frame...
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    Re: Cell size survey.

    Yes, I'd say ~2/3 of my frames are 1-1/4". But that didn't seem to influence the overall cell size the bees would build.
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    Re: Cell size survey.

    Back when I used to measure cell size, my small cell bees ( acquired from Wolf Creek ) would built 5.1-5.2 cells when placed on foundationless frames. I tried shaking them down again on...
  25. Re: Video-based report of the queen mating flights.

    Greg,
    is there an actual video of this experiment?
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