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  1. Re: Inducing Swarm Cells for Quality Queens?

    so some addition info.

    Some read all they can in a year and "Are Ok I know the bees" unknowingly ignorant Most of us start here
    Some read nada and just do what they were told or have been...
  2. Re: Inducing Swarm Cells for Quality Queens?

    I'm fine with discussion.
    As far as the "feral , wild" they are escaped domestic, as there were no honey bees here when the Americas were discovered.
    I do think they are less fit so we can discuss...
  3. Re: Inducing Swarm Cells for Quality Queens?

    Again we know what we know and I do not assume we know all
    No evidence for non random,,, Bias in Subfamily.....do not allow us to exclude fluxations.
    So what if in 5 year these is evidence........
  4. Re: Inducing Swarm Cells for Quality Queens?

    we all have opinions MSL
    We will need to agree to disagree.
    I do respect yours

    GG

    so are the bees really better in the 70's I had almost Zero winter loss, very little supercedure of same...
  5. Re: Inducing Swarm Cells for Quality Queens?

    Ok LJ you can believe it is random, I choose to believe it is not.
    She decides to make a drone or a female
    she or the bees decide to make a winter bee, could be the food mix...
    I have seen some...
  6. Re: Transfer bees and frames to new hive? Or wait for new nucc or split?

    Carson,
    are the frames the same?? IE the horizontal hive can use Lang frames?
    If yes then most of the stuff will move.
    If no what is your plane to "migrate" from old frame to new?

    If different...
  7. Re: How Can I Remove Crystallized Honey In Frame?

    Time and ant type matter :) they also seemed to clean out the old capped brood, I notice the big black "carpenter" ants I think,, did the best.

    I have seen bees even take the bottom out of the...
  8. Re: How Can I Remove Crystallized Honey In Frame?

    Man I was working up a good spit,, but I'll let the bees do it...........

    BYW ants will remove it as well...

    at times I place a old honey frame in a Trap as well.
    either bees move in or it...
  9. Re: How Can I Remove Crystallized Honey In Frame?

    yes this works I have done it several times. Not a full box but 2 or 3 frames, I do mess the caps up a bit as well. the bees do not like honey below the brood nest.

    GG
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    Re: No luck in swarm traps

    IMO the NUC boxes are too small.
    you would need a 10 frame hive to swarm, IE 5 frames of bees leave.
    MOST 10 frame hives are just started and not really going to swarm.

    I have had the best luck...
  11. Re: Inducing Swarm Cells for Quality Queens?

    The worry by those who have shifted, is that the hive swarming if always used for increase tend over time to genetically move you "toward" swarmy bees.

    However if you force swarming you can...
  12. Re: Why haven't more beekeepers been inspired by The Sustainable Apiary

    Jimbo,

    what were the mite counts last fall pre the winter die off?

    GG
  13. Re: returning wet supers after extracting; how to avoid robbing frenzy?

    Above the inner cover with small hole or above an empty deep , creates a "barrier" to the hives contagiousness, and the bees empty and move the wet to the nest area. If the supers are just stacked...
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    Re: lazutin stile hive large photos

    nice Pics Granddad
    thanks for posting


    GG
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    Re: Queen Selection

    Greg, MSl eluded to the crux of the matter.
    Queen "sellers" need the time to pump out as many rounds of queens they possibly can.

    A breeder in zone 3 has maybe 2 months to do the years worth of...
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    Re: Land for Beekeper - Belleayre NY

    nice offer, perhaps some poor Lad who is banging heads with the HOA will take you up.

    FYI for me 3-5 hives would be a better "place" the travel time, setup time, and such for 1 hive makes it...
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    Re: Queen Selection

    splitting hairs for some, to me they are different as different can be.
    Helps me to realize the DCA is more important than I thought originally.

    can even be the deal breaker or maker.
    Some of...
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    Re: Stop using smoke, use diluted lactic acid.

    bump for updates

    Hmm PURAC via Corbion in the US is only selling 55 gal drums.
    If anyone using this in the US, has a US source with a smaller size , please offer the place you order from.

    GG
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    Re: Queen Selection

    Jack, you are making a point, as well Greg is.
    However they are different points.

    "So a random Russian mix is much more likely to kick you out of their hive"

    I would agree the certified...
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    Re: Did I kill my Queen? NNOOOOO!

    good turn out, but hopefully lesson learned.
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    Re: Did I kill my Queen? NNOOOOO!

    Jugger, Here is a tip from one who has killed a few queens myself.
    do not practice on the best queen you have.
    Do not respond to impulses on the best queen you have, either.

    mark 50 or so...
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    Re: Queen Selection

    one can order queens from Golden Ridge in Iowa. they would be local raised and a bit mid season, but packages or NUCs could be started early and then split/requeend late july if you want the...
  23. Re: Why haven't more beekeepers been inspired by The Sustainable Apiary

    Brood up too much to early is a "strain/genetic" issue and not a hive/hive insulation issue IMO

    The insulation would allow for less stores consumption, less wide swings in temperature. Less...
  24. Re: Put undrawn honey super BETWEEN brood boxes to get drawn?

    Can have E cells started, Can chill the brood, can get wonky comb.
    1 or 2 combs at a time would be better.
    Sometime the frame size is different then you have other issues.
    Having some drawn comb...
  25. Re: Put undrawn honey super BETWEEN brood boxes to get drawn?

    by splitting the brood nest they have an impending disaster in their minds, they then make the nest whole again to over come this "issue"

    so if some one plopped a room on the end of your house or...
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