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  1. Thread: pollen bound

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    Re: pollen bound

    https://www.amazon.com/Bee-Bread-Organic-Bienenbrot-Harvest/dp/B07J4PKP7X

    Why not do this?
    Market in North America needs developing, for a change.
    Euro-customers snatch bee bread like hot cakes...
  2. Thread: Mini Mating Nuc

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    Re: Mini Mating Nuc

    Superior I meant exactly as in:

    Takes a cup of bees to properly condition the mini foam hive.
    That is all I stated.

    I think there is this perception of the bees chewing through foam,...
  3. Thread: Mini Mating Nuc

    by GregV
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    Re: Mini Mating Nuc

    Bee shaking "equipment" I am using - works great.
    57307
  4. Thread: Mini Mating Nuc

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    Re: Mini Mating Nuc

    My case:

    Foam minis are superior in that a cup of bees is all that required to maintain it - so you don't pull much bee-force away from other important things.
    I don't plan to winter anything...
  5. Thread: Mini Mating Nuc

    by GregV
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    Re: Mini Mating Nuc

    I myself am learning the mini nuc operation too.
    Regarding your Q's here are some steps I have done with my test mini batch (in progress as we speak and seems to be working):

    1. I shook the bees...
  6. Thread: Mini Mating Nuc

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    Re: Mini Mating Nuc

    MSL, thanks for the spreadsheet.
    Useful for me too.

    One question - you suggest moving the cells on days 14-15 and advise against moving on days 11-13.

    Per LJ's queen rearing schedule,
    During...
  7. Thread: Global Warming

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    Re: Global Warming

    In any advanced countries with various degrees of socialism those benefits come from somewhere - everyone pays their taxes.
    Compared to your 15% much more.
    Ask our friend from Finland (Juhani I...
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    Re: Stop using smoke, use diluted lactic acid.

    If you are asking about lactic acid (I assume so) - pretty much everyone sells it for health, cosmetic and food usages:
    https://www.amazon.com/Lactic-Acid-88percent-Home-Brew/dp/B08CKR4BQS?th=1...
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    Re: Trapping 2020 - success rate?

    Twice over the last two weeks now I was expecting a backyard swarm to land.
    And it did not happen.
    Someone somewhere is getting better at capturing their own swarms.
    :)
  10. Thread: Global Warming

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    Re: Global Warming

    You should study these concepts and redo your statement.
    Communism ~ Utopia.
    However, socialism - we live it right now and some components of it are necessary if we are to call a county...
  11. Re: Oxalic acid is harmless - I don't bother removing honey supers any longer.

    +1

    Until doing direct and proved harm to others, I would not worry about the "community" indeed.
    The original proposal was just an opinion; a view point, not a community threat by far.
    Heck, I...
  12. Thread: Global Warming

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    Re: Global Warming

    If I die tomorrow of COVID, the climate-caused issue 50 years from today is irrelevant for the moment - how the thinking goes.

    From local news - ignorant mobsters were tearing down some monument...
  13. Re: Oxalic acid is harmless - I don't bother removing honey supers any longer.

    Yep.
    Exactly.

    Here is a good read:

    https://www.thepaleomom.com/oxalate-sensitivity-real/
  14. Thread: Queen Selection

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    Re: Queen Selection

    Yep.


    Exactly what I was saying.
    You breed the Northern bee in the North where it belongs - not in Louisiana.
    The daughters and such - a secondary, business tier can be done anywhere (no winter...
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    Re: Modified Layens Hive

    This is why people want to modify the Layens frame (and build hives around it) to be compatible with the Langs.
    It does not pay to be fancy and 100% custom and incompatible to any other platform...
  16. Thread: Queen Selection

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    Re: Queen Selection

    I don't know LJ.

    For example, Sam Comfort does not practice I.I. afaik; I never saw/heard Sam Comfort talking I.I.
    But this is what he does - North/South operational model, which makes perfect...
  17. Re: Oxalic acid is harmless - I don't bother removing honey supers any longer.

    OK, think of sugar.
    Most anyone will tell now days - refined sugar is "white death", especially if abused, which is common.
    Now that same unrefined sugar as a part of fruit and vegetable is a...
  18. Re: Is a bigger queen better? Also, can a virgin lay?

    Just 2 days ago in one of my mating nucs I found an issue:
    - the QC in that nuc went dead and the bees detected it
    - they panicked and immediately made a queen cup and filled it with up to 10 eggs...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Man, I can not even think of going back to school at my age (still only early 50s!).
    I think I have done my time after finishing the grad program while working - whew - too much college as it is.
    ...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Sure.
    I especially like the metal wire they use for those signs. Perfect for me.

    Will post into horizontal hive area the latest hack I did just today - ad-hoc deep frames using standard Lang...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    It is Russian/feral origin - open mated on the sellers yard.
    Yes - interesting and really a cat in a bag, to be honest.

    Hence I am also trying to pull off some queens from my own newly captured...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Yes - home-made frames - entirely my own design.
    I have this idea of free standing frame (vs. free hanging frame).
    Also wanting to test a full-size free standing frame (different project).

    Since...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Fun it is.
    In a couple of days here I need to put away about 10 QCs generated from my purchased Q.
    It was a very good thing I did a practice run to just get the idea how to work this mini-mating...
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    Re: How many bees actually investigate new home

    As of today, hundred some bees were scouting out my back porch again.
    Two day in the row now.
    I was hoping today was the day - NOT.
    Never know with these things.
    Maybe tomorrow?
    Unless the owner...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    I have to say I am liking working these little foam minis.
    Hopefully, they produce.
    But the ease of work and cost effectiveness and micro-climate control are great.
    I like my free-standing frames...
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