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  1. Re: Still have lots of drone brood so today I grafted.

    Thanks for all that msl. I did try Oldtimer's cut strip method a couple of years back. I could certainly work for what I need. What I didn't care for was the need to first get some comb drawn,...
  2. Re: Still have lots of drone brood so today I grafted.

    Thanks Bronco. i'd be ecstatic for 67% acceptance instead of the 10% to 20% I'm at. I've seen that video. I've been following "Caveman" (see, I listen). I'll have to give it a try next spring. I...
  3. Re: Still have lots of drone brood so today I grafted.

    Update. Got my first look in the cell starter after work today. 3 of 14 accepted.


    I still suck at grafting and not getting better. I think I'm killing the larvae when I graft.

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    Re: Mixing a few (5-12) gallons of syrup

    If you wanted to make an even gallon you need 3.6 lbs of water (about 7 cups) and 7.2 lbs of sugar.

    There is an easier way. Sugar is sold in 4 lb bags at the supermarket. Walmart Great Value...
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    Re: Apivar and Supers

    I don't start my Apivar treatments until the Autumnal equinox. The strips can go in on the equinox and come out the week after Halloween. Its a good reason to have two weapons in your arsenal, one...
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    Re: Mixing a few (5-12) gallons of syrup

    It should be about 31 lbs of sugar.

    Michael's bucket trick works because it is exactly the reverse of what I just posted above with the beauty of having no math and no weighing and no futzing over...
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    Re: Mixing a few (5-12) gallons of syrup

    Here's a little trick to quickly estimate how much syrup you'll get.

    Add the weight of the sugar and the water together.

    For 2:1 syrup divide by 11.

    For 1:1 syrup divide by 10.
  8. Re: Still have lots of drone brood so today I grafted.

    Even a rich cell starter is costly. Fortunately I had a packed hive. I found the queen, set her aside, and shook in six frames and it still looked like I hadn't taken any out. So I waited a few...
  9. Re: Still have lots of drone brood so today I grafted.

    I need it. I first tried grafting in 2015. The bees in my apairay still whisper rumors of the year of carnage. I gave up and tried Oldtimer's cut strip method in 2016. I tried grafting again in...
  10. Still have lots of drone brood so today I grafted.

    I noticed on today's inspection that there are still a lot of drones around and quite a bit of capped drone brood in multiple hives. I think that's because we had a late start to summer. The...
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    Re: Solar Melter Failing

    Do you have an old ice chest? Try using it instead of the box you are using. An ice chest is insulated. The insulation will keep the heat in.

    Flat black is black that is not glossy. It absorbs...
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    Re: Need help on brood above queen excluder

    The most likely explanation is that somehow you got the queen into the box above the excluder. You could have done this during an inspection by setting the box she was in on top of another box or by...
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    Free Mann-Lake smoker fuel

    Ok maybe the title is a little bit click bait like but here is a tip. Mann-Lake packs their boxes with lots of long craft paper padding. Fold in a strip 2” wide across the long side and keep...
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    Re: Moisture Board

    Mine are also 4" high. I have a screened 1-1/2" by 10" vent slot on each end 1" down from the top edge. The telescoping cover hangs down to cover part of it, I center the telescoping cover. I used...
  15. Re: Workers Moving Eggs in Queenless Divided Hive?

    When your left colony queen returned from mating is it possible that she returned to the middle chamber? Are you sure it is impossible for a queen to move between right and middle chambers? Can she...
  16. Re: Michael Palmer sold me a yellow marked queen?

    My 2017 yellow girl is still doing the same. For some reason her daughters built a couple of supersedure cells. I put her in a nuc and I think she thinks she swarmed, because she doubled down. The...
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    Re: Getting comb drawn 'on demand'.

    Agreed. I moved an older queen from a hive that had supersedure cells to a nuc with an empty frame, a frame of brood, a frame of foundation, and a frame feeder. That must have activated a swarm...
  18. Re: Taking off supers. Were do all those bees go?

    You've got winter honey stores for them in the super you were going to leave right? So it doesn't matter. You are doing it to give them space and something to do. You've got a strong worker...
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    Re: I needed another hive stand fastů

    All my stands, well all except the post and cinder block one, follow my ant-proof hive stand pattern. I do plan to make another stand so I can get the nucs on it. One of the reasons I went ahead...
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    I needed another hive stand fastů

    I had both my 3 hive stands full. I had both my single hive stands full. I had nuc hives on my cinder block and post stand. And I didn’t have time to make another one.

    I got the harbor freight...
  21. Re: Taking off supers. Were do all those bees go?

    Pull the supers, put on another brood box with undrawn frames, let them get to work drawing comb. Even if you aren't planning on it for winter, use the bee force you have now to increase your...
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    Re: Transferring a Deep Frame Nuc into Medium Supers

    This is not the only time you are going to run into this problem. Get a deep box. If you don't want to have extra deep frames then fill the space with a frame feeder or 2" XPS foam. When the queen...
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    Re: August Splits

    If you've got a very large hive you can make a queenless split off of it with only capped brood and no eggs and give it one of the frames with capped queen cells.
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    Re: Making a Bee Hive

    Very nice work Paul, always enjoy your videos. I see your hive with the arch top is still looking fantastic. Like you I've also found that it is just easier to cut the frame rests with a router...
  25. Re: You guys that raise Autumn queens: When do you graft?

    Primarily I suck at grafting so #1) more practice and #2) some nucs to winter. I'm almost tempted to graft two full bars (30) just to see what I get, but I can only provide mating nucs for six, so...
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