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    Re: Bees won’t draw comb in super

    You could let them dangle down into the deep super below.

    There's a substantial chance that the bees will draw comb out on the bottoms of the dangling frames, but that is something that can be...
  2. Re: temporary and inexpensive solutions for coloring hive bodies?

    How about using the paint chip samples from the paint companies that have a range of blues, a range of yellows, etc. Just thumbtack an assortment of those onto the hives in different arrangements....
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    Re: Combine to increase honey yield?

    Your thoughts on how to increase honey production don't seem unsupported from my reading, if not from my own personal experience.

    I presume your splitting would take (for example) one medium...
  4. Thread: Old pollen

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    Re: Old pollen

    That's good to know. I have a hive this year that hoards pollen; they've gotten ahead of the queen in filling up the brood nest. Its good to know that I can use those combs to support both queen...
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    Re: Temporary fencing

    Burlap stapled to poles sunk deep enough to not get blown over by winds on all that surface area.
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    Re: set up first Palmer style cell builder.

    I've read about people doing that as well...they want to 'get the cups polished up'. I'm not sure of exactly what that might entail.
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    Re: set up first Palmer style cell builder.

    That's terrific! Did you put the frame you were going to graft from into the cell builder for a few hours? If yes, did you have any sense that the larvae were floating a little better, and were a...
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    Re: efficiently feed 100 nuc colonies

    This seems like the best option for you. You'll have a durable item in the frame feeders that can be used in successive years for feeding, when that's necessary.
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    Re: set up first Palmer style cell builder.

    I think that this will be ok, Aran.

    I would regard that window of time as giving the bees in the cell builder an opportunity to realize they're queenless. I believe the bees will recognize the...
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    Re: Mini-Mating Nuc Timing Question

    They're set up with a cup of bees and a foundation strip, and not all of those bees were nurse bees held to the nuc by the presence of the queen pheromone strip--some will have flown back to the...
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    Re: Mini-Mating Nuc Timing Question

    Thank you all. I appreciate your thoughtful recommendations.
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    Re: Mini-Mating Nuc Timing Question

    It really does seem to be a bit of a treadmill. Get on and keep running!
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    Re: Mini-Mating Nuc Timing Question

    Hi JW:

    I agree that I'm not doing things not according to the ideal calendar. I am adapting the calendar from The Beekeepers of the Susquehanna Valley
    (www.thebeeyard.org). I grafted on Sunday,...
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    Mini-Mating Nuc Timing Question

    A rainy day here in New Haven...

    I set up 10 new mini-mating nucs (the Mann Lake variety) yesterday with capped queen cells from larvae grafted one week ago. The usual--a cup of bees, 1:1 syrup in...
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    Mini-Mating Nuc Timing Question

    A rainy day here in New Haven...

    I set up 10 new mini-mating nucs (the Mann Lake variety) yesterday with capped queen cells from larvae grafted one week ago. The usual--a cup of bees, 1:1 syrup in...
  16. Re: Is it OK to lightly mist larvae before/during queen cell grafting?

    Those look good! Post pictures of the cells next to the pollen frames, too, please.
  17. Re: Is it OK to lightly mist larvae before/during queen cell grafting?

    Please let us know how these larvae were accepted in the cell builder by the nurse bees.
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    Re: Drone Congregation Area Saturation

    Nancy & Michael: I expect to have enough genetic diversity that inbreeding won’t be a major problem. I appreciate your statement that winter is a great selector for winter hardiness, Michael, and...
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    Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2012

    This weekend had Scilla, red maple, and dandelions at the south foot of a stone wall. Looks like a few days later than 2018, but barely.
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    Re: Request to identify this plant

    Agree with euphorbia. Maybe Euphobia mellifera? That’s supposed to be honey-scented.
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    Re: Drone Congregation Area Saturation

    msl: Thank you for those two reprints. Very helpful information, and it doesn't surprise me that Larry Connor was giving this advice over a decade ago...He recommended a caged virgin queen in the...
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    Re: new supers for sale

    SAK: How many flat packed nuc boxes--no lids or bottom boards--would fit into a 20 x 20 x 20 box? How much for that quantity, including the shipping fees?
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    Drone Congregation Area Saturation

    I'm hoping that someone who reads this thread will have tried this and will be able to provide useful feedback on how to optimize a strategy that I've been thinking about.

    I've managed varroa in...
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    Re: Best Type of Clover for HoneyBees

    For trees, you should be aware of a very different timeline... beekeepers that follow you may enjoy the benefits more than you because trees have long periods of time between being planted and the...
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    Re: Best Type of Clover for HoneyBees

    Dutch clover (Trifolium repens) for lawns (think about local parks, community athletic fields, graveyards, etc.)

    White clover (Melilotus albus) and yellow clover (Melilotus officinalis) are...
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