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    Re: virgins vs cells

    A lot of acceptance has to do with the temperament of the hive you are putting them in. Could be newly hatched virgins accept just as well but my thoughts have always been what’s the point when ripe...
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    Re: virgins vs cells

    In my view the ability to see them, mark them and confirm they are healthy is about the only advantage of letting them hatch. I’m a pretty strong proponent of placing the cell within 24 hours of...
  3. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    Nor offered any proof of efficacy. We have had some years with brutal summer heat waves and I can personally vouch for the fact that varroa dosent seem to mind the heat at all. There are plenty of...
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    Re: Spin Float Info

    No. It’s main purpose is to keep it warm overnight and for times when you aren’t extracting. Wouldn’t be necessary for a floor level sump. A heat exchanger is pretty much a must for a spin float as...
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    Re: Spin Float Info

    Our cappings go from our Cowan uncapper into an auger that empties into the sump. Our extractor directly drains into the opposite end of the sump. The Moyno will pretty much handle anything as long...
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    Re: Spin Float Info

    We run everything together into a heated floor sump that probably holds around a thousand pounds, and use no agitation through the extracting day, however the wax head does tend to build up through...
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    Re: ...so whats being done about hive theft?

    There are plenty of good ways to protect a single yard of bees but given that most thefts happen in Cal to larger commercial operations you have to see the full picture. Over a million and a half...
  8. Re: If I add an upper entrance above my QE will the bees fill the honey supers faster

    Right here on Beesource is a pretty good article.
    https://beesource.com/point-of-view/jerry-hayes/queen-excluder-or-honey-excluder/
    Iíve got a lot of experience in this subject if I do say so...
  9. Re: Effective to simply keep cutting out swarm cells?

    I have shipped truck loads of single hives for almond pollination that were as you describe sans any cells, Dan, and had them return 6 weeks later, honey bound but with nary a cell to be found. My...
  10. Re: Effective to simply keep cutting out swarm cells?

    Interesting analysis OT. I guess I have always been a pessimist on the notion that your odds are very good trying to stop the urge to swarm once it has begun as the old queen may have already shut...
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    Re: Bees tearing down queen cells

    The things you list here will generally result in non acceptance. The subsequent tearing down of cells, in my experience, is usually because of disease (including bqcv), poison pollen or pesticide...
  12. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    Wood pellets, though difficult to light, Give you hours of smoke. Ridiculously cheap as well, a 40 lb bag can often be bought for around $5.
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    Re: American Made Smokers/Tools

    Dadant smokers are American made.
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    Re: Bees tearing down queen cells

    We typically start 60 cells and, on average, expect a yield of around 50 cells per queen right builder. If the builders, finishers or starter/finishers are solid boxes of bees with an abundance of...
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    Re: Incubator temperature

    You don’t mention their maturity but I wouldn’t be overly concerned especially since it was only a few hours. If they were over heated that would be much worse.
  16. Thread: How much wax?

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    Poll: Re: How much wax?

    The difference is the age of the comb. The older the broodcomb the darker the wax you get out. I see yours are only just a few years old. The old combs we have rendered in the past have been 30 to...
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    Re: Bit of a giggle

    "A bit of a giggle" ha ha, yes, haven't thought about him in a while. I guess as long as there are people still willing to listen to a guy whose years of bee experience have, to this point, netted...
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    Re: HELP! Very Lethargic Package

    If the feed can in the package was empty or very full that would be a good clue. 50’s is an ideal temperature range for package installation and if they weren’t weakened from starvation the bees...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Yes, been there done that as well. Leave the cage laying where the escape happened and check back a few times. Had one that returned and was sitting on the cage a short time later.
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    Re: Getting mated queens accepted

    I don’t blame you, that can be a hard hat zone over there.
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    Re: Getting mated queens accepted

    She posts on the commercial FB page from time to time and it appears she is doing quite well.
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    Re: Getting mated queens accepted

    Yes, we all do what our unique situations dictate. Thanks for the informative video, we never stop learning do we? If there is one thing I have learned in my years of beekeeping is that every year...
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    Re: Asking neighbors to not use pesticides

    Totally agree, I remember so many bee losses in the 70's and 80's, whole yards almost wiped out.
    And yes, in the 60's, we used to like to ride behind the fogger as kids in our bikes as well. Crazy...
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    Re: Getting mated queens accepted

    I don’t deal in mated queen intros much anymore but my theory is that queens that have only laid for a few days haven’t developed a strong enough pheromone to suppress e-cells and that can lead to...
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    Re: What killed them?

    Agreed. I have seen virus kills like this a few times that look a bit like this but only in the fall and there is usually still a small residual population. That’s not to be confused with the far...
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