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    Re: Commercial foundation

    Beeswax when rendered comes out different in color depending on a lot of factors...
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    Re: Preserving Genetics

    A well fed and well bred queen of mediocre genetics is better than a poorly fed or poorly bred queen of excellent genetics. Make sure the colony raising the queen has plenty of bees and resources to...
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    Re: Hive Entrance Side?

    I find the bees can guard an entrance better if it's no more than 3/8" tall... and no less than 1/4" of course.
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    Re: Minimum nuc size

    If you look at the volume of nucs being overwintered by successful people in cold climates, they are roughly the equivalent of something between 8 deep frames and 10 deep frames. I typically...
  5. Re: According To This, I've Done Everything Wrong, & My Plans Are Not Good

    >How does one decide to take the leap of faith from conventional to TF beekeeping?

    How does one decide to quit smoking? You decide.
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    Re: Super Size?

    >If the weight of the full box is not going be an issue, is there still good reason to use medium 10 frame supers over deep supers?

    This may depend on your climate, but in a cold climate I find...
  7. Re: Installing packages in close proximity

    If they are shaken from hives in the same apiary, half of them or more will return to their original hive. If not, yes, they do drift to the better queens. But it really doesn't seem to matter that...
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    Re: Mating NUC pheromone strip

    >looks like i ordered and got swarm lure. Is this stuff usable for mating nuc or different phermone?

    The swarm lure will not work for mating nucs. You need the queen pheromones. Swarm lure is...
  9. Re: about 12 queen cells in one hive. Harvest some? or let them bee?

    Bees have an urge to reproduce, like every species. Being crowded is one thing that pushes them in that directions. But the time of year is just as strong of a trigger.
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    Re: Mating NUC pheromone strip

    I think you have the wrong product. The vials are NOT "temp queen". "Temp Queen" or "PseudoQueen" comes in the form of short tubes of plastic. There are no vials. I cut the pieces of pseudoqueen...
  11. Re: about 12 queen cells in one hive. Harvest some? or let them bee?

    >These are the supersedure cells, not swarm.

    There are 12 cells. They are NOT supersedure cells. They are swarm cells.

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesswarmcontrol.htm#supersedure
  12. Re: Need quick answer pls: Hive work ok just after rain?

    My queen rearing has to stay on schedule and things have to be done on schedule. I'm often working hives in the rain. It doesn't matter.
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    Re: Hive Entrance Side?

    >How was it determined that a hive should have the entrance on the short side of the hive, exposed the ends of the frames?

    It's convenient when putting hives together.

    >Seems that in nature,...
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    Re: squaring box corners

    I built a jig:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesboxjig.htm
  15. Re: Clover in central Illinois-What type to plant

    If you're putting it in your lawn where it will be mowed, white dutch is hard to beat. If you are putting it in a field where it has to compete with the grass and doesn't get mowed, I have better...
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    >I heard that raising a swarm cell queen, breeds swarming behavior

    There is such a thing as swarmy bees, but just because they want to swarm doesn't mean they are swarmy. Bees that swarm without...
  17. Re: How much honey to give your hive land sponsors

    It depends on how much honey the place produces.
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    Re: Help Identify

    The proportions are all off. I don't see pollen baskets.
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    Re: Rotating Treatments Question

    The Varroa have been resistant to both CheckMite and Apistan since about 2000. No point in rotating through a chemical that no longer works...
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    Re: Need extra bees for small nucs

    >Take it from experience, find and isolate the queen before shaking bees off the brood frames.

    Or get really good at spotting the queen...
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    Re: Help Identify

    It's not a honey bee. I'm not sure what it is, probably a solitary bee of some kind or some kind of fly.
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    Re: Beeswax from China

    I have received ads for foundation from China that was listed as "100% beeswax, 90% beeswax, 80% beeswax, 70% beeswax, 60% beeswax, 50% beeswax..."

    Obviously they are not only contaminating their...
  23. Re: How to do a Direct Introduction of a Laying Queen

    >So with this said, lets suppose I have a queen that isn't up to par and I'd like to swap her out for a good laying queen from my queen castle. How long does the failing queen have to be absent from...
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    Re: New smaller bees?

    Newly emerged bees are smaller than older bees. This has been observed since Huber's time at least. Huber thought there were two different sized bees based on their job. He didn't realize that...
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    Re: Do worker bee's "pipe"?

    I have heard workers make a sound similar to but not identical to queens piping. I never seem to be able to find the bee doing it...
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