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    Re: $2 foam mini mating nuc

    Nice!
  2. Re: First Check After The Winter. Holy Cow!!!!!!!!

    Apivar in January? I didn't realize that anyone used Apivar at that time of year in NJ. Typically, Apivar is used late summer or early fall to allow the bees to get a couple of mite-free brood cycles...
  3. Thread: Bad Day

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    Re: Bad Day

    Just so we're clear, the picture in file "image1.jpg" was that taken as the state of the colony when you found it, or was that taken after you opened up the colony and discarded the dead bees?
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    Re: LGO and new hive question

    Seems totally unnecessary. It is helpful in a swarm trap, but a nuc "should" be a well established colony and not need any additional attractants to become established.
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    Re: OA VAP 110.04 Oxalic Acid Vaporizer

    Well, I did specifically post a similar sentiment in one of the currently lengthy ongoing discussions in the For Sale sub-forum. The thread starter agreed with my comment and then continued to...
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    Re: OA VAP 110.04 Oxalic Acid Vaporizer

    First of all good for you for adhering to the stated rules! Yes, that is what the rules suggest for that sub-forum, but since Barry is no longer running the show, it seems that violations are now...
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    Re: How close to Row Crops can I be

    Since I've (and perhaps many others here) never seen a blue whale perhaps the following might be helpful:

    There are lots of publications discussing Clothianidin and health. In one publication I...
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    Re: Queen Rearing with Michael Palmer method

    I try to mark every queen in my operation for obvious reasons, but not every queen is clipped. However, I do clip every breeder queen. Yes, clip just one wing. Once, I fell way behind on inspections...
  9. Re: Bees bringing in lots of pollen (?); what plant(s) could it be?

    I've kept records for many years, and it is not too unusual to see maples in early January. I recall notes as early as January 8th. Note that this in not widespread blooming, but in key locations...
  10. Re: Does temporary, high co2 exposure negatively affect the development of queen larv

    A large paintball gun tank + adapter + regulator works pretty well (reasonably priced and easily refilled) See homebrew stores. This is what I used for my II work.
  11. Re: Does temporary, high co2 exposure negatively affect the development of queen larv

    pomicultorul,

    Actually, the first youtube link that you provided was the inspiration for my 5 over 5 nuc experiment. Not sure why my experiment failed, perhaps I simply didn't wait long enough, or...
  12. Re: Does temporary, high co2 exposure negatively affect the development of queen larv

    My experience with using CO2 for queen bee narcosis during instrumental insemination is that pure CO2 is HIGHLY effective and a very rapid response is achieved. Typically, far less than 10 seconds...
  13. Re: Does temporary, high co2 exposure negatively affect the development of queen larv

    There are many tedious steps in queen rearing, but IMO brushing bees off the cell bars is pretty far down the list. I would hesitate exposing capped queen cells to CO2. Queen cells are permeable and...
  14. Thread: Acorn frames

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    Re: Acorn frames

    I sure hope that is the case. Last year, based upon the overwhelming comments here on beesource, I tried Acorn foundation for the first time. I ordered 100 sheets of the heavy waxed version. Upon...
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    Re: Warm weather in NC effects?

    What I meant (which is totally just a guess) is that the "winter bees" population was diminished due to the 3+ weeks of drought right around our typical goldenrod bloom. The goldenrod did bloom, but...
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    Re: Keeping bees out of a swimming pool

    One key factor is consistency of the water source! If the source you provide fails for any reason, you can bet that the bees are going to be in the pool. Once they target the pool it is a MUCH harder...
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    Re: Warm weather in NC effects?

    I made the video below on January 12, 2020. Quite amazing the amount of pollen coming in. The following day, I went through most of my colonies and found brood in all of them, even the small swarm I...
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    Re: Cant' Reduce Moisture

    I've had to do this several times to our summer honey, which is made when the outside humidity is very high. Here's what I've had luck with:


    Place a bucket warming belt on the pail of honey and...
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    Re: Review of the Lyson Manual Steam Uncapper

    Well, I certainly appreciate your concern. I also had similar concerns about build quality, performance, and maintainability. When I purchased this system, there was virtually no one in the USA...
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    Re: Review of the Lyson Manual Steam Uncapper

    Thanks. Not much new to report. No maintenance issues (no tweaks or adjustments needed), and the performance is still good. Again, it works best on mediums and shallows. Deeps require more...
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    Re: Koi fish and bee carcasses

    About 7 years ago we built a large koi pond, which now has lots of large koi. I've found that koi on occasion will take a bee (dead or alive) into their mouth, but they always seem to spit it back...
  22. Thread: Pro Nuc?

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    Re: Pro Nuc?

    Seems that several people are reporting this same issue. That's really too bad. I suspect that most beekeepers were expecting a MUCH more robust product. If they can't handle their first trip in a...
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    Re: What do you use to help see when grafting

    Yeah, so is 90% of the stuff from China. The old Brushy unit I have was actually built in one of the former soviet block countries and seems to work pretty good. It has held up well for about 15...
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    Re: What do you use to help see when grafting

    Brushy sold a headband magnifier that I still use. Of course these can be found in many places. Here's one that looks decent and reasonably priced:
  25. Re: Both Hives Queenless And No Eggs, My Plan OK?

    Are you certain that they haven't attempted to make a queen from what was present after the bear?
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