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    Nice to hear an honest review. This is food for...

    Nice to hear an honest review. This is food for thought as I progress in my growing operation. Thanks!
  2. In the future, if you have queen excluders you...

    In the future, if you have queen excluders you can place them between the brood boxes. Open them up in three days or so and the box with eggs will have the queen.
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    Morning Steve. What would happen if you primed...

    Morning Steve. What would happen if you primed your cups with a good amount of royal jelly? I wonder if this would help in sliding off the larve? These are the things I'm going to play with next year.
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    What happens when you catch a swarm? Or get a...

    What happens when you catch a swarm? Or get a package? A frame or two would definitely speed things along though.
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    Hi Brandon. Watch the bees and they will tell...

    Hi Brandon. Watch the bees and they will tell you. On these hot days as they are multipling they may need more ventilation from the entrance. Once they start bearding on the front, you'll know your...
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    I just use 300# load limit ratchet straps and...

    I just use 300# load limit ratchet straps and strap everything together. Doesn't get any more easier than that. Your two hours away at an out yard and the battery goes dead on the drill....
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    Check for swarm cells. When it sounds like a...

    Check for swarm cells. When it sounds like a thousand drones are flying and the entrances are super busy I know a hive is getting close to swarming.
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    Fainting queens.

    Over the last few days I've been going through all of my splits and swarms and I've been marking the queens. Yesterday I had a queen faint after I marked her in my plunger style marker. She was out...
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    Normally after the the mother queen swarms, 7-10...

    Normally after the the mother queen swarms, 7-10 days you start to hear croaking. If there are to be multiple after swarms, you'll hear piping as well as each virgin tries to gather a following....
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    I've got the same problem. I found that after I...

    I've got the same problem. I found that after I remove the cleat, I have to take my knife and remove the ridge. The cleats seldom break cleanly, never on Mann Lakes and better on Better Bee's. I...
  11. There's no telling with drones. I've trapped five...

    There's no telling with drones. I've trapped five swarms that were not mine and I observed three move in with drones in attendance. By the third day I noticed dead drones on the landing boards. No...
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    Wow! Getting pretty lively here. Some of my...

    Wow! Getting pretty lively here. Some of my greatest ideas have come when I'm doing repetitive tasks with my hands. It gives your mind the freedom to wander and gets the creative juices flowing.
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    Maybe there are different sub species that would...

    Maybe there are different sub species that would be better. I like to cut down a few every spring as a treat for the pigs and meat rabbits. The rabbits will just devour it and pellets are full of...
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    Hi Trina. I would stay away from cottonwood for...

    Hi Trina. I would stay away from cottonwood for lumber. I use it for fire wood and it's water retention is unrivaled. It takes the longest time to dry, needs to be stacked north to south, single rows...
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    Sounds like a great idea! Hopefully people would...

    Sounds like a great idea! Hopefully people would appreciate the quality of such a service and be willing to pay what it is worth. I would like to have custom made deeps made out of hemlock, ruf cut...
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    This is why I'm sticking with Better Bee. I can...

    This is why I'm sticking with Better Bee. I can buy local, but the quality is very shoddy at best. I'll put it this way, on my local boxes I can insert my hive tool very easy as the gaps average an...
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    I'm with you Greg, just too many other things to...

    I'm with you Greg, just too many other things to worry about. Today's worry is I've got mating flights going on and the the bloody wind is ripping out of the south and my mating yard is 1.5 miles to...
  18. Evening. What happened to the old queen? Seems...

    Evening. What happened to the old queen? Seems odd that she would lay a nice pattern in new comb and up and vanish. As far as the superceder cell, I'd let them finish it, if it were of good size....
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    The picture probably would help 😌

    The picture probably would help 😌
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    Hello. I've had the same experience this spring....

    Hello. I've had the same experience this spring. I caught the prime swarm may 3rd and on may tenth I had virgins piping. I made up four nucs from the largest cells and thought I was good to go. That...
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    Hello there. I'm going to assume that the hive...

    Hello there. I'm going to assume that the hive already swarmed. You'll have to check for eggs or the original queen. If the hive has enough frames of brood and bees you could break it up into say 3...
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    Sounds like you have a bunch of virgin queens. It...

    Sounds like you have a bunch of virgin queens. It will take them a week or so to harden off and then you'll be collecting small swarms around your yard. Have a bunch of nuc boxes ready and enjoy!...
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    Ah, maybe they are social distancing...

    Ah, maybe they are social distancing...
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    Virgin queens on mating flights are never alone...

    Virgin queens on mating flights are never alone as her attendants provide food, warmth and navigation. These pictures are todays and they were gearing up for mating flights. The ball of bees in the...
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    Maybe you had two queens in one of your hives (...

    Maybe you had two queens in one of your hives ( mother and daughter) as some superceders go this way and they ran the old queen out.
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