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    Re: My experience with Minnesota Hygienic bees

    I purchased a Mn Hygienic Breeder from Mikes Bees and Honey late August. To late to graft off of her this year but will be next spring. He sells open mated queens and breeders....
  2. Re: Retrieved a queen that was being balled, what are her chances?

    Sorry for the loss of the queen.

    This happened to me on the 21st. I was lucky enough to cage the queen and shut the hive down. I waited a 1/2 hr and put her back in with the hive shut down...
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    Re: Feeding a queen castle

    Stagger the holes but I also inset the outer holes to allow for a deep box to fit over49843
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    Re: Grafts in succession?

    I pull my first graft after 5 days in the CB and insert a second. The first graft goes in the incubator. I pull the second graft 6 days after installed in CB and place in the incubator.

    I run a...
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    Re: Package bees into 4 frame nucs

    Yes,
    2 yards in Franklin. Mating yard in Dover. Northeastbees.com
  6. Thread: Mixing Syrup

    by AAIndigo
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    Re: Mixing Syrup

    I mix 25lbs in a 6 gallon bucket. These are the buckets used to brew beer. Very handy when mixing 1 to 1 syrup as a 5 gallon bucket is at its max. Cordless drill and a large mortar mixing paddle do...
  7. Re: Using a Micheal Palmer double 4 nuc as a Queen Castle?

    Hillbillybees,
    I will try the foundation only. Do you need to have constant syrup on them to draw that out? I find that the queens are faster at 2 weeks and want to fly away. I prefer the slower 3...
  8. Re: Using a Micheal Palmer double 4 nuc as a Queen Castle?

    Farmer,
    This is how I run my queen castles and resource hives. 1/4" divider with 1/2" top that fits into the frame ledge. I also have a 3/4" receiver at the bottom that the 1/4" divider fits into. I...
  9. Re: Starting over this Spring, comments and suggestions appreciated

    Good luck on your restart.
    I would spray the package with OA prior to install (30 ML-this equals about 30 squirts from a spray bottle but be sure to test before hand. Be sure to pull the queen...
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    Re: Package bees into 4 frame nucs

    I have installed numerous packages on drawn out comb in early April into 4 over 4 double nucs for the last 2 years with no issues at all. I spray sugar syrup into the empty comb and feed syrup when...
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    Re: Long distance yard feeding multi hives?

    Justin,
    How often will you be visiting this yard? I have a yard with 20 or so double nucs that is about 40 minutes away and feed using the Mann Lake pro Feeder. These work well for me....
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    Re: Asking price for 4 frame deep nuc ???

    I get 175 for a 5 frame Nuc and dont think I would come down much more for a 4 frame nuc seeing how packages are selling for 130 or more around here.
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    Re: Two Queen Castle Questions

    Muenster,
    I'm not one for adding specialty equipment such as mini frames. I take a 10 frame deep with 3 dividers and run 4 mating chambers with an entrance for each on one of the four sides. The...
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    Re: Your favorite queen supplier?

    Michael Palmer Queens. https://www.frenchhillapiaries.com/beesandhoney/

    I graft exclusively off of his queens and open mate to come up with my great queens.
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    Re: Cell starter multi-use?

    45 QCs from a 5 frame nuc may be a bit to ask. I would shoot for 20 tops
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    Re: Incubator selection

    I purchased an inexpensive reptile incubator from ebay for 2018 use. I customized the racks of the incubator and my QC frames to get it to work. It will handle 50 plus cells at a time. I was very...
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    Re: Undercoat with primer?

    I sand with 80 grit first. This give the primer something to grab. Apply oil base primer and 2 coats of latex
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    Re: Incubator and humidity

    I cut down a sponge and use it. Not sure what the best humidity level should be but my cheap gauge states 58% here. I have used this incubator 4 times this year and almost all cells have hatched so?...
  19. Thread: Incubators

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    Re: Incubators

    I purchased one this year as well from Ebay. I altered the shelves to accept my grafts and made a custom cell frame so they would fit in the incubator. This allows me to pull 2 grafts from my cell...
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    Re: Inspecting mating nucs

    Mostly just started laying so still ready to fly. I run 2 deep mating nucs.
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    Re: Inspecting mating nucs

    I have had a few queens fly away when checking before the 3 week mark. I now wait the 21 days.
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    Re: Cell Starter is Mean

    I guess it all depends on the type of bees they are. My first of the year cell builder is usually from a strong Italian package. They are more aggressive then the bees I raise so I requeen after the...
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    Re: more urgnet relocation question -

    Bees will re-orientate after 3 days of confinement so if they are in due to cold weather for 3 consecutive days then you should be good to move.
    http://www.arnia.co.uk/honey-bee-orientation/
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    Re: Super over duplex resource hives?

    Sure can. I screw the excluder into the divider to keep the queens on there own side.
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    Re: QE entrance on cell builders

    I had this happen to me last year. I'm thinking it was due to me starting nucs/open mating in the same yard as my cell builder.
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