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    Re: Obnoxious guard bee

    Yep. If she wants to make it personal we can do that.
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    Re: Urge to swarm while filling supers?

    My guess without seeing the hive...the already swarmed.
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    Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Very odd that most had a stinker year. This was my best ever. I pulled all my boxes when I got to ten catches because I was worried about running out of gear. To me it shows just how localized...
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    Re: Did I kill my Queen? NNOOOOO!

    I just had this happen for the 1st time tonight when marking queens. I watched her working the comb and laying eggs for a while before I snatched her up. She could not have cared less about being...
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    Re: Observations on Single Deep Brood

    I don't think the explosive growth is a problem. A queen won't lay where she can't lay and the younger bees as they approach forager age seem to move up into the supers. By the time successive...
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    Re: Observations on Single Deep Brood

    I have never read about undrawn frames under the brood for winter. I will check that out.

    I use a shim year-round that is 3/8" on one side and much deeper (2"?) on the other. In the summer the...
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    I primed this round for the 1st time ever. I...

    I primed this round for the 1st time ever. I used diluted honey/h2o.

    This has just been a bad year for me grafting. Usually I'm in the mid to upper 80%. Maybe it's just my eyes getting older....
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    Wow, thanks LJ. The ones I normally look for are...

    Wow, thanks LJ. The ones I normally look for are labeled too small on that picture and I pass up the ones labeled right size.

    Next round in 2 weeks I will change course.
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    Is it possible to graft too young?

    I didn't think so but now I am starting to wonder.

    I just did 2 bars, 18 grafts, last Sunday. Today was check on them day. Out of 18, only 3 took. That is a terrible take rate!

    When I was...
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    Re: 5 frame nuc box width

    I make mine 9" but I use migratory tops. I do have some that are 9-1/4 too but they are slowly cycling out of use.
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    In my earlier reply I didn't realize that you had...

    In my earlier reply I didn't realize that you had a handle on the broodless/capped brood situation. I falsely assumed you to be new to beekeeping and was trying to warn to not wait until winter.
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    Re: Observations on Single Deep Brood

    I find 5 frame nucs winter best for me. That's the other reason I'm experimenting with this. Everything I'm doing is a variation of single deeps this year. My only boxes that are doubles are...
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    Re: Observations on Single Deep Brood

    I'm also trying out single deep configuration this year and so far like it very much. I had to get into one over the weekend because I wanted to graft from the queen. I saw eggs so I grabbed the...
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    Re: Oxalic acid with Glycerin dribble

    The appropriate time when no capped brood would be this winter when the queen shuts down unless you are planning on caging the queen or something. If you wait that long you will probably have issues...
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    Re: Bee with Red thorax???

    This thread is 6-1/2 years old.
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    Re: Ubuntu

    Welcome to the club! After you get comfortable you can start personalizing your setup and get it just as exactly you like it.
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    Re: New design of a honey extractor.

    I only mentioned C25 because it is what I have on hand. I use my welder to squirt some into cans of automotive epoxy paint to keep it fresh if I don't use the whole can. I'm sure N2/CO2 and maybe a...
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    Re: New design of a honey extractor.

    It would be easy enough to fill a small extractor with C25 welding gas (25% CO2/75% Argon) for an experiment if one was so inclined.
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    Clayton is probably closest to you & his advice...

    Clayton is probably closest to you & his advice is spot-on.

    I prefer flyback-splits if you can find the queen. It keeps the original and splits in the same yard. With that, your 4 can become 8...
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    Re: Giving the Nicot a Try

    I checked on the cells created in the box today. Only 2 of 10 took. I can always do that good by grafting.
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    I have the Chinese tool, paintbrush, and...

    I have the Chinese tool, paintbrush, and stainless tool. The only one that I am consistent with is the Chinese tool. The other 2 give me issues with getting them off.

    Some days I am better with...
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    Re: Cold storage of bees

    That is Ian, a member on here. I have borrowed quite a bit of his methods this year. A few old timers around me put their bees in dark trailers for the winter but I don't believe anyone...
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    For me around 8ft is perfect height. That's the top of the outdoor Bard AC unit on the buildings where I put the swarm traps. Caught 10 this year including 4 in one spot. Just need a regular...
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    Re: Steaming old combs

    Interesting thread Clayton. Now, in the busiest part of the year, I'm feeling the need to make a comb steamer. Thanks :D

    No, but seriously thanks for an informative thread. I have an old...
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    Re: Giving the Nicot a Try

    Get some chinese grafting tools. I have a brush and the stainless tool but keep going back to my cheap-o chinese grafting tool with good success.
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