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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
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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?...
  16. Thread: Incubators

    by AAIndigo
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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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    Re: Treating packages with oxalic acid

    I helped installed 20 packages last year. We did a direct spray with a hand held sprayer (windex type sprayer) of 3ml OA on the package at installation with no absconding. I believe it was 30 or 35...
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    Re: Advantech

    I have been building and using 5/8 zip system roof sheathing for my double nuc set-ups for years. I only use on the side walls with pine fronts and backs that I datto in hand holds. Readily available...
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    Re: When to first treat newly packaged hive

    Yes and that is how I would check but natter37 wants to check before treating. So how does he/she check a package before treating?
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