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    Sticky: Re: Pollination prices

    Anyone know the average price for honeybee colonies in the almond orchards for 2020?
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    Re: I have 1,100 colonies available for this 2012 California almonds season!!

    We have strong colonies this year. Offering pollination services for 2020. Send us a private message if interested!

    California Power Pollinators
  3. Re: What is the best way to clean plastic waxed foundation?

    Thank you Frank!

    Could you please share some ideas how to re-wax?

    Is it similar to re-waxing a surf board?
  4. Re: What is the best way to clean plastic waxed foundation?

    Thanks guys!

    We have a really nice professional pressure washer...will put it to good use...again!

    Flow is nearly over here for now, so scraping and installing in colonies probably not a good...
  5. What is the best way to clean plastic waxed foundation?

    Hi everyone!

    I forgot to spray a couple of hundred frames with plastic foundation. The bees had drawn out comb on most of them. Wax moths got the best of them and made quite the mess.

    What is...
  6. Re: Anyone else use Mann Lake's Pro DFM? And if yes, what were the results?

    Thanks guys!

    May I ask how often you treat them with the Pro DFM?

    We just gave our first treatment this week. I kinda wish I had treated a couple of times this year...
  7. Anyone else use Mann Lake's Pro DFM? And if yes, what were the results?

    Hi everyone!

    We purchased the $500 bucket of Mann Lake's Pro DFM about 6 months ago when it was on sale. Never used it until last week. Can't seem to find any reviews or comments on it.

    Mann...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    We made up many 5 frame nucs...gonna be interesting to see the results this late in the year. We are still finding drone cells and drones flying, but I we are also seeing what appears to be the...
  9. Re: Double deckers and triple deckers completely filled...what are our options?

    Thanks guys...

    Jeez Frank...50 years of beekeeping?

    I better keep my mouth shut and listen!

    I feel like a little poly wog in my dad's sac talking to the grandfather clock on Captain...
  10. Re: Double deckers and triple deckers completely filled...what are our options?

    JW, thank you for your kind words!

    Regarding rental prices, last year, the going rate for many of us was $200 per 7 frame colony. If we went with a contractor, we were paid $180 per 7 frame...
  11. Double deckers and triple deckers completely filled...what are our options?

    Hi everyone!

    Not sure how it happened, but we are seeing a significant number of our colonies filled to overflowing with honey, nectar, pollen, and new bees.

    This did not happen last year. ...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Temps here are finally cooling off. Had triple digit and high 90's for weeks on end.

    With the lower temps, we are now scrambling to produce as many queen cells as possible with accompanying two...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    So far, its been kinda good.

    One bee yard went from 23 colonies up to 173. Can't complain!

    Been doing a lot of queen cell grafting and nuc making!
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    Re: Some misc Nicot chat ...

    As mentioned before, after trying Nicot system for two years in a row with horrific results, we switched to grafting. We went from a less than 10% success rate [Nicot] to 95% success rate...
  15. Re: Is it OK to lightly mist larvae before/during queen cell grafting?

    Well, was able to dig into only two more queen cell builder frames this evening. I still have a number left. I did graft 96 larvae.

    Frame on the left was placed on the second deep, with massive...
  16. Re: Is it OK to lightly mist larvae before/during queen cell grafting?

    We will be pulling the next 60+ sealed queen cells this afternoon. These frames were placed immediately next to large frames filled with pollen. I am excited to see if there is much of a...
  17. Re: Is it OK to lightly mist larvae before/during queen cell grafting?

    Pulled the first two frames where I grafted 30 larvae. It appears as if 28 took.

    These two frames where placed up top of the queen cell builder, no pollen frames next to them [my experiment].
    ...
  18. Re: Is it OK to lightly mist larvae before/during queen cell grafting?

    Knisely,

    I have left the grafting frames undisturbed since grafting day. Later today I plan on checking to see how many sealed queen cells we have of the 96 larvae grafted. I will do my best to...
  19. Re: Is it OK to lightly mist larvae before/during queen cell grafting?

    Hmmmmmmm....

    Can anyone give us a clear answer in regards to lightly misting larvae before/during grafting?
  20. Is it OK to lightly mist larvae before/during queen cell grafting?

    Yesterday I grafted 96 larvae for queens. As usual, I placed wet towels over the frame immediately after pulling the frame from the colony. But this time, I was in a hurry, and did not wring out...
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    Re: Bees in trap box

    Greg,

    So sorry, just saw your post now.

    Well, I am not a professional or an extremely experienced beekeeper. To be honest with you, I am both a newbie and a professional wanna-bee.

    I really...
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    Re: A swarm UNDER the swarm trap

    Hokie,

    I wouldn't worry at all about the bees hanging on the bottom of your trap.

    It happens all the time to us. We simply wait until evening, then place a deep box with 10 frames and a bottom...
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    clong,

    The water bottle was filled with sugar syrup and I used it to spray the swarm bees before transferring them from the trap to the deep box. Then, by accident, I accidentally dropped the...
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    Here's the swarm we caught at my job site.

    After only a couple of days the bees already built a wild frame of comb with honey, pollen and eggs and then also filled 4 deep frames. I suppose this...
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    For us, swarm season is much slower than previous years...

    Caught one at the school where I teach, and two more at home. I believe that puts us at 9 or 10 so far for this year...
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