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  1. Thread: virgins vs cells

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    Re: virgins vs cells

    yup this is exactly what i have been doing so far.
  2. Thread: virgins vs cells

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    virgins vs cells

    Ive been raising my own queens for 3-4 years and am considering purchasing or building a small incubator.
    Just looking for peoples opinions on introducing hatched virgins vs ripe queen...
  3. Re: Put undrawn honey super BETWEEN brood boxes to get drawn?

    depends on the flow obviously but my hives have been pulling out a box of foundation in a week to 10 days this summer prior to the current dry spell. Thats with the new super of foundation under the...
  4. Thread: New York

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    Re: New York

    man do we need some rain!!!! sooooo dry and hot here now and no rain forecast anytime soon
  5. Thread: Mann Lake Alert

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    Re: Mann Lake Alert

    if you look at the shipping slip it will say what is on backorder on it.
    I have had several shipments from Mannlak this year with the same issue. They have sent the remaining items as they get off...
  6. Re: Mann Lake Large SS Uncapping Tank v. Maxant SS Uncapping Tank (MUTT)

    i have all maxant gear ( 20 F extractor/clarifying tank/bottling tank/honey pump/double filter/uncapping plane) but i found a mannlake uncapping tank basically brand new from another beek for half...
  7. Thread: Learning Grafting

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    Re: Learning Grafting

    my grafting acceptance gets better each year. In my opinion its just a matter of repetitions. Its a skill that takes practice.
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    Re: Trapping 2020 - success rate?

    i have caught 1 swarm from 5 traps so far this year and 1 swarm capture that i was called about and went and picked up.
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    Re: Saskatraz....any feedback?

    i have to agree with Brad Bee. I have seen absolutely no difference in winter survival, colony build up or even mite levels between the 7 saskatraz queens i added last year and my own mutt queens....
  10. Thread: New York

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    Re: New York

    i have had plenty of activity at the swarm traps but have not had any captures yet.
    I am pretty sure one of my hives swarmed already though. Was at an out yard and found charged queen cells and...
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    Re: A Randy O model...

    the number of different adamant opinions on the same topic is what always amazes me.
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    Re: Resource hives aka Double Nucs

    i use them too. Brought 18 of 18 through winter fine.
    I have 26 splits in them right now.
    Just keep adding boxes above them, use them for stealing brood to boost production colonies, put an...
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    Re: master grafting tool

    thanks all
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    Re: master grafting tool

    cheers Mike ill give it a whirl if you dont mind my borrowing it. The chinese grafting tool when i can get it to work is easy enough to get the larvae off. I grafted yesterday looks like 34/42...
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    Re: anyone tried this gadget for grafting?

    thanks mate ill give this one a go see how we get on.
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    master grafting tool

    So i grafted yesterday and like usual i figured i had royally screwed it up. It takes me forever, i waste a bunch of larvae, i damage the comb a ton and i always feel like none will be accepted....
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    anyone tried this gadget for grafting?

    I am using a headlamp magnifier currently and its ok although not perfect. Every time you move in and out of the focal range of the lens you waste time trying to find that sweet spot again.

    Came...
  18. Re: Scott here in Central NY, New to forum and Beekeeping

    Welcome mate
  19. Thread: Mite count

    by aran
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    Re: Mite count

    formic pro. Easy-> kills mites and ok with your honey supers on.
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    Re: Cathedral hive - Year 2 - Modified

    ive never seen this gadget but is there enough space between the frames to put apivar strips in?
    Can one not drill a tiny hole in the bottom of the hive to fit an OAV provap into?
    can you put...
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    Re: How Long will 1:1 Last?

    i typically give a fresh caught swarm 3 gallons of syrup ( 3 x 1 gallon paint pails on shims on top of the frames all encased in an empty super.)
    This i find will let them build out the bottom 10 F...
  22. Re: Someone destroyed my Nuc box and probably killed a hive

    i wonder what kind of ******* thinks its ok to go onto private property, and intentionally damage other people's stuff and that doesnt even touch on the kind of moral fiber it takes to seal living...
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    Re: What is your other hobby ?

    thats my off season shape for sure!
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    Re: What to Plant in 1/4 Acre

    I pondered this also when we bought our new place.
    We decided to kill two birds with one stone and took an area about 1/2 acre i guess which was all covered with weeds/small trees/etc , cleared the...
  25. Thread: Swarm Yesterday

    by aran
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    Re: Swarm Yesterday

    Swarm season looks like it will be a doozy this year. I have checked all of my hives and they are all packed and making drone comb between the boxes. Saw purple eye drones this past weekend. Swarm...
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