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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Yes, GG, it occurred to me that simply finding and giving the queen-less resource a chunk of comb with eggs is a very much doable thing. Handily, the newly formed unit around this "super" queen built...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Yes; OK; I may do another egg batch from the "super" queen.
    Now that I got a queen-less resource going, it can still keep going for few more weeks (IF I choose so, of course).
    Another potential...
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    Re: Obnoxious guard bee

    Your bees are more suicidal than mine.
  4. Thread: Smoker issue

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    Re: Smoker issue

    Simply carry around a piece of soft wood (say, 1x2) and tap onto your smoker head all way around.
    15 second job.
    The chunks of creosote will fall of - shake them out and done.
    The wood does not...
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    Re: Obnoxious guard bee

    I have learned to just ignore such annoying bee because, I noticed, she will not sting.
    The bees that mean to sting just go for it.
    The bees that are simply curious (just as often) or are trying to...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Of course I know of the remaining 35% (1/3) - hence I posted the source so NOT to hide it. :)
    Basically, 2/3 of a chance they will use younger larvae to establish the future queens - pretty good.
    I...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    So by this weekend I should have my first test batch of the queens hatched in the foam boxes.
    If they mate OK, I don't even know what to do with them - this is just a practice run for me.
    Maybe I...
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    Sticky: Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    If I recall from my KS/MO years - the winter is pretty forgiving, you may squeak by without combining, GWW.
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    Re: Wax moths in my bee hive

    It is actually a shame you killed some brood over few worms.
    That brood was badly needed in the run down hive.

    You simple need to reduce the volume of the hive some (take some boxes off as was...
  10. Re: Transfer bees and frames to new hive? Or wait for new nucc or split?

    GG, looks like a horizontal Lang to me. Should be 100% compat.
  11. Re: Transfer bees and frames to new hive? Or wait for new nucc or split?

    Move the darn bees and enjoy your new hive.

    Insert your brood nest (the lower box below the QX) right behind the new hive entrance and preserve the frame order exactly as they are.
    Whatever...
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    Re: No luck in swarm traps

    This sounds good.
    My bet is you overdid the LGO part.
    Seriously, the LGO is only needed to lead the bees to your trap, not into it.
    If keep adding the LGO inside the trap, that may become beyond...
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    Re: The Fridge Long Lang

    Heck, here is an entire bee yard made from old fridges:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl17Hrz6C9g
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    Re: The Fridge Long Lang

    The guy is a good show man. Sure thing!
    I really like this kinds of cheap reality TV on Youtube anymore and this is what I watch.
    Screw those staged, money shoveling TV personalities of the regular...
  15. Re: How Can I Remove Crystallized Honey In Frame?

    Any old honey goes right to the bees - be it too thick/crystallized or fermenting or moth infested - anything goes.
    That is what big resource hive in the backyard does for me - cleanup jobs....
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    Re: No luck in swarm traps

    Until I started using well-primed equipment I did not have much luck.

    The thing is - bait-scent (e.g. LGO) only helps the scouts to find your trap.
    Few years now I stopped putting the LGO inside...
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    Re: The Fridge Long Lang

    I can easily find tens of videos of fridge hives.
    Must be hundreds of cases not video-documented.
    They are a pretty common thing.
  18. Re: How long a brood break is sufficient to break mite cycle

    May end up wasting good queens, I think.
    I have.

    From my experience, no good queen can turn around things that progressed too far (unless you catch them early - which is not usually possible...
  19. Thread: Queen Selection

    by GregV
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    Re: Queen Selection

    It is zone 4/5, per the USDA system (even pockets of zone 3 - inland mountains).
    The Chabarovsk region, the most northern area the Russian bees are kept (just North of the Primorski region) -...
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    Re: lazutin stile hive large photos

    Since this is a two-unit hive, I would not put the entrances this close (even from the parasite spread view point or queen mating needs). I would keep the entrances well apart and clearly separated...
  21. Thread: Queen Selection

    by GregV
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    Re: Queen Selection

    I agree.
    It is not about honey.
    But it is about where the bee natively belongs.

    To do the best testing and selection you do not need the entire season - 3-4 months should be sufficient.
    Then...
  22. Thread: Queen Selection

    by GregV
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    Re: Queen Selection

    These zones are very nominal and keep changing around but one should get the idea what I mean.

    Basically entire ND is in zones 3-4; MT is largely 3-4.
    These two states alone are major honey...
  23. Thread: Queen Selection

    by GregV
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    Re: Queen Selection

    For these efforts to be really proper, the breeding should be setup in USDA zones 3-4 also (none of Massachusetts, Indiana and Iowa are in zones 3-4).
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    by GregV
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    Re: Queen Selection

    Interesting book.

    One detail bothers me about the Russian bee breading program - they are all down South.
    The Russian bee is inherently a northern bee - this is how it developed and how it still...
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    Re: Queen Selection

    Exactly, GG.
    Thanks.
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