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  1. Re: 16 grafted, 7 accepted, 3 emerged, virgin introduction rejectedů

    I see about a 90% (last round was 6 for 6) return on hand selected virgins (runts and defects pinched) in fresh minis with a cup of bees

    water spray frames, shake the bees in a bucket, toss the...
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    Re: Need Help with Bee Math - Swarm Cell Timing

    hives will frequently swarm as soon as the 1st cell is capped.. so you can go from no cells to they gone in 5 days
  3. Re: Why haven't more beekeepers been inspired by The Sustainable Apiary

    on 2nd pass they don't give attribution, witch is odd... same research station, but....
  4. Re: Why haven't more beekeepers been inspired by The Sustainable Apiary

    We know it does matter with nucs, maby not as much with larger hives or milder climes
    Dr latshaw's (JSL here) SARE project

    Dr Milbrath's SARE ...
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    Re: Is it possible to graft too young?

    Agreed


    well it IS beekeeping :lpf:

    however I will take Taber and Tarpy over Doolittle... a LOT has been learned in the last 130 years
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    Re: Queen/hive disaster. Need advice, please.

    you likly jumped the gun,
    Here is what to expect when your expecting using placing the frame of larva as a graft date, I would not think about adding a queen (or overly worrying) for another...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2020

    Yep!!!
    56971
    This weekends VSH Carniolan Virgins siting in my queen bank

    The other thing I have drifted towards this year is a single deep brood chamber... puts more honey in a harvestabul...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2020

    yep, I have (hopfully) a week of linden left and then my flow is done for the year
    I have found in our area the nectar often stops but there is still a pollen flow and the pollen keeps most lines...
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    Re: Observations on Single Deep Brood

    ohhh.. I hadn't thought of 8f equipment, I like it


    (edit) just went out and tryed it
    The iceing on the cake is my main mateing nucs are 8 1/2 frames with a removal center divider so I get 3x3...
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    Re: Observations on Single Deep Brood

    I am trying single deeps for brood the 1st time this year and I am digging it.. I often have poor yeilds were I am at and end up pinching a few caped frames out of the brood chamber/ my nucs

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

    in the history section they say

    they may have tightened it up scene the start?
    I am unsure why they would do all the work of II and not the simple task of opening 100 cells to check the non...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Interesting source
    I do question some of thier selection prosseses, but what ever, we take what we can get

    I happend in to a F-2 off a VP Queens II breeder out crossed with Sam comforts stock a...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    I would sujest a nuc...
    Its felt that package queens often get superseded do to the age gap in bees, don't want that to happen to good genetics you want to propagate
  14. Re: Introducing emerged virgin queens in mating nucs.

    yep It was one of her latest FB videos (and the cage failure) that had me trying DR this year... my consern is like you they will dissapeer in time

    there has been a lot of work on the subject as...
  15. Re: Introducing emerged virgin queens in mating nucs.

    that hasn't been my experience
    last Sunday I tryed to direct release on 2 mini nucs that had been queen less for a few days with 24 hour old virgins, both of them started pulling legs so I caged the...
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    Re: Permanently fixing bottom to nucs?

    9/16" leg T50 staples spanning the seam , easy to pop off with a hive tool when you want to remove the bottom
  17. Thread: Learning Grafting

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    Re: Learning Grafting

    IIRR you did pill bottles on there side was as well

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    got ya.. the advrage US BYBK (the ones that would befit form graftless the most) are mostly on plastic foundation.




    that is to...
  18. Re: Introducing emerged virgin queens in mating nucs.

    you can use much older
    http://www.wicwas.com/sites/default/files/articles/Bee_Culture/BC2012-05.pdf

    I have had very good success droping them in a mini mating nuc with a cup of wet bees and...
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    Re: Learning Grafting

    There is no reason you couldn't confine the queen to a single comb to provide timing control, and then place a push in cage over the resulting cells.
    she starts laying in the middle so you keep the...
  20. Re: Quality Queen Cells with Small Nuc as Cell Starter?

    yep
    the swarm box starter is very robust and hard to mess up, and does a lot of cells.... So you see it used in a teaching environment... great for pumping out 48 hour cells for people to take home...
  21. Re: Quality Queen Cells with Small Nuc as Cell Starter?

    yes
    that's why I feel its important to see a mating nuc as a mating nuc, not a split.
    If you see it as a split you see it as a colony and are more hesitant to pinch a poor queen, or grab her and...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    that is one of the reasons SDI is a powerful tool for isolation of traits and producing breeders


    and there is a 50/50 each of her drones will

    the good thing about some traits such VSH is...
  23. Re: Quality Queen Cells with Small Nuc as Cell Starter?

    well, that's Solomon Parker for you, I would take what he writes with a grain of salt.

    Sam HAS raized some good queens with this method
    Here is a score card from the Tarpy lab at NC state on one...
  24. Re: Quality Queen Cells with Small Nuc as Cell Starter?

    ahhhhh
    kinda?
    He has been working with the micro splits and they have been a little hit or miss.
    The concept is you don't split up the hive so the bees can chose the better queen cells.. In one...
  25. Re: Quality Queen Cells with Small Nuc as Cell Starter?

    I don't see any sophisticated behavior, just a set of genetics with different pheromone cues triggering the bees to pick "that" one... just as they pick better fed larva do a pheromone trigger

    as...
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