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  1. Re: Is a bigger queen better? Also, can a virgin lay?

    Just 2 days ago in one of my mating nucs I found an issue:
    - the QC in that nuc went dead and the bees detected it
    - they panicked and immediately made a queen cup and filled it with up to 10 eggs...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Man, I can not even think of going back to school at my age (still only yearly 50s!).
    I think I have done my time after finishing the grad program while working - whew - too much college as it is.
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Sure.
    I especially like the metal wire they use for those signs. Perfect for me.

    Will post into horizontal hive area the latest hack I did just today - ad-hoc deep frames using standard Lang...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    It is Russian/feral origin - open mated on the sellers yard.
    Yes - interesting and really a cat in a bag, to be honest.

    Hence I am also trying to pull off some queens from my own newly captured...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Yes - home-made frames - entirely my own design.
    I have this idea of free standing frame (vs. free hanging frame).
    Also wanting to test a full-size free standing frame (different project).

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

    Fun it is.
    In a couple of days here I need to put away about 10 QCs generated from my purchased Q.
    It was a very good thing I did a practice run to just get the idea how to work this mini-mating...
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    Re: How many bees actually investigate new home

    As of today, hundred some bees were scouting out my back porch again.
    Two day in the row now.
    I was hoping today was the day - NOT.
    Never know with these things.
    Maybe tomorrow?
    Unless the owner...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    I have to say I am liking working these little foam minis.
    Hopefully, they produce.
    But the ease of work and cost effectiveness and micro-climate control are great.
    I like my free-standing frames...
  9. Re: Benefit to Nadiring (Natural Swarm Control?)

    Watch this (jump to 2:30) - 10-frame Dadant box swapping (pretty much the same as Nadiring).
    I don't want to even think of an equipment failure OR the operator mistake.
    Not to mention the need for...
  10. Re: Show us a pic of layens , lazutin, any deep body hive

    Go here and look yourself.
    Photos have been shared by many.
    https://www.beesource.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?254-Top-Bar-amp-Horizontal-Hive-Forum
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Larger eggs laid into the predetermined QC (if true) does not contradict the benefits of the large resources producing better queens.

    In fact, measuring the eggs in size/weight, given the present...
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    Re: No luck in swarm traps

    Not so simple to point to your trap design change.
    Without a source of the swarms, the best trap in the world will catch nothing.
    And vice versa - when the swarms are many, they will compete for an...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Wow.
    Now this.
    More evidence that true swarm cells are the best.
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Got pics.
    For some reason about 10 QCs are progressing nicely (pic).
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    But they either left behind some of the cells mid-progress OR still started new ones (pics).
    One can see how the worker...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    MSL/GG:

    Here is what I observed - this is the cell transformation that takes place when a worker larva was selected to become queen larva.
    The cell transformation takes place BEFORE the queen cup...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    I will, btw, make a note - this is not really a simple call.
    Just now as I observe my current queen batch, I find this is very remarkable how the bees convert worker cells into queen cups.
    Given...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Well, fell free to share the "tale of 2 beekeepers" in your classes if want.
    I am being public about it anyway.
    LOL - as if one needs a permission... :)

    Here is one question I could use help -...
  18. Re: Transfer bees and frames to new hive? Or wait for new nucc or split?

    Just replace one hive by the other in about the same spot and be done.
    Set them side by side (position the horizontal hive entrance right next to the current hive.
    Move frames.
    Take away old hive....
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Yep.
    At some point the analysis-paralisys gets in a way of basic backyard beekeeping.
    All the minutia around possibility of patriline selections just a small blip from the huge noise dump to...
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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.
  23. 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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