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  1. I'm well, just don't have time to mess around on...

    I'm well, just don't have time to mess around on here. Bees are good, running about 50ish colonies the last few years. Raising all my own queens. Life is good in my bee world. 🙂
    Thanks...
  2. Good Luck to those in FL - Tips from an expert on saving your bees in hurricane!

    https://www.beesource.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-259640.html
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    Re: Michael Palmer's video on "Brood Bombs"

    I won't speak for him, but I'm pretty positive he's talked many times about leaving the bees on and not having an issue. I don't know why they would have a problem. I leave the bees on and don't...
  4. Re: news article about the adees losing bees again

    Can a commercial beekeeper comment on if managing 100,000 colonies with 35 employees is feasible. That's about 3,000 colonies per person and that's assuming they're all beekeepers. Seems like a lot?
  5. Re: 2019 Lusby conference cancelled, no signups.

    Is this her most recent talk? Published January 2019?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJJnIAYodQI

    At the end she claims that bees get 80-90% more gentle when combs are properly Housel...
  6. Re: Testing Soybean Cultivars, Cited in the Literature, for Honeybee Forage.

    Bump.
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    Re: Ballast stones?

    Clearly you've never been to the Spirit Bee website...
    https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?321638-What-really-happens-during-queen-mating
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    Re: Wax flakes on queen

    Roll 10 queens like this and let us know how many are viable in a month.
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    Re: Mite counts still high after OAV - 5x5

    I do not monitor well enough, so I can't give you specific numbers. I just know my bees still have PLENTY of mites after a course of OAV, in years past I opened boxes right before doing the 4th...
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    Re: Mite counts still high after OAV - 5x5

    I've had absolute garbage luck with OAV. But I keep trying, even bought the ProVap (which is an awesome tool). I remain unconvinced, however.
    I don't know if it's humidity or what. Have had...
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    Re: Wax flakes on queen

    Probably not laying well anymore. :eek:
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    Re: Destroying brood to create a brood break?

    Well they're already basically broodless and the brood cycle sounds like it's about broken anyway.
    This year I would take my foundationless drone frames out and uncap them periodically to hopes of...
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    Re: Destroying brood to create a brood break?

    I really wonder about the brood break idea. It makes no sense to me as my bees (and yours are probably much more "brood break'd" than mine) go without brood from sometime in October through sometime...
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    Re: marked queen missing?

    Sounds like they already split for you. If you know where the queen is you can make a split without queen cells. And move bees/brood/queen cells into another box. I'd suggest leaving the new queen...
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    Just used this thing for the first time today. ...

    Just used this thing for the first time today. One of the best things I have purchased for honey extraction. I cannot even estimate how much time it saved. But I extracted 50% more honey with no...
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    Re: Grafting from a failing queen?

    Hold on here a minute. We're talking about a queen that's SO GOOD that she's being replaced by the beekeeper, yes?
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    Re: Grafting from a failing queen?

    Pattern is probably suffering because of a mite problem, not a queen problem.
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    Re: My D Coates nuc supers

    If I had the time to build them I would use more of them. The yellow nuc in the background is what I use mostly now. They're pre-made by the Amish about a five hour drive south of here. Bought a...
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    Re: My D Coates nuc supers

    Here's a picture from a few days ago:
    https://i.imgur.com/GYiRBf5.jpg

    I haven't repainted them or done any sort of maintenance on them.
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    Re: My D Coates nuc supers

    Woodstove PM'd me, but figured I could reply back here for future forum searchers.

    The supers have worked well for me, they do not hold their shape perfectly, sides bow a bit. Frames sit a little...
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    Re: Question on black locust

    Seems like the flow from it starts after the blooms go from brilliant white to a little yellow. It's a noticeable change.

    We hit around 90 just perfect for it this year and the bees did well for...
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    Re: Queen Timing - Fast Bees

    Two old, pinch them and try again.
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    Re: Simple Harmony Farms uncapper First Test

    Thank you, johno, that is exactly what I was thinking. I guess I'll buy a third stainless strainer set-up if I buy this so there's less downtime for cleanup. I do need to sort out either a better...
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    Re: Simple Harmony Farms uncapper First Test

    I've been thinking about this... Usually I have two people helping me and each of them runs a hot knife for me and then I load the (18 frame) extractor. They keep uncapping and more-or-less keep up...
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    Re: Inspecting mating nucs

    I just dunk her in it and put her on the combs. Seems to work well. This is as young a virgin as possible, mind you.
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