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  1. Re: How much abuse can a capped queen cell withstand?

    I knocked over a grafting frame while placing cells in mating boxes. The frame and about 30 fourteen day old cells go flying through the air, and fall about four feet to the ground. Everyone...
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    Mating yard visitor

    I was busy caging queens for to fill an order, when I felt something at my legs (scared the heck out of me). I looked down and saw that I had a visitor. Not to worry, she did not get stung, and...
  3. Re: I'm Famous! (well, not famous, but I'm on TV!)

    Nicely done, and that was a nice sized swarm.
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    Re: JZ BZ plastic queen cages

    I used that candy, called "circus peanuts." I swear it really works, and gives a three day release. One candy can get you enough for three cages. Disclaimer: I use the CA mini cages now, because I...
  5. Re: Beekeeping as a business. lets talk business..

    Don't go into debt and take it slow. The money I made from queens and nuc sales, went right back into the business for equipment, sugar, etc., after several years I began to show a profit, and no...
  6. Re: Queens - Overwintered Fall 2018 vs. Young Spring 2019???

    If she was a good queen to begin with, then she will be fine. It has generally been my experience that overwintered nucs literally explode with bees in the spring. (if the queen is good)
  7. Thread: Tennessee

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    Re: Tennessee

    Swarm caught today, around six pounds of bees. Southeast TN, one of the earliest ones I've ever seen.
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    Re: queen in the mail

    Two years ago I shipped 8 queens overnight that got lost in the mail. Eight days later they arrived, all queens were alive, but some of the attendants were dead. The buyer said they appeared weak,...
  9. Thread: TBH Feeders

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    Re: TBH Feeders

    Old ice cream container in the back of the hive, cheap and efficient. Notice the floats to prevent drowning.
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    Re: Too early to split?

    If I had those temps and "drones flying like crazy", I would split. Just make sure you have enough bees to keep everyone warm. I assume you are taking out the queen in a split, and letting them...
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    Re: Best way to ship queens

    USPS has been consistently reliable for me. I offer the one day shipping or the two day shipping, depending on what the customer wants to pay. I ship in California mini cages with four attendants,...
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    Re: Minimum temperature for swarming?

    I got a swarm in early April here a few years back and the temp was in the 50's during the day, and was in the 30's at night.
  13. Mini Mating Nucs / Baby Nucs Price Reduced!!!! $10 each

    50 Mini mating nucs for sale $10 each! Price firm. Cannot ship, pick-up only.

    These mini mating nucs have four frames each, with a spot for foundation. Most boxes have never been used,...
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    Re: Router bit size?

    Thanks everyone. I just tried the table saw method, worked beautifully. I feel dumb for not thinking of it. :doh:
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    Router bit size?

    Anyone know what type / size of router bit you need to make frame rests?
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    Re: Mouse cleanup question

    Soapy water and/or some kitchen cleaner with bleach will do fine. Did you have any combs that could salvaged? I would not get soapy water or bleach on any comb. I would either freeze it, or just...
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    Top Bar Hive Check on Groundhog Day

    I checked one of my top bars today. 62 degrees in East Tennessee! Maybe that rodent from Pennsylvania is right. Anyway, in the first picture there is a drone! He must have made it through the...
  18. Re: Colorful painted hives - looking for some pictures

    My daughter painted these nucs for me several years ago, when she was 12 and helped me in the bee yard. She is 17 now, and won't go near a hive. :( At least I still have these nucs to remind me of...
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    Re: Making nucs vs. Making Honey

    In my experience, when you sell nucs, some folks will continue to expect a lot of support / advice from you the seller. You must be ready to to give at least some advice to newbees, or get a poor...
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    Re: Shipping Queens

    I always use USPS Priority Mail or Priority Mail Express, depending if the customer wants to pay for the overnight price or not. Out of hundreds of queens shipped, I have only ever had one issue,...
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    Re: Whew whew what's that smell?

    Best golden rod flow I've have ever seen. And yes, after always hearing about the smell, I finally got a whiff this weekend checking hives. Most of my hives are up to winter weight, just off the...
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    Re: Too late to start top bar hive in MN?

    "Grandpa approach!" Bhhhaaa! You young kids today and your new fangled top bars. Maybe I should have elaborated: If the poster is willing to feed fed feed and more feed until winter, then yes it...
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    Re: Too late to start top bar hive in MN?

    I have found that everything beekeeping always works better in the spring.
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    Re: Getting out of Bees after 15 years

    I hate to hear about your back, I know it is hard to give up something you love because of a physical issue. Have you ever considered a long hive or a top bar? Maybe just a couple to get your bee...
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    Re: Pretty White Summer Cells

    Nice! I think that is one of the loveliest sights in beekeeping!
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