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    Re: Grafting from a distant yard

    Just bring back the frame with eggs and tiny larvae wrapped in a damp cloth, did some grafts three weeks ago from a frame which spent eight hours wrapped just so, put it into a hive then above an...
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    Re: Did my queen pass out?

    They sometimes do this, go into a sort of comatose state, maybe shock, had a few queens do this over the years, all of them okay after putting them back on a comb with the bees for a few minutes.
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    Re: banking mated queens with attendants?

    Use a big umbrella to keep the rain off you and the hives and make up the nucs is the best option, Karen... for an extra day or two you could also put fresh attendants in the cages with the queens,...
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    Re: Cappings

    No, I'm not using the full Lyson extracting line.
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    Re: Cappings

    No it doesn't.
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    Re: Cappings

    The middle sized one, it will take 100kg of wax cappings an hour...faster than our Lyson uncapping machine can uncap, approx 285 shallow frames an hour, or 245 deeps.
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  7. Re: eliminate the spores of chalkbrood from frames with honey

    Eduardo, have put combs containing chalk brood mummies into healthy colonies... and from my experience they clean them up and don't get chalk brood.
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    Re: Priming queen cells with purchased royal jelly

    For the same reasons mentioned by others I would not use bought in royal jelly, we collect it from our own colonies during the season and store it in eppendorf tubes in the freezer.
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    Re: Cappings

    Excellent piece of equipment, have used one of the Lyson wax extruders for the last 5 years , does a really good job of squeezing out pretty much all of the honey, leaving the wax compressed and...
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    Re: cell punch tool

    Quite a lot about this subject including the history of cell punching on the link below.

    http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/cellpunch.html
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    Re: How long to wait to introduce new queen?

    When doing splits, making up nucs, replacing a queen, I leave them for about an hour, sometimes a bit less, then introduce the new laying queen direct onto a comb, no caging.

    If the new queen had...
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    Re: Hive straps for transporting colonies?

    Most commercial beekeepers in the UK use spanset straps, easy to use, no moving parts to jam up or rust if left on hives, incredible tension...enough to crack hives if overdone, nice and flat when...
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    Re: Repeated queen fertilization

    I agree with the age related part regards an old queen dying of fatal shock, also there could be some difference in the spermatheca of a queen which had run out of semen, compared to one that never...
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    Re: Repeated queen fertilization

    Usually have a few drone layers come spring, may give it a go out of interest, but I expect someone has already done it somewhere.



    Yes, no problem inserting the insemination tip in a slimmed...
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    Re: Repeated queen fertilization

    Not of a drone layer that was once laying fertile eggs... but of a drone layer that had never mated, a virgin queen produced during late winter, so not being able to mate so instead turning drone...
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    Re: Repeated queen fertilization

    Yes, done this, but the queen needs to be caged for a few days before inseminating.
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    Re: Manuka Honey Making, New Zealand

    I have one the same as in the picture, we call it a honey loosener, in our case a heather honey loosener, ours was supplied by Swienty, also use a swing basket extractor for extracting the heather,...
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    Re: A Non-Inverting Band-Heater Vapouriser

    Also found that the treatment is more effective from the top a few years ago, like your design LJ, only thing is it maybe better with a bend at the bottom of the vertical tube or raise it higher if...
  19. Re: Nosema spore counts and colony management internationally?

    Very rarely get any signs of dysentery, in fact have not seen that for many years now, this could be to do with the predominant Nosema now being Ceranae, rather than Apis. Other visible signs of...
  20. Re: Nosema spore counts and colony management internationally?

    Used to have a lot of problems with Nosema years ago, over fifteen years anyway, don't get many problems with it these days, two or three colonies a season and these can be treated and the Nosema...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    I agree, most fields and other rough ground is full of thistles round here.
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    Re: Nuc overwinter how many bees?

    The jars are filled with fondant, they are normally completely covering the 2" feed holes, the jar is sometimes left slightly to one side during spring/summer to act as an overflow for the bees...
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    Re: Nuc overwinter how many bees?

    Very much so...and coldest late spring for 50 years in 2013, then the beast from the east this last winter/spring snow here right into April...
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    Re: Nuc overwinter how many bees?

    Think the best way to see some pictures would be to visit this facebook page if the link works, never uploaded pictures on BS, so not sure about that procedure.

    There are a few groups of pictures...
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    Re: Nuc overwinter how many bees?

    No it is not correct, last winter in the valley here on Exmoor the lowest was -5c, yet 1 mile away but going from just above sea level in the valley up to 1,700 ft asl the temperature fell to minus...
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