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  1. Two part combine question..A Medium above QX and B failed cell starter

    I am a returning hobbyist after a 6 year break. This is my second year back and have 8 hives

    First question:

    I have a strong hive, with two 10 frame deep brood chambers, then a 10 frame medium...
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    Re: Make a good hive queenless? How/when?

    This is a good overview

    http://scientificbeekeeping.com/queens-for-pennies/
  3. Re: Using a Micheal Palmer double 4 nuc as a Queen Castle?

    That is what I just did with an early second deep (due to early buildup) on over wintered single 10 frame deep. Seems logical to me.

    Time will tell.
  4. Re: Using a Micheal Palmer double 4 nuc as a Queen Castle?

    Thanks for the responses. Will let you know how I fare with conventional Queen Castle, 2 frame mini nucs and MP double four nucs starting with 2 frames and a 2 frame"dummy" board all being used to...
  5. Re: timing when switching from queenless starter to queen right finisher

    Or if you are a like me and try to emulate the hunter in the Canterbury tales and never met a gadget you didn't like, you can order one of these hand held queen rearing calculator for $15...lol..it...
  6. Using a Micheal Palmer double 4 nuc as a Queen Castle?

    I am a hobby beekeeper and making a few queens this year and have a question for those with more experience than me.

    Has anyone used a MP style double 4 frame bottom box as a QC? I am wondering...
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    Re: Observations from first graft attempt

    Yes..let them clean up cups....am getting ready To try swarm box method...i am Thinking our near dearth wasa factor in my poor yield...will try swarm box monday if work allows.....to be
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    Re: Observations from first graft attempt

    Brandy

    Put grafts above excluder in second deep super.

    Progress Report:

    Sunday was first attempt. Grafted 24...None took. I think they became too dry...they seemed to have small amount of...
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    Observations from first graft attempt

    After my first grafting attempt here are a few observations that I offer in the hopes of helping others in their attempts at grafting.
    1) Before you start, have your queen cups in the grafting bars,...
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    Re: "Harden" Method Questions

    beedeetee:

    When the beekeeper pulled out there was a big swarm near the previous location of each pallet....I got a new box there before they went to a tree and they just went right I to the new...
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    "Harden" Method Questions

    My first attempt at grafting will be 7/21...here is my plan and questions:

    The hive was started on 4/11 this year. My bee keeper (I have a 20 acre cherry orchard) had truck troubles, arrived...
  12. Re: Is this a safe way to raise a couple of queens.

    Thanks for all the good info....my immediate obstacle is ants! LOL....I find it amusing how insects can keep you soooo humble....In the cherries it is the spotted wing drosophila.

    Thanks again
  13. Re: Is this a safe way to raise a couple of queens.

    Are these the correct steps?

    1) Remove queen with brood, honey, pollen to Nuc.
    2) Original hive now queenless and they will make new Queen Cells.
    3) Once queen cells are capped switch out ALL...
  14. Re: Is this a safe way to raise a couple of queens.

    Being a complete newb I have a couple of questions of the method described.
    1) Are you literally going to put just one frame in the nuc or will it need to be filled and is so how many Brood, honey...
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    Newb from Galt, CA

    I am returning to raising a few hobby hives after losing my hives in 2006 (which I now realize was due to my ineptitude!). We have a20 acre cherry orchard west of Galt and I really value the good...
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    Re: Hive Boom for a Pickup

    how about one of these

    http://www.globalindustrial.com/searchResult?q=pickup+crane
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    Re: Hive Boom for a Pickup

    I'm just starting to look into this also. Any pictures or links to the "Kelley" boom?...I've seen it referred to but haven't seen one. I'm thinking of one for my 16' faltbed gooseneck trailer. Seems...
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