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    Re: Indoor wintering in Interior Alaska

    /early spring.
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    ideas I have.

    ideas I have.
  3. 4 lb/2 Carniolan Queen package in Interior Alaska

    I Hived this package on 4/20 on all new equipment with rite-cell foundation. I was very pleased with the lack of dead bees (only 4 or 5 total) and the apparent youth of the majority of the bees. ...
  4. Re: New Russian Package - Listless, W/Supercedure Cells, odd behavior

    Yes, the queen is duped and you would have another Russian queen crossed with whatever the original was bred with (one more removal from strain purity)
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    Re: Plastic frame rant

    Me and you both.
    When I first got started I had no idea where to get anything at all or the resources ($) if I had known, so the hired hand built the hives and frames and everything else from...
  6. Re: New Russian Package - Listless, W/Supercedure Cells, odd behavior

    You apparently thought that a Russian queen was important enough to order your package with one. If so, then why would you let her be superseded when she has just started? There is probably nothing...
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    Re: Bee Lineage Question

    No they won't.
    The DCA is "the spot". If it were possible to fly to another, those drones would congregate as well, forming a new "spot". But it doesn't matter, they aren't her drones anyway,...
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    Re: Queen breeding question

    Honey Bees are adept at "gene recombination" which basically means that the queen will lay eggs with the same genes but different gene sequences, resulting in drones with varying traits. So yes, it...
  9. Re: Protect Queen from Cutout Comb instead of Graft Bar cup

    metal window screen works. wrap it around a dowel and pinch and fold over the end
  10. Re: Oh great! Landlord behind us is spraying dandelions and it is windy!

    Unfortunately, the neighbor is probably completely legal in spraying for dandelions as a lot, if not most, communities have statutes prohibiting the proliferation of "noxious weeds" which of course...
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    Re: Harvesting a single frame

    Turn your oven on to "low". Cut one side of the cappings off with a long knife, no reason to heat it, better if you don't. Lay the frame over a cookie sheet so it is raised off the bottom. Turn...
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    Re: Queen Cell question

    I think you have a queenright hive. Those cells look to have been torn open. Somebody changed their mind?
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    Re: Honeybee? or Not?

    LOL! While you're here asking how to keep them from living in "your" furniture, She's using another forum to figure out how to keep you from sitting on "her" house! Pic #2 is just great!
  14. Re: Questions on feeding new package stores from deadout. No disease.

    I don't know that it's necessary, but when feeding honey frames during winter or cool spring weather I have always scratched the caps. I notice that full frames of honey act as a follower board and...
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    Re: Stupid Mistakes

    When I was 13 or 14 we had our hives along our back fence line of a horse pasture about 1/4 mile from the house. It was common for me to duck the fence and hop on one of the horses bareback to ride...
  16. Re: The billion little things that make a beekeeper's life easier

    Remember to take the hive tool out of your back pocket before getting in the truck, or sitting on the furniture. arrrhggg!
  17. Re: Sacrifice one hive to make a few splits this season?

    Me too.
    And to take it a step further, I think that I would be tempted to turn her into "The" queen breeder and also introduce a foundationless or partially foundationless frame into her breeding...
  18. Re: How many nurse bees does it take to make a queen cell?

    How many nurse bees does it take to make a queen cell?

    1, 2, 3, Three! (referencing a really old Tootsie - pop commercial starring an owl)

    :lpf: sorry, I just crack me up.
  19. Re: The billion little things that make a beekeeper's life easier

    I would add - Listen. Watching combined with listening to the bees can give you some insight into what is happening in the hive. Once you can associate sounds with circumstances, you can notice any...
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    Re: Swarm Mystery

    I agree with Brad, essentially a cast swarm from hive #1. My opinion is, since you did the split on 4/11 you probably should have checked it on 4/24 or 4/25 to assess queen cells, or at the very...
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    Re: Best way to raise 1-2 queen cells?

    Mini mating nuc or flower pot with top bars. Add 1/2 to 1 cup of nurse bees and rubberband a piece of comb with a cell or eggs or 1-2 day old larva horizontally under 1 of the top bars. feed in the...
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    Sticky: Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    I want this one
    One flower and no bees
    Maybe I'll just buy honey and put it in a water cooler
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    Re: Help with nucs

    Sure. As long as it's straight it won't hurt anything. If you REALLY want them off of it though, start by removing the frames which contain only pollen and nectar and just set them outside of the...
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    Re: Help with nucs

    You could make a cover with a cutout to fit the nuc box, stack your 2 med boxes and place it on them, then place the nuc on this cutout so the hive entrance is the only entrance and wait for them to...
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    Re: frame grip recommendations

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