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    In four days if there are no eggs you don’t have...

    In four days if there are no eggs you don’t have a queen laying. If you see queen cells you probably don’t have a queen.
  2. Re: When should I be concerned with Queen Inbreeding:

    When you see shotgun brood you probably have an inbreeding prolem.
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    Re: Bee math help

    I would give them a frame of open brood as insurance.
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    Re: What causes burr comb

    Some of it is genetics. Some of it is spacing. Frames should be tight together in the middle.
  5. Re: Persistent supersedure attempt against a great queen.

    I’ve been in a similar position. I pulled her out and put her in a nuc. She stopped laying shortly after. Turns out the bees were right a dI was wrong.
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    Re: 2 frame mini nuc split

    >...would they be able to make a good productive queen?

    No. They need bees and resources to make a well fed queen.
  7. Re: something odd I noticed about my bees being aggressive - question

    >“...the offending bee...”

    That’s just one rouge guard bee. That is not an agressive colony...
  8. Re: Things I heard at s bee meeting about plants

    Sunflowers make some nectar. But often something else makes more. I see my bees workig a lot of things just yards from the hives. Sweet clover is a very big nectar producer.
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    Re: Queen handling and egg laying

    You mean like marking her? No.
  10. Re: Placement of cells into queenless colonies

    It depends how dense the bees are. If there are not many bees in the super, I would put it lower down where there are more bees. If the super is pretty full of bees, it works.
  11. Re: Collecting Honey directly from the field

    I like the tent. I could uncap with a knife about ten times that fast, at least...
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    Re: 1: 1 sugar syrup recipe?

    For practical purposes it really doesn’t matter. A pint of water weighs about a pound. A pint of sugar weighs about a pound. Bags of sugar are marked in pounds. If you do pints of water to pounds...
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    Re: Laying Worker Drones

    I don’t know of any research on the topic, but they are vialble and fertile and they may be faster for all I kow.
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    Re: Best Bee Smoker

    I love the Rauchboy but I don’t know where to find them right now. I do like the tall Dadant ones.
  15. Re: According To This, I've Done Everything Wrong, & My Plans Are Not Good

    “Begin as you mean to go on, and go on as you began..”—C.H. Surgeon
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    Sticky: Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    If you make them queeneless they typically start with a four day old (from the egg) larvae which will emerge 12 days later and be mated and laying about 2 weeks after that.
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    Re: What constitutes a brood break?

    Any bee can do any job in the colony. Anything over three weeks is probably pushing it but three weeks isn’t a problem.
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    Re: Commercial foundation

    Beeswax when rendered comes out different in color depending on a lot of factors...
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    Re: Preserving Genetics

    A well fed and well bred queen of mediocre genetics is better than a poorly fed or poorly bred queen of excellent genetics. Make sure the colony raising the queen has plenty of bees and resources to...
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    Re: Hive Entrance Side?

    I find the bees can guard an entrance better if it's no more than 3/8" tall... and no less than 1/4" of course.
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    Re: Minimum nuc size

    If you look at the volume of nucs being overwintered by successful people in cold climates, they are roughly the equivalent of something between 8 deep frames and 10 deep frames. I typically...
  22. Re: According To This, I've Done Everything Wrong, & My Plans Are Not Good

    >How does one decide to take the leap of faith from conventional to TF beekeeping?

    How does one decide to quit smoking? You decide.
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    Re: Super Size?

    >If the weight of the full box is not going be an issue, is there still good reason to use medium 10 frame supers over deep supers?

    This may depend on your climate, but in a cold climate I find...
  24. Re: Installing packages in close proximity

    If they are shaken from hives in the same apiary, half of them or more will return to their original hive. If not, yes, they do drift to the better queens. But it really doesn't seem to matter that...
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    Re: Mating NUC pheromone strip

    >looks like i ordered and got swarm lure. Is this stuff usable for mating nuc or different phermone?

    The swarm lure will not work for mating nucs. You need the queen pheromones. Swarm lure is...
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