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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    So far, its been kinda good.

    One bee yard went from 23 colonies up to 173. Can't complain!

    Been doing a lot of queen cell grafting and nuc making!
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    Re: Some misc Nicot chat ...

    As mentioned before, after trying Nicot system for two years in a row with horrific results, we switched to grafting. We went from a less than 10% success rate [Nicot] to 95% success rate...
  3. Re: Is it OK to lightly mist larvae before/during queen cell grafting?

    Well, was able to dig into only two more queen cell builder frames this evening. I still have a number left. I did graft 96 larvae.

    Frame on the left was placed on the second deep, with massive...
  4. Re: Is it OK to lightly mist larvae before/during queen cell grafting?

    We will be pulling the next 60+ sealed queen cells this afternoon. These frames were placed immediately next to large frames filled with pollen. I am excited to see if there is much of a...
  5. Re: Is it OK to lightly mist larvae before/during queen cell grafting?

    Pulled the first two frames where I grafted 30 larvae. It appears as if 28 took.

    These two frames where placed up top of the queen cell builder, no pollen frames next to them [my experiment].
    ...
  6. Re: Is it OK to lightly mist larvae before/during queen cell grafting?

    Knisely,

    I have left the grafting frames undisturbed since grafting day. Later today I plan on checking to see how many sealed queen cells we have of the 96 larvae grafted. I will do my best to...
  7. Re: Is it OK to lightly mist larvae before/during queen cell grafting?

    Hmmmmmmm....

    Can anyone give us a clear answer in regards to lightly misting larvae before/during grafting?
  8. Is it OK to lightly mist larvae before/during queen cell grafting?

    Yesterday I grafted 96 larvae for queens. As usual, I placed wet towels over the frame immediately after pulling the frame from the colony. But this time, I was in a hurry, and did not wring out...
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    Re: Bees in trap box

    Greg,

    So sorry, just saw your post now.

    Well, I am not a professional or an extremely experienced beekeeper. To be honest with you, I am both a newbie and a professional wanna-bee.

    I really...
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    Re: A swarm UNDER the swarm trap

    Hokie,

    I wouldn't worry at all about the bees hanging on the bottom of your trap.

    It happens all the time to us. We simply wait until evening, then place a deep box with 10 frames and a bottom...
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    clong,

    The water bottle was filled with sugar syrup and I used it to spray the swarm bees before transferring them from the trap to the deep box. Then, by accident, I accidentally dropped the...
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    Here's the swarm we caught at my job site.

    After only a couple of days the bees already built a wild frame of comb with honey, pollen and eggs and then also filled 4 deep frames. I suppose this...
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    For us, swarm season is much slower than previous years...

    Caught one at the school where I teach, and two more at home. I believe that puts us at 9 or 10 so far for this year...
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    Thank you Russ and the same to you and your family!
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    No problem Bear Creek!

    1. Select the queen you know makes the bee with the qualities you most desire: Prolific layer, excellent brood patterns, excellent overwinter qualities, gentle, yet strong...
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    Thanks clong and I agree.

    Caught another swarm today.
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    Re: How is this possible?

    Thanks everyone for your input. We suppose they emerged/mated later and/or we simple did not recognize the virgin queens.

    Good news is 19/20 is a 95% success rate and I learned that it definitely...
  18. Re: How's your success with Mann Lake's Double Mini Nucs? Any pointers?

    Thanks Salty Bee!

    We tried that method where you place a newly mated queen bee in a cage, then install in a queenless colony. Then, we smeared the cage with honey [hope it helped the queen have...
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    How is this possible?

    Trying to figure out what just happened...

    We did our first grafts while our honeybees were still out in the almond orchards. Eggs were most probably laid on 3/6. We did all grafting on 3/9.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Feeling kind of exhausted...honeybees keeping us super busy due to spring growth...

    Boxed 6 swarms last week.

    Building massive numbers of tops, bottom, and boxes.

    Keep making more swarm...
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    Greg, thieves have nothing whatsoever to do with all these swarms...

    The answer to our catching many, many swarms is super simple...so simple some don't get it: I prayed, asking the Lord to send...
  22. Re: How's your success with Mann Lake's Double Mini Nucs? Any pointers?

    Thanks for answering!

    Well, I found 3 colonies with no queens yesterday, so I would like to requeen them. Next, I would like to install mated queens in queenless nucs. Finally, I just finished...
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    Re: Bees in trap box

    Spencer,

    Against the advice of most professionals and extremely experienced beekeepers, I am using 4 swarm lures in every trap:

    Swarm Commander
    Lemon grass oil
    Swarm Bait [Ebay]
    A wax swarm...
  24. Re: Any ideas on how to capture this swarm?

    Alex,

    Ok, but do I spray it with Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, El Pandillo, etc.?

    Which do you recommend?
  25. Re: Any ideas on how to capture this swarm?

    Thanks for the offer for kitty pails but I was only joking.

    Good news: Swarm decided it loved its new 5 star Hilton Hotel and has decided to remain! Yeah!

    Thanks again everyone!
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