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    Re: Review of the Lyson Manual Steam Uncapper

    Well, I certainly appreciate your concern. I also had similar concerns about build quality, performance, and maintainability. When I purchased this system, there was virtually no one in the USA...
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    Re: Review of the Lyson Manual Steam Uncapper

    Thanks. Not much new to report. No maintenance issues (no tweaks or adjustments needed), and the performance is still good. Again, it works best on mediums and shallows. Deeps require more...
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    Re: Koi fish and bee carcasses

    About 7 years ago we built a large koi pond, which now has lots of large koi. I've found that koi on occasion will take a bee (dead or alive) into their mouth, but they always seem to spit it back...
  4. Thread: Pro Nuc?

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    Re: Pro Nuc?

    Seems that several people are reporting this same issue. That's really too bad. I suspect that most beekeepers were expecting a MUCH more robust product. If they can't handle their first trip in a...
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    Re: What do you use to help see when grafting

    Yeah, so is 90% of the stuff from China. The old Brushy unit I have was actually built in one of the former soviet block countries and seems to work pretty good. It has held up well for about 15...
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    Re: What do you use to help see when grafting

    Brushy sold a headband magnifier that I still use. Of course these can be found in many places. Here's one that looks decent and reasonably priced:
  7. Re: Both Hives Queenless And No Eggs, My Plan OK?

    Are you certain that they haven't attempted to make a queen from what was present after the bear?
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    Re: Hatching Queens into Mason Jars

    They reenter the cell and die because they are starving, not because they get stuck.
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    Re: Hatching Queens into Mason Jars

    You should modify your profile to include your location. What exactly is the predicted weather? When are the cells emerging?

    I've found that honey, glass, and bees is not a great combination. If...
  10. Thread: Acorn Bee LLC

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    Re: Acorn Bee LLC

    I've been hearing others talking about Acorn for a few years, so finally this year I bought a 100 sheets to give it a shot. When I got the "Heavy wax" foundation, I was slightly disappointed, as I...
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    Re: Repair ant damage to mini nucs

    I haven't had the need to repair my minis yet, but I have repaired model airplanes with polystyrene parts using 5-minute expoy. It was fine for that application, but I'd try a test spot on the mini...
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    Re: Mini-Mating Nuc Timing Question

    I've experimented with this a few times. Yes, they can and will make a queen. Is it going to be a great queen? Probably not, but they can produce queens that get mated and begin laying. This past...
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    Re: Laying workers question

    You did the right thing. I hope you pinched the old queen. Clearly that girl has had a hard life. The worst thing you could do was pour more good resources at this situation.
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    Re: Genetics, Hive Alive, or ?....advice

    It's been a wild and bumpy road this year. With the massive winds (and rain) during the first tulip poplar blooms, and the super high temps last week hasn't helped. Despite this, I'm going with...
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    Re: Genetics, Hive Alive, or ?....advice

    That's probably the root cause of the issues that you're seeing. You MUST inspect colonies early in the season (a minimum of 1 month prior to 1st expected swarm date - earlier is strongly...
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    Re: Mini-Mating Nuc Timing Question

    I totally agree with everything said in this post, particularly giving the new queens time to lay - super important.
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    Re: Drone laying Virgin Queens

    How exactly do you know she was mated? The spermatheca will be clear.

    The hive with the queen I mentioned above was full of drone brood. I never actually watched her lay, but someone was surely...
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    Re: Drone laying Virgin Queens

    I had a similar queen this spring. I gave her ample time to come around. I finally killed her and extracted the spermatheca. It was crystal clear - just wish I had done it sooner.
  19. Re: Study on the introduction of virgin queens

    If you do use this approach, please report back on your success. Thanks
  20. Re: Is it OK to lightly mist larvae before/during queen cell grafting?

    I always do a similar thing, but instead of a swarm box, I simply use the cell builder/finisher. I place the frame that I'm going to graft from in overnight (approximately 8 hours). I believe that...
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    Re: Help! 2nd year

    Yes, they do sometimes come back, particularly if she decides to go airborne off a frame in the immediate vicinity of her colony. My comment was aimed at the "they have always shown up" comment, only...
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    Re: Help! 2nd year

    Not to be a downer, but unfortunately they do not always show back up. A similar thing happened to me this spring when I lost a queen out of my quiet box. I didn't get it properly secured. Queen was...
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    Re: Anyone lost a queen (or two) ?

    She was just taking a break from the kids. All moms need some down-time. :)
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    Re: Do Queens lay in Queen Cups?

    It seems to me that if workers could move eggs, then they would construct new well-positioned queen cups during an emergency replacement and simply move the egg to the new cup. They would have 3 days...
  25. Re: Study on the introduction of virgin queens

    Yes, the virgin queens (Experiment 1) were kept at 68 F for 3 days without attendant bees and fed only honey. The mated queens (Experiment 3), also held for 3 days, had 4-5 attendants.

    The study...
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