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    Re: Introducing virgin queen to nuc.

    I think if the nuc is full of young fresh bees, they accept a virgin queen much better ... as the age of the bees increase or if you have mix of older and younger bees, it seems to get more...
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    Re: 3D Printable Mating Nuc, alpha version

    Thanks for the comments! Yes it's a bit slow .. in Cura, the 3 frame box with 10% infill at 80mm/s takes me 22 hours and Cura says it takes 431 grams. Just the lid takes my printer 4 hours....
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    Re: 3D Printable Mating Nuc, alpha version

    Hey, thanks for participating in my 3D printing experiment!

    It's not perfectly parametric, so double check everything - I should go through everything and make sure the variables are being used...
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    Re: 3D Printable Mating Nuc, alpha version

    LOL ...yeah the 3D printing rabbit hole!! ... for the frames, I've been printing them laying down with supports ... there's a file called "frames.stl" so I can print two at a time. I've tried...
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    Re: 3D Printable Mating Nuc, alpha version

    I think the wood would be cheaper if you already have the equipment and knowledge.

    If your 1KG spool of filament cost $20 (you can buy it anywhere from $12 to $50 with $16-$20 being the norm) 3D...
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    Re: 3D Printable Mating Nuc, alpha version

    The 3 frame is: 110.05x179mm
    The 4 frame is: 146.575x179mm

    The height of either is 185.80 mm

    Usually in smaller nuc size frame, there is no bottom bar . I don't really think it is needed but...
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    Re: 3D Printable Mating Nuc, alpha version

    Depends on the filament used. ASA has great UV and weather resistance but I find it to be finicky. ABS is good but you want to spray it with a UV protectant. I'm going to even try PLA .. a higher...
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    3D Printable Mating Nuc, alpha version

    Been working on creating a 3D printable mating nuc. I've fully printed everything but consider it all in an "alpha" stage. Most likely more changes coming - and this hasn't been tested at all...
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    Re: 4-way mating nuc styles and benefits?

    Is that what you do as well? A cup of bees to start your 5 frame nucs? ... my entrance size is good, and I have those entrance disks ..they don't get robbed ...what I see is that a box with only a...
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    Re: 4-way mating nuc styles and benefits?

    How many 5 frame nucs are you using? I like the 5 frame nucs but you have to have a lot more bees in there which means a lot more "bee" resources I need. I've found that the traditional cup-o-bees...
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    Re: Bees don't work blackberry??

    Bees love blackberry ... and it is my only real nectar flow.
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    Re: Lets talk Burlap

    I agree - they're either free or cheap!
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    Re: German Black Bees; any left in the USA?

    I would gladly accept a treatment free queen survivor and I'll place her in a hive treatment free - if that hive lasts three years without treatment, then I would consider that a successful treatment...
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    Re: German Black Bees; any left in the USA?

    Agreed! You get the same effect as the bond method without having all your bees die and replacing them with something just as bad as what you let die off. It also helps to stop buying queens from...
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    Re: Vsh grafting this time....

    That queen cell is looking good!
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    Re: Cell builder question

    Mine are translucent. ...when do they eat the RJ? I think right away and up til the point in which they cocoon. Anyone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
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    Re: Cell builder question

    From what I've read, and this is what I do ... I keep brood of various ages next to the queen cells above the excluder .. without them, if it does get cold the bees have left the queen cells (learn...
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    Re: Cell builder question

    OK, ...took another pic today ...most the the RJ has been eaten but there's some left.

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    Re: Dumb Question

    Haha! ...well me too!
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    Re: Cell builder question

    They're to be capped on Friday. I grafted last Sunday (6/5) and took this picture on Tuesday (6/7). If the weather cooperates on Saturday or Sunday, I'll go snap another picture so we can see how...
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    Re: Cell builder question

    I've used 8 frame mediums for grafting this year. 4 emerging brood frames with covering bees, 1 empty frame, 2 frames of pollen and nectar. Shake a few more bees in or just wait for the brood to...
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    Re: Vsh grafting this time....

    Nice Beepro!!
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    Re: How long can virgins be kept

    I use 5 frame medium nucs for my mating nucs. All mind are made from wood.

    Can you talk about how you're introducing them, what age are they when introducing them?
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    Re: how does this look like to you....

    I can't tell for sure by the image but it looks like there's a few good ones there. Am noticing that I would love to live and have bees right there where you have your bees! Gorgeous!
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    Re: How long can virgins be kept

    An update. Acceptance has been OK but getting them through the mated stage much more problematic. I don't know why but introducing a virgin queen and getting her mated and laying has been much less...
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