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  1. Thread: Marking virgin

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    Re: Marking virgin

    As usual with beekeeping. I see no difference difference in lost virgins. Marked or unmarked. I have mating yards. Not backyard. Im also in countryside with mixed forests, meadows, grazingland and...
  2. Thread: Marking virgin

    by BjornH
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    Re: Marking virgin

    But, if you really want to know that laying queen was your virgin then mark the virgin.
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    Re: Grafting away from the cell builder

    Frame whith larvae wrapped in moist towel ( and if you like-in a plastic bag) will do for a long trip-like flying cross half the world . Losing moist is worse than getting cold. Graft in the car...
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    Re: Introducing virgin queen to nuc.

    Ive put the cells in both as 48-hours and as five days ( just or almost covered) when time is not in my favor.. I would say put them in earlier if its ok for you. Just handle the cells extra...
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    Re: Apidea mini nucs

    I would say that for us in long winter climate zones, forget wintering in apidea. To small volume /stretched cluster to provide good bee insulation and give the queen a good tempered center. Five...
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    Re: Caught early swarm

    They are to few to be able to do everything..For the moment they probably dont feel to divert resources/ the need to build. Few foragers, small amount if incoming resources, queen on low speed. Get...
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    Sticky: Re: first attempt at queenrearing

    I usually mix her in a shook in a new mating nuc. Well fed, only strip starters. Keeping the mating nuc confined in dark, cool place for three days. As long as they have started to build comb in...
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    Re: Fall varroa treatment

    When not using strips the 6-8 weeks cycle, is a good way selecting for increased resistant mites.. As autum treatment, strips first and when totally broodless using OA-drip/vaporizing reduce risk for...
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    Re: Does this look like a Buckfast queen?

    Since this poped up. Buckfast queens today are queens bred fro Rev Adams linage, keeping a controled mating and pedigree. Buckfast are more a method to have good, healthy, honey production bees than...
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    Re: A Black Beauty Borned Against All Odds

    Nothing inferior with emergency queens. Its all about food and amount of bees. A planned cellstarter with to few recourses vs production hive full of bees ..and we kill the queen without knowing......
  11. Re: Shipping queen cells? How long will they survive?

    There is a 2nd part of the ABJ article with the sending of cells. Lots of reading.
  12. Re: Shipping queen cells? How long will they survive?

    www.wicwas.com articles ABJ2009-05
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    Re: Quick Deep Divider to Make 2 Nucs

    I dont think we are speaking of the same kind of styrofoam. All my hives are EPS100. ..Ants, little yes, bee no.
    My lack of correct name. In Sweden we use that type under the concrete when you...
  14. Thread: Poster Child

    by BjornH
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    Re: Poster Child

    From a outsider ( 100+ non migrating hives in forest/cattle/agricultural are with "only" varroa to fight, in Sweden Scandinavia, Europe)
    In a scenario when 40000+ beehives dies leading to 400...
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    Re: Quick Deep Divider to Make 2 Nucs

    The styrofoam like ESP 80 or 100 and 1 to 2 inches thick will survive bees. If you like ( since you can cut up a lot to have ready) you can roll them with acrylate ( waterbased) paint. I have those...
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    Re: Timing for requeening or dispatching?

    If its not to many supers on, I remove them and carry away the brood box and put a smaller but nicer colony on old spot ( allways good to have dome dpare nucs, right :) ). Supers put back. Next day...
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    Re: Quick Deep Divider to Make 2 Nucs

    Blue styrofoam board cut to size.
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    Re: feeding remote hives

    I tested and now only till fram feeder ( gallon) with granulated sugar/table sugar. As long as they havet oportunity to gather water they use it. Expanding brood, building comb. I think its about 10...
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    Re: Nature vs Nurture

    It all about optimizing. Its easy to create good conditions to raise physically good queens. Next is to select the performance you need ( over winterin survival, hygien, disese resistans, temper)...
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    Re: What are your thoughts on queen excluders

    Its also selection criteria, usually un intentional, to have in your mind. If you want to use qe as a part in your managent ( i do) buy queens from those who use qe. If you manage a lot if hives,...
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    Re: Who Re-Queens After the Summer Solstice?

    For the varroa part, i use the means we have in our disposal. But, the thing Mr Disselkoen gave me ( BMP- Before Mike Palmer) was a recipe for expanding hive numbers. I dont care for longer...
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    Re: I may regret this ...

    I see many cases that the bees keep emty queencells until the new one is laying. 'Easiest'- be patient- is to wait 30-35 days from start and then check for eggs. Bees can wait for a non returning...
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    Re: Question regarding even split

    Yes, it is. And in my opinion maximize young bees in a box i put together. For my own part i use grafted cells. moving mating nucs with queen and drone free frames to deicated mating area. I dont...
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    Re: Question regarding even split

    RD35, dont know if it was my comment or Matts that was great but i answer as if it mine... :)
    Yes look for swarm cells. 1-If there is, well, thennyou have your cells! Do the same as above ( new box...
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    Re: Question regarding even split

    Nope, not newbee in the strict meaning, but still peekin in the 101 forum. Average 60-100 hives since 2008.
    well, dont need to 'find' queen. Arange a box for her as suggested above..whith all bees...
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