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Yes, I've read that, but I don't remember a link to the ""research"" that determined that.

Also, I go with a dealer here to Ga. to pick up 200 nucs in April. The breeder shakes the bees and picks the queens from the mating nucs the day we get there. They are not banked. I can see where the banking of queens may cause problems, but the laying time factor is what I want more info on.
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DISEASE & PEST CONTROL / Re: Weird looking brood - sick?
« Last post by ziffabeek on Today at 04:04:09 PM »
Hi all!

Thanks so much for the replies.

I'm leaning toward malnutrition.  There was very little honey and pollen in the hive.  I think the cluster is small and got behind the others in the early spring gathering.  I'm an intuitive beekeeper and that is the answer that feels right.  Besides, I think Iddee and Kathy are mystically linked to my hives because they are  just about always right when it comes to them :).

It doesn't feel like foulbrood.  I've seen that before and this doesn't really look like it to me.  The cappings that are there are not depressed and the uncapped brood is not decomposed - just looks unfinished. 

I put food on them directly.  It's a beautiful warm day here and all the hives are flying.  I can see pollen going into the hive.  Unfortunately, I don't have the schedule to do a combine today.  I am going to give them a week and then check them and make the decision to combine then. 

As an aside question - how long does pollen last in the fridge?  I have some I ordered last year that has been sitting unopened in my fridge.  Wonder if I poured some of that on the inner lid? 

All the others are in full gusto and the bee-highway is in full swing! - Hello spring!

Thanks again.  I will post back results in a week. 

love you guys!

ziffa
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I hope that Michael Bush doesn't mind me copying this from his web site:

Quality. Nothing is more important to success in beekeeping than the queen. The quality of your queens can often surpass that of a queen breeder. You have the time to spend to do things that a commercial breeder cannot afford to do. For instance, research has shown that a queen that is allowed to lay up until it's 21 days will be a better queen with better developed ovarioles than one that is banked sooner. A longer wait will help even more, but that first 21 days is much more critical. A commercial queen producer typically looks for eggs at two weeks and if there are any it is banked and eventually shipped. You can let yours develop better by spending more time.

It's under his queen rearing section.  I think that I've read it somewhere else too, but I can't remember where.


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Jim, as I've said many times, after 40 years of beekeeping. I still learn something new every day. Can you give a link to some info on that waiting period? I've never heard it, and would like to know more about it.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Bees in a neighbourhood
« Last post by flyboy on Today at 03:12:15 PM »
Mothers of young children are extremely cautious and protective.  I don't know how the mothers in Canada are but around here if they found out that there were beehives next to their childs daycare they would take their kids out of it.

If the fields are less than a Km away maybe permission to put them on the farmers land could be obtained.

Old Blue

Excellent thought. I will suggest that.
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ADMINISTRATION FORUM / Re: Do you have to sign in every time now?
« Last post by flyboy on Today at 03:10:57 PM »
Well... I guess I jumped the gun.  :grin: Whatever it was has evaporated. Thanks!!!
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Bees in a neighbourhood
« Last post by Old Blue on Today at 03:10:39 PM »
Mothers of young children are extremely cautious and protective.  I don't know how the mothers in Canada are but around here if they found out that there were beehives next to their childs daycare they would take their kids out of it.

If the fields are less than a Km away maybe permission to put them on the farmers land could be obtained.

Old Blue
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ADMINISTRATION FORUM / Re: Do you have to sign in every time now?
« Last post by beemaster on Today at 02:56:07 PM »
You should only have to log in once - then there is a REMEMBER BOX to click and that should be it. First time I'm hearing of this issue. Check your browser or pop-up blocker settings or something. Good luck.
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DISEASE & PEST CONTROL / Re: Weird looking brood - sick?
« Last post by AR Beekeeper on Today at 02:55:47 PM »
VSH bees usually uncap and remove pupa in the pink/purple eye stage.
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