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Barhopper
That is a good method of making nucs. It requires the finding of the queen which can slow the process down if you have a lot of hives to deal with in spring to reduce swarming.
Your method is good so long as the hive hasn't got into swarm mode, because if they have they may leave with the new queen when she goes for an orientation flight or mating flight.
We  tried this method last year  and had e good number of the main hives end up queenless, we had a terrible spring for bad squally weather.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: JZ BZ Queen Cage
« Last post by sc-bee on Today at 06:10:45 PM »
I use them. The the end snaps off and hinges over and there is a small hole for direct release if one wanted to release workers but I let the bees working the candy plug release everyone.

Wrong break away.... it is in the bottom of the cage...

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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Queen cells in new hives
« Last post by Acebird on Today at 05:32:56 PM »
IDDEE, why would the cells be capped if the queen is still there laying eggs.  Doesn't the queen leave with a swarm when the first cell is capped?  Have I got this wrong?
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I did not think the bees would let that happen.
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If the field bees return to the parent hive, who is gathering stores for the nuc, you have to have to wait for the nurse bees to mature for the hive to start building.

That's what I always thought.  And then I came across a copy of C.C.Miller's 'Thousand Answers'.  In that book - if memory serves, either page 276 or 278 - he describes a method he used to introduce a valuable queen: where failure could not be considered as an option.

He installed the queen in a bee-less environment, along with some capped brood combs which were just beginning to emerge.  As those emerging bees would never have encountered any other queen, introduction was thus 100% guaranteed.

Then afterwards - he noticed that some of these bees were bringing-in pollen, just 5 days after their emergence.  Extraordinary.
LJ
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Drought Dry
« Last post by jtcmedic on Today at 01:42:36 PM »
I went into my hives today and found that all of them have an eaten all of their Honey stores and being that it is 93? and so dry haven't had rain nothing that is normally blooming right now is.so I will in the process of making them sugar water to feed all .
here in Central Florida the drought is on.
There are eggs and laying but not the full frames I was seeing before, I hope the nectur starts soon, come on rain
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Hot Hives
« Last post by minz on Today at 01:25:17 PM »
My neighbor was thinning trees across the street from my hives (60-90 feet away)and said he had several bees start head butting him. He walked away from the hives and when he got on his lawnmower he got stung.  :shocked:
I keep saying that I am going to remove that queen but she is laying 3 solid frames per week. I used the hive as a cell builder, gave 3 frames of open to another hive, took 3 more frames for a queen castle and this week it is still the strongest hive I own.
It has been such a wet, cold winter/spring that throwing away resources is difficult. I am feeding instead of extracting.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: JZ BZ Queen Cage
« Last post by herbhome on Today at 01:23:55 PM »
I use them. The the end snaps off and hinges over and there is a small hole for direct release if one wanted to release workers but I let the bees working the candy plug release everyone.
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GARDENING AROUND THE HOUSE / Re: Favorite Type of Tomato
« Last post by herbhome on Today at 01:12:22 PM »
Mortgage Lifter, Rutgers, Arkansas Traveler

Never tried Mortgage Lifter or Arkansas Traveler. I have read good things about Mortgage Lifter though.

Traveler is an old heirloom that used to be big back in the days that Arkansas was a big tomato producer. It ships well, highly productive and cans very well.
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THE COFFEE HOUSE ((( SOCIAL - ROOM ))) / Re: First 100 days
« Last post by kathyp on Today at 10:44:58 AM »
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Explain to me how taking from the bottom and giving to the top will help improve the situation.  He didn't realize how difficult the job is because he is incompetent by his own admissions.

It's not like there's a training program for the job.  Governor might come closest.  I remember Obama saying basically the same thing and complaining that he was constrained by the constitution.  Imagine that!! 

Explain how you can take from the bottom and give to the top when the bottom is not contributing?  You can't give a tax break to people who don't pay taxes.  Not only do the higher income brackets pay the majority of the taxes, they pay a higher % of income in taxes.  Hardly fair.  If you want a fair tax system everyone should pay the same % regardless of income source or amount.  The wealthy still pay the majority of taxes, but the less wealthy pay their fair share.   You would most certainly do away with the welfare program that is the earned income tax credit. 

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/04/13/high-income-americans-pay-most-income-taxes-but-enough-to-be-fair/
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