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MOVIES / Re: Birdman
« Last post by Dallasbeek on March 31, 2015, 01:04:51 PM »
Beemaster, if you liked the way it uses fantasy and reality, watch Pan's Labyrinth, a movie set in the Spanish Civil War period, written and directed Guillermo del Toro.  I think it was the first fantasy movie to win an Oscar for foreign film, in 2007(?).
HONEYBEE REMOVAL / Re: Removal from Rock Column
« Last post by Boom Buzz on March 31, 2015, 12:59:40 PM »
Thanks for the comments.  I took a pass on this one. 
Not ready for a big demolition project.  And swarm season is just around the corner here in Colorado.

MOVIES / Re: The November Man
« Last post by Dallasbeek on March 31, 2015, 12:44:23 PM »
I've always had a fantasy of necking down a .50 bmg cartridge to about .22 caliber as a novelty -- no powder inside and a disarmed primer.  Just the ultimate wildcat.  "The barrel goes with it." :cool:
I just removed 10 virgin queens queens from my observation hive.

 2 weeks ago, 3/15/15, we removed the queen and 3 frames of bees and brood due to the fact they were prepping to swarm and had a large ball of bees hanging out side of the entrance.

A week ago this hive swarmed during the day and left. Today they swarmed again and moved into a swarm trap in my yard.
Today we could hear at least 3 queens piping so to keep them from swarming again we opened the observation hive and removed queen cells.

 As soon as we separated the cells from the bees, the queens started coming out of the cells. We ended up with 11 queens  not counting the original queen and the 2 swarm queens. I kept one in the observation hive and made a NUC and put this queen in the hive the NUC came from. (Last night I saw a large unmarked queen in the observation hive. No sign of the marked one. It most have gotten out of its cell when we weren't looking and hid.)
I now have 9 queens that are all marked with white marker and are ready to place in your splits. I only have a white marker.
This hive was wintered over and has never had any chemical or anti bacterial treatment of any kind.
I am selling the virgin queens for $7.5 with the queen cage or 5 dollars without the cage.
If you are in the Jacksonville area and are interested in any of these queens, PM me.
NATURAL & ORGANIC BEEKEEPING METHODS / Re: Drone Culling /w Foundationless
« Last post by Michael Bush on March 31, 2015, 11:08:46 AM »
Yes 35mm (1 3/8") will encourage drones.  Putting the empty frames in at the right time of year will encourage them to build drone comb.  You don't need fatter end bars, though, just space them out more.  Keep in mind, though, you will be selecting Varroa survivors to be the ones the prefer workers to drones... and burning up enough resources to raise a frame of worker brood every time you pull a frame of drone brood.
MOVIES / Re: The November Man
« Last post by Michael Bush on March 31, 2015, 11:05:56 AM »
>What kind of ammo is that, now?

Yes, you nailed it.  A .220 swift  and very few others (6mm Rem, .17 Rem Fireball, .243 Rem, .243 WSM, .22-250, .223 WSSM, and a lot of wildcats.  Like Ackley's wildcat Eargesplitten Loudenboomer... 4600 fps...


Most of those factory rounds are not common because people get tired of shooting out a barrel in 2000 rounds... That is about all of them...  Not a .223... at least not unless  handload it with a 36 gr bullet a powder slow enough that you have to put it in with a drop tube...

My rule of thumb is that everything about guns in movies is either wrong, impossible or ridiculously dangerous.
DISEASE & PEST CONTROL / Re: Weird looking brood - sick?
« Last post by ziffabeek on March 31, 2015, 10:55:15 AM »
Yikes!  That is exactly what it looks like!  I'm so glad I inspected that hive last.  But now i'm freaking out that i've spread it! 

Thank you Michael! 

So, I'm thinking I need to pull the frames that have it and destroy the wax.  Can I requeen from one of my other hives or should I purchase?  How persistent is the virus?  Yuck!!!

Thanks for the links. Time to get my google on.

« Last post by capt44 on March 31, 2015, 10:54:29 AM »
When I see a few drones walking on foundation I graft.
Fact is I grafted 100 larva yesterday.
I set up a hive for the cloake board system and installed 4 frames for the bees to polish the cell cups.
24 hours later I pulled the cell bars and some of the cell cups were almost sealed off with wax.
I scraped off some of the wax and grafted using the wet graft.
I'll check on the today to see what's been accepted.
I will move my capped queen cells to the incubator 3 days after they are capped off.
I will move Queen Cells to the mating Nucs on the 11th of April.
I should have Virgin Queens around the 12th of April.
« Last post by Michael Bush on March 31, 2015, 10:50:08 AM »
I try never to confine them any longer than necessary.  12 hours can kill them on a hot day.  Put them in the shade.  Have a feeder full of water so they can cool the hive.  Maximize ventilation if they are confined.
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