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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Time to harvest?
« Last post by Caribou on July 25, 2016, 05:07:50 PM »
The flow here will diminish here in the next two weeks, give or take.

This is my first year and as such I have made more than a few mistakes.  One of these is my choice of boxes.  From now on I will only buy mediums but I will not chuck the deeps I have already acquired.  Some of the boxes got put on because it was what I had.  As a new beek keeping multiple spares was a lesson that was learned through experience.

Good judgement comes from experience.  Experience comes from poor judgement.

Thank you so much for all your input. 
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Equipment....Buy or Build????
« Last post by MikeyN.C. on July 25, 2016, 05:01:13 PM »
Jvalantour,
You're right, just called SW in Raleigh N.C.  told me with big return orders , yes $5.00 a gal.
Thanks
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Introducing virgin queens is tricky.  A candy release from a queen cage has always failed for me.  In my experience, direct release of a virgin queen requires a bit of olfactory camouflage.  Either smoke or essential oils or rolling in flour or dipping the abdomen in honey.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Equipment....Buy or Build????
« Last post by MikeyN.C. on July 25, 2016, 04:42:59 PM »
I've yet to find the $5.00 SW paint yet , their leftovers ( returns) is $18.00 here
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In most cases once robbing get started on a nucleus Colony . The nuc is done..
:(


                      BEE HAPPY Jim 134 :)
             
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Started a nuc with frames of stores and brood, and added a virgin queen.

Virgin queen was never seen again, but bees had made 5 queen cells from the brood they had.

Queens apparently hatched (cells gone) and I added another frame of mixed brood/eggs in advance of a new queen getting mated.

New queen cannot be found after 2 weeks, and no new brood but the bees made 4 more queen cells!

Just bad luck? The only thing out of the ordinary: about 2 days after the queens would have hatched, there was a robbing incident with the nuc, which I shut down by closing the hive for the rest of one day. Maybe she got killed during the robbing? I added the second frame of brood about three days after the robbing.
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RAPID BEEYARD GROWTH / Re: Robbing Nightmare
« Last post by jvalentour on July 25, 2016, 03:11:47 PM »
I've had problems with nucs that had a lot of honey in them getting robbed out.  Those that have small stores of honey when started seem to be robbed out less.
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FARMING & COUNTRY LIFE / Re: Skunks under my deck, any removal suggestions
« Last post by jvalentour on July 25, 2016, 03:07:11 PM »
I wanted to follow up on this post.  The moth balls seemed to have done the trick.  I have not seen skunks on game cams in quite a long time. 
However, the ground hogs have no problem with the scent of moth balls.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: First Swarm!
« Last post by cao on July 25, 2016, 02:46:31 PM »
Great story with a happy ending.   :grin:
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Equipment....Buy or Build????
« Last post by cao on July 25, 2016, 02:28:46 PM »
If you have the time and enjoy woodworking then build them.  If not buy them.  There's not much savings If you consider your time building your boxes.  I have built some of everything(top covers, boxes, frames, bottom boards, and stands).  I enjoy woodworking as a hobby so I don't consider my time. 
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