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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Russian Bees
« Last post by mikecva on July 30, 2015, 02:35:49 PM »
I found my paperwork. The last three years I got Russian packages I got from Kelleybees, the queens were also from Kelley (sorry for the earlier response, I claim age stupidity.) I have not had problems except the post office personnel were really skittish about there being 9 bee packages. They thought there was at least 1000 bees in each package. Guess how they felt (when I picked the bees up) when I told them how many bees there really was in each package.  :grin:  By the way that was the first year, no comments the next two years.   :happy: :happy:  -Mike
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REQUEENING & RAISING NEW QUEENS / Re: Attempt at letting them create a new queen
« Last post by Duane on July 30, 2015, 02:18:28 PM »
I've got eggs!

I saw the queen and eggs in the new box and saw the queen and larva in the old box.  When I saw the queen in the new box, I stopped looking and put it back together.  I've read you shouldn't disturb new queens,  so didn't look in detail for the queen cell.  Obviously I was disturbing her during her mating period replacing frames and all.  How fast do they completely remove queen cells that I won't be able to see them?

So I'm not sure what I learned out of the deal.  I suppose there could have been two queens in the old box and I mistakenly took the new one.  Or watched frames don't produce queen cells since they probably found an egg on the original frames.  And queen cells are easy to miss!

I first put the box together 24 days ago.  Looking at Michael Bush's bee math page, the queen can be laying in 24 +- 5 days.  Looks like it worked textbook perfect.  I just didn't know it and was worrying needlessly.  Hence the advice of giving them a frame of open brood every week for three weeks and don't worry is good advice.  I guess I wanted to see the queen cell and then not mess with it for awhile.  This kind of diminishes my experience with the process.  How could I have missed the cell(s).  Careless, I guess.

Something which caused me to consider, though probably not likely, that I missed seeing a queen from the old box is the old box capped brood pattern does not look well to me.  Quite a few vacancies.  Maybe they were superseding her?  Or do you think just taking two frames of brood/honey out of 10 has hurt the parent hive, meaning losing their edge on mites or disease?
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: What kind of tree is this?
« Last post by biggraham610 on July 30, 2015, 02:01:52 PM »
My vote is Sumac. G
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THE CONSTITUTION / Re: Overseas aid
« Last post by Eric Bosworth on July 30, 2015, 01:39:09 PM »
I thought I might get some agreement on that. That is my problem with Planned Parenthood. I believe that morality can not effectively be legislated so therefor I don't believe that making abortions illegal will work, but that doesn't mean tax dollars from people who are vehemently opposed to abortion should have to pay for it.
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groovy
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THE CONSTITUTION / Re: Overseas aid
« Last post by Michael Bush on July 30, 2015, 08:30:24 AM »
> I think Congress should be required to fund government spending with crowd funding Initiatives.

Absolutely!
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: banning beehives in our township
« Last post by Wombat2 on July 30, 2015, 08:12:49 AM »
Great Outcome
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: banning beehives in our township
« Last post by steved73t on July 30, 2015, 07:46:03 AM »
WE  WON! The board voted 3-0 that hobby bee keeping is not an agricultural use and is allowed in residential zoning. There is no mention of bee keeping in the zoning ordinance, so I believe that may change. We will watch and make sure any changes are fair and reasonable. We all learned a lot about bee keeping at the meeting. Steve
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Russian Bees
« Last post by Jim 134 on July 30, 2015, 07:43:15 AM »
These are on the places you can get Russian queen bees  that are 100 percent certified. The russian breeders are DNA test  all time for breed purity.

http://www.Russianbreeders.org/members.html

It will be next to impossible for you to keep the breed purity.
 ( unless you are isolated from other bee keepers)
This is why I would suggest you replace  queens every  3  years.
      When you get tired of manageing your Varroa mites and want to manage honey bees I would suggest russian queens.


        BEE HAPPY Jim 135  :smile:
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yes and a frost free freezer also takes some moisture out. You place it in the freezer but in an open container.

I put mine in the freezer to kill any insect eggs.  Don't leave the container open when you pull it out of the freezer as moisture will condense on the granules and cause trouble.  That's why mine is stored in Ziploc bags.  If you're going to fill containers make sure the pollen has been taken out and allowed to get to room temp before opening the bag.  If you fill jars with it still cold moisture can be introduce.  It can also cause condensation on the bottle that can cause label troubles (wrinkling, ink run, poor adhesion, etc.)  These are hard learned lessons that a little attention to detail can overcome.

Thanks for this additional information on hard learned lessons.... :wink:
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