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  1. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    If you're interested I'd probably give you one if that's why you asked. A breeder has to start somewhere and this probably isn't it but if you want to take a chance using your bees in about a month I'll have something from somewhere.
    These are not the only eggs in my basket.
    ;)

    I can usually tell right away if a queen is well-mated but they fool me sometimes.
    In general the queens in my yard produce gentle bees in a nice compact nest thats solid brood.
    Bragging? Yes.
    Im not real confident in this.
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    If I were serious the frame would be downstairs where all the bees and food is.
    Using the screened top makes it harder on them.
    It's an experiment. Bound to fail but it's neat to watch.
     
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  2. SEKhunter

    SEKhunter Senior Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Carry on AB, I’m learning as you go, as far as a queen, one day I would like to get 1 or 2 from you. Not in the position at the moment.
     
  3. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    They're building but I'm not seeing a ton of royal jelly. I think we're at day 4 or maybe 5.
    I loaded about half n half.
    I found wet cups with larval but only a few. I used a loop and found "lay down" eggs. They're about to hatch.
    It might or might not work. It's hard to get any kind of decent view.
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    In the top picture it appears that the cup is filled with royal jelly. It's white not Grey. You can also see where they've started a cell. That was one of the wet cups with a hatched out larva. They might just eat the eggs.

    Oh it's pretty rare to see the underside of a honeybee. My pics are different.

    The varroa mites attach between the body sections underneath where they're hard to spot. They're actually quite large. Imagine a football sized tick on you.
     
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  4. toby

    toby Elite Refuge Member

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    Ellen had a Save the Bees Lady on her show today explaining how she rescues bees from pest situations instead of killing them. Just Info.
     
  5. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    I didn't see it but saw ads.
    Was she hot?
    Paul poll material?

    I started my apiary mostly with bees I removed from homes like this. The hole ended up being twice as wide.
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    Im pretty sure almond lobbiests pay for all the "save the bees" stuff. I love it.
    Ellen probably hates all insects.
    The man in the picture is big time into metal. Not music I mean old school forging tools.
     
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    toby Elite Refuge Member

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    Ummmm, hot enough I did not catch a lot of what she said. “Save the bees” buzz buzz , “ they are very gentle,” buzz buzz.
     
  7. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    My experiment is a failure.
    Why? I think there must have been some eggs downstairs that they could use to make a queen so they ignored what I gave them.
    Not sure I have not looked. Tomorrow I have the Saskatraz queens arriving. That's when I go thru this to see if they'll accept one.
    One way or another I will breed more saskatraz bugs. They're Canadian, winter hardy, and mite-resistant. Why else would I throw down 207 federal reserve notes?
    The FRN thing is in reference to Rex "mutherforking" Chapman. Big time elk hunter.
    :)

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  8. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Today is the 12th finally. My queens are "out for delivery" it has me anxious over some bugs.
    John Ehlers "JEHLERS" got him some bees too.
    He's excited. He's an old WFF guy. Says he's a member here but I think he is confused. Lives in Michigan in the UP I think.
     
  9. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Busy painting.
    It took some seeing is believing to get me to use Duration by Sherwin Williams.
    It's worth it imo.
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    Used a sprayer. Then brushed.
    Two coats used about 25 or 30 ounces. I'd primed with cheap barn paint that raises the grain big time.
    Not saying it's the best..it's what I do.
    Vino Farms uses a marine type coating that I think is way better.
     
  10. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Dang. I looked at my YouTube channel.and one of my silly stupid bee videos has hundreds of views.
    Must be a fluke.
     

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