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by willywarthog
Thu Jan 06, 2022 10:02 am
Forum: Beginning Beekeepering
Topic: Restarting hive late (Aug) in season
Replies: 1
Views: 1544

Re: Restarting hive late (Aug) in season

Man, this is terrible. I just saw your request today, January 2022. You must think this forum is useless for help. I admit I don't use it much myself so didn't even notice your comment. I'm sure you found a solution by now. If you did and want to share it, please do. I'd like to hear. Billy
by willywarthog
Thu Jan 06, 2022 9:52 am
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Let's talk about raising queens this summer
Replies: 12
Views: 7927

Re: Let's talk about raising queens this summer

Well, looks like we're into another year of beekeeping. Hope the world settles down a bit and we can feel free to engage better face to face. We didn't really get anywhere together on queen raising. I grafted and made up about 75 nucs as well as using home grown queens to requeen any hive with older...
by willywarthog
Mon May 24, 2021 9:32 am
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Let's talk about raising queens this summer
Replies: 12
Views: 7927

Re: Let's talk about raising queens this summer

Great, keep us posted on how it goes
by willywarthog
Mon May 10, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Let's talk about raising queens this summer
Replies: 12
Views: 7927

Re: Let's talk about raising queens this summer

Jeff, I'd be happy to have you visit. Most days will work but nice weather makes it easier to disturb the bees, obviously. I'm planning to requeen all my hives and make nucs to overwinter starting as close to August 1st as the main honey flow allows. This means I'll be grafting queen cells for my us...
by willywarthog
Fri Apr 30, 2021 8:48 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Let's talk about raising queens this summer
Replies: 12
Views: 7927

Re: Let's talk about raising queens this summer

Jeff, thanks for your reply. I guess the easy answer is that if you want to raise queens then getting comfortable with queen cells and virgin queens is going to be part of the process. All mated queens that members are used to buying have been handled while just a cell and then cared for by someone ...
by willywarthog
Mon Apr 19, 2021 6:44 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Let's talk about raising queens this summer
Replies: 12
Views: 7927

Let's talk about raising queens this summer

Hi, The season is started for everyone. Overwintered hives are expanding, packages are arriving. Now is the time to think about what to do with raising and using local queens. I'm in Pine City and plan to begin raising queens from my overwintered hives starting mid June. I'm not in a rush to have qu...
by willywarthog
Fri Feb 12, 2021 7:17 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Our Members
Replies: 5
Views: 4086

Re: Our Members

Hi, my name is Billy Head and I live next to Chengwatana State Forest out of Pine City. I'm 66 and retired. I kept bees way back when it was easy in the '80s and then went to Ethiopia as a missionary. There I had the good (or bad) fortune to try getting honey out of African bees while they tried to ...