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Re: BeeFest 2020
« Reply #80 on: March 23, 2020, 09:06:18 pm »
Yeah Jim but we had suits and gloves on most of the time.  I didn't feel threatened by covad 19.
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Re: BeeFest 2020
« Reply #81 on: March 24, 2020, 04:29:25 pm »
Due to Covad 19, we only had about 20 people here, ....
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I'm sorry to hear that Jim. For my part, things were changing fast here on the "left coast" last week. I figured if things went really south, I'd better bee here for the family, instead of there. Hopefully next year things will be more stabilized - I'd sure like to attend.
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Re: BeeFest 2020
« Reply #82 on: March 24, 2020, 04:41:14 pm »
Allen,
I was getting a bit concerned that return flights might bee canceled especially for Michael. They changed his several times before he left on Monday. At one point he was booked on 2 different connecting flights in 2 different airports at the same time. He did not know which initial flight that he should get on.
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Re: BeeFest 2020
« Reply #83 on: March 29, 2020, 09:08:37 pm »
Here are the results from the queen grafting.

Here is one bar.
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And here is the other.
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We did leave one queen cell in the hive to replace the original queen.

We took them off the boards and put them in cages.
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Re: BeeFest 2020
« Reply #84 on: March 29, 2020, 09:10:57 pm »
Then we put them on a board, held with rubber bands, and put them back in the hive.
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I am giving any virgin queens that I do not need away. Let me know if you need any.
FloridaGardener has first dibs per previous PM request.
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Re: BeeFest 2020
« Reply #85 on: March 29, 2020, 09:36:45 pm »
Wow!  4 of 5 of my cells took...I think?

Not bad for first pass at grafting.  :)  Thanks for the followup.
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Re: BeeFest 2020
« Reply #86 on: March 29, 2020, 10:55:33 pm »
Matt,
You did better than me. All five of mine started to develop but only one was capped.
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Re: BeeFest 2020
« Reply #87 on: March 30, 2020, 12:57:49 pm »
Beginner's luck.

This does have me contemplating banking a few queens for emergency purposes, however.  Queen issues were the ruin of my apiary last year.  Perhaps it was me being too proactive and the bees would have been better off if I left well enough alone.  The option to spool up some queens relatively quickly is rather tempting.  :)
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Re: BeeFest 2020
« Reply #88 on: April 06, 2020, 10:31:14 pm »
We grafted for the first time for ourselves this past Saturday. We checked them today. Had 5 of 20 make cells. I was happy with that considering we grafted on the tailgate of the truck and we?re nervous as crap. Going to Beefest this year gave us the information and confidence to try grafting. We?re hoping they all get capped and we have the timing right for hatching.
A big thanks to Jim for hosting this event and to Mr. Bush for explaining and teaching grafting. We hope to attend next year.

Thanks again,
Scott and Marjorie Mansfield

PS. Looks like my grafts at Beefest also made cells.

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Re: BeeFest 2020
« Reply #89 on: April 14, 2020, 07:02:10 pm »
Jim, I know its been a couple days but I was way, way, behind. Marley and I wanted to say thanks a ton for a very enjoyable and informative weekend. Give me a call when you get a chance I have a couple trees and some overlay for your anvil.
Thanks again,
Marley and Bill

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Re: BeeFest 2020
« Reply #90 on: April 15, 2020, 07:02:23 am »
Thanks Bill.
I will try to call later, if I remember. 😞
Jim Altmiller