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  1. Re: Jan Dzierżoń (Johann Dzierzon) - true father of beekeeping

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2a-_dvxtN0
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    Re: Tree suggestions for upstate NY

    A line of cedar trees planted close together will block your view of your neighbor. Then plant the bee beneficial trees somewhere else on your property.
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    Re: My smoking experiment - a fluke?

    I think you should rely on your own experience to inform you about whether to smoke your hive or not. You'll figure it out.
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    Re: Threshold for mite treatment

    Seems a bit extreme, Cam. At less than 2%? Then when don't you treat? Winter?
  5. Re: What would happen if a colony were simply dumped in the wild?

    jw, it says "Likable", not lickable.
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    Re: Bad Luck with Africanized bees ??

    I agree vt. If it wasn't beekeeper error it could have been a state of queenlessness. Bees are often quite agitated when queenless.

    Give bees a chance.
  7. Re: Holding honey filled supers in the refrigerator.

    You aren't the first to do that by a long shot, a millenia of long shots.

    Michael Palmer has been known to say something like, "The bees make better beekeepers than beekeepers bees." Or something...
  8. Re: Holding honey filled supers in the refrigerator.

    It's one of the best things bees do, store honey. What are you concerned about were you to leave it where it already is?
  9. Re: What would happen if a colony were simply dumped in the wild?

    Why is your main character doing this? What motivated them to do that? What do you, as the author, hope to illustrate or to say about the character? Why does the character have bees to begin with?
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  10. Re: What would happen if a colony were simply dumped in the wild?

    :thumbsup:
  11. Re: How Soon Can I Split a Newly Established Hive?

    Since you don't have any bees yet, I would say that you aught to learn how to keep bees at least one year before trying, on your own I assume, anything like splitting a newly established colony.
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    Re: Bad Luck with Africanized bees ??

    There are no Africanized bees in GA as far as anyone knows. So the likelihood of one queen out of the hundreds of thousands if not millions of queens produced in GA each year being AHB odds are next...
  13. Re: Holding honey filled supers in the refrigerator.

    Why wouldn't you simply remove the crop, extract it, and put the boxes back on? What are you gaining by storing the super full of honey at all, let alone in an old refrigerator? Do you have more...
  14. Re: It's too complicated nowadays. What were the good ole' days like?

    In the olden days there was no arguing about TF or Treating.
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    Re: Need advice on buttoning up a hive......

    Yes, that's what you should do, confine him. Put him in a beesuit, veil and gloves and take pictures of him. Explain to the person that confining the bees will kill the colony. Have your smoker handy...
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    Re: When do frames break?

    You may actually find that the biggest problem causing wooden frame failure is that they weren't built as well as they could have been. Perhaps they weren't glued as well as stapled and that the most...
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    Re: About those styrofoam blocks

    Yeah, send them back for credit.
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    Re: Need advice on buttoning up a hive......

    What kind of service call requires closing up this hive? Maybe there is another solution. If we had more information.
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    Re: When do frames break?

    When frames get bound up in a Cowen Uncapper they will break. When some frames go through a MAXANT one armed bandit uncapper, sometimes they get pulled apart.

    Uncapping machines can help improve...
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    Re: When do frames break?

    Amen. A Bobcat or a Ton Dodge will do that too.
  21. Re: It's too complicated nowadays. What were the good ole' days like?

    :) Nice memories.
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    Re: When do frames break?

    Ends of the top bars are where I see the most breakage. Bootom bars get pulled out too from burr comb and propolis attaching them to the top bars of frames below.
  23. Re: Seasoned beekeeper question regarding beeyard comptition

    Mostly people are grumpy about it and actually do little or nothing. Except say mean things about the other beekeeper. They will complain to whomever that their honey crop is being stolen. But when...
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    Re: freezing capped honey frames

    I don't see how you'd gain anything by freezing the combs. But I do have limited imagination.
  25. Re: Pricing to Cooperate not Compete with Fellow Beekeepers

    If you ever figure out what it cost you to produce a pound of honey, let me know. And show how you decided on that figure. I have been at this a long time and I don't know the answer to that question.
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