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  1. Re: Nucs or packages near Kansas city

    I dont know if desmoies is to far
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    Re: Aronia berries

    As far as the flavor is concerned let me say this. My 2 year old daughter will pop a few in her mouth, chew them up and then get a sour face and spit them out. Then she will do it again and again its...
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    Re: 8 frame hives

    Number of Frames
    Now that we have a frame size you need to pick a hive size. Standard is 10 frames. There is much to be said for being...
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    Re: Aronia berries

    I live 4 miles from here.
    One of the largest in the usa.
    I have one bush my self. Any where between 5-15 dollars per pound for organic and it does not take too many...
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    Re: Bees are gone, now what?

    I don’t know if varroa is your issue but I do know that dusting has to be done more than just monthly (two to three times weekly seems to work best) and even when done its only one part of an IPM...
  6. Re: Why do bees leave the hive to n December?

    How many times do you go back and check the fridge even though you checked it a second ago and there was nothing good to eat then either.
  7. Re: Good source for foundationless guides

    Walter T Kelly sales a frame just for this use.
  8. Re: is there natural die off durring the winter?

    I have quilt boards on the top and will be putting up wind blocks this coming week. I can honestly say that I have done everything I reasonably can to stack the deck. Still it’s a card game. Just did...
  9. Re: Packing organic honey without certification

    If a consumer is going to spend the money to buy organic then they need to know what organic honey means. You can’t be fraudulent on something that has no standard too pin an expectation too.

  10. is there natural die off durring the winter?

    I have mouse guards on my hives and a hand full of dead bees on the screen bottom boards (the bottom boards are closed). I wonder if the care taker bees could not get the die off out of the hive as...
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    Re: Public Land For Apiaries

    QUOTE=minz;1183611]We have had some big forest fires out here this last year fairly close. I was trying to get access to a place by the burn to get some hives on for fireweed honey. This may be the...
  12. Re: What made you decide to keep bees?

    My wife and I teach self-reliant class on the side, down on our homestead and have been working to make a lot of our transactions with other homesteaders via the barter system. Anyone can be semi...
  13. Re: Raising queens/ is it practical for a hobbyist?
    take a look here
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    Re: Raising my own Queens.

    This is using the NICOT system

    Here is the power point for use of the NICOT system...
  15. Re: I am right on target for overwinter weight!

    I am using modified mediums with shims to do the fact I could not get some one to provide me a nuc with medium frames. I also left a few medium suppers of honey on both of them. This is my first year...
  16. I am right on target for overwinter weight!

    I was entering my information in to the free version of Hive tracks and on and on 9/05/14 I was 114 lbs for my Italians and a 103 lbs for my Carniola. Well as of last tuesday I am at 135lbs for the...
  17. Re: New beekeeper preparing for spring

    I have enjoyed this book a lot for building some of my own gear...
  18. Re: Electrical help: Using car battery charger as power supply for OAV.

    I use jumper cables off my truck so I dont have to pull in too close.
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    Re: FGMO fogger for varroa

    Have you tried the search button yet. Use the Advanced Search feature and search by "search titles only" then type in what you are looking for.
  20. Re: Why a nuc instead of a full colony?

    do you just use following boards to fill in the extra space, if you do let’s say a 5 frame nuc for starters in a 8 frame medium?
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    Re: First state bee inspection

    If you are curious come spring.

    Dont forget they will also pull Diploid drones but as you said these were workers..Pretty cool.
  22. Re: Have you ever proselytized for beekeeping?

    You think buying sugar can cause a strange conversations... Just think of the ones you can have if you ever had to tell them the reason you are buying ether or iso-alcohol or wood bleach for your...
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    Re: Have you tried Hopguard?

    I just got done last week using the old hopgurad and my ether roll count on two hives went from 2.5 to 3% on one hive and 2% to 0 on my other hive. I might try the new stuff later but plan on going...
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    Re: Sticky board glue

    vaseline and a mineral oil mix. Works well for me.
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    I went with foundationless this year as a new beek and I got to be honest with ya. I made sure my boxes were level and I am using all mediums. My Italians loved the stuff I would say 80-90 percent of...
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