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    Thanks for the encouragement! Sometimes, I...

    Thanks for the encouragement!

    Sometimes, I rely so much more on luck than my own skill - its safer this way. smile.gif
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    So, I bought 3 nucs last spring. Because (I...

    So, I bought 3 nucs last spring. Because (I figure) of robbing and a harsh winter, I was sure all 3 nucs died, even though my original hive is doing real well. In the spring there was no activity at...
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    I guess I'd leave it to the experts, but with...

    I guess I'd leave it to the experts, but with robbing come a lot of dead bees (they were invaded by yellowjackets). In the winters we have here, if the colony falls below a certain size, they can't...
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    So, a couple of my colonies didn't make it...

    So, a couple of my colonies didn't make it through the winter. They had been subject to robbing (with consumate dead bees) and even though I know they made it part way through, well, I gotta lotta...
  5. Thread: The Apidictor

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    Just to let y'all know I have completed a design...

    Just to let y'all know I have completed a design and am preparing a prototype to make sure the circuit works as designed.

    Where I will need help is to test the beekeeping aspects of the circuit....
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    Michael I've tried to PM you, but it doesn't...

    Michael

    I've tried to PM you, but it doesn't like your email.

    Can you look into it?
  7. Thread: The Apidictor

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    Bruce. The apidictor is this gizmo ...

    Bruce.

    The apidictor is this gizmo

    http://www.beesource.com/plans/apidictor.htm

    I hibernated through the winter - I'll start this up again.
  8. Well, the "The Elusive Honey Bee Dance "Language"...

    Well, the "The Elusive Honey Bee Dance "Language" Hypothesis" may not be so elusive after all.

    Waggle dance controversy resolved by radar records of bee flight paths ...
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    We had a late winter 'round these parts. Last...

    We had a late winter 'round these parts. Last Saturday, we had 6" of snow, but it was warm the last few days.

    I had checked my 4 hive during the winter: two of them replied to a tap on the hive...
  10. Thread: Bee Discovery

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    I found this interesting, so I thought I'd pass...

    I found this interesting, so I thought I'd pass it along. The title is "New pheromone creates buzz about the clout of older bees"
    and is about a Michigan State researcher who discovered how nurse...
  11. Thread: The Apidictor

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    If you'd want to build it that's fine, but I'd...

    If you'd want to build it that's fine, but I'd probably build & test a few units to make sure they all worked the same, and so on.

    Anyway, I take that as a definite maybe!

    I don't know if...
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    I just posted something on the Apidictor. I doubt...

    I just posted something on the Apidictor. I doubt you could find the parts to make that circuit today. I am thinking of redesigning it (check the Apidictor post)
  13. Thread: The Apidictor

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    Reading the thread about Hive Inspection I...

    Reading the thread about Hive Inspection I remembered looking at the Apidictor design last year and thinking I could easily redesign the unit with modern c 2004 semiconductor components.

    I figure...
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    I had a neighbour who complained constantly...

    I had a neighbour who complained constantly because my budgie made too much noise for him.

    I live on a farm now, but my advice would be check out the laws. Unless you are prohibited from...
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    According to a newspaper report "Alberta's...

    According to a newspaper report

    "Alberta's honeybees seem to be getting stupid.
    The insects are forgetting how to get back to their hives, bypassing lush feeding grounds, producing less honey...
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    just be careful. I conjured up a name, which...

    just be careful.

    I conjured up a name, which turned out to sound very close to something very rude and unintended in my wife's native tongue.

    it was a mistake, honest!
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    I'd suggest you stop letting your bees watch FOX...

    I'd suggest you stop letting your bees watch FOX News, or maybe hide where it says "Made in Canada" (or, I think they call it Canuckistan on the 'Fair & Balanced' network)
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    I read the 'For Dummies' book (its the best one...

    I read the 'For Dummies' book (its the best one I've read, because it doesn't assume you know what you're doing) and have worked gloveless, except when I steal the honey.

    I figure thats pushing...
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    I asked my Md about this when I was getting...

    I asked my Md about this when I was getting started. He wrote out a prescription right away. He said, look, even if you aren't allergic, what happens if some kids visit, do something stupid and get...
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    I can't figure out how to post a picture ...

    I can't figure out how to post a picture
    http://www.beesource.com/ubb/frown.gif
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    Darn it I can't figure out how to post a picture!

    Darn it I can't figure out how to post a picture!
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    I'll post a photo sometime this weekend. Got...

    I'll post a photo sometime this weekend.

    Got some bee keeping to do first!

    As for the pulleys I basically chose them so the end RPM would be close to what I wanted. I was easily able to find...
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    I modified my Danant 2 frame hand crank myself. I...

    I modified my Danant 2 frame hand crank myself. I bought a geared motor which turns at about 100 RPM at a surplus store for $20 and ordered a clutch bearing from a local bearing supplier. A belt, two...
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    >I just robbed and jarred my first honey. I used...

    >I just robbed and jarred my first honey. I used the microwave and plastic bowls.

    I NEVER heat honey. I would just crush and strain. You'll lose all the nuances of flavor if you heat it.
    ...
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    I'm sure the area - both where I'm at, and where...

    I'm sure the area - both where I'm at, and where I put my hives had something to do with my success.

    I guess if the weather really cooperates, it makes it more likely a colony will take hold, and...
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