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    Re: Info ref late season requeening

    That's a great read. Well done.
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    Re: The Economics of building your own hives

    My post is a little late after the topic started, but here are the numbers I have when making my own boxes:

    1"x12"x16' Pine Lumber: $18.13 (makes 2.75 deep 8-frame bodies)

    Comes out to about...
  3. Thread: Robbing

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    Re: Robbing

    Nice video.

    I've had to be pretty mindful of where I put new and weak colonies in the past because of the same type of deal. How long until you'll move the box away from the pond?
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    Re: Added a photo gallery to my website

    Thanks for the reply!

    The honey from the sunflowers is a nice golden color. It is nice and sweet, fresh and very tasty. I had a few small pieces of wild comb in a couple hives after the...
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    Added a photo gallery to my website

    Hello everybody.

    I hope this doesn't come off as a shameless plug because it really is an honest want to show off a couple of my photo galleries.

    I have 3 galleries up with a bunch of the...
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    Re: What is most popular frames used

    Plastic Pierco frames. Last the longest, least maintenance, cheap. Everybody's going to have their preference and somebody will end up posting how it's "of the devil" to use plastic anything instead...
  7. Thread: Oh! And!

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    Re: Oh! And!

    Did give her some time to dry off before you put her back into the hive? I would suggest a plastic curler (one that a lady might wear in her hair at night) as a cage for the queen while the paint...
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    Can I add frames of bees to my nucs?

    If I have a queenright nuc and a queenright colony, can I pull frames of bees from the colony (making sure the frames don't have the queen on them) and add them to a nuc without causing a war? I have...
  9. When is the latest you'd start a nuc in California?

    In which month or, more specifically, week in that month would you have all your divides done by? My main point of interest is finding out how late in the year I could make a nuc and provide them...
  10. Re: questions about expanding into a commerial beekeeper

    As far as college is concerned I haven't found a lot in the way of schools that have an AG degree with a specialty in beekeeping. If you have a good foundation of beekeeping with the operation you...
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    Re: stained frames

    Disease can be transmitted in the fecal stains located on the top bar of frames. It should be removed to help the bees prevent further spread of the nosema disease. Source: Vermont Agency of...
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    Re: Can someone explain

    Bees use water to cool the hive and for other things. They drink it. They use it to dissolve food like sugars. Larval food is 66% water and if they are rearing brood they need it for that. They need...
  13. Thread: tail wheel

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    Re: tail wheel

    cteddo, I have a friend with a bobcat he uses to load his hives that are on pallets. I'll ask him where he got his setup. I don't think it came from a custom fab shop in Florida. I bet it's someplace...
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    Re: Growing into commercial beekeeping

    I agree with alpha on all the points listed.

    To add to "where's the money?", it can be everywhere: Queens, pollination, honey, selling nucs/splits, pollen, wax, bee products like candles and...
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    Re: Can someone explain

    They collect water as well. Water isn't as easy to see when they bring it back.
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    Re: how long is to long when it is hot.

    That's what I would do. Bees can maintain their hive temp even when ambient temps are extremely hot, like in the desert. Remember that they use water droplets and evaporate them to cool the hive...
  17. Thread: Brood comb?

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    Re: Brood comb?

    They could move it to where all the other pollen is or they could just "play it where it lays" so to speak. I know that you'd rather have them move it so you don't have the pollen in the frame when...
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    Oxalic Acid Treatment Questions

    I installed my first 10 package bees of the year last week. There are eggs in each of the 10 hives and none have any brood yet. A beekeeping friend of mine suggested I treat my bees to an Oxalic acid...
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    Re: New Beekeeper With Pictures!

    I have more photos!

    I went back to my hives today after approximately 6 days away. I was looking for eggs to see if my queens were laying, looking to see if any of my hives were empty, and hoping...
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    Making Bee Box Handles

    How do you make the carved out handles in a bee box? If you know how the manufacturer does it or how you can do it at home, I would appreciate the info. The concave handles cut in the sides of the...
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    Re: New Beekeeper With Pictures!

    It took me about 1 day (5 hours after all the breaks) to cut all the boxes from scratch. I cut 20 8-frame deep bodies in a single day using my woodworking equipment. All the edges of the bodies are...
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    New Beekeeper With Pictures!

    Hello everybody. I have spent the last couple months lurking here, reading posts. I have just finished my first 10 hives after spending about 2 months with a 10-year beekeeper, learning the tricks of...
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