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  1. Thread: Comb honey

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    Re: Comb honey

    Any idea where you can get the basswood square sections that are not slit. Walter T. Kelley's used to sell the ones that were not slit and the ones that are slit. Now they only sell the kind that...
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    Re: Is "queen failure" the new "starvation"

    In east central Iowa...I have noticed the same thing with queens that just quit laying, No replacement queen cells. Queens do not live a long. I do not have so many Alfalfa fields around my bees but...
  3. Thread: Poster Child

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    Re: Poster Child

    B&E... I agree!
  4. Thread: Poster Child

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    Re: Poster Child

    I don't know how it would affect the bees Ian. I have to wonder. They spray fungicide on the corn around my bees in Iowa. It is designed to kill fungus and we may not know how it affects these tiny...
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    Re: jumbo or extra-large hive bodies - source?

    I have made some modified Dadant hives, they are just a little different from Jumbos. I have purchased the quimby modified dadant depth frames from Rossman several years ago...BUT I do not think...
  6. Thread: Poster Child

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    Re: Poster Child

    Does anyone know if there have been studies done about how the fungicides they spray on field corn affect the bees?
    I know they do not spray fungicide every year, but some years....
    Mike in Iowa
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    Re: How do you wire a frame?

    On another note, Duraguilt does not work for me! I have had way too many where there was a nectar flow, the bees drew out regular foundation just fine, but would not work the Duragilt or they took...
  8. Re: Foundation thickness what is thicker 75 -100 years ago?

    Steven,
    I read Alexander's book and he did not use shallow supers. All he used for a super was ONE deep langstroth box! Just one then when it was full enough they extracted it and put it back on!...
  9. Re: Long Hive with Lang frames-multi use. Production or queen rearing

    Nice hive and great job at constructing it.
    Mike
  10. Re: Foundation thickness what is thicker 75 -100 years ago?

    Thanks Michael for the detailed reply. I learned something. The reason I asked was I was reading an old bee book by Alexander from New York. He had like 500-750 hives in one super location with...
  11. Foundation thickness what is thicker 75 -100 years ago?

    I have always wondered if brood comb foundation made years ago ...was it thicker? I read the old books and I don't read of them wiring their foundation. C.C. Miller did use foundation splints. ...
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    Re: Queen troubles in September

    JRG13 you said- "wouldn't surprise me if they got detected in plants growing in the area for years to come. " you are right, I had not thought of that.
    Mike
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    Re: Queen troubles in September

    Haven't they outlawed neonics in Europe? If so are they having the same problems we do? I think they have varroa mites there.
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    Re: Queen troubles in September

    I wonder, Ian, with your evidence here, are we looking at the wrong thing? Could it be a fungicide or something like that, not related to a neonic that is causing the bees to get sick????
    This...
  15. Re: Carniolans - suitable starter bee for a new beek?

    Roland,
    Do they have a nice white capping on the combs?
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    Re: Removing bees from honey supers

    will shoot for that!
    Mike
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    Re: Removing bees from honey supers

    Ok. When do things slow down for you Roland?
    Thanks
    Mike
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    Re: Removing bees from honey supers

    I will try to do that Rolland. It has been a while since I have seen your Museum there too.
    Thanks
    Mike Townsley
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    Re: Removing bees from honey supers

    I would like to build one! Or find a used one Roland.
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    Re: Removing bees from honey supers

    Crazy Roland,
    Do you still use a bee blower to get bees out of supers?
    Mike
  21. Thread: Bee Blower

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    Re: Bee Blower

    Roland it would be neat to see a video of those old Dadant blowers! Are you talking a squirrel type fan?
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    Re: Alexander Bee Hive Feeders I Made

    I have found these hive feeders work great! I have a 2x4 hive stand that holds two hives. And it is possible to just slip my design feeder under the 2 in (Killian bottom boards) and the bees are...
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    Re: Queen Excluder

    Get the book titled Honey in the Comb by Eugene Killian and read it. It may help you .
  24. Re: Assembling brood boxes with 1/4"X1-1/2 staples and no glue

    Roland, I think that 1940's wood was from the old big trees and the wood was better than what we get today! Mine sure don't last that long!
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    Re: Where have all the hive tools gone?

    Roland you are pretty good! You must not have "old person's disease" like I do. I am always putting things down and not knowing when or where I did it!
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