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    Re: Assaulted by the opinion lady...

    I always want to ask people like that about the chicken they had for dinner or the poor potatoes they ate for lunch. Don't you realize you are condemning the chickens to a horrible life just so you...
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    Re: Extractor question

    A.C. motors have standard speeds with 95% chance yours was 1725 rpm and rated about 1/2 to 3/4 horsepower. An extractor has to spin about 275 to 300 rpm to be effective. This is usually done with a...
  3. Thread: Bee Size

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    Re: Bee Size

    Optical illusion can be part of it. Lighter colors are interpreted by our eyes as larger than darker colors. This can even affect perception in side by side comparisons.

    That said, there is a...
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    Re: When to bring in new blood

    Expand the area and collect swarms from a 10 mile radius or larger. This will reduce inbreeding to insignificance given the methods being used.
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    Re: Need help settling arguement

    I'm a stickler for being clean. I take the major components of my extractor apart - easily done, 2 bolts - and then wash each piece down with soapy water and a scrub brush. Finish by rinsing...
  6. Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    One colony has zeros for varroa. Did you perform any special manipulations on that colony that could have affected the results? Presuming no special manipulations, that colony would have potential...
  7. Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    Lharder, would you mind posting how many total colonies you have and how many of them are in the study?

    30 to 40 percent highly hygienic is incredibly high compared to the estimate made years ago...
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    Re: 6F nucs for honey production

    Not to sidetrack the conversation too much, but the way I plan to manage the square Dadant hives is very similar to the way Ian is running nucs. I plan to set up a 2 queen colony next spring using a...
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    Re: jumbo or extra-large hive bodies - source?

    I make the ears/lugs on the frames tapered so they are 1/2 inch thick at the end bar notch and 5/16 inch thick at the end. This is so that I can use top bee space above the frames which is correct...
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    Re: How much can a hive produce?

    The answer is somewhere between -150 pounds and +800 pounds. If you have to feed to keep them alive, you are in negative territory. If a colony has excellent forage, does not swarm, and the queen...
  11. Re: 2nd year. losing hives. need experienced help

    The pictures show pearl white larva, relatively normal, except that the brood pattern is terrible. Start mite treatments. It will take 3 weeks minimum to see significant improvement. There is no...
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    Re: 6F nucs for honey production

    What size frames will you be using? Langstroth 9 1/8 deep? Langstroth 6 1/4 Medium? Dadant 11 1/4?

    Are you planning on treating two nucs as a unit and add a single large super above them for...
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    Re: My TF foundationless experiment

    It is very difficult to discuss politics or religion on a forum because the underlying beliefs are highly polarizing. Treatment Free is also a highly polarizing issue therefore the TF forum is...
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    Re: Beekeeper in Germany

    There are a few beekeepers from Germany that sometimes show up on beesource. BernhardHeuvel and Sibyll are two that come to mind.

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/member.php?92315-BernhardHeuvel
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    Re: My TF foundationless experiment

    Taking this thread in the logical direction, my success in keeping bees TF for 11 years is from a combination of major factors.

    1. I was able to find some resistant genetics
    2. I was able to...
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    Re: My TF foundationless experiment

    BentonKB, I would usually weigh in on the other side of this issue, but in this case, JWC has stated his position repeatedly here on the forum. For his conditons and with the bees he is using, TF...
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    Re: Growing "first world problems"

    Been there, done that, got the t-shirt. I swapped over to square Dadant depth brood boxes this year purchasing the boxes but making all my own frames. So far, I have a bit over 200 frames in the...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    Sumac is blooming but there is not enough here to make a difference. I'm waiting on Goldenrod which should start in about a month.

    I'm continuing with change-out to new equipment including adding...
  19. Re: Equipment suppliers and other trivia for winter discussion

    Mail him first and say how many you want. Include a stamped addressed envelope for his reply. Give him a date you would like to pick them up, if it is more than 30 boxes, give him at least 3 weeks...
  20. Re: 2nd year. losing hives. need experienced help

    99% of the time when someone says they are losing colonies, varroa is the reason. What have you done to keep varroa mites under control?
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    Re: brood comb

    I renew combs after between 5 and 10 years use depending on how much brood has been reared in them. The problem I have is accumulation of drone cells as the bees re-work the comb. I prefer combs...
  22. Re: Anyone with experience using the Flow Hive?

    Did you search for flow hive? Look in the Equipment/Hardware area and there are two very long sticky posts about flow hives.
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    Re: Is it over, or just beginning

    I assembled 70 frames over the last 3 days and thought that was rough on the hands. 2000+ sounds like torture.
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    Re: jumbo or extra-large hive bodies - source?

    Over the past week, I assembled and wired 70 frames. I'm going to put them on large colonies and feed enough to get drawn combs. This is the largest number of new frames I've had to work with at...
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    Re: Wax foundation

    I have used wax foundation for a lot of years and have not yet found it to cause problems. That does not mean it won't, just that I haven't seen any issues.
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