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    Re: Found a great crimping tool for wiring frames

    Improvements never upset me, that's one of the reasons why I'm interested in the practical experience behind the post which I quoted.
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    Re: Found a great crimping tool for wiring frames

    It sounds as if you're suggesting that investing the extra time in crimping the wires gives a better/longer lasting product. Do you have any real data based on practical field work to back this up? I...
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    Re: Vsh grafting this time....

    No problem finding queens on these dadant depth combs, you just need to refocus -no different to looking for a queen on a standard deep comb after spending the day looking at mediums.

    I've never...
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    Re: Swarm bait on a rag/sock to catch bees

    The following is a quote from an English book, first published in the 1930's:
  5. Re: I'd like to tap the cumulative knowledge of commercial beekeepers

    We have a few bodies which take 13 British Standard frames, they share the same footprint as the modified dadant. I've been looking at a very similar plan this last winter; still to do the cutting...
  6. Thread: Buckfast Abbey

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    Re: Buckfast Abbey

    Are the darkened edges which are apparent in MP's photo the result of applying vaseline/grease to assist removal?
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    Re: Warm hives as opposed to ventilation

    As I understand it, from what they've written on the British forums, they measured actual hives which didn't have any bees in them. Basically, they've taken a couple million readings from empty boxes.
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    Re: All Mediums: Was Brother Adam wrong?

    Not my experience with modified dadants.
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    Re: Nativity Set Color?

    In which case, I'd contact ML to establish whether they used one of the dyes which they stock. That's what it looks like to me.
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    Re: Nativity Set Color?

    If you don't varnish the figurines you can include some basic instructions on how to buff them each year to remove any bloom -a very simple job. You'll also be giving the purchaser the opportunity of...
  11. Re: Thumping or drumming for bees... Does it work and how?

    Why?
  12. Re: Thumping or drumming for bees... Does it work and how?

    A French language video which shows bee 'driving':

    http://vimeo.com/user13687887/arbreauxabeilles
  13. Re: Frame wiring question. Heat embed after crimping?

    Not sure how important this 'stress distribution' stuff is but over the last twenty five/thirty years I must have wired thousands of frames, a lot of them modified dadant broods and never, ever, had...
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    Re: What is the true cost of foundationless?

    So, we have Hutchinson, a commercial beekeeper, recommending giving foundationless brood frames to swarms which were being put to work on sections because his experience was that foundationless would...
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    Re: commercial level TF

    Kefuss:



    Mike, can you expand on this; reference/personal communication etc?

    Is his son treating their production colonies in France or is he referring to larger operations? It would be...
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    I'd be surprised if you did :) Plenty of comparisons over the years have convinced me that there's more of an 'urgency' to infill a gap between top of comb and the 'roof' than there is to start...
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    Why not rest the bottom (square?) edge on the bottom bar rather than fixing to the topbar? Apart from anything else, they'll get to filling in the space between topbar and comb far quicker than...
  18. Thread: Dark Queen

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    Re: Dark Queen

    Although it's an old thread, there's an extra reference from Jay Smith who came to the same conclusion through observation as early as 1923, the following quote from 'Queen Rearing Simplified' is...
  19. Thread: Dark Queen

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    Re: Dark Queen

    Double post.
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    Re: Queen laying multiple eggs in one cell

    I reckon that you're on the right track with your theory, that and the size of the cluster holding back the manageable comb area.
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    Negotiations are still in progress but all's looking good.
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    Hi Mike, do you have stats on the ages of the colonies which were lost through the winter? I'm wondering whether there's a common trend in the losses or whether it was an even loss across-the-board. ...
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    Re: Frame wire crimper

    Interesting difference in use/approach between the US and UK. The crimper gadgets are marketed here for tightening wires (at comb change-out) which have loosened for one reason or another during the...
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    Re: Lets talk labels

    As someone who just about 'gets by' where computers are concerned I'd agree with Lauri. Vista's an immensely user friendly system and as she says, you can get some good deals if you've got the time...
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    In itself, nothing. Why not contact him and have a chat -he may even be interested in incorporating your treatment free strain into his breeding programme.
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