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    Re: first successful install

    I should have listened to Mike Bush on hanging the queen cage! Left mine in for a few days a couple of seasons ago, and what a mess!
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    Re: Making top bar splits

    Shannon

    Good eye, those are queen cups, but nothing in them. I move three or four bars over to the split, depending on colony strength. These are walk away splits, so they will last around six...
  3. Thread: nectar flow

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    Re: nectar flow

    Super up!
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    Making top bar splits

    Making some splits from my strongest top bar today. The queen in the picture is my breeder queen, her mother was caught from a feral swarm two years ago. They came out of a cedar tree, near the...
  5. Thread: Nuc Prices

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    Re: Nuc Prices

    I sell both frame and top bar nucs. I get 130 for the Lang nucs, and 200 for the top bar nucs, plus 100 for the top bar hive, for a total of 300 for the total top bar package. I have noticed that...
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    Re: Comb on top bars

    I respectfully disagree. All of my bars are 1 1/2 wide, and I have never had any problems. All my top bars made it through the winter, expect one with a weak queen. This configuration makes it much...
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    Re: A question about top bar starter strips

    I started out with foundation strips. They were always breaking off if I moved empty hives, which made it difficult for customers when they bought one of my hives. Now I use the beveled edge, and...
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    JZBZ or Benton queen cages?

    Ok experienced queen breeders...pros and cons of each queen cage? JZBZ versus the Benton, which is better and why?
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    1st walk away split in East Tennessee

    I did my first walk away split today, might be a mite early, but I thought I would give it a shot and see what happens. I have had drones for about three weeks now, so there should be somebody to...
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    Re: Nucs Over Winter

    I overwintered some five frame nucs this winter, and now they are in their second deep. They took off like nothing I had ever seen. They clustered on about three frames during the winter, I kept...
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    Mann Lake budget hive bodies?

    Like every other bee keeper I know, I am kind of frugal..ok cheap. Has anyone here used mann lakes budget grade hive bodies. I need around 40 of them, and the difference between the commercial...
  12. Thread: Nuc yard.

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    Re: Nuc yard.

    Sorry..but what the heck is that on the far left nuc?
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    Craig's list..a beekeepers best friend.

    Beekeepers have got to be some of the most frugal (a.k.a. cheap) people I know. Looking at the last tread about plywood supers, I called to check on plywood prices for some nucs. At $18 a sheet, at...
  14. Re: Thickness of wood -- building nucs with 1/2" lumber okay?

    I overwintered mine in half inch plywood nucs this winter and they came through great. I did cover them when it got done to 0 those few times.
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    Re: How Many Frames of Pollen Do They Need?

    I think everyone should remember the adage that "all bee keeping is local." For us bee keepers in the Tennessee valley (the worst place for allergy suffers in the nation) hives regularly become...
  16. Re: What happens when you ask your 11 year old daughter to "paint" hive bodies

    A clear coat and off to the bee yard they go! I think both my wife and daughter would have something to say to me if I did anything different.
  17. What happens when you ask your 11 year old daughter to "paint" hive bodies

    My eleven year old daughter wanted to earn some money, so I told her I would pay to paint some new deeps. I gave her the brush and paint. This is want I come home to find.
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    Observation window and condensation

    Here is a question for all you folks who have observation windows. I don't have any windows on my top bar hives. My observation is that every time I see a picture of a top bar with a window, I...
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    Re: First grafting session of 2014 a success!!

    Thanks for the detailed explanation! I am plan on trying that soon.
  20. Anyone here ever deal with Commerical Bee Boxes?

    My sideline operation is going to expand in the next few years. I found Commercial Bee Boxes out of Hazel, South Dakota, selling commercial grade hive bodies for 9.75 a piece. Anyone here ever used...
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    Re: First grafting session of 2014 a success!!

    So you just used one hive as for the whole process? No queenless starter, and then transfer to a queen right finisher? The reason I ask is that I want to try grafting this year, and just trying to...
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    Re: small hive beetles made it

    It wasn't! I smashed about eight of the little boogers in an overwintered nuc the other day. I was at least hoping for a setback for them after the coldest temps here in 20 years.
  23. Thread: Raising queens

    by Matt903
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    Re: Raising queens

    How many queens do you need? I did one of Mr. Bush s suggestions last spring. I had a really strong queen in one of my top bars, I took her and a couple of other bars, and placed them in a nuc. ...
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    Re: nuc sales profit margin

    Ok what am I missing here? Around here I can make splits in late June and July, overwinter the nuc, and sell it in the spring as an overwintered nuc which should push the price up. I think $30 for...
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    Re: Wolf Creek Apiary

    I e mailed them a question about packages, and it took about three weeks to get a response, not sure if that is just typical of them. I believe it s just two of them doing all the work.
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