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    Re: Ordered a Nicot kit

    One of the consistent issues confounding NICOT users is transferring eggs. My success rate with eggs runs about .000000000001%

    If you like those odds, more power to you. If you don't, then wait...
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    Re: Best placement of bait hive?

    I'm out of advice, but I'm loaded with opinions. You'll get a lot of responses here as many of us on beesource trap swarms. In my opinion, a medium super is too small, and too horizontal. If you...
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    Re: Plastic Foundations

    I LOVE plastic foundation, especially for the honey supers. My bees, well, they're a little reluctant. I made my plastic foundation as appealing as plain wax foundation by adding my melted cappings...
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    Re: Wire deep foundationless frames?

    No, but in hindsight, you'll be glad you did.

    Grant
    Jackson, MO
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    Re: I want to attempt to attract/catch a swarm....

    Everything so far is right in line with my experiences....except the heighth requirement.

    In my increasingly reluctance to climb ladders, with my fear of laying in the woods until the deer hunters...
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    Re: Why do you keep bees?

    I started keeping bees because I had the idea I could make a living and get filthy, stinking, independently rich. Seriously.

    What launched my interest in bees was "Entomology 222: Beekeeping"...
  7. Re: Yet another imbalance caused by feeding sugar - - robbing of hives with honey?

    On a more serious note, is there a place to have honey tested? I clicked on the link, but it was not helpful. I can't tell what Randox is offering, but it looks like it's not for me.

    I'd like...
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    Re: Trying to decide between Top Bar and Langstroth

    I've got a bunch Langs, and I'm in the business of honey production. I was given a TBH by a wealthy friend because it was "all natural and going to save the bees from CCD." At least, that's what...
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    Re: Swarm prevention idea???

    I'm not sure what the queen swapping accomplishes, nor do I like the idea of "crowded" hives on the edge of swarming.

    I think you are on the right path of giving more supers to the hive, prior to...
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    Re: foundation: wax or plastic???

    I like plastic, especially when I add more of my own beeswax with a 4" roller. If you e-mail me at gillard5@charter.net with "plastic" in the subject line, I'll send you a PDF file on how I do it. ...
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    Re: Controlled Queen rearing

    I use the Nicot queen rearing kit, a clone of the Jenter. Transferring eggs won't work. Been there, tried it, got ticked off at the wasted time. Nicot queen cups are translucent so you can see the...
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    Re: Are they survivors?

    If they live, they are survivors. I've tried raising queens from dead hives and I could never get it to work. I stick with live, survivor hives.

    However, my criteria is this: do my bees survive...
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    Re: tree stand for swarm trap

    Man, I'm looking at those great pictures feeling guilty because I drive a 6" spike into a tree to hang my swarm trap from. Most of my locations are along sheltered creeks and fence lines with...
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    Re: Honey Productivity and Organic Beekeeping

    Andrew, I like your style. You make several excellent points. I like money, and I like what it can do for me, remembering what the Good Book says about the "love" of money. I keep bees for the...
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    Re: Another Propane Fogger Oxalic Acid Idea

    Correct, Tom. It seems capathome is assuming the risk and not asking anyone else to try this...and yes, I'd be a little leery as well. But God bless this adventurous beekeeper and his pioneeering...
  16. Thread: Apiary Names

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    Re: Apiary Names

    Since my wife discovered how much fun beekeeping and selling honey has been for me, she wants in on the action.

    We will probably go with the boring, "Gillard Family Honey" despite the fact the...
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    Re: Would you use used drawn out frames?

    Quarantine for what? You're in CA and I'm in Missouri. Thus far, **knock on wood**, we have not seen AHB. Don't know if that's a problem for you.

    Varroa will travel with a swarm and at one time...
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    Re: Why Treatment Free.

    If this TF beekeeper only kept five hives and lost four, that's 80% If he purchases susceptible bees from a treated nuc/package producer, they would likely demand treatments or die.

    There are a...
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    Re: Let it all hang out!

    I needed as easy "A" in college to elevate my sagging grade point average (too much beer and pizza).

    Iowa State University in Ames offered, "Entomology 222: Beekeeping" taught by Richard Trump. ...
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    Re: Best location to catch swarms?

    Fusion Power has some good basics. I think it's like fishing and some days the fish bite on ABC bait, the next day it's DEF bait. Some places are fantastic fishing holes, then they're not for no...
  21. Thread: Is this Normal ?

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    Re: Is this Normal ?

    Sounds good to me, but the only place I can find "normal" is on the washing machine in the basement.

    Grant
    Jackson, MO https://www.createspace.com/4107714
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    Re: To the 1,000 plus guests.

    Sometimes I'm out working the bees. Sometimes I don't think I have much to add to the discussion. Sometimes someone already posted what I was thinking. Just cause these crazy thoughts are rolling...
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    Re: Swarm Trap: how empty should it be?

    Yeah, you hear a lot of things. They maybe right, maybe not. Both opinions may be right, or not. It's the bees that get to decide who is right. I let success speak for itself. There's nothing...
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    Re: Starting question (long rant)

    There's no need to reinvent the wheel. I've tried, thinking I was on the cusp of finding the Holy Grail to homemade hive bodies that basically rewarded my laziness and inattention to the fine...
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    Re: Deadout. Cold snap?

    I agree with both the previous posters. There has to be sufficient bodies to generate enough heat, which may be the problem. Mites may have contributed to previous, seasonal deaths that limited the...
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