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    Brushy Mountain Natural Honey Harvester

    Has anyone tried Brushy Mountain's Natural Honey Harvester?
    Link: http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com/Natural-Honey-Harvester/productinfo/474/
    I am finding very little comment about it on-line. ...
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    Re: this may or may not work but what the heck

    There can be only one! (OK, maybe not all the time, but most of the time)
    I see a couple of things that could go wrong with attempting this type of virgin queen "banking" within a colony.

    #1 - A...
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    Re: Cut-Down Split Timing

    Thanks Michael!
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    Cut-Down Split Timing

    As the main flow is almost upon me (and my bees) I'm considering doing a cut-down split this year. All I have ever heard is that the timing is critical and must be done shortly before the main...
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    Re: Sincere question on requeening.

    Before you do any of the good suggestions above for dispatching and reusing the old queen, pull the entire frame aside that has the old queen/bees and put it in a nuc until you are sure that the new...
  6. Thread: Stacking hives?

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    Re: Stacking hives?

    Yes Option a), this would be crazy high. Sometimes you'll have hives that are 4 deeps tall (or =). Doubling up that and not only would you need a ladder and would hurt something working the hives,...
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    Re: Robbing, just what does that mean?

    Yes, that's what robbing is, but you won't likely see it with few other bees around. As other have mentioned, only week hives seem to get robbed, though you can accidentially cause one hive to start...
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    Re: e) Buying nuc vs. package bees

    If you have someone local selling overwintered nucs in the early spring (April or early May), there's no way I would suggest a beginner turn that down. Those bees have proven themselves geneticaly...
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    Re: Why I keep bees...

    My wife and I were tired of buying people crap from stores for holiday's, birthdays, etc.. So, beekeeping was a way that we could start a hobby that usually pays for itself while at the same time...
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    Re: How many out there are treatment free?

    Depends on the cell type, of course.

    I've measured the following:

    Worker Brood Width: 4.6 to 5.1 mm on bees I considered fully regressed; no average calc'd nor does it matter

    Drone Brood...
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    Re: How many out there are treatment free?

    Been beekeeping for 4 years. No treatments.

    As for winter losses . . .

    Year 1: 1 Italian Package - 100% Dead
    - Lg. cell wax foundation - nosema or disentary, not sure which.

    Year 2:...
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    Re: Raising Queen Cells Without Grafting

    RZRBCK,
    I agree with you. Unless that colony was going to swarm anyway or there is more space between the queen and the open brood (say 2 boxes) I don't see why they would make queen cells...
  13. Thread: Small Cell Hive

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    Re: Small Cell Hive

    Indeed.
    And don't believe anything you hear about f-less bees producing less honey than bees raised on foundation of any kind.
    They also produce 100 lbs of honey/year with f-less.
    Last season I...
  14. Thread: Small Cell Hive

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    Re: Small Cell Hive

    Running foundationless outyards is not really that much trouble with a little f-less experience at home and an appropriatly enacted plan.
    I started 2 packages completely f-less last spring in an...
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    Re: Pollen in Late January in Pac NW?

    It might also be yellow spring Witch Hazel (at least I think the pollen is yellow).

    Gray pollen from Western Red Cedar is also available right now.

    ~Reid
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    Re: Deep Nuc's at Supers?

    Indeed she does. Not only does she do inspections, as of this year she captured a couple of swarms and helped with 5 cutouts. Two of these cut outs we did on the same day, and one was in the...
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    Re: Deep Nuc's at Supers?

    Interesting. That really would make the whole process lighter, but shallows might not allow for much of a functional comb height. Without actually trying it out, it seems that the bees would prefer...
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    Re: Deep Nuc's at Supers?

    I tend to go against the grain frequently and I don't have too many colonies (yet), and plan to stay between 20 and 30 colonies for awhile. So, switching to all mediums wouldn't be too much of a...
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    Re: Deep Nuc's at Supers?

    Good deal. I've had really good winter survival in my area with 9 frame deeps and follower-boards, though iwombat has had the same success with 8 frame mediums. I'll give this idea a try and see...
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    Re: Deep Nuc's at Supers?

    So, it sounds like it worked fine for you, other than the fact they were deep frames and standard 10 frame boxes.

    Did you use the nucs as supers? Or just to get comb drawn?

    You had no...
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    Re: Deep Nuc's at Supers?

    Sounds like what I've put together for the same purpose. I've been using those to transfer honey off my carport roof, where 4 of my 20 hives are located.




    They do around here at all, but...
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    Re: Deep Nuc's at Supers?

    Funny you said that! It's exactly what I posted a couple of years back. I also said something to the effect of "Don't any of you have friends? You all seem to be a likable enough".
    Pulling out...
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    Re: Deep Nuc's at Supers?

    Good idea. I'll consider that as well. And yes, I'll post pics if it works out (or not).
    -Reid
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    Re: Deep Nuc's at Supers?

    I'm not talking about supering with only 1 nuc, but 2 nucs side-by-side. There would be absolutely no structural difference between a full deep and two nucs in this configuration.
    -Ken
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    Deep Nuc's at Supers?

    Have any of you tried using nucs as supers?
    Does it work well enough?
    If you've tried it, what problem/benifits did you observe?

    I've seen a few pictures of this setup floating around the web,...
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