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    Re: jumbo or extra-large hive bodies - source?

    Fusion
    The cheapest is going to be in 16 ft lengths. It gives you the least amount of waste for the lengths you need for the top and bottom bars and the side bars. You will get 187 side bars out of...
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    Re: Getting Mating Nuc Foundation Drawn

    So send an email or PM...
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    Re: Let's see your snowpiaries!

    Around here sometimes that would require walking through waist deep snow, or I can tell from 100 yards away based on the snow melt on the cover.
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    Re: Help lot of dead bees

    Sounds like it's warm enough for cleansing flights so they are cleansing.
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    Re: Let's see your snowpiaries!

    Snow cover is the easiest way to tell if your bees are still alive.
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    Re: 2 Queens in one hive- What fun!

    The most I have seen is 3 in one hive, 2 is pretty common.
  7. Re: Preparing for spring & package bee regression

    A good argument of climate change, not so much for environmental adaptation of the species.
  8. Re: Preparing for spring & package bee regression

    There actually has been quite a bit of scientific research on the subject. Two studies that come to mind is one from 2013 in Canada were they evaluated DNA differences in mitochondria of bees guts....
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    Re: Transferring a Deep Frame Nuc into Medium Supers

    Step 1. shake bees from deep nuc into medium box.
    Step 2. Set tablesaw fence at 6.25 inches and run bottom of deep frames through blade.
    Step 3. Place shortened frames into medium box with bees.
  10. Re: Preparing for spring & package bee regression

    I agree, but I think the timeline is 1000s of years instead of 100s of 1000s. As humans we can only select for what we can physically identify. That is what BA did with the buckfasts and it took 70...
  11. Re: Preparing for spring & package bee regression

    Fusion
    Many you mention are introduced or co-originates
    Basswood, locust and the maples as well as many of the others you mentioned including Vetch were native to the Americas, but also native to...
  12. Re: Preparing for spring & package bee regression

    They are not optimized for here to begin with.... wipe out the introduced plant species that came here the same way the honey bee did and you end beekeeping in North America. They only succeeded...
  13. Re: Preparing for spring & package bee regression

    It works for Canada, they have been doing it for 29 years.

    I don't buy queens to requeen packs the first year. I do re-queen them though because there is a high rate of queen failure in packs...
  14. Re: Preparing for spring & package bee regression

    As an experienced beekeeper with drawn comb, all other dependent variables aside, a package will make you a honey crop the first season. There are people up this way who kill there bees every fall...
  15. Re: Preparing for spring & package bee regression

    Why do you wait until April 2nd? If I could use packages in February I can get them in February... I get them in May because that is the best time to get them for this area, early enough to catch the...
  16. Re: Preparing for spring & package bee regression

    Where is the conventional wisdom here? Buying bees, learning to work them comfortably, Learning to know what you are looking at when you inspect a hive, learning to identify and intervene when...
  17. Re: Preparing for spring & package bee regression

    Which may explain the high rates of failure among new beekeepers... Do new fishermen catch huge fish their first time out? Rookie race car drivers win the race the first time on the track?...
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    Re: They are all dead...

    My first comment would be to find who the producer of the packages is and call them directly to find out what their mite treatment procedures are. Some package producers treat right before packaging...
  19. Re: Preparing for spring & package bee regression

    For a first year beekeeper that might not be a bad thing... they can focus on keeping the bees.
  20. Re: Preparing for spring & package bee regression

    No... Still done selling packages. I am just a realist. Not every producer of nucs does a good job just like not every producer of packages does a good job. Now days with places around here selling...
  21. Re: Continuous Application of Water to Hives On a Truck

    How big of a truck are you taking? 275 gallons of water is going to weigh 2300 lbs, which could be a pretty significant amount of weight depending on the size of the truck.
  22. Re: Preparing for spring & package bee regression

    Package bees are inferior to nucs because of a neural synoptic defect in the brains of some beekeepers.

    I have studied this defect greatly in various parts of the country and it is more...
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    Re: Totally a Noob Question

    Beekeepers who target specific honey crops often pull capped frames as soon as the flow for that specific plant is done. In a good locust run I pull it all off as soon as capped which is late June...
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    Re: 1951 ABJ

    Yes Clover and alfalfa are still grown today. Unfortunately when grown as forage the highest nutritional content for livestock is when mown before it blooms, which isn't good for beekeepers.

    As...
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    Re: What's wrong with this video

    There was a fad a few years ago of not smoking bees at all.... But I think the science is the future of beekeeping and we will stop using smoke in the future. Once science gets to a point where we...
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