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    Re: finally, fall flow!

    We got maybe 60% of what we had last year for a honey crop. The frosts have already pretty much killed everything and the alfalfa fields are being cut regardless of how much or how little they've...
  2. Thread: wild pigs

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    Re: wild pigs

    I can't remember where hogs lie on the 'how much you need to shock for a certain animal' scale but my fence energizer rated for bears will light up a hog. They have a thicker hide than I expected. ...
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    Re: Back ground noise....

    That means there's no Victory :ws:
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    Re: Back ground noise....

    Nine square feet of premium rooftop wasn't self sustaining enough to get through the zombie apocalypse. Plans had to be changed, more 'acreage' was needed :lookout:
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    Re: Besswax wood finish?

    This person has a few beeswax tricks to share for different finishes. I can't vouch for any of them but i was entertained even though the same mixture was used for a few different applications....
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    Re: Acebirds one hive

    Pretty sure the sun will swell and scorch the earth, possibly engulf it, but I get the gist :gh:
  7. Thread: Bee Trailer

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    Re: Bee Trailer

    The next step to my beekeeping endeavor is to get a trailer that can be wired for bears and then do some migratory odfrank ninja beekeeping.:thumbsup:
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporizer - Part II

    I like the designs. Aluminum transfers heat so well it is an ideal material to use for a tray. My biggest problem is my bottom entrances, they are 3/8" high, and my bottom boards extend 2" in front...
  9. Thread: Honey price

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    Re: Honey price

    $10 a pint (1.5#), pint with labels $12, pint at a stand $15. So $6 a pound + packaging and whatnot
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    Re: Have you ever proselytized for beekeeping?

    I was asked to leave WalMart for handing out business cards and telling people not to buy the ultra filtered crap on the shelves in the 'honey' section :)
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    I have several TF hives that will be 4 years old in the spring. If those hives or any of my hives ever got AFB I would do something about it, not just for myself but for anyone around me that keeps...
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    Re: Winter care of a solar fence?

    If you keep your charge controller/fence energizer out of the elements you won't have any weather related issues with the electronics during the winter. Extreme cold tends to wreak havoc on my...
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    Re: Very dark honey

    My bees are putting up some honey right now that is black as midnight. It is in stark contrast to the lighter capped honey next to it. I thought it was just on a section of darker comb but the...
  14. Thread: 20 ACRES

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    Re: 20 ACRES

    Phacelia is a good cover crop that produces truckloads of nectar and it re-seeds itself after browning out. Alfalfa is great for nectar if left to flower. I also want plants that produce copious...
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    This is good to know, and from reading my understanding is that AFB is hard to transmit via gloves, jacket, hive tool etc also.
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    Re: NPR radio story

    Tried to talk my stepfather out of letting gmo/neonic seeds from being planted on our acreage. Turns out that request is almost totally unfeasable. Fortunately, my stepfather does the planting for...
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    There's the pot calling the kettle black.
  18. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    Ill do a bit more research. I looked at the map link and commented before I read through the website. I'm definitely going to get a few queens :)
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    Did you get your queens from Glenn Apiaries or from a different breeder? Looks like Glenn is the closest to me. I was wondering how tolerant the subsequent generations would be also. Thanks for...
  20. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    Who is a good breeder of vsh queens? I was going to buy a few in the spring for some splits.
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    Re: Late trap out Q's

    I would wait until spring to get them out, better chances they will survive on their own without having to feed, feed, feed, and feed. Its also a bad time to be combining/adding more bees to an...
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    Re: Slow year for honey

    Horrible year, rained every day during summer which made no one cut their alfalfa. However, we got no flow from it because it rained every day. 1 out of 3 farmers lost their 3rd cutting to rot. I...
  23. Thread: 8 frame or 10

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    Re: 8 frame or 10

    The worst winter we have had in recent memory was last winter. My 8 frame hives made out of 5/8" plywood all made it through the winter and built up well. None of my nucs died out either. Two ten...
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    Re: Strange swarm on 8/28/14

    I have never seen a swarm this time of year and I picked one up off the side of a guy's garage 4 days ago about the size of a basket ball. I used a Clorox box as a temp hive and weighed it when I...
  25. Thread: 8 frame or 10

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    Re: 8 frame or 10

    All the equipment I have been making the last year are 8 frame deeps. I'm going to migrate all my 10 frame equipment into 8 frame deeps and 8 frame mediums. The bees seem to draw out all 8 frames...
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