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    Re: Unassemble Box Pricing

    I am building my own mediums for less than $3 each. One 6' 1x8 will make one medium box, the 6' boards are usually the cheapest (and shortest) length at my local lumber yard. I do all the cutting...
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    Re: Gloves....What U Using?

    I wear a jacket mainly because with just a helmet and veil every time I bent over the helmet would fall off. The "hood" on the jacket stays in place nicely. No gloves unless I am harvesting, then a...
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    Re: When to add protein patties

    March will be the critical month up here in the north (like you). That will be the time to add protein to the hive. You don't want to stimulate brood too early as they will consume winter stores...
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    Re: What do you look for in a new bee yard?

    Agree with all. Water is important and also make sure the neighbors do not have a swimming pool nearby. However, be careful that you don't basically pick the "same property in a different...
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    Re: Dead Bees Everywhere

    Not sure what you have for bee predators in LA, up here in WI I have had yellow jacket wasps completely destroy a hive in early autumn. Were the brood frames also emptied? Did the honey frames look...
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    Re: varroa on landing board... oxalic now???

    Do you have an upper entrance?
  7. Thread: Hive Bodies

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    Re: Hive Bodies

    Build my own, under $3 each.
  8. Thread: Entrance reducer

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    Re: Entrance reducer

    I am not a fan of wrapping hives in tar paper. I think it traps moisture and speeds up the rotting of your boxes. Plus, I don't believe it actually is capable of adding very much heat to the inside...
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    Re: What do you use for hive strap?

    I agree with the trucker's hitch approach, I started with ratchet straps but they are expensive and the ratchet part is prone to corrosion. Nylon braid on core works well since it is fairly slippery...
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    Re: Winterized today!

    I try to build down my hives to 3 or 4 mediums going into winter. Leaving surplus honey on does reduce the potential for starvation, but it also increases the interior volume of the hive that the...
  11. Thread: Non Feeding

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    Re: Non Feeding

    The baggie feeding technique that I use is very simple and works well. I use a 1 gallon size zip-lok baggie, about 1/2 full of honey. This is laid flat on the inner cover and then I make 2-3 3"...
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    Re: Non Feeding

    It really depends on the year, this year there was plenty of nectar and pollen well into October. I fed a few pounds of leftover honey to each hive with baggy feeders, just to get rid of it, but...
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    Re: Take the honey and kill the bees

    Do you have an idea of why your colonies are weak? Do they have a disease or are they loaded with mites? Were they sprayed with pesticide during the season? If they are otherwise healthy, it is...
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    Re: Talking with Grade School Kids

    You will have fun doing this, I did the same thing last spring. I agree with Cloverdale, bring a smoker and let them smell it and ask them what it smells like, you will be surprised at the answers...
  15. Re: Does anyone use phenology to time hive management events?

    Being aware of weather patterns and forecasts, what is blooming, what is done blooming, what color pollen the bees are bringing in, how full the hive is with brood, bees and honey, etc. are all...
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    Re: Foundations, wax or plastic?

    Starting with a kit will get you a bunch of stuff that you don't need, and will lack some things that you will find useful or necessary. Check with your local beekeeping association and visit a...
  17. Thread: Yellow Jackets!

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    Re: Yellow Jackets!

    I have had this happen as well, last year when we had a long warm droughty Fall, high hornet numbers, no forage for the bees, and no frost to kill off the hornets. The reason I am convinced that...
  18. Thread: washing Jars

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    Re: washing Jars

    After all the work that goes into producing, harvesting, extracting, it makes sense to take a little bit of time to make sure your final containers are as clean as possible.
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    Re: Veils / Black Mesh

    Don't worry, you will get used to having the veil over your head. Eventually, it will be the least of your concerns as the weather gets warm and your start having to lift full supers of honey with...
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    Re: new from wisconsin

    5 new packages will definitely keep you busy this summer! You will also have an excellent opportunity to see how different each colony will become. Plan on having some honey this year, 3 lb...
  21. Thread: Ticks

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    Re: Ticks

    Just spray it on your shoes and the bottom of your pants legs. This will keep most of the ticks off. I also check my bee jacket often, they are much easier to see on the white fabric. Carry a...
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    Re: Is beekeeping always frustrating?

    I prefer to think of beekeeping as "interesting" rather than "frustrating". If it were simple and everything always worked according to plan, it would get boring and repetitive very quickly. It is...
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    Sideliner Product Liability Insurance?

    Just wondering what other small-scale beekeepers do about product liability insurance when selling only via word-of-mouth and farmer's markets?
  24. Re: Newbie Help. Bought hives that had the queen trapped above excluder

    I do not use excluders and have never had issues with brood in the honey supers. My advice would be to get rid of them altogether or use them in the fall for mouse excluders (between the bottom...
  25. Re: What would you charge? or how would you handle this?

    I would treat this like a CSA share. Charge a set price per hive per season for whatever honey the hive is able to produce. Assume new packages each year and a reasonable life of the equipment. I...
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