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    Late packages from Hardeman

    After a good experience last year, I ordered 3 packages from Hardeman Apiaries on 1/3/14. I shortly received an invoice listing a ship date of 4/22 (later than I'd hoped for, but okay). I called...
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    Re: Am I doing a stupid thing?

    Note that Wolf Creek bees aren't strictly treatment free. John Seaborn advocates organic treatments including essential oils and powdered sugar for mites.
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    Re: eBay observation hive

    Dealing with population swings has been the hardest part, but that's to be expected in such a small colony. Last year I had trouble settling on a good way to feed them syrup; this year I've used...
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    Re: Crock pot for wax melting?

    Yes. I don't use a liner; it's easy to find inexpensive used ones at thrift stores.
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    Re: eBay observation hive

    I bought one of these hives from this vendor, and it's a good deal for the money. I couldn't afford the likes of Bonterra and didn't have the time or expertise to make my own. Caveats- I had to...
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    Re: permacomb

    john.seets@ngc.com
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    Re: permacomb

    As of Saturday (7/27), John emailed looking for anyone else wanting to join a group order - he still needed orders for several hundred more combs to make up the 1,000 unit minimum. There might...
  8. Re: How do some guys go without any kind of protective gear what so ever?

    I'm with you, BeeGhost - I just don't care to get stung. Sure, I can shrug them off and keep working, but why go unprotected? Stings to the hands and face are the worst.
  9. Re: I would like to get some reveiws on Hardimens in gorgia any input would be great

    I bought three Italian packages from Hardeman's this year. They were shipped by mail & arrived in great condition. All queens were accepted and the hives are off to a good start. Too soon to tell...
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    Re: SKC super queens fact or myth

    I bought a couple of queens last summer sold by Russell as Sunkist (non-Cordovan). One survived in a late-season split. It started slowly and overwintered in two 8-frame mediums. Numbers built...
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    Re: New beekeeper in the tropics

    Welcome! The hive pictured certainly has a lot of character! Is it a standard Langstroth? How many frames are in the box?

    1) Keep feeding. Even if nectar sources are available, there may be...
  12. Re: bees or chickens ????? .......................... bees

    Very nice! How did your bees do in the Hill Country? Is there much forage around you? Last summer was on the dry side, wasn't it? It must've been a tough year to get started.
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    Re: Small hive beetle traps?

    Put them in each box, if you can. I've read that it's best to place them between the two outermost frames on either side, alternating positions between boxes, i.e., left front on one box, right rear...
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    Re: First Swarm in Rhode Island

    Congratulations! That's a big one. How did you get it?
  15. Getting package bees into observation hive - my solution

    I had to restart my observation hive this spring, and I wanted to transfer the bees from a package into the hive with as few losses as possible. I removed the can of sugar syrup, ran tubing from the...
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    Re: HIve beetles with swarm?

    Interesting. I assumed that the beetles were attracted to the scent of honey or wax in an established hive.
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    HIve beetles with swarm?

    I collected a nice swarm this afternoon that had landed on someone's front door. I brushed the bulk of the swarm into a box, closed it up, and then waited for the rest to troop into a smaller...
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    Survival odds of soggy swarm?

    Today I rescued a swarm which had landed in a nearby street. It had begun to rain when I got the call, and I estimate that they'd been wet for about 20 minutes when I picked them up. The temperature...
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    Re: Ways to reduce space in an 8-frame medium?

    I believe my boxes are wide enough for 2 nucs, although I'd have to measure to be sure. I may not always be able to use both sides, though, so I'd still need a way to occupy the extra space...
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    Re: Ways to reduce space in an 8-frame medium?

    Good points. They will find any crack, and the main reason I want to do this is to reduce the space that a smaller group of bees has to defend. The hive beetles are terrible around here. The...
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    Ways to reduce space in an 8-frame medium?

    I use all 8-frame mediums, but I'd like to have the equivalent of a 5-frame medium nuc to use for starting splits or small swarms. Rather than buying 5-frame medium nuc boxes, I'm thinking of...
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    Re: My observation hive is built and hung.

    Very nice! It appears to have deep and medium slots, maybe even a shallow at the top. Did you design it to accommodate different frame sizes?
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    Re: Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane instead of paint?

    I've used Helmsman spar urethane on cypress and and pine boxes for 3 years. It takes preparation to make it last - sand the wood, then three thick coats of urethane, sanding lightly after each...
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    Re: Hives and pets. Can we all get along?

    Yes, please do remember that dogs can have reactions to stings. One of mine did. Fortunately, it wasn't too severe, and rearranging the hives to change flight patterns has prevented further...
  25. Observation hives and hive beetles - what do you do?

    In another thread, I described how my observation hive bees absconded, possibly because they weren't strong enough to manage the hive beetles. I could install one or more beetle blasters at the...
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