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    Re: VP Queen Bees....

    Thanks for all the input.. We plan to chat tomorrow on the phone I look forward to talking to him and possibly give them a try.
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    VP Queen Bees....

    Has anyone used any of their VSH stock? I know if you buy direct from them all you can buy is Breeder queens. I am thinking about this to mix in to my queen yard full of survivor stock. If you have...
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    Re: 5 Foot Queen Castle

    I will let you all know how it does this year. I have started filling it up and hope to run it full steam all summer.
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    Re: Queen breeders will this work?

    The top is framed out of wood like a normal tele cover. Instead of metal on the top I have a stock pile of roofing rubber. It is the stuff they use on flat top buildings for the roof. It don't rip...
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    Re: Queen breeders will this work?

    Marsh,
    I will have to check tomorrow I can't remember off the top of my head on measurements.

    The box itself is made from 3/4x10"x5ft. The bottom is just a piece of plywood. and the divider...
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    Re: Queen breeders will this work?

    Ok update on mating hotel I built. I only grafted 9 cells for the test run of the hotel cause that was all I needed to finish up the year with requeening and making up the last of the NUCS I am...
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    5 Foot Queen Castle

    Ok I waited to post this cause I wanted to see how it worked. I wanted a Queen hotel that would have several separate compartments to place ripe cells in or virgins. I was a little worried about the...
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    Re: Sourwood flow in NE Tenn/ SW VA

    We have sourwood in full bloom on my side of the mountain as well. But like you I am not seeing much action around them. But I promise you don't step in my yard you will get stung they are wearing...
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    Queen breeders will this work?

    I now they have mini mating nucs and other mating boxes. I have a couple of the full size boxes dadoed to allow divider boards to slide in to make a 10 frame a 4 way mating nuc that holds 2 frames in...
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    Re: DCoates Mating Nuc...

    Looks good. I will say this because I did the same thing with inner covers when I built my queen castles. I found that the inner cover laying on top bars will not allow the bees to get on top of...
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    Need input on queen castle

    I have several castles that are made from 10 frame boxes. I dado and place a panel in them to divide the box into 4 separate sections. Each section holds 2 frames enough to get a queen mated and...
  12. Thread: Honey price

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    Honey price

    Just wondering what does people sell there honey for and what size? I know this is going to vary from location to location but interesting to see. My father in law sells honey at his store that he...
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    Re: uncapping tank (improvised)

    I took a cooler and removed the screws that held the lid hidges on off. screwed me a board in the middle and put a screw in middle of board to set frames with side rail holes on. I then made me a...
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    First Swarm of the year

    I put out a few swarm traps last week. Was on property that one was placed on today and low and behold as I was telling my buddy what to look for when he checks the ones I gave him to put on his...
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    Honey supers...

    Just wondering on average how many shallow supers or whatever size supers you use for surplus honey do you get off your hives? Thought it would be nice to see what average is in other areas.
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    Re: Cheap lumber

    If I buy from my local sawmill I normally get whatever size I am looking for in pine for $.50 bf Normally its less then that cause he always rounds down on the bf and always has extra stuff laying...
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    2 Queens in Observation hive

    I found the old queen and a much bigger new queen this weekend in my observation hive here is a short video of the two queens side by side. As of right now they are both still in there together....
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    Re: Logs to boards

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v237/snakehollowjoe1/null_zps736cda26.jpg
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    Logs to boards

    A co-worker had a pine cut down in his yard this week. I told him I would remove the log if the guy wanted to charge him to take it. So today we went over to load the trailer down with some wood....
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    She looks good...

    One of my Carniolan queens from Koehnen

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v237/snakehollowjoe1/null_zps23cb2220.jpg

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v237/snakehollowjoe1/null_zpsddc8dc85.jpg
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    Re: Redneck dust collector

    no just one leaf blower
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    Redneck dust collector

    Ok so I have not invested in a dust collector and after moved piles of chips from planner we became creative. Its not pretty but man does it blow some chips out.
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    Re: Building boxes from cedar?

    I have several big cedar logs I am fixing to take to saw mill and get ripped down. Will save me some money this way. Its going to cost me $.20 a board foot. The guy that has sawmill has some cedar...
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    Re: Few more things built

    Lol I don't mind it was not my idea. I have one of these I bought years ago from a Amish man in Ohio and mine has the brush holder on it.
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    Busy day splits and NUCS made today

    Didn't manage to get all the hives split today will finish tomorrow. But was able to take 3 hives and turn them into 5 hives and 6 NUCS. Then moved the mother hives and Split hives to new yard and...
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