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  1. Controlling Pests on Young Apple trees in my Apiary

    Last year I planted some yearling Apple trees in my apiary and late in the season bugs really hammered the leaves. At the time I didn't want to do anything to harm my bees so I did nothing about the...
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    I didn't have any queen cells in my notched frames above the queen excluder. Both frames that I notched were pretty packed with capped brood and I didn't see any young open larvae above the QE. I...
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    Thanks for tips, I have read Mel's book and last Saturday I notched some frames and placed them above a queen excluder per Mel's book (you can read my previous posts in this thread as to my...
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    I also thought about using a inner cover with an elongated feeder hole above the queen excluder to reduce queen scent, but still give bees some access to the super with notche'd cells.
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    Would you still reverse the Bottom box to where the new entrance is at the back and let the returning field bees find the new upper entrance in the cloak board? or could you just put a board between...
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    Re: Funniest bee question ever asked

    The Question I get asked the most is " How do You Make the Honey?"
  7. Re: New UPS rules for shipping bees? Anyone know more about this?

    All the more reason to start raising your own bees ;)
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    Re: How did my bees survive ! ?

    I had a similar experience my first year with a nuc I purhcased and hived in the spring of 2012, By late fall it was down to a single deep and I couldn't find the queen or brood. So I decided to...
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    Re: Total newbie questions

    I went to Home Depot and bought a 2 qt disposable plastic paint mixing bucket, poked holes in the top with a thumb tack and placed on Two 1/4" thick scrap sticks above the inner cover hole. I block...
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    I too have bee reading about the cloak board. But Mel was very specific in his book about only a queen excluder. Mel is very prompt in answering emails, so if this next round doesn't take I'll ask...
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    With Rain forecasted for all day tomorrow I decided to check my OTS frames on day 6 instead of day 7 to see what was going on. Unfortunately all my notched cells were capped and repaired and the...
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    That looks great. What was your method of removing individual queen cells from the frame? I plan on putting the frame with the best looking queen cell in my nuc and tearing down any remaining. But...
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    Re: New plasticell not the same

    Glad I bought Rite Cell this time :D
  14. Re: Package Installation on 1 or 2 8 frameMediums?

    I would install the package in one 8 frame medium. Add the next medium when the first medium is 75 to 80% drawn out.
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    Re: What staple gun do you have?

    I've been using the Harbor Freight 2 in 1, 18 gauge brad/stapler for about a year now. No complaints so far.
    Think I paid around $18 in the store for it.
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    Re: Double deeps for the southerners?

    I live in Ga, and I run a deep and medium for brood. I don't have any real flow after July so occasionally I will have a deep and 2 mediums to overwinter in depending on what they make in the fall.
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    Re: adding additional supper too early

    I would wait till someone with more experience (especially with foundationless) chimes in... But to me, Too much open space = Wild Comb.
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    Re: adding additional supper too early

    I'm still a little new myself, but I don't think I would add 2 additional supers at one time.
    Do your additional supers have drawn or undrawn foundation?
    (From my limited understanding) If you are...
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    Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    I have a hive that is heads above the rest, never needs feeding and always produces the most honey. I have had this hive since I started beekeeping in April 2012.
    I decided that I need to something...
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    Re: Built my First Nuc!

    Thats my next purchase!

    Thanks
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    Built my First Nuc!

    I'm Finally on my way to building all my own equipment. I know there are much easier designs out there, but I kinda like the nuc boxes that resemble full size hives. Other than the flashing, inner...
  22. Thread: Farming

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    Re: Farming

    I am in an almost identical situation. My hives are located about 25 feet from the edge of the planted field in my apple orchard. I have not had any problems. I also ask the farmers to inform me...
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    Re: looking for covered Q cells

    where I am in Ga, during the spring I inspect my hives once a week for swarm cells. If I find a capped queen cell, I remove that Frame and use it to start a Nuc. * Note* I have only been beekeeping...
  24. Thread: Nuc box question

    by Ddawg
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    Re: Nuc box question

    Based on my vast 4 years of experience, I believe one of the First skills any new Beek should learn is creating nucs. Even though you may not need to worry about that so much in your first year, you...
  25. Thread: hardware cloth

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    Re: hardware cloth

    I couldn't find any locally, so I bought mine from Amazon. Think it was around $10 for a roll.
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