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    Re: 9 Frames in 10 Frame Super

    Many people love them, but I hate them. I have a few deeps that I inherited, that have the nine frame brackets. I wouldn't have done that on my own. The frames are overfilled and odd...
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    Re: First swarm capture X2

    I went out to my apiary tonight to check on my new captures and found another swarm on the same spruce. I do mostly carnies and these look Italian.

    The call that I went to last night...
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    First swarm capture X2

    On the way home from work tonight, I got a call. I was asked if I was a beekeeper and if I caught swarms.

    He had found my name on the internet on the BeeSource Bee Removal list. I...
  4. Re: My Steps to become a Commercial Beekeeper - Needing Critique

    I grew up on the family farm in Idaho. My grandfather homesteaded it.

    My father worked long hard hours and never could seem to get ahead. My brothers and I all worked long hard hours. ...
  5. Re: What to use if you forgot or can't find your hive tool?

    I misplaced my hive tool tonight and that is exactly what I grabbed. I just happened to spot my hive tool, just before I went out, but left that in my box, just in case.
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    Re: Hive swarmed , now Queenless?

    Doesn't sound like you have a queen. Probably a laying worker.
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    Re: Where To get fall goldenrod/aster seed?

    I have been looking at Seedland, but have not purchased yet. So I can not tell you if they are any good.

    I was thinking about their Honeybee mix:
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    Re: Too Cold to install packages?

    I just wanted the bee bodies to build up and not interested in the unknown genetics. I run carnies, but bought Italians. Plan to replace the queens before winter.

    I am probably a...
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    Re: Too Cold to install packages?

    I waited yesterday until it got up to 48 F and sunny. Tried shaking them out on a queen excluder so I could keep the drones out.

    The weather was turning bad again, so I ended up not...
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    Re: Type of Larva to graft?

    That makes sense. Last year I did mark 2 or 3 virgins as I found them and wanted to keep track of them. They were gone in a day or two and I never saw them again. I ended up combining their...
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    Re: Combining hives that have queens

    I am with Vance, if you do not like the one queen I would get rid of her.

    But the answer to the question about two queens is yes, you can run two queens. I did it last year with...
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    Re: Too Cold to install packages?

    Popped the trunk. They are all buzzing. They were pretty quiet when I picked them up. Kind of kills me looking out the window at the rain and my other hives and I can not do anything.
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    Too Cold to install packages?

    I just picked up 3 packages. It is 40 degrees F out and raining now. Right now they are in the trunk of my car in the garage. I am thinking I should leave them there until tomorrow. ...
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    Re: Adkins Bee Removal

    Got it too and deleted it.
  15. Re: Picking up packages with public transit.........

    When I got my bees last year my wife and daughter were with me. We were in a Suburban so we shared the passenger compartment with the bees. Even though they were prepared to bring bees...
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    Re: Bee Intallation, can it be this easy?

    I saw a video last year (my first year) where the guy took out half of the frames and just opened the package and placed it in. That seemed easy so I did it. checked on it the next day and...
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    Careful what you put in your hair

    This came up was one of my useless facts on my home page, so I had to search it out.

    http://www.spokesman.com/stories/1995/jun/21/tv-reporters-hair-gel-attracts-bee-swarm/
  18. Thread: Windows XP?

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    Re: Windows XP?

    Yes what jd said. I am a software developer. I still believe that XP was one of MS's best. If your computer is still running it, why change until the computer dies?

    If you are not a...
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    Re: Should I combine?

    Last year I put some weak hives together so they could build and separated the queens with excluders. They worked pretty well. You usually find that one queen will be favored over the other. ...
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    Re: trees for bees

    I was about to pose this question myself, but decided to do a search. I am looking for zone 4.
    I am thinking basswood, black locust and pussy willow from Cold Stream Farm. I tried Tulip...
  21. Re: New bees - should I start with VSH queen?

    I just started last year with 2 packages. I worked with them for a couple of months, I then purchased some queens. 3 where carnie/vsh and 2 were from Mike Palmer (mostly carnie mutts, I...
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    Re: Hello Form Idaho

    Welcome Dustin! Just starting my second year. I am just across the state.
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    Re: where can i buy this feeder

    I have like 10 of them because you get a break from Brushy Mountain at ten. They do cause robbing. About the only way that I can use them is to put an empty box on top and place them on the...
  24. Thread: Winter losses

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    Re: Winter losses

    This was my first winter, so not a lot of history. I took 4 into winter and I just cracked the tops last weekend. There was good movement in 3, so I believe that I lost 1. It just...
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    Re: essential oils in syrup

    My wife has a pretty sensitive nose (I don't) and I did do this in the kitchen. She complained for days. I try now to do it when she is not home so it has a chance to clear out. I...
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