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    Re: For those who do a lot of cut-outs

    Ya, besides the above, tree trimmers, property management companies, humane societies, nature reserves etc. It's surprising who people call about bees.
    What I did is, found a good website that...
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    Re: Thrown into the Fray!

    I'm voting for the wall section, at the most your going to have a floor to ceiling section, the question how wide? I'd have a hole saw to do some holes to establish the perimeter, then staple some #8...
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    Re: Easier way to feed...suggestions?

    What about a two wheeled cart and a hand pump? Whoa, I just gave myself a idea instead of carting gallon jugs in a milk crate.
  4. Re: Quick and East Bee Watering Feature - Any Suggestions?

    I take a 4' section of commercial gutter, cap the ends, it holds about 5 gal of water. I was just throwing pieces styrofoam for floats, but was chasing them down after every storm. Last year came...
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    Re: Deadout, reuse frames come this spring?

    Unless you have some serious dysentery, I say reuse all of them, you can always start to switch them out once your hive is established. You have a narrower window for the bees to build comb than...
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    Re: Do you reverse hive bodies?

    My mentor always said " leave em alone they'll move down on they're own"
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    Re: what is considered a local queen?

    double post, oops!
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    Re: what is considered a local queen?

    Considering that you've got a crap shoot from the male side of the mating, I would think any queen from a hive that survives a full year in your location would be considered local.
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    Look at it this way, you helped a bud out of a jam and now you've got drawn out comb for spring splits. I haven't bought a queen in years, mutt queens don't cost you a thing except the time it takes...
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    Re: Select Commercial Budget

    I buy commercial grade from WTKelly, maybe I got lucky on the runs,but the last 20 boxes have been pretty much knot free, mostly some minor cupping, which is easily overcome with some clamps.
  11. Re: Why is my queen bee sticking her head in a cell fro 10 minutes at a time ?

    A new yoga position, head in the cell posture lol
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    Re: Helmet for really big head

    I have a in between headsize of 7 5/8 & 7 3/4 so I've been burned before too.
    I use sun helmets from frostproof.com for work and don't have a problem with their sizing. They have a straw model that...
  13. Thread: Best size super

    by rwlaw
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    Re: Best size super

    Ya, well let em howl! LOL I run for bees, not honey, besides it's a lot nicer to spin out ten frames and get 80 or 90 lbs of honey than twenty.
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    Re: Merry Christmas to all of you!

    Merry Chirstmas to all! Let's keep this thread at the top of the list for the day!
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    Re: Mel Disselkoens book

    I think Mel worked really hard to explain his method and experiences more in depth. The web site is kind of like snapshots and the book is laid out better with more explanation, is the best way I can...
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    Re: MDA Splitter Technique

    Squarepeg, two or if i think one cell looks iffy, I'll leave three on a frame.
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    Re: MDA Splitter Technique

    That's it, what your doing is pulling the old cocoons away so they can start the cell. Do any amount on the frames that have larvae, I do up to six notches per frame as it's up to the bees to make...
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    Re: mice out in winter?

    I've never had mice get into a hive, but from what I saw when they got into some drawn out frames, they leave a BIG pile of wax when they tunnel thru the frames. Look for nesting material sticking...
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    Re: MDA Splitter Technique

    Been using his method for 3 years now, haven't treated since (except brood breaks for you purists).
    Swiftwisdom is right, his new book is much easier to follow and has a better layout of his...
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    Re: NOT beautiful home made solar wax melters

    Ya, what's up w/ the 6 month figure? In a couple days, it'll be a whole 9hrs 1min of daylight!
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    Re: sugar patty problem

    After you hit 240, turn the heat off and add enough sugar to make it look like a batch of medium/thick oatmeal(my 15lb batch is roughly 5lb, it all depends on the humidity). That way any of the syrup...
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    Re: Viability of swarms?

    It's a crap shoot. Most of the time any swarms I've picked up managed to screw up somehow and don't make it thru the winter.
    The last one I got a call on was so late (August 23rd), that I really...
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    Re: Is this what robbing looks like

    You've got a batch of bees doing their orientation thing. There'd be a lot more squabbling going on if there was robbers around
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    Re: For the stylish beekeeper...

    Raising bees will reward you with delicious pure raw honey and with increased pollination of fruit trees and vegetable plants in your garden. The experts at one of the world’s premier beekeeping...
  25. Thread: Bee Box?

    by rwlaw
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    Re: Bee Box?

    Seems like he would offer frames or a explanation for use. There is no room for expansion, so maybe it's a swarm box, long way around for that tho.
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