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  1. Re: Why is a medium sometimes called an Illinois super?

    dadants were the first to push this size super and their located in Illinois.
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    Re: Which size hives are most productive?

    Ian as they say all beekeeping is local. one year we indoor wintered 300 hives. probably a system like yours. total darkness, controlled temperature, fresh air brought in and exhaust old air out at...
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    Re: Which size hives are most productive?

    last summer was one of my best in 50 yrs with many hives making over 200 lbs. can you imagine the logistics of a 5 frame nuc making that kind if crop? would be the tallest nuc I've ever seen. as I...
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    Re: Which size hives are most productive?

    It takes lots of bees to make lots of honey. this is why 2 queen systems were developed. If a 5 frame nuc appears to make lots of honey its because its all brood. they would starve in short order....
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    Re: Value of used equipment.

    sitting for 2 yrs they may have been eaten up by wax worms or have dry combs. red flag to me is bees don't freeze out. there's another reason they died.
  6. Thread: Comb honey

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    Re: Comb honey

    to make nice comb honey use wax fdn made for comb honey. its thinner and makes a better product. cut comb is the easiest. letting the bees draw comb makes thicker wax and is less desirable. big...
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    Re: How often do you move hives around?

    once a hive is set in a desired location there is no reason to move it.
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    Re: What nails should I use?

    you can tell by looking but try lowes and look at #8 box nails. box nails are smaller dia and less adpt to split. If you can find use galv.
  9. Re: Checker boarded, but not like Walt said, he didn't read the article

    walts checker boarding has nothing to do with moving brood up. just rearranging honey frames. separating brood is bad for the hive.
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    Re: Bottling honey

    we have toured dutch gold and tropical blossom. while upside down a quick blast of air hits each bottle. the only reason is to remove any dust so granulation is delayed as long as possible. nothing...
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    Re: Types of hive stands - ideas

    regular cement blocks work well but are too simple for most beekeepers.
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    Re: Drums Crystralised honey

    heat is a result of energy used. If led uses less energy they must run cooler? my mother has a lamp for reading as she is nearly blind. 60 watt is the most recommended and I put in a 100 watt led and...
  13. Re: Checker Boarding and Adding new undrawn suppers

    sometimes you can get away with doing things wrong and get away with it. we been at this 50 yrs, as past bee inspector and up to 1200 hives. I just hate to have new beekeepers get bad advice. there...
  14. Re: Checker Boarding and Adding new undrawn suppers

    as said checker boarding only should never be done with brood. brood cannot be separated by empty frames. doing so would deter swarming as your destroying the hive.
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    Re: Are the good times about over with?

    as beekeepers we were able to get by before the almond boom. I have expected markets to slip with todays world economy. the medium size beekeeper may be better off as they are less dependent on...
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    Re: Indoor Wintering

    I would look at palmers method. he has worked out a lot of details and it works well for him. back in the late 70's or early 80's there was a Canadian that wintered in a bldg. with outside entrances...
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    Re: how cold is too cold to move bees

    we have moved bees in all kinds of weather. a few years ago we left nys and it was zero. bees were on the truck for 3 days and unloaded in south Carolina. of course open entrances covered by a net....
  18. Thread: Poster Child

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    Re: Poster Child

    zhiv9 we have really not had any bee kill since the early 80's and we don't have a support system in place. I hate to deal with the gov. as most commercial guys are quite independent unless you get...
  19. Thread: Poster Child

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    Re: Poster Child

    where I live in upstate ny our county has the most acreage of corn in nys. no problems here but why would my bees be flying across a tilled field during corn planting season. I cant understand why...
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    Re: Planting around hive

    now that sounds better. lol good luck with your bees.
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    Re: Planting around hive

    no robbing problem but if it takes 2 mil. visits to flowers to make 1 lb honey what good does a few hundred flowers do?
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    Re: Planting around hive

    most bees have wings and can't walk to work. will have no affect on the bees but if that makes ya feel good do it.
  23. Thread: Poster Child

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    Re: Poster Child

    Its kind of the more ya know the more confused ya get. all of our top research people are trying but no real answer yet. Is it spray or beekeepers? for a university to come up with a real answer...
  24. Thread: Poster Child

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    Re: Poster Child

    keith the other pollinators here in the ne is dan winters and jim doan who is dave h's cousin. all e-lap members.
  25. Thread: Poster Child

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    Re: Poster Child

    I also know dave. looking at e-lap payments the larger migratory guys have biggest ccd problems? at least here in the northeast If I were still doing pollination I would cut the pollination in half...
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