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  1. Re: Supplier that makes half - length top bars?

    Call Woodlyn Brand Beekeeping located up in Humboldt County -- just north of you. http://www.woodlynbrand.com/
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    Re: Field trips to the apiary

    Although I would also like to share my experiences with others, I have reservations due to liability issues. The other issue I have is that I really don't want everyone to know where my apiary is.
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    Re: Shook Swarm Benefits

    Can anyone direct me to some resources - written mainly - on how to do / set up for a shook swarm? Hopefully, written in a thorough but concise manner with simple declarative sentences. Doolittle's...
  4. Thread: 2 Questions

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    Re: 2 Questions

    "Has it been proved that small cell beekeeping has had any advantages? ( I have bees on small cell, but in Australia we do not have Veroa, I expected it years ago so worked to get small cell bees). "...
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    Re: Feeder shim or empty medium

    Feeder shims
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    Re: 5 frame deep nucs vs 8 frame mediums

    Your idea should work, I have considered it but was concerned that the bees could be spread out too much and have trouble with thermoregulation during cold periods. So, I basically do what Harley...
  7. Is pollen actively or passively collected or both?

    It is my understanding and belief that bees actively collect pollen as well as nectar -- that is, some workers go out to collect pollen, some to collect nectar and some will collect both.

    I was...
  8. Thread: Good Books

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    Re: Good Books

    I think I got mine from Wicwas press for about 25 plus shipping
  9. Thread: Good Books

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    Re: Good Books

    Going into year 3, by now, you are developing your own style of beekeeping starting to figure out what to do and not to do. Hopefully the learning curve should be starting to flatten out a little...
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    Re: what to do with dwindling hive?

    Just to chime in - For the hive that has dwindled, I would leave it alone and wait it out.

    Regarding OA - you seem to have treated alot with OA. Did you just treat or did you do the alcohol wash...
  11. Re: Poor quality components - how much tolerance to allow?

    Just to be clear, as the OP -- I was not talking about Mann Lake.
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    Re: 26 minutes of Randy Oliver

    Randy Oliver is a great speaker with data and research to back up his lectures. In my opinion, he is the real deal, unlike many of the false profits we have in beekeeping.
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    Re: Mike Palmer 4 Frame nucs

    Yep - mine are 8-3/16
  14. Re: Poor quality components - how much tolerance to allow?

    I would think these big operations would have these dimension dialed in and quality control set up to frequently check their production lines.
  15. Re: Poor quality components - how much tolerance to allow?

    I only buy budget or commercial boxes when I am cutting them up to make deeper feeding or spacing rims. Otherwise, I buy the select or whatever they claim there best quality lumber is.

    In this...
  16. Poor quality components - how much tolerance to allow?

    Just received some bottom boards from a major supplier of hive components that I purchased during the "Black Friday" sales.

    The bottom boards that I purchased have up to 1/8 inch space between...
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    Re: Lost Both Hives Now What

    Well, I'll take a shot at this. Sorry you lost your hives but don't give up. Learn how to split and make increases to replace your losses. Study up by watching Michal Palmer's sustainable apiary...
  18. Re: Ethical obligation of someone teaching an intro class?

    Ahh-- you sure he was celibate --- always question the conventional wisdom.
  19. Re: Ethical obligation of someone teaching an intro class?

    Our club has a speaker who frequently refers to "Beekeeper Inattention Disorder" that essentially is neglect. He also talks about "Loving our bees to death" referring mainly to new beekeepers who...
  20. Re: Ethical obligation of someone teaching an intro class?

    Iharder - Have you read Beekeeping at Buckfast Abby by Brother Adam? If not, I think it will give you some idea as to what it takes to actually be a bee breeder and develop a strain of bees with...
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    Re: Winter feeding

    I also put mine in the oven at 170 degrees (lowest temp. it would go) thinking it would dry out faster -- but it didn't. Started to melt down and 6 days later, it is a gummy sticky mess. I am also...
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    Re: Rural Neighbors complaining

    Take the high road - chances are you will be neighbors for a long time
  23. Re: Ethical obligation of someone teaching an intro class?

    Ethics? What are ethics? Hard to say what the teachers motivation was or is. It would be a poor business model to follow if the goal was to get your bees to die and have to be replaced each year....
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    Re: OTS queen rearing...

    I was under the impression that he no longer used the flour and bullets:s
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    Re: Best way to clean beeswax?

    I use to melt wax in water and filter it through cheese cloth and T shirts but not anymore. Now, wax capping and dirty wax is cleaned up very nice by going through the solar melter a couple of times....
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