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    Re: Value of used equipment.

    Not a good deal, IMO. Especially not if all the tools are extras for you. I bought a similar package to get started years ago..for $100...from someone who was tried of dead outs. And if it's like...
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    Re: No compete clauses

    Lawyer here. Non-compete clauses are enforced differently in different states. In Ohio, they are readily enforced by the courts--including ones that require the breaching party to pay the others'...
  3. Re: New Beek this spring. Starting with 5 frame nucs. Treatment ?

    Go watch some Youtube Videos and read a few articles on how to test for mite loads with a powder sugar roll. That will give you a handle on being able to gauge your mite load. Your concern over...
  4. Re: New Beek this spring. Starting with 5 frame nucs. Treatment ?

    Your question is a bit vague. First, you don't say what you're treating FOR. I will assume you refer to varroa mites. Second, do you mean, what treatment should you start with as soon as you get...
  5. Thread: Zombee fly

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    Re: Zombee fly

    Just caught a national article on the "Zombee" apocalypse:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/02/zombie-bees/458952/

    Though this is a weird, gross way for a bee to die, it doesn't...
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    Re: Bloom date sub forum

    I've thought this a good idea for a while as well. I love the bloom date posts, but being in SW Ohio, I don't really care that, say, mesquite is blooming in Texas.

    But I think a 50 state...
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    Re: Planting around hive

    In my experience, bees ignore flowers in a 10-20' radius around the hive. If for decoration, go nuts. If for nectar, you may want to think twice.
  8. Thread: New SW Ohio

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    Re: New SW Ohio

    Welcome from Dayton! 12 hives is quite a way to start; off the deep end you go....

    Definately try to get involved in a local bee club, and you may want to try to lock down some hands-on help from...
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    Re: Coates Nucs..how long do they last?

    Mine are all still looking good after 3 years. I coated mine with 2 coats exterior paint. I had a problem with lid warping, so now I use strips of plumbing/hvac steel strapping to lock the lids on...
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    Re: An opinion on a fair trade.

    Have him come and take the old queen and make himself a nuc. You could charge him a fair price for the nuc in your area. Or trade him for a nuc from one of his best hives. You could also ask him to...
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    Re: Super newbie in western OHIO

    Welcome from Dayton.
  12. Re: Whats the advantage of registering yur hives?

    The PA law says:

    2110. Free access
    The department, the chief apiary inspector and any apiary inspector shall have free access, ingress and egress to and from any apiary, premises, building or...
  13. Re: Whats the advantage of registering yur hives?

    Wow, the anti-government conspiracy theorists sure came out fast on this one. Are we not a nation of laws? If you don't like it, write your legislator. Otherwise follow the law.

    It seems to...
  14. Re: Dying to Know What my Bees are Foraging (Ohio)

    In Dayton, locust is done. Clover is booming: white, red,and yellow. Basswood just around the corner...
  15. Re: Spinoff of # hives. How many hives to be totally self sufficient?

    If you want 20 production hives going into each year's flow, I'd recommend trying to have 5-10 nucs/small hives to overwinter with your 20 "big" hives. If you have 30% winter losses, you will still...
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    Re: when to add a second super

    If they have drawn out a whole box of foundation and stashed nectar, add another. Remember, bees need extra room to store honey while they work on concentrating/evaporating it down to honey. Give...
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    Re: two hive placement

    I am quite confused about this whole setup you have/envision. But here's the bottom line, if you have your hives facing a high-traffic area I would re-think it. If it's something where people may...
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    Re: Does Comb = Mated Queen?

    Secondary swarms typically have virgin queens--eg you might have a queen, but she's not bred yet. But, this early in the season it's probably pretty likely that there is a laying queen. Either way,...
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    Re: two hive placement

    I 2nd Vance. Also, you will not want to stand in front of the hive enterance while working it. To one side is better, behind the hive is best.
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    Re: Burr comb or wild comb

    PS - yes, scrape out all that burr comb.
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    Re: Burr comb or wild comb

    With that many queen cells, your hive will swarm if you don't act fast.

    I hate to lecture, but this should not have been your first time opening the hive this year--May is FAR too late to be...
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    Re: Evolution of Swarming?

    Very interesting question. I'm guessing you won't take "because that's the way Jesus made them..." as an answer. Ha!

    Obviously this is a question for an evolutionary biologist, which I am not. ...
  23. What is a tolerable mite count for Spring in the Midwest?

    So I decided to get more precise in my beekeeping this year. I did mite counts (sugar shake method) on all hives yesterday, but I'm finding treatment threshold numbers online that are all over the...
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    Re: Price for a rotted out hive with bees?

    To my mind, any payment would be a gratuity to an elderly someone who seems like they are in a bad spot in life. I dont pay people for swarms--which is what these are given the dismal state of the...
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    Re: Watering bees.

    If your bee yard is near a structure you own, I recommend a rain barrel tapped into a downspout. Mine holds 90 gallons or so and never runs dry. I leave it to drip into a basin that I fill with...
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