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  1. Re: How much money can a beekeeper make in a year owning 100 hives?

    It has been discussed here on Beesource before, and always seems to get a lot of responses, some reasonable, some questionable at best.

    The best advice is usually to build slowly and debt-free....
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    Re: Wintering nucs in a garage or shed

    If you read FlowerPlanter's post #9 in this thread, he gives 2 links. The first one goes to an old thread from 2013. The 9th post in that 2013 thread is by Merince, who also gives a link to CAPA....
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    Re: Too late to add another deep?

    I'd leave them at least 5 frames in the center, and give them foundation frames on the outside of the top box. They'll likely need the honey over the winter.

    Like Enjambres says, bees need about...
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    Re: Foundationless for new Beekeeper

    Welcome to Beesopurce!

    I'd recommend adding half a worker cell foundation in the center of the middle 6 frames with the wires going vertically. They can draw out larger cells on the outside 4...
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    Re: russian bees

    Welcome to Beesource!

    I'd give that queen a chance. Russians are known for surviving winters in extremely small clusters, and they do build up rather late, but will pass up other colonies when...
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    Re: jwcarlson, RE: your quilt box.

    Thanks, guys! This could open up overwintering at higher altitudes for me. I'd love to see how the quilt boxes affect diurnal temperature swings inside the hives - if anyone can figure out temp...
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    Re: Wintering nucs in a garage or shed

    Dr. Charles C. Miller used to winter his bees indoors. He mentioned that you need to let them out on warm days.

    If I lived in cold country, I'd probably consider a straw bale building to winter...
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    Re: Winter quilt AND candy, or bad idea?

    Michael P - How early do you start feeding 2:1 up there in Vermont? Do you judge that by temperature?
  9. Re: Warning: Some of these images may be disturbing to younger, more sensitive viewer

    Thank you for posting, JW.

    That really motivates me to implement Lauri Miller's scheme. She put half a foundation vertically in the center of a frame, leaving spaces on both sides for the bees to...
  10. Re: Yes you can buy a gallon bucket of Goldenrod at Home Depo, $5, get planting!

    I hear the price of weed is going down in California, too, but I don't smoke that stuff, personally. I get plenty of smoke from the pine needles in the bellows smoker, thank you.
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    Re: Combining Queen Bee to Worker

    OK, for practical purposes, the better queen has not got much to do with traits - the YOUNGER QUEEN usually wins! That's usually better for the hive, but then again, my best bees are the really...
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    Re: New bee keeper question

    Looking very good. I'd probably reverse the 2 boxes, and let the bees do the rest. If there is a nectar flow, such as goldenrod, stop feeding and move them onto a good field of it until the flow is...
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    Re: The Sardinian honey bee...

    I should have mentioned building "Observation hive boxes" with windows on all 4 sides, and maybe Laidlaw queen introduction cages (see Dr. Harry H. Laidlaw's book, Contemporary Queen Rearing,...
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    Re: Combining Queen Bee to Worker

    It should never hurt to add a good, new queen. If there are 2 queens in the hive, they will probably fight, and the better one will win. If there is no queen, your bees will probably accept her after...
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    Re: Overwintering Nuc side by side

    I'd put the capped honey in the top, centered in the middle. I'd put the brood in the bottom, biggest patch in the middle, smaller patches on the sides. I'd put the pollen nearest the open brood (if...
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    Re: New bee keeper question

    Could you tell us a little bit about how the top box looks?

    How many frames of capped brood? Any open brood? Have you attempted to monitor varroa mites? Any capped honey?

    Also, any idea of how...
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    Re: Overwintering Nuc side by side

    Do I understand you correctly that you have "double deeps", meaning a 5-frame nuc on top of a 5-frame nuc?
  18. Re: What are your goals as a first year beekeeper ???

    Back when I started, my first year goals were to make lots of equipment, to read all the beekeeping books I could find (I must have read 30 books that year), to start to learn queen rearing, to start...
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    Re: The Sardinian honey bee...

    Thank you for sharing the excellent news, JBL.

    You'd be wise to go take a Master Beekeeper certification class, which would favor your getting some of the stock when it becomes available.

    I'd...
  20. Re: Bear-proofing that is safe for children and pets?

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fe20030904cw.html

    Check out the metal stand. The bears wriggled up the poles and managed to knock off one hive. At the end of the article, he says the guy greased...
  21. Re: OSU Webinar: Royal Jelly and Queen Development - 8/19/15

    Dr. Janini was excellent. I learned something new - the critical element in Royal Jelly is a protein called Royal Actin. That, along with heavy feeding of the rest of RJ and other foods, triggers the...
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    Re: Inspection Time Frame

    Brilliant, BP! You're getting as good as Dr. C.C. Miller was at hive management. I'm going to write that post down or print it, laminate it, and tack it to the rafter of the bee shed.

    Brasco18 -...
  23. Re: OSU Webinar: Royal Jelly and Queen Development - 8/19/15

    Thanks again, JW. I just checked in to familiarize myself with the system. Looks easy enough. I'll be check in at 5:45 AM Pacific Time tomorrow morning. "See" you there.
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    Re: Races of Queens?

    Incidentally, there are a very few exceptions to what TenBears says about remote breeding areas in the USA.

    One is being used by Washington State University as a breeding ground for the New World...
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    Re: Inspection Time Frame

    Well, "Aunt Betty", I thought those kind of "queens" hung out in San Francisco dressed like pink cowboys:p. I was talking about bees - the female honeybee with the long abdomen who lays the eggs.
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