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    Re: Rotating Observation hive build

    That is really awesome woodworking! I will be studying your design and layout before I attempt to build one! Thanks!
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    Re: Introducing virgin queens

    I often will use my incubator instead of a finisher. I'm sure most of us have lost a batch or part of a batch due to poor timing (schedule conflicts, etc) or accidental wrong age selection of a...
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    Re: Introducing virgin queens

    AstroBee,

    I agree that on a scale of 200 nucs using queen cells would be way easier and probably more successful. If making up that amount of splits, in a short time, I assume it would be easiest...
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    Re: Introducing virgin queens

    I introduce virgin queens with pretty good success. It can definitely be done. I have a buddy that simply introduces them to his nuc splits just like a regular queen and gets about a 70% take. I...
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    Rotating Observation hive build

    Have any of you guys built one of the rotating style observation hives (such as the DraperBee style)? I am contemplating building one. Any tips? I'm mostly trying to figure out the best way to...
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    Re: NUC production tips???

    Currently, I raise all of my own queens (graft, incubator, etc.). The past couple of years I have been overwintering most of my nucs (I've had pretty good success, but I'm in VA) in either 5-frame...
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    NUC production tips???

    Currently I keep about 60-100 nucs around and sell about 35 nucs a year. I am considering stepping up production since the demand is quite high in my area. I'm looking for tips to improve nuc...
  8. Re: What is the obsession with WHITE???

    Glock,

    Nice pictures! I like the colors and creativity of your bee-yard. I think some of the pictures that got posted to this thread are more interesting than the thread! Thanks for sharing.
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    Re: Beware of the Birds!

    Hmmm, a couple cats or a .22 with a scope....LOL (just kidding, I wouldn't shoot the woodpecker). That is pretty intense bird damage Ryan! I remember you mentioning that too me. Did you ever end up...
  10. Re: When do you start your kids in the bee-yard?

    Thanks for the input everyone! Here is a picture of one of my buddy's kids. His name is Peter. I helped his dad get started into bees. I think this little guy was more comfortable with bees than his...
  11. When do you start your kids in the bee-yard?

    I have a four month old daughter. So, I have begun to consider when might be the best time/method to start bringing her to the bee-yard. Any suggestions? Tips? How do you make it a "fun" time? Best...
  12. Re: Should I become a commercial beekeeper?

    Great quote!
  13. Re: What is the obsession with WHITE???

    Thanks Bluegrass! It is interesting to hear about the history behind the "White."
  14. Re: What is the obsession with WHITE???

    [QUOTE=Lauri;1063117]Lucky I live in a cool climate. I get to have dark hive colors:


    Not a drinker, but I like my adult life, old time photos, etc. Ya, that bottle is full of honey...

    Below...
  15. Re: What is the obsession with WHITE???

    LOL! Very true. When I sell nucs I sometimes offer a learning session. You can easily pick out the newbies with the shiny white suits. I honestly hate to wear mine unless there is a real reason to...
  16. Re: What is the obsession with WHITE???

    Funny! The soul of the beekeeper!

    I really like your idea of coding colors to super type. I have done that with my top feeders. All 25, or so, are a gray color. I use a lot of color variation with...
  17. Re: What is the obsession with WHITE???

    True Micheal, I guess when working "hot" colonies it may make some difference, but I generally don't keep "hot" colonies in my yards or breeding program. At the least it would just seem more...
  18. Re: Do mountain side beekeepers get longer nectar flows?

    Thanks guys! It has just been one of those topics that I have been wondering about. It seems that for the most part even though the bloom dates shift with elevation you don't seem to think it makes...
  19. What is the obsession with WHITE???

    I've always wondered why "white" has become so universally standard in both bee-hive color choices and bee-suite colors. I know the "dogma" about dark colors bothering bees and potentially causing...
  20. Do mountain side beekeepers get longer nectar flows?

    Have any of you beekeepers that live along a mountain side noticed longer bloom dates? I guess what I'm getting at, do you think that the changes in elevation allow the bees to forage on a particular...
  21. Re: Could chickens in the beeyard help with Small hive beetles?

    Sounds like there are mixed opinions on whether chickens affect the SHB population, but that is pretty normal for us beekeepers, right? :-)

    I have heard that the guinea hens are a lot better for...
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    Re: Sugar Prices

    I need to check our Costco here in VA. Last time I purchased from Costco in Richmond, VA it was around $0.56 a lb.
  23. Could chickens in the beeyard help with Small hive beetles?

    Could chickens in the beeyard help with Small hive beetles? I was reading somewhere that someone was doing this. Do you think it could make a significant difference?
  24. Re: Any tips for a hobbyist transitioning to a sideliner bee business???

    Thanks Ian! That sounds like good advice!
  25. Any tips for a hobbyist transitioning to a sideliner bee business???

    Any tips for a hobbyist transitioning to a sideliner bee business???

    I would really appreciate any tips ranging from equipment choices, minimizing overhead, increasing proficiency of operation...
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