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  1. Re: Kelley- anyone else having customer service problems?

    I just hope there is a live human rep at the HAS meeting.....
  2. Re: Kelley- anyone else having customer service problems?

    Yes, ordered 30 shallow frames in January. When I got around to putting them together, I had 3 different types, 2 shallow and 1 medium. Have called and sent emails and been promised for 2 months...
  3. Re: Queen cells after week and half after installing package

    In a pakcage it should be fairly easy to find the queen in the 2 that are not laying. See if you can find her before getting too excited. If she looks healthy I might give her a few more days. If...
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    USe a cloak board.
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    Caramalized sugar

    I keep seeing the standard line that sugar that has been overcooked (caramalized, brown) is "poison" to bees but I have not been able to find any scientific research to back this up. Is there any...
  6. Re: How Much "Breeding Progress" Can Really Be Expected?

    As we do in corn breeding, what works in one area does not work in others. In Indiana, disease resistance is of prime importance whereas a corn breeder in Nebraska is only concerned about yield. ...
  7. Re: How Much "Breeding Progress" Can Really Be Expected?

    Being a commercial plant breeder as my day job, I can tell you from experience, modifying traits is very difficult and takes many generations, even when you can control both the male and female...
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    Re: How to hold steady at a hive number...

    I'm careful never to put more than 5 hives at any location that is visible from the road.....if she asks I am really not quite sure, some died, some got split, just hard to keep track of a moving...
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    Re: How to hold steady at a hive number...

    I am sure you could easily find homes for the nucs or splits with someone in the Miami Valley Beekeeper group. If not let me know and I'll drive down and take them off your hands if the price is...
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    Re: How young did you get your kids involved?

    My daughter got a bee suit and went out several times with me from age 6 to 8. Last summer she took her vail off too soon when I was pulling honey supers and walked near a hive thinking they had...
  11. Thread: Split Timing

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    Re: Split Timing

    When increasing a colony you are really making a "swarm". Ask experienced beeks in your area what is the average early swarm date. The bees generally know the best time to make a new colony.
  12. Thread: Breeder queens

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    Re: Breeder queens

    Are you planning to do artificial insemination using your drones in this scheme? If not, how do you insure that only the desired 20 drones mate with your queen?
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    Re: robbing screen...dead bees

    No there were no drones in the dead pile of bees, just workers and yellow jackets. One of the robbing screens was on a weak nuc that hadn't even raised any drones. Entrance completely plugged with...
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    Re: question for dr. latshaw aka jsl

    I agree, this spring I had 2 hives that I kept sugar on that got down to a couple of fists full of bees. I was absolutely amazed, by July there were 2 boxes full and I was putting on supers. One I...
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    robbing screen...dead bees

    Due to a crazy fall I left 2 robbing screens on until yesterday thinking they would be ok as entrance reducers / mouse protectors. When I took them off, the bottom entrance was completely blocked...
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    Re: Honey warming box air temperature

    Watch on Craigslist or similar, you can often find an old freezer for free or dirt cheap. Works great.
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    Re: Wrapping hives in cold climates.........

    Last time I looked most tree bark was tan to dark brown and after the leaves fall off exposed to sunlight and the resulting "large daily temperature swings".
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    Re: Monsanto (Bayer) and Bees

    Because it has a high value to commercial agriculture by reducing farmers costs and work load. And it is relatively safe compared to other herbicides on the market plus it reduces the number of...
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    Re: Monsanto (Bayer) and Bees

    Roundup (glyphosate) is a nonselective herbicide, meaning it kills all plants, unless they have been selected for "roundup resistance" or had the roundup resistance gene inserted through genetic...
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    Re: Monsanto (Bayer) and Bees

    A pesitcide is something that kills a "pest". To anyone other than a beekeeper, a "weed" is a pest. Herbicides, like Roundup, kill weeds, i.e. pests so it is a pesticide.
  21. Re: marked queen in hive, not a single capped brood, no sign of eggs...

    I'd put it in a 5 frame nuc and put it in a protected area (unheated garage, outbuilding?) and try to babysit it over the winter.
  22. Thread: Candy Board

    by hilreal
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    Re: Candy Board

    Most likely needs to cook it a little longer, read up on some candy recipes for tips. You do have an accurate candy thermometer? My grandma always took a small drop and let it fall into a container...
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    Re: How I winterize my nucs.

    Advantage of the "pillow" of insulation in a plastic bag is that it gives you some leeway into distance between hives.
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    Re: How I winterize my nucs.

    Do you place insulation between the nucs? A local beek showed me how he buys bat insulation, cuts it into sheets and stuffs it in black plastic garbage bags and then puts them in between nucs and...
  25. Re: Free Shipping Rant (Beekeeping Equipment Big Box Stores)

    You charge what the market will bare. The real issue is that there are a lot of new hobbyist beeks to which cost is no object. They drive their $60,000 car to Starbucks for their $5 cup of...
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