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    Re: Starter fuel for bee smoker

    I use pine or spruce sticks that are about 1/2 to 3/4 inch diameter and about as long as the smoker is deep. I have a lot of trees around and can cut a bunch of dead branches in just a few minutes. ...
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    Re: Time for New Computer

    If you want to try out a very basic Linux, go to http://puppylinux.com/. The newest version is 5.01. Here is the download site. ftp://ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/puppylinux/puppy-5.1/ It...
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    Re: Time for New Computer

    You didn't say why you need a new computer. Personally, I'd never buy a new computer. Find some old thing that someone has cast off and install a light version of Linux. It's free, it works well,...
  4. Re: Why / How did the bees eat 25lbs of honey in 1.1/2 days?

    Generally, weak hives get robbed out. Was this hive weaker than the other hives that you have? If so, your "lost" honey may be in one of your other hives. If the robbers came from some place else,...
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    Re: Wisconsin Laws

    It doesn't look to me that they are going to require testing unless you want to have your honey "certified". Certification may be a good idea, but it would be up to the individual producer.

    The...
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    Re: How's the harvest looking

    This is shaping up to be a pretty good year.

    I took a quick look through my supers last weekend, and assuming about 3 lbs for a medium frame, it looks like I'll be getting about 350 pounds out of...
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    Re: Swarm Ownership

    If Jones owns the swarm, can Smith and the beekeeper charge Jones for the work they put into his bees? After all, Jones would almost certainly have lost them if Smith and the beekeeper hadn't acted...
  8. Thread: 5 frame NUC's

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    Re: 5 frame NUC's

    Nice looking boxes.

    How do you make your frame rests? Certainly you can't cut a rabbet for a rest in 1/2 inch ply. Do you use thicker wood for the ends so you can cut the rabbets or do you use a...
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    Re: Brood Boxes filled with honey...NO Queen!

    Don't assume you are too far north to winter your bees. It looks like you are about at the same latitude as Grand Forks. Certainly bees are over wintered much further north than that. Keep the...
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    Re: Problems with Hopkins Method

    You're not getting any quick responses, so I'll weigh in.

    It sounds like you have a hive that is really full of bees with a heavy flow going on. It could be that they are really short of space...
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    Re: Aggressive, going for eyes

    In spring and early summer working around the hives is no problem at all, but late summer things change. I generally pull a mosquito net over my head if I'm working around the hives later in the...
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    Re: Who owns these bees?

    Was there a hive that had obviously swarmed?

    Let's see:
    The beekeeper managed his hives in a manner that one of them swarmed. (sometimes these things happen to the best beekeepers)
    The beekeeper...
  13. Thread: aaaaahhhhh

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    Re: aaaaahhhhh

    I love the fact that there is no motor on that boat! A set of oars is one of life's true pleasures.
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    Re: b) First equipment & supplies to obtain

    Has anyone mentioned that if you are going to feed -- and you WILL want to feed -- you need an extra hive body to put the feeder in. An extra hive body for each hive is best. It doesn't matter if...
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    Re: What is the inner cover for?

    "Why do migratory covers not get stuck ..."

    They do, but since the lip is only on two sides of the migratory cover, it's very easy to slide your hive tool in and pry them off.
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    Re: Providing Water

    My bees don't take water that is placed near the hives nor will they work the flowers that are near the hives. It's like they have some minimum distance they want to fly before they get to work.
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    A Bit of Windiness

    No, not that kind.

    I know this has been discussed before, but I can't seem to find a serious discussion of it. (Like I'm going to get a serious discussion after posting my title)

    We've had a...
  18. Thread: Mpls Crash

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    Re: Mpls Crash

    Just a note. The bee hauler was not the cause of the crash. The semi hauling the bees and the two following cars had slowed or maybe even stopped due to traffic congestion. The semi coming up...
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    Honeybee pollination obsolete?

    Self-pollinating almonds.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100406163028.htm
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    Re: Bees at a ballgame

    So, a swarm of bees inserted itself into a stadium filled with thousands of people and no one was stung. Sounds like a good story.

    They had seen swarms at the stadium before, just not at game...
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    Re: Bottle weights?

    The density of honey changes with the temperature and water content.

    I have some notes from a research paper that I read at some point, but I don't remember where it came from anymore. (I guess I...
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    Re: e) Buying nuc vs. package bees

    In some parts of the country, nucs can be hard to find without taking a really long drive to pick them up. The closest nuc supplier that I'm aware of in my area is about a 2 hr drive, one way. ...
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    FYI SeaMonkey 1.1.8. Been using it for quite...

    FYI SeaMonkey 1.1.8. Been using it for quite some time. Still works.
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    I'd consider making sure he has the color of...

    I'd consider making sure he has the color of paint balls that I wanted, setting up my empty and needs painting boxes, and telling him to have at it. Heck, I'd shoot along with him. By the time we...
  25. We had digital cable for quite a few years. Even...

    We had digital cable for quite a few years. Even with half a gazillion channels, there was never anything good on. Things like the History Channel are good, but after a while you realize they're...
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