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    Re: MDA Splitter Technique

    Thanks for the update- I purchased his book, and he was generous enough to answer an email about the difference in timing for my area. I am a hobbyist, I just enjoy the bees. If I get honey that is...
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    Re: MDA Splitter Technique

    Anyone still using this method? I am going to try it on two hives this spring.
  3. Poll: Re: Treat for Varroa mites or let them suffer & die..........

    I have been exposed over the last year or two, to a whole worldwide community who keep ant colonies. It is amazing the difference in philosophy between the two groups. I guess it comes down to one...
  4. Poll: Re: Treat for Varroa mites or let them suffer & die..........

    This topic I always find very interesting from a philosophical point of view. No other social insect do we prop up with chemical treatments. We leave them to adapt to the forces of nature. ...
  5. Thread: Open feeding

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    Open feeding

    I harvested some honey (crush and strain) and was going to set the equipment outside for the bees to clean. I know that Bjorn apiaries recommends open platform feeding. This would be approximately...
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    Re: Tax break

    Corporations are nothing but thousands of individual shareholders who own stock in a company. Most of the shareholders of these multinational companies are the pension plans of individuals and...
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    Re: What is this bush

    Possibly a privet?
  8. Installed new nucleus hive - when to add a second box

    I installed a new nucleus hive on Saturday. It had 5 very heavy frames of bees and brood in all stages, with a good amount ready to emerge. Not a lot of honey/nectar, but we are in the middle of...
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    Nucs from Chuck Norton

    I met Chuck today and picked up two nucs. I was very impressed. Mr. Norton spent two hours with me. We went through each nuc, frame by frame. The nucs I picked up had an established queen, excellent...
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    Re: Anyone had experience with Norton's Honey Farm

    Update on Nucs from Chuck Norton.

    I met Chuck today and picked up two nucs. I was very impressed. Mr. Norton spent two hours with me. We went through each nuc, frame by frame. The nucs I...
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    Re: Very high number of Bumbles Bees this year

    I have millions of carpenter bees at my place (well, maybe hundreds!), but very few bumble bees. I have always had an interest in the native pollinators, and came to the honeybees last! Apparently,...
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    Re: Very high number of Bumbles Bees this year

    That sounds like Carpenter Bees - we have hundreds on my property. The males stake out territories and go after any other bee invading its space. They look almost identical to the Eastern...
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    Weak Warre Question

    I have one Warre hive (my others are standard 8-frame medium hives). The warre hive survived the winter, but appears very weak. I checked it this afternoon, there are just a few bees (maybe a...
  14. Re: Setting up 4 hives this weekend - Introduction of packages question

    I agree with Toadman. Last year, I installed four packages at the same time. No problems. You always get a little drift. There are always a few bees that you can't get out of the packages, I just...
  15. Intermingling plastic frames with foundationless frames

    Okay- weird question. I am purchasing some nucleus hives in deep hive bodies. Currently, I run 8-frame mediums on all my hives.

    No big deal, I would just use these two deeps as the base on two...
  16. Re: LEGISLATION or CITY Ordinances regarding KILLLING OF HONEYBEES?

    Exactly…..
  17. Re: LEGISLATION or CITY Ordinances regarding KILLLING OF HONEYBEES?

    Bees are an interesting "livestock". We claim they are ours, then let them forage over other people's properties, but want to control how they treat them on their own property. Obviously, I love...
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    Re: brood break and mites

    Beemandan

    I am definitely not an expert on Mel's method, but from what I understand, the mites breed at a much faster rate than the bees. So, they increase exponentially at a much faster rate...
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    Re: How close to mow?

    I tend to error on the side of caution when it is others doing the mowing. I will run the weed eater right up to the hive, but I wouldn't get one of my teenagers to do it.
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    Re: Wolf Creek Apiary

    I have ordered bees from them twice. Communication is not always their strong point; however, they are very nice and I always received my packages in a timely manner. I found that email was the...
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    Re: Any beekeepers using fitbit?

    My wife and I use the fitbit flex. No skin problems or irritations reported with this one. The newer, fitbit force is the one that has some issues. I'll wait until they get those fixed and then...
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    Re: Legacy Apiaries

    My wife purchased a hive for me from Legacy Apiaries last year. It was the best looking hive in my apiary last year, and it held up very well in the elements. (I don't paint my hives, I just use a...
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    Re: Significant Other.

    Not only does my wife not help with the bees, but for some reason she thinks that her convertible bmw has more right to be in the garage than my bee equipment. Go figure….
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    Re: Any beekeepers using fitbit?

    I have had a fitbit for about a year. I purchased the fitbit flex. My wife is the only friend I have on fitbit - she slaughters me every week in steps taken!

    I am getting ready to upgrade to...
  25. Thread: red clover ?

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    Re: red clover ?

    Red clover is not a very good nectar source for honey bees; however, have you thought of crimson clover?
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