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    Use SHB Damaged Frames?

    I had a hive become infested with SHB. Had three med supers 75% full of honey - some capped, some not. Some slime on the frames. Put those supers in a freezer, and left the bees with frames not...
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    Re: $$ dollar value of hive

    I have sold a few in the past few weeks - bottom board, migratory cover, two mediums with 20 frames, full of bees, brood, and honey for $175. Customers were glad to get them and I think that is a...
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    Moving Bees in Heat?

    I started three 5 frame nucs a couple months ago. They are each now hived in two medium supers with solid bottoms and migratory covers. A fellow wants to buy a couple and move them now. He lives...
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    8 Frame Equip on 10 Frame Box

    Anyone ever put an 8 frame super on 10 frame equipment. Can you make a spacer for each side of the 10 frame box to fit an 8 frame box going on top? I am getting older and those 10 frame supers are...
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    Re: Nucs Looking Good

    I started with caged queens.
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    Nucs Looking Good

    Just installed three nucs into hive boxes today, that I started five weeks ago. A ton of bees in each one. Three full frames of capped brood in each one. Hopefully, they keep progressing.
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    Re: Insurance for Bee Keepers

    Trying to protect against the sue happy state America seems to have fallen into. I sell maybe 500 - 1000 lbs of honey per year - someone may have a reaction, contaminated honey, etc. Probably will...
  8. Re: What do you use for your tools at the bee yard?

    I like to wear those pants with the smaller tool pockets on the side. Hive tool slides right down in one of them, as does a lighter. I carry the smoker in one hand, and I also like to carry a frame...
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    Insurance for Bee Keepers

    I know there are a few places that offer insurance specifically for bee keepers/selling honey. I think cost is around $400 per year. Is this the best way to go? Or do some of the small time folks...
  10. Thread: Queen or No?

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    Re: Queen or No?

    It has been about a month since I inserted the second honey super.
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    Queen or No?

    Inspecting some hives today. Most of my hives are made up of all medium supers. One currently has 5 supers - three I consider brood chambers and two honey supers. About a month ago, when the hive...
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    Re: Best Way to Sell Bees

    I would most likely split end of june after harvest, using medium supers as hive bodies. By the time i would want to sell next spring, they would probably be hives made up of at least two mediums,...
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    Re: Best Way to Sell Bees

    I only expect three or four to die, leaving me a dozen or so hives that i dont want. Just figured i could pick up a little extra money selling some bees to help cover the cost of everything else.
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    Best Way to Sell Bees

    I have 20 hives and want to stay right there. However, I know I need to go into winter with more hives than that to have 20 hives left when spring arrives. After making splits, I will probably go...
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    Capping Tank Ideas?

    A couple of us went together and bought a 20 frame Maxant extractor this year. Little short on cash now for a capping tank. Any good homemade ideas out there where you can decap, let the cappings...
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    Med Supers or Deeps for Hive Bodies?

    I have been using medium supers throughout my hives. I consider the bottom three the hive bodies/brood area. A lot of bee keepers use the deeps for the brood chambers. Three medium supers is...
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    Re: Maintaining 20 Hives

    Why would you not split the best hives? I feel the best hives are the bees that suit my area the best - so I thought it would be those bees that I would need to split to keep this line of bees going.
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    Re: Maintaining 20 Hives

    Enjoyment and honey. Any more than 20 hives and I don't think I could give them the proper attention. I tried 8 or 10 hives, and it seemed between winter losses, other mortality, dry years, etc - I...
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    Maintaining 20 Hives

    I have reached my goal of 20 hives and want to stay right there, give or take a hive or two. I will typically have an annual loss of 10 - 20%. My plan is to split my three or four best hives to...
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    Re: How to Figure Out What is Killing Bees

    I don't think they are getting into anything that is poisonous. There is a hive on each side of them that is doing fine. I am thinking it might be robbing a I see the fighting quite a bit out...
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    How to Figure Out What is Killing Bees

    I have a hive where the bees keep dying - a pile of dead bees on ground at front of hive. Still a lot of bees in hive, fair brood, and a lot of honey. But, everyday I go out to look, there are more...
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    Losing Queens?

    I have 15 hives. Nine of them have lost their queens this year. Two of those twice. Strong, good producing hives when they have a queen. Anyone else ever lose 2/3 of their queens in a year. I buy...
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    Re: scale for hives

    It is probably not the most accurate - but at $8 apiece - I can put them under several hives and I will know if they are adding wt fast, adding wt slowly, maintaining, or decreasing. And it takes me...
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    Re: scale for hives

    That is what I did. I set the front of the hive on a 2x4 and the back of the hive sets on the scale. I tested a super by itself prior to doing this and the scale weighed exactly have the total...
  25. 30 Days After Splits - When Should I Eggs/Larvae

    It has been exacly 30 days since I made some walk away splits. When should I see evidence the hives made a queen - eggs/larvae?
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