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  1. Thread: Buyer Beware

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    Re: Buyer Beware

    It looks like there were some photos taken from other people as well..... looking around the site and facebook it appears there only about an hour from my house, and even closer to my work. they also...
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    Re: Drone colonies per queen

    That was a good read Eduardo, thanks.

    Pine ridge, sounds like your system is very similar to what I was thinking, I just haven't been able to get enough yards as close to each other as I would...
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    Re: Adding brood to new package

    From what I understand, the broodless period may be a reason that the packages want to supersede, and adding young brood at the time you install helps preventing some amount of supercedure in...
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    Drone colonies per queen

    Trying to plan out the future, does anyone have any numbers for how many drone colonies should be in an area compared to how many queens you are raising per batch?

    For instance, right now I have 4...
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    Re: new beek here is se ohio

    Not to be critical, but if I read this right Jeff joined 5 years ago and hasn't been active for almost a year and a half now... Mid 2013)
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    Re: What is your favorite hive configuration?

    I like 10 frame deeps, my second choice is 5 frame deeps (nucs), however these are hard to stay ahead of! But for some reason they just produce and winter great. I don't even own a medium anymore.
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    Re: Fastest way to increase

    Maybe a little repetitive, but in my mind some basic key points.

    I would keep pollen patties on them almost constantly untill winter, feed syrup as needed to stimulate but not backfill. I would...
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    Re: 10 Nuc Increase

    I would build them up to double strength, 20 good frames feeding pollen constantly and syrup as needed (don't want to backfill them just enough that they have a usable supply)

    I would then evenly...
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    Re: 2x4 Hive Stand

    I've used 2x4 stands of various shapes in the past. Most all of them started to bow/sag pretty bad.

    I now use 2x12's, I nail in a square lay on the ground and set the hives on them. Gives me a...
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    Re: Hive moisture

    All my hives have a 1 inch thick feed rim on top, then a hive top feeder, then a migratory cover. The feed rim lets me place sugar blocks, and pollen patties when needed, it also has 2, 1/2 inch...
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    Re: Treat or not to treat for mites

    You will get an overwhelming response on here to treat, and monitor for mites. If you hives ever fail, everyone will say it's due to mites.

    I don't check for mite loads or treat. Once a year when...
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    I've pondered why patties are usually double that of what I see most people claim natural pollen is. I'm a "fitness" guy to a point in my spare time, and the same holds true for humans, variety is...
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    Re: How do you get outyard area?

    Spring and fall when the farmers are out in the fields with te tractors, I run out to the tractor and ask if they have land they'd be willing to let me place some hives on. I usually either get a no...
  14. Re: making nuc with shaken bees from several hives and a queen ?

    It will work fine, as others have said though it would be better to take say 5 frames from five hives and make your nuc that way.
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    Breeder expectations

    So my thought for the day, that the buyers view of queen breeders today is completely unrealistic.

    Why have I come to this conclusion? Because every locality influences how they keep bees, and the...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporising Bulk Hives

    I have a question, would it hurt to oa a package? Could you for example make a unit where you could put in say ten packages, treat and then ship them to the customer, or just install them. Seems to...
  17. Poll: Re: Treat for Varroa mites or let them suffer & die..........

    2. Been trying to kill them for years now, there still kicking though.
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    Re: Breeding and rasing bees for packages

    Search on YouTube for, "a year in the life of an apiary" I think it's episodes 4.2 and 4.3 that go over queen rearing and package production. Very old series (1993 I think) but in m opinion one of...
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    Re: November 30 and they're bringing in pollen

    They were bring in pollen in central Ohio today as well, I saw it in multiple yards today.

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    This yard was extra busy today.

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    Re: Breeder queens

    I would raise daughter queens as well, which is why I would buy a mates breeder queen, a lot more material to pull into the breeding pull.

    Ray: Good information, ad after reading it, it makes...
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    Breeder queens

    So, here's my thought. Since one of the obvious reason to buy a breeder queen is to gather genetics from her to increase certain characteristics of the apiary, I was thinking on a "different" way to...
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    Re: Is there a viable business in "Bees Only"?

    Don't you want hives that keep producing bees? - Yes
    Unless our sole target to sell is to pollinators aren't you selling the wrong bee - No, not to mention that there is an awfully lot of...
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    Re: Is there a viable business in "Bees Only"?

    Heavy splitting is part of my business model, there was a guy only 15 minutes from my house that lost roughly 85 out of the 100 hives he had last winter. I'm not saying it isn't possible to have huge...
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    Re: Is there a viable business in "Bees Only"?

    It's amazing the different viewpoints people have on the same topics.... I choose to only sell bees over honey and pollination, because in my experience, and my opinion obviously. It is the least...
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    Re: Is there a viable business in "Bees Only"?

    Yes, many people do it this way. I will be quiting my day job in ~2 years and only sell hives and queens. Just growing the operation in the meantime, I'm extremely profitable, the volume is simply...
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