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  1. Thread: Mating Nucs

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    Re: Mating Nucs

    Your homemade ones look great, why change?

    I never tried the foam mating nucs. After seeing how they look..super grungy and hard to clean after they get used, I went with home made instead. I...
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    Re: The best thing I've made from honey

    LOL, That's good too :)
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    Re: The best thing I've made from honey

    I pack the jar fairly tight with lemons and several sliced of ginger. A half gallon jar will take about a quart of liquid..honey or honey/vinegar mix.
    Just like making pickles..pack the jar up if...
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    Re: The best thing I've made from honey

    Yes, I have a Cabelas big commercial dehydrator. I also use this to make my sugar blocks. It will also soften granulated honey in in jars without too high temps.
    I use the heck out of mine.

    I...
  5. Thread: First Graft Date

    by Lauri
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    Re: First Graft Date

    Here is an old thread about this subject:

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?295832-Test-grafts

    First 2014 grafts were early April, but did a couple successful walk away nucs early...
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    Re: The best thing I've made from honey

    I had a batch that sat all year and didn't get used up. I thought I'd try to make some kind of candy or lozenge out of it. It wouldn't dry fully..Not the right texture ..too sticky. I'll make some...
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    The best thing I've made from honey

    Photos and recipe's on my facebook page, link shown below.

    This is honey, fresh lemons & fresh ginger that has been refrigerated for months. I blended it all up and dehydrated it. Wow...
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  8. Thread: Lauri is famous

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    Re: Lauri is famous

    Here is another frame that may show the influence of the partial foundation frame next to it. I feel this 'mirror image effect' of stores (on the sides) results in more feed stored around the sides...
  9. Thread: Lauri is famous

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    The best way to do those partial frames is with ALL new frames. They move up from the bottom center and draw perfectly center up and eventually out. No fat combs.
    If you do a bait frame in the...
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    Re: Ready Date Calendar

    I also use the queen rearing calendar shown in post # 2.

    But this year they changed the date for removal of cells. In my opinion, that is way too close for comfort. I regularly get a few...
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    Re: Increasing cell size

    That IS small. Let us know how it works.
    I use only a partial sheet of foundation which allows for some natural sized cells to be built if the bees desire. Perhaps that would work in some respects...
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    Re: Increasing cell size

    I've seen very large queens just walk by a small cell and dump an egg without even slowing down. Workers are right behind her and immediatly place the egg down in the cell. I've sold some...
  13. Re: Idea for Winterizing Hives - Feedback Appreciated

    I leave the insulation in place until spring temps are reliably stable. Theres no chilled brood.
  14. Re: Idea for Winterizing Hives - Feedback Appreciated

    I don't have any condensation issues here with the way I arrange my hives.

    133 colonies going into winter last year. NO losses except a hand full of queens.

    Those colonies have increased to...
  15. Re: Idea for Winterizing Hives - Feedback Appreciated

    Someone here on Beesourse has a phrase at the bottom of their posts. It says something like this.

    "There must be a harder way to do that. Here, let me find it for you"

    That may be me :)

    I...
  16. Thread: Lauri is famous

    by Lauri
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    Re: Lauri is famous

    The jar honey idea is a novelty project, but I'd like this partial sheet of foundation frame idea to catch on even more. It's very easy to do and produces reliable results.
    Here's the link to that...
  17. Thread: Lauri is famous

    by Lauri
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    Re: Lauri is famous

    Thanks Harley.

    It's kind of strange to sit back and read the feeding frenzy responses (as only facebook can have) to something you constructed. :)

    When someone tells me" I would have never...
  18. Thread: Lauri is famous

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    Ya, I saw that last year on the DIY web site. No I didn't submit it. I was quite surprised to see it when doing a search for something.

    I contacted them about it and they said they were told the...
  19. Re: Idea for Winterizing Hives - Feedback Appreciated

    I love cattle panels. If you are working with them alone, and need to put a bow in them-just use a ratchet strap. Cut them with a large pair of bolt cutters.

    Be careful of using clear plastic, it...
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    Re: Possibly Need a queen

    Are you sure they are queenless? They brood down this time of year, especially if they are Carnies. You may find there is a small amount of brood on just one or two frames.
    Also it's pretty common...
  21. Thread: Bee Trailer

    by Lauri
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    Re: Bee Trailer

    I was hoping to show you something well built & unique, but thought you might as well see my struggles too. My trailer would probably be good for transporting nucs and packages, but I don't do that,...
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    Re: Could winter bees already be here?

    A couple good days of weather recently and very healthy orientation flights in front of many hives. Comforting to see mid October.

    August/September feeding is a pain, but the results are so worth...
  23. Re: Northern Beeks; Hives should look like this....?

    Another recent similar thread:

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?304368-Could-winter-bees-already-be-here
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    Re: Exporting queens outside the USA

    Thanks so much Lloyd :)
  25. Thread: Bee Trailer

    by Lauri
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    Re: Bee Trailer

    Single row down each side. Probably transport with rigid foam between them. Then remove the foam once it is parked if the weather is warm enough. I already have the foam for overwintering, and when...
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