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    Best approach to inspecting a deadout

    Friends, what is the best approach for a typical backyard beekeeper to inspect a deadout? More specifically, what should be looked at short of sending samples to the lab? I say this because I don't...
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    Re: Bottoms and Covers

    That's an excellent point and exactly what I was wondering myself. I had assumed a small setting in the use of a cleat at the bottom. Anyone else have any thoughts on this?

    Jason
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    Ok... so, you start and stay with 2 mediums for brood?

    Jason
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    SgtMaj, here's a pic of a screen bottom board:
    http://bp1.blogger.com/_qz9aE02ggbw/RvHlXYAxu2I/AAAAAAAAAHI/d1GwbX0pcBA/s1600-h/Entrace+Cleat+Small.JPG

    I am running the same exact setup described...
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    Regarding letting the bees clean it out... won't they refill it with honey? Or, if it's late in the year... maybe not? Thanks, Jason
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    Beautiful! Quick question, and this may be dumb, but I don't hear a lot about it. Of course drawn comb is very desireable to have on hand.

    Is drawn comb simply comb that has been uncapped and...
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    Great info! You hit on just what I was wondering about the third medium. I was wondering if they would actually take up most of this box, but you say the queen may start in the bottom... but then, it...
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    Re: Looking for Carniolan source

    Absolutely... while I am still researching, I'm leaning towards Italians... gentle and I know of others keeping them with no chemicals... and the occasional dose of powdered sugar. I have a great...
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    Re: New Beekeeper in Lawrenceburg, IN

    Thanks everyone... and Indypartridge for the club info! I was looking all over for some local ones and could not find.

    Anyone want to share their currnet (common) hive configurations?

    I'm...
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    Re: Bottoms and Covers

    This has been very interesting to me too. So, the bottom entrance is entirely closed... or in your case, you block it with the hardware cloth for ventilation? I have screen bottom boards, so maybe I...
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    Joseph... that's impressive... to me. Then, I see you are in a warmer climate than I also, but that's not saying you got it any easier :)

    Not sure if I missed it, but it would be nice if there...
  12. My hive configuration, and when's the last time you bought bees?

    As a new keeper, I'm engulfed in the reading... every night. One of the things that I keep thinking about are overwintering my first bees. Help me curb my expectations or at least, encourage me :)
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    Re: Looking for Carniolan source

    While on the topic, anyone have their preference of race? I her mostly about Carni's and Italians... It's my understanding that Carni's have a hybird, or Americanized, and a European variety. I have...
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    Re: Looking for Carniolan source

    You are likely right about not being carniolan bees. Maybe I saw them just described in his blogs and misunderstood. I am in fact buying Italian bees from him.

    Obviously, there are always those...
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    Re: Looking for Carniolan source

    David Burns at Long Lane (Illinois). I just spoke to him for about an hour on the phone before a purchase yesterday. Great guy and loves to talk bees.

    http://www.honeybeesonline.com/queens.html
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    Re: A few getting started questions

    I'm pondering two of these setups. Any thoughts?

    https://www.dadant.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=938

    All 8 frame mediums includes frames and foundation. The price is VERY nice too....
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    Re: A few getting started questions

    Michael, I went and checked out the resources you specified. I'm glad I saw your area where you spoke about all the same frame and box sizes. It makes very good sense and now I need to reconsider...
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    Re: A few getting started questions

    Michael, thanks for your detailed reply. I actually have already thoroughly purused your website and found it extremely informative. So, thanks for your contribution to the space.

    Regarding your...
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    Re: could this work

    Frank, we're close to each other. I'm 20 miles from Cincinnati just across the river in Lawrenceburg, IN. So, we'll have the same climate.

    I'll be interested in hearing your success or failure. I...
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    A few getting started questions

    Nice to find a forum for bee help. I am starting two new hives in the Spring 2010... in the midwest (Indiana) and I've generated a few questions that I was hoping to get advice on.

    I'm a patient...
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    New Beekeeper in Lawrenceburg, IN

    My dad was a beekeeper and I used to help when I was a teen. I actually had a few hives of my own for a couple years but didn't appreciate as much then and of course, they either swarmed or died out....
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