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    Re: Carniolan Honey Production

    I may be crazy, but I believe the difference in expansion rates can be sole explained by three phenomena. First, when you open the hive on a chilly day, it appears that the carnis cluster tighter...
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    Re: Carniolan Honey Production

    It is obvious that some of us have not had experience with Strachen NWC queens. We have purchased several hundred of their queens, and found them to be extremely uniform it traits. If they are...
  3. Re: Would you put an entrance above queen excluder?

    Just set the super back to expose on bee space.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Carniolan Honey Production

    The Carniolan bees seem to be better scroungers, finding nectar on off days. The Italians seem to be better when the weather is perfect, hot and humid. Both can build quickly, depending on the...
  5. Re: Spinoff of # hives. How many hives to be totally self sufficient?

    Brad- 10 frames of capped brood, with bees, makes a fairly strong hive in 10 days. If you have a queen available, great. A cell, that's OK too. A frame of eggs from the "star" hive,yup, that works...
  6. Re: Spinoff of # hives. How many hives to be totally self sufficient?

    Oldtimer - Or you could rob one frame of brood and bees from 20 hives, which will hardly miss one frame, and gain 2 hives every 14 days, never having a weak hive.

    Crazy Roland
  7. Re: Would you put an entrance above queen excluder?

    Yes, in the summer when there is a flow on.

    Crazy Roland
  8. Re: Spinoff of # hives. How many hives to be totally self sufficient?

    No.I am saying a skilled beekeeper, with proper manipulations, should be able to maintain 20 hives. This takes due diligence. Bad things happen, handle them.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: How many bee hives do you have?

    Rookie- That is about 20 locations, which translates to 20-30 per location,depending how well the location does.


    Xrazy Roland.
  10. Re: Spinoff of # hives. How many hives to be totally self sufficient?

    A skilled beekeeper, with proper manipulations, should need 20 hives to have 20 production hives.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: How many bee hives do you have?

    Only 300, but shooting for 450+ in 5 weeks. It would be nice to clean out the warehouse of supers.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Bees are ignoring dandelion

    They are on the dandelions here. Two hives that overwintered well have almost filled a deep each, but that is the exception to the rule. Most are putting it all into bees.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: unexpected cold front

    It looks like the Drie Eisheillige are right on schedule. All the oldtimers warned of them.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Drought vs Almonds

    I keep wondering how long it will take you Kalifornians to realize that the Great Lakes arethe worlds largest fresh water system,and have 21 percent of the earth's fresh water, and want some of it....
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    Re: homemade extractor in progress

    And here I was making mine out of 304 stainless. Silly me.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: How old is your oldest brood comb?

    Yup, Jim, a little less than half of our old frames have that "tit" on the end. It may be possible that the Root "triple lock" frames had that also. Next time I am in Hamilton, I will have to ask the...
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    Re: Sweet clover and the snow?

    It is my opinion, since our sweet clover is not up here yet, that any snow at this time will not damage the sweet clover. If moisture is low in your area, it may actually help.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    Or hang your hive from a "swing set" apparatus that applies the force , via a ball, at a single point in the middle of the scale that is mounted above. I know it is complicated, but meets your...
  19. Re: When to increase the opening on the entrance reducer?

    Maybe if you had more bees in your hives, you would find that no lower entrance reducer is needed.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: What are your thoughts on queen excluders

    If your bees are storing honey below the excluder, maybe they have too much room there. We run a single deep, with set back supers for top entrances. With a little slight of hand, they even draw out...
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    Re: Does brood comb honey taste different?

    We kept them separate in the tank and barrels too for a while. No difference in color or taste in Wisconsin,

    In your heat, I can not say.

    Crazy Roland
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    Re: Culling Brood Combs

    It is too bad the plastic softens and warps too much in boiling water. Most of the cells come clean with two wacks on a board, but they no longer lay flat,

    The bees don't like them, I don't like...
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    Sticky: Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

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    Dandelions

    About 10 days late, but earlier than last year.

    Roland
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    Re: How old is your oldest brood comb?

    Good work Dominic. It appears Mr. Lyon knew of what he spoke.

    I had heard that coumaphos and fluvalinate where difficult to render from the wax, but you have confirmed it. Why is my "treatment...
  25. Re: Have you ever caught a swarm with a marked queen?

    yes. But most commercial queens are not marked, so it may not be as common as you think.

    Crazy Roland
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